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

(22 – 28 October 2015)

 

  • Israeli forces have escalated the use of excessive force against peaceful protests in the oPt.
  • 10 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children, were killed in the West Bank; 9 of whom were killed in Hebron.
  • 2 Palestinian civilians succumbed to their injuries in the Gaza Strip.
  • 202 Palestinian civilians, including 36 children, were wounded in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
  • Among the wounded were 5 journalists and 9 paramedics in the Gaza Strip, and a journalist and human rights activist in the West Bank.

 

  • Israeli forces conducted 114 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank, including 26 ones in Jerusalem.
  • 184 Palestinian civilians, including 29 children and 6 women.
  • 50 of them, including 11 children and 5 women, were arrested in occupied Jerusalem.

 

  • Israeli forces have continued their efforts to create Jewish majority in occupied East Jerusalem.
  • Israeli forces issued demolition notices against Palestinian houses on the grounds of collective punishment.
  • A family from Beit Hanina were obliged to demolish their house on their own.

 

  • Israeli settlers have escalated their attacks against Palestinian civilians and property and settlement activities have continued in the West Bank.
  • 90 fruitful olive trees were burnt in Kufor Qaddoum village because of Israeli forces’ military trainings.
  • A settler opened fire at a Palestinian civilian, east of Hebron, and wounded him with 7 bullets.
  • Settlers attacked Palestinian farmers and continued to throw stones at Palestinian vehicles on roads.

 

  • Israeli warplanes carried out 2 airstrikes on training sites in the Gaza Strip, but no casualties were reported.

 

  • Israeli forces have turned the West Bank into cantons and continued to impose the illegal closure on the Gaza Strip for the 9th
  • Many temporary checkpoints were established in the West Bank and many others were re-established in a way obstructing the traffic.
  • 9 Palestinian civilians, including 2 young girls and a child, were arrested at checkpoints.

Summary

 

Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (22 – 28 October 2015).

 

Shooting:

 

In view of the continuing international policy of silence over grave crimes and violations committed by Israeli forces in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), Israeli forces have continued to flagrantly commit more crimes and violations against the Palestinian civilians. The reporting period witnessed bloody days and exposed the Israeli forces’ disregard for the lives of Palestinian civilians. Israeli forces have continued the use of excessive force against Palestinian civilians participating in peaceful protests in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, the majority of whom were youngsters. Occupied East Jerusalem witnessed shooting incidents against everyone who is suspected to carry out a stabbing against Israeli forces or settlers. During the reporting period, Israeli forces and police killed 10 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children, in the West Bank, while 2 others succumbed to their injuries in the Gaza Strip. In addition, 202 Palestinian civilians, including at least 36 children, 6 journalists, a human rights activist and 9 paramedics were wounded in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. 83 of whom, including 12 children, 5 journalists and 9 paramedics, were wounded in the Gaza Strip and the remaining others were wounded in the West Bank. The injuries were distributed as follow: 110 civilians sustained live bullet wounds, 87 ones sustained rubber bullet wounds and 5 others were directly hit by tear gas canisters and sound bombs.

 

In the West Bank, killings committed by Israeli forces were as follows:

 

On 22 October 2015, Israeli forces opened fire at 2 Palestinian civilians from Sourif village, west of Hebron, working in the construction sector in “Beit Shemesh” area in Israel. The 2 Palestinians were standing on the side of the road and willing to ride the a bus when they were fired at. As a result, Mahmoud Ghnaimat (20) was killed and his colleague Meqdad al-Heeh (20) sustained serious wounds. Al-Heeh was taken by an Israeli ambulance to Hadasa Hospital in Jerusalem, but Ghnaimat’s corpse was kept in custody. Israeli forces claimed that the 2 aforementioned civilians were willing to carry out a stabbing once they ride the bus.

 

On 23 October 2015, in excessive use of force, private security guards serving the interests of the Israeli forces killed a Palestinian child while running towards the first barrier at al-Jalama crossing, northeast of Jenin. According to PCHR’s investigations and statements of eyewitnesses, on the abovementioned day, Ahmed Mohammed Sa’id Kmail (17) was present along with other peddlers in the place where they used to stay. At approximately 11:00, Kmail suddenly ran towards the first barrier at al-Jalama crossing. The security guards noticed him, so some of them escaped but others opened fire at him. Kmail fell to the ground, however, the Israeli forces denied the Palestine Red Crescent Society’s (PRCS) paramedics access to the area.

 

On 25 October 2015, in a new cold-blooded crime, Israeli Border Guards officers stationed at the entrance of the Ibrahimi Mosque, south of Hebron’s Old City, killed Dania Jehad Ersheid (17), from al-Hawooz area. They opened fire at her when she stopped to have her school bag searched. Ersheid’s corpse was taken to an unknown destination. According to PCHR’s investigations, Ersheid entered the Ibrahimi Mosque’s yard through a metal detector gate fixed between the aforementioned yard and the old market in the city. She obeyed the soldiers’ orders to be searched in the place where she was asked to stay, but Israeli soldiers shot her dead. It should be noted that the girl did not pose any threat to the security and lives of Israeli soldiers. She was even putting her hands up when the soldier was talking to her and accused her of having a knife.

 

On 24 October 2015, Israeli forces killed 3 Palestinian civilians from Hebron. At approximately 14:50, Israeli forces deployed around the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron’s Old City killed Sa’d al-Atrash (20), from south of Hebron. They shot him from a range of less than 2 meter. Israeli forces claimed that al-Atrash attempted to stab an Israeli soldier. It should be noted that the area were al-Atrash was killed is closed and no one can enter it without passing via the iron detector gates.

 

At approximately 21:00, Israeli forces stationed at the entrance to Biet Aynoun village, east of Hebron, killed Ra’ed Jaradat (22), from Ras al-Aroudh neighbourhood, west of Sa’ir village, east of the city. They opened fire at him after he stabbed an Israeli soldier.

 

In the evening, confrontations erupted between Palestinian young men and Israeli forces at the entrance to Sa’ir village and Beit Aynoun area. As a result, Eyad Jaradat (19) was hit by bullet to the head. As a result, he was taken to al-Ahli Hospital in Hebron, where he succumbed to his wounds.

 

On 25 October 2015, Israeli forces killed 3 other Palestinian civilians in Hebron, including a child. At approximately 18:00, Israeli forces stationed on the main road in front of “Gosh Etzion” settlement compound, south of Bethlehem, killed Shadi al-Qudsi (21) and Ezz el-Din Abu Shakhdam (17), both were from Hebron. The 2 aforementioned persons were waiting for a bus at a bus stop when they were shot dead. Israeli forces claimed that they stabbed a settler.

 

At approximately 22:30, Israeli forces deployed in Tal al-Rumaida neighbourhood, in the centre of Hebron, killed Hamam Eseid (22), from the city, when he was passing by few meters to the west of “Gilbert” checkpoint established in the aforementioned neighbourhood. A video posted by the Israeli authorities showed Eseid lying on the ground with a knife next to him. The corpse was taken by a Red Star of David’s ambulance to an unknown destination.

 

On 22 October 2015, Israeli forces deployed in Tal al-Rumaida neighbourhood also killed Islam Ebeido (23), from the same neighbourhood, while passing by few meters to the west of “Gilbert” checkpoint established in the aforementioned neighbourhood. The corpse was taken by a Red Star of David’s ambulance to an unknown destination.

During the reporting period, 119 Palestinian civilians were wounded in the West Bank, including 24 children. 28 of whom were wounded in occupied East Jerusalem and the others were wounded in the Were Bank.

 

The injuries were as follows:

 

In peaceful protests against Israeli policies: 82 Palestinian civilians, including 20 children were wounded. Fifty-five of them sustained live bullet wounds, 26 others sustained rubber bullet wounds and one was hit by a sound bombs. Among the wounded were a journalist and a human rights activist.

In peaceful protests against Israeli incursion: 7 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children, were wounded. Four of them sustained live bullet wounds and the 3 others sustained rubber bullet wounds.

Peaceful protests against the annexation wall: a Palestinian child sustained a live bullet wound.

Settler attacks: a Palestinian civilian was wounded when a settler opened fire at him.

Palestinian civilians wounded in occupied Jerusalem: 28 Palestinian civilians were wounded with rubber-coated metal bullets.

 

In the Gaza Strip, 2 Palestinian civilians succumbed to their injuries and 83 others, including 12 children, 5 journalists and 9 paramedics were wounded. Seven paramedics suffered tear gas inhalation and the 2 others were wounded by rubber-coated metal bullets.

 

According to investigations conducted by PCHR in the Gaza Strip, on Friday, 23 October 2015, medical sources at Shifa Hospital in Gaza City pronounced Yehya Karira (20), from al-Tuffah neighbourhood, dead as he succumbed to his injuries. Karira was wounded on 16 October 2015, when Israeli forces stationed along the border fence, east of Gaza City, opened fire at Palestinian protestors. As a result, he sustained a bullet wound to the head.

 

On 24 October 2015, medical sources declared that Khalil Abu Ebeid (26), from Khan Yunis, succumbed to his injuries when Israeli forces opened fire at Palestinian protestors in the east of al-Bureij refugee camp, on 11 October 2015.

 

Concerning airstrikes, on 26 October 2015, Israeli warplanes carried out 2 airstrikes on training sites belonging to Palestinian armed groups in the centre and south of the Gaza Strip. There was material damage, but no casualties were reported.

Incursions:

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 88 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 26 ones in occupied East Jerusalem. During these incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 183 Palestinians, including 29 children and 6 women. Fifty-five of these civilians, including 11 children and 5 women, were arrested in East Jerusalem.

 

Restrictions on movement:

 

Israel continued to impose a tight closure of the oPt, imposing severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.

 

The illegal closure of the Gaza Strip, which has been steadily tightened since June 2007 has had a disastrous impact on the humanitarian and economic situation in the Gaza Strip. The Israeli authorities impose measures to undermine the freedom of trade, including the basic needs for the Gaza Strip population and the agricultural and industrial products to be exported. For 9 consecutive years, Israel has tightened the land and naval closure to isolate the Gaza Strip from the West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem, and other countries around the world. This resulted in grave violations of the economic, social and cultural rights and a deterioration of living conditions for 1.8 million people. The Israeli authorities have established Karm Abu Salem (KeremShaloum) as the sole crossing for imports and exports in order to exercise its control over the Gaza Strip’s economy. They also aim at imposing a complete ban on the Gaza Strip’s exports. The Israeli closure raised the rate of poverty to 38.8%, 21.1% of which suffer from extreme poverty. Moreover, the rate of unemployment increased up to 44%, which reflects the unprecedented economic deterioration in the Gaza Strip.

 

As part of the collective punishment policy carried out by Israeli forces against Palestinian civilians, since Thursday, 01 October 2015, Nablus has been cordoned in a way similar to the cordon imposed on the same city in the beginning of al-Aqsa Intifada. PCHR’s fieldworker said that “Yetshar” bypass road, south of Nablus, and Beit Foreik checkpoint, east of the city, were completely closed. Moreover, they redeployed at the checkpoints of Howara, Jeet, al-Naqoura village, and Deir Sharaf valley around the city. Israeli forces stationed at those checkpoints humiliate the Palestinian civilians passing through the checkpoints.

 

Efforts to create Jewish majority

 

In the context of house demolition, on Saturday, 24 October 2015, al-Rajabi family demolished their own house located in Beit Hanina neighborhood, north of occupied East Jerusalem, in application of the decision taken by the Israeli municipality court under the pretext of non-licensing. Elias al-Rajabi said to Elias al-Rajabi said that his family demolished a house belonging to Abeer al-Rajabi, which was built 15 years ago, under the pretext of non-licensing.

On Monday morning, 26 October 2015, the Israeli authorities handed an administrative demolition notice to the family of Ibrahim Dwayyat in Sour Baher village, southeast of occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of non-licensing. The house belongs to Ibrahim Dwayyat, the brother of the Jerusalemite prisoner Shorouq Dwayyat.

 

Under the pretext of security deterioration since early October, the Israeli authorities started imposing additional restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians in occupied East Jerusalem and its suburbs and villages. These measures included fixing iron detector gates and police checkpoints inside the Old City neighbourhoods and at entrances leading to them. In a latest development, Israeli forces closed the entrances to a number of the city’s suburbs and villages.

 

In the context of collective punishment against families of Palestinians accused of carrying out attacks against Israeli forces and settlers, on Thursday morning, 22 October 2015, Israeli authorities handed Dawood Abu Jamal an order to seize and demolish the house of his son Alaa under the instructions of the Israeli Home Front Commander. Dawood said that Israeli forces had summoned him to be questioned in “Oz” police station in al-Mukaber Mountain village. Once he arrived, an Israeli officer handed him the order to seize and demolish his son’s house.

 

Settlement Activities

 

On 23 October 2015, about 90 fruitful olive trees, south of Kufor Qaddoum village, north of Qalqilya, were burnt as Israeli forces fired tear gas canisters under the pretext of military training in “Kedumim” camp, near the said village.

 

On Saturday, 24 October 2015, settlers from ‘Mevo Dotan” settlement, south of Ya’bad village, southwest of Jenin, damaged a greenhouse belonging to Kayed Mohammed Tawfiq Abu Baker (46) and used to produce coal.

 

On Sunday, 25 October 2015, Azzam Ezzat Sha’ban Shalalda (20), from Sa’ir village, east of Hebron, was wounded after a settler opened fire at him in Sa’ir valley. The aforementioned person was taken by a private vehicle to the village, where an ambulance took him to al-Ahli hospital in Hebron. Medical sources stated that he sustained 7 live bullets to the right thigh, where his health condition was moderate.

 

On the same day, after a settler was stabbed near “Ariel” settlement, north of Salfit, and the attacker had escaped, 4 settlers stabbed a Palestinian civilian near the aforementioned settlement. The stabbed person could escape in spite of his injury.

 

On the same day also, a group of settlers attacked in presence of Israeli forces and liaison officers a vehicle belonging to Dr. Rani Marwan Abdul Hamid (32), from Aqraba village, southeast of Nablus, while going home. As a result, the car glass was smashed and scattered on the Rani.

 

On Monday, 26 October 2015, a group of settlers from “Alone Mowe” settlement, east of Deir al-Hatab village, east of Nablus, attacked Palestinian farmers, who were harvesting olives, east of the village. The settlers attacked with sticks Tawfiq Mohammed Bani Omer (75) on his head and left hand, due to which he sustained bruises. He could escape to the bypass road in the area to be protected by Israeli soldiers.

 

 

Details

 

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

 

Thursday, 22 October 2015

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Dura, southwest of Hebron. They raided and searched two houses. They arrested Mousa Maher Abu Sharar (19) and Mohammed Shaher al-Namourah (20) and later withdrew taking him to where the military vehicles were stationed.

 

  • They then patrolled the streets to Kharsa village, south of Dura. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mahmoud ‘Abdel Halim Talahmah (20) and arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Bedia village, northwest of Salfit. They raided and searched two houses, from which Diaa’ Maher Mohammed Saleh (19) and Bahaa’ Zaher Mohammed Saleh (19) were arrested. According to their families, Israeli forces claimed that the aforementioned civilians published inciting posts on Facebook.

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Nablus. They raided and searched a number of houses. Israeli forces arrested ‘Alaa’ Khalil Ahmed Hmeidan (40) from his house in al-Ma’ajin, northwest of the city; ‘Abbas Soliman Fatayer (30) from his house in Ras al-‘Ein, southeast of the city; Ahmed Yousif Ahmed ‘Awwad (37) from his house in al-Makhfiyah neighbourhood, west of the city; and Ziad Nabih Fatehallah Marish (29) from his house in Old Nablus. Israeli forces later withdrew taking the arrested persons to an unknown destination.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into a number of neighbourhoods. They raided and searched 3 houses, from which they arrested Mohammed Ahmed Abu Fanounah (22); Fadi Mohammed Sorour (20) and Yehia Ibrahim Zaghir (22). Meanwhile, other Israeli forces raided and searched a house belonging to Taysir Taleb Abu Sneinah (25) in the southern area of Nablus and arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Beit Ummar, north of Hebron. They raided and searched a number of houses. They arrested Ahmed ‘Issa ‘Ali Sleibi (19); ‘Alaa’ Jihad ‘Ali Sabarnah (17); Wasim Ibrahim Mohammed Baher (16); Mohammed Jawdat Nadi ‘Adi (15) and Ibrahim Yousif Khaled (25).

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Tal village, southwest of Nablus. They raided and searched a number of houses. They arrested Mahmoud Nemer Ahmed ‘Asidah (26); Mo’az Belal Mohammed Shtayyah (25) and Mos’ab Tawfiq Mohammed Sa’di Hendi (26). Israeli forces later withdrew taking them to an unknown destination.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Sebestyah village, northwest of Nablus. They raided and searched a number of houses. They arrested Lutfi Yosor al-Azhari (21); ‘Abdel Ra’ouf Mohammed ‘Abdel Ra’ouf Hawari (21) and Mo’nes ‘Emad Mofid al-Haj (19), who are all students at Annajah University in Nablus. Israeli forces later withdrew taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 03:00. Israeli forces moved into Jenin. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of ‘Abdel Jabbar Mohammed Ahmed Jarar (49) and arrested him. The Israeli soldiers then raided and searched a house belonging to Anas Sam Mahmoud Qa’qour (30) and arrested him as well. They also raided and searched a house belonging to Mousa Ibrahim Soliman al-Badawi (49). Israeli forces then raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Mohammed Mahmoud Mohammed Saba’nah (30) and arrested him as well.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Silet al-Harithiyah village, north of Jenin. They raided and searched a house belonging to Sharif Taher Hamed Mohyie al-Deen “Tahaynah” (46), an Islamic Jihad Leader and arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Beit Qad village, east of Jenin. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Salman Khaled Mahmoud Halawah (39) and arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 03:15, Israeli forces moved into al-Jalazone refugee camp, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched 4 houses. They arrested Majd Mahdi Remhi (17); Mohammed Majdi Remhi (17); Mustafa Nael Sharakah (16) and Mohammed Ramadan ‘Alian. Israeli forces later withdrew taking them to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces moved into Bani Na’im village, east of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to ‘Adnan Mohammed Manasrah (50). Israeli forces arrested his son, Mo’sab (20) and later withdrew taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 04:10, Israeli forces moved into Hejah village, east of Qalqilya. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Khaled Anis Basalat (18). They arrested the aforementioned civilian and took him to an unknown destination.

 

  • On Thursday morning, 22 October 2015, Israeli forces opened fire at two Palestinian civilians from Sorif village, northwest of Hebron, when the later were waiting at the bus stop. Both of them are construction workers in Beit Sheimesh area in Israel. As a result, Mahmoud Khaled Mahmoud Ghneimat (20) was killed, and his colleague, Meqdad Mohammed Ibrahim al-Heeh (20) was seriously wounded. They were taken by a Red Star of David ambulance to Hadassa Hospital in Jerusalem and kept Ghneimat’s corpse. Israeli forces claimed that the aforementioned civilians intended to carry out a stabbing after boarding the bus. Following its lawyer’s visit to the two aforementioned, the Palestinian Prisoner’s Club said that al-Heeh is wounded to the head and his condition is very serious.

 

  • In the same context, the aforementioned lawyer visited as well Mohamme dFahim al-Shalaldah (25) from Sa’ir village, east of Hebron, who ran over 5 Israeli soldiers near the entrance of Beit Ummar village, north of the city on Wednesday, 21 October 2015. He said that his condition is very serious and he sustained wounds to the head and shoulder. It should be mentioned that Israeli forces declared the death of Shaladah and informed his family about it. However, a picture of him in the ICU was published then in Hadassa Hospital in Jerusalem showing that he is still alive.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces carried out 4 incursions in the following areas without reporting any arrests: al-‘Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron; Beit ‘Oar al-Tahta, southwest of Ramallah; and Deir Debwan, northeast of the city.

 

Friday, 23 October 2015

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron. Israeli forces moved into Hussam Jaber Ikhlil (19). Israeli forces arrested the aforementioned civilian and later withdrew taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into al-Samou’a village, south of Hebron. They stationed in al-Simiyah area and then raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Mo’atasem Ramdan al-Mahariq (17). They arrested the aforementioned civilian and later withdrew taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Dura, southwest of Hebron. They stationed in al-Shorfah neighbourhood and then raided and searched a house belonging to Mahmoud Badran Abriosh (20). Israeli forces arrested the aforementioned civilian and later withdrew taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Jalzone refugee camp, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Monther ‘Othman Zahran (22). Israeli forces arrested the aforementioned civilian and later withdrew taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into ‘Ein al-Sultan refugee camp, west of Jericho. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ahmed Isma’il Safi (26). Israeli forces arrested the aforementioned civilian and later withdrew taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Deir Abu Mesh’al village, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Monir ‘Othman Hasan Zahran (22). Israeli forces arrested the aforementioned civilian and later withdrew taking him to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into a number of neighbourhoods in Hebron. They stationed in the southern area of the city and then raided and searched a house belonging to Fayez Sa’di al-Rajabi (22). Israeli forces arrested the aforementioned civilian and later withdrew taking him to where the military vehicles were stationed. Israeli forces moved into Abu Katilah area in the western area of the city. They then raided and searched a house belonging to ‘Abdel Rahim Abu Dawoud (21) and arrested him as well.

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Fawar refugee camp, south of Hebron. They stationed near the UNRWA Schools compound and then raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Mohammed Salamah al-Maqousi (19). They arrested the aforementioned civilian and later withdrew taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • In a new crime of excessive use of force, private security guards serving the interests of the Israeli forces killed a Palestinian child while running towards the first barrier at al-Jalama crossing, northeast of Jenin. According to PCHR’s investigations and statements of eyewitnesses, on the abovementioned day, Ahmed Mohammed Sa’id Kmail (17) was present along with other peddlers in the place where they used to stay. At approximately 11:00, Kmail suddenly ran towards the first barrier at al-Jalama crossing. The security guards noticed him, so some of them escaped but others opened fire at him. Kmail fell to the ground, however, the Israeli forces denied the Palestine Red Crescent Society’s (PRCS) paramedics access to the area. Soon after, Kmail’s corpse was pulled inside the crossing and the security guards stopped the traffic. It should be noted that the victim was present at the checkpoint in the early morning along with other peddlers, as a number of eyewitnesses said to PCHR’s fieldworker that they saw him selling chocolate-coated marshmallow treats.

 

  • At approximately 15:00, Israeli forces moved into Deir Nizam village, northwest of Ramallah. They deployed in the agricultural lands and in the vicinity of the houses when a number of Palestinian children and young men gathered to throw stones and empty bottles. The Israeli soldiers chased the stone-throwers into the village alleys and heavily fired live and metal bullets in addition to sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, a 20-year-old civilian was hit with a bullet to the left leg and 16-year-old was hit with a bullet to the left thigh. They were transferred to Palestine Medical Treatment in Ramallah to receive medical treatment.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Jalzone refugee camp, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ahmed Nour Harish (23). Israeli forces arrested the aforementioned civilian and later withdrew taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 17:00, medical sources in Shifa Hospital in Gaza City declared that Tehia Hashem Nemer Karirah (20) from al-Tofah neighbourhood succumbed to his wounds. According to PCHR’s investigations, on 16 October 2015, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel near Nahal Oz, east of Gaza City, opened fire at a group of youngsters demonstrating in solidarity with al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem. As a result, he was hit with a bullet to the head, and his condition was very serious. Therefore, he stayed in the ICU in Shifa hospital until his death was declared.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces carried out 4 incursions in the following areas without reporting any arrests: Kafr Malek, northeast of Ramllah; Kherbtha al-Mesbah, southwest of the city; Hawarah village, south of Nablus; and Western Tourah village, southwest of Jenin.

 

Saturday, 24 October 2015

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Barqah village, northwest of Nablus. They raided and searched a number of houses. They arrested Mustafa Mohammed Salim Hajah (34) and later withdrew taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 12:30, medical sources declared that Khalil Hasan Khalil Abu ‘Abeid (26) from Khan Younis succumbed to his wounds due to being hit with a tear gas canister fired by Israeli forces at him and a group of protestors, east of al-Bureij Camp in the central Gaza Strip on 11 October 2015. According to his family at approximately 17:00 on Sunday, 11 October 2015, when the aforementioned civilian was with a group of civilians protesting in the vicinity of the border fence between Israel and the Gaza Strip to the east of al-Bureij refugee camp. The Israeli soldiers fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at the protestors. As a result, a gas canister hit the aforementioned civilian to his right shoulder, penetrated it and then settled in the lung causing lacerations and removing part of it. The wounded person was taken to al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir al-Balah and then transferred to Shifa hospital. On 21 October 2015, He was transferred to “Iykhlof” Hospital in Israel where his death was declared.
  • In the afternoon, Israeli forces moved into Hazma village, northeast of Occupied Jerusalem. A number of Palestinian youngsters gathered to throw stones at them. The Israeli soldiers immediately fired metal bullets at the stone-throwers. As a result, Ward Eyad al-Khatib (13) was hit with a metal bullet to the left side of the face and sustained a fracture to the jaw in addition to another bullet to the left shoulder. He was then taken to Palestine Governmental Medical Complex in Ramallah to receive medical treatment.

 

  • At approximately 20:30, Israeli forces moved into Zabouba village, northwest of Jenin. A number of children gathered to throw stones and empty bottles at the Israeli military vehicles. The Israeli soldiers fired sound bombs, tear gas canisters and metal bullets at the stone-throwers to disperse them. As a result, a 15-year-old was hit with a metal bullet in his leg and was transferred to Martyr Dr. Khalil Soliman Governmental Hospital in Jenin to receive medical treatment.

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces carried out 5 incursions in the following areas without reporting any arrests: Borqin village, west of Salfit; Qabatia village, south of Jenin and Zita village, north of Tulkarm.

 

Sunday, 25 October 2015

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Borqin Valley area, southwest of Jenin; Jenin refugee camp adjacent to the city; and al-Jaberiyat area overlooking Jenin camp, south of the city in the same time. According to PCHR’s investigations and eyewitnesses, Israeli forces imposed a cordon on 3 houses. In Jenin refugee camp, Israeli forces surrounded a two-storey house belonging to ‘Omer Mohammed Khader Steiti (59) and bombed the main entrance. The Israeli forces raided and searched the building and exploded the inside doors of two apartments belonging to his sons, Musalam (23) and Yehia (18) in the first floor. They handcuffed his two sons and then raided the second floor, where the owner of the house and his wife lives, and held them in one room. The Israeli soldiers searched the whole building more than once for two hours without speaking to anyone or asking any question. The Israeli soldiers could not find anything, so they withdrew leaving great damage in the building furniture. In al-Jaberiyat area, Israeli forces raided and searched a house belonging to the gamily of Mo’atasem ‘Omer Mohammed Steiti (32) and bombed the house door. Israeli forces could not find anything, so they withdrew. In Borqin valley village, Israeli military vehicles surrounded a house belonging to former prisoner, Yehia ‘Ali Ahmed Turkman al-Hendawi, who is an officer in the Land Registry Department in Jenin and started calling via loudspeakers at the house residents to come out. They fired sound bombs and then raided and searched the 3-storey house after bombing the main entrance to the house and raided the second floor. Meanwhile, four Israeli soldiers beat up with their hands, feet and riffle’s buts the house owner and four others did the same with Islam Hasan Jamil Hamed (30), a Leader in al-Qassam Brigades “the military wing of Hamas” from Selwad village, east of Ramallah. Both of them were taken to a room while handcuffed to the back and questioned on the spot. Meanwhile, Israeli forces held the family members of the house owner another room. After around 4 hours, Israeli forces withdrew from the house taking the arrested civilians to an unknown destination. It should be mentioned that Hamed is wanted by Israeli forces and stayed in the PA prisons for 5 years after accusing him of shooting at Israeli targets. He was released only two months ago after he went on an open hunger strike.

 

  • At approximately 13:30, in a new cold-blooded crime, Israeli Border Guards officers stationed at the entrance of the Ibrahimi Mosque, south of Hebron’s Old City, killed Dania Jehad Ersheid (17), from al-Hawooz area. They opened fire at her when she stopped to have her school bag searched. Ersheid’s corpse was taken to an unknown destination.

According to investigations conducted by PCHR and statement of an eyewitness, at approximately 13:30, Ersheid entered the Ibrahimi Mosque’s yard through a metal detector gate fixed between the aforementioned yard and the old market in the city. When she obeyed the soldiers’ orders to be searched in the place where she was asked to stay, the Israeli soldiers opened fire at her and killed her. It should be mentioned that only a desk separates the girl from the soldier who was searching her in addition to a checkpoint for the border guard officers only few meters behind the girl . The girl did not pose any threat to the security and lives of Israeli soldiers. She was even putting her hands up when the soldier was talking to her and accused her of having a knife. Furthermore, the area, where the girl was killed, was reinforced and backed-up. The Israeli forces could have arrested her instead of killing her if she posed any threat to them.

An eyewitness said to a PCHR’s fieldworker:

 

“At approximately 13:20 on Sunday, 25 October 2015, I heard the Israeli police guards stationed at the military checkpoint at the main entrance to al-Ibrahimi Mosque shouting at a girl to approach. I headed from my shop, which is only meters away, via the iron detector gates that separate the mosque yard from the old market to see what was going on. I saw a girl dressed in Islamic dark blue Jelbab and white Hijab standing in front of a room, where border guards were. I recognized that girl as she passed only minutes ago by my shop and she was carrying her schoolbag. A number of border guards then surrounded the girl, who was standing behind an iron barrier erected by Israeli soldiers to allow persons subjected to searching pass through it. The soldier, who was searching the bag, asked the girl, “Where is the knife? Where is the knife?” The girl replied, “I do not have a knife,” and put her hands up. She was extremely frightened. An officer fired a bullet around Ersheid, whereas the bullet hit the wall behind her. She moved few steps backwards putting her hands up, but a number of bullets were fired at her. As a result, she fell to the ground. The Israeli soldiers immediately deployed in the scene and pointed their arms at me forcing me to come out from the same barrier I entered via. They closed it with a tin gate, so no one could see what was going on inside. I later knew that the girl died.”

 

  • At approximately 10:00, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into S’air village, east of Hebbron. They closed the main entrances to the village and eclared it a closed military zone after claiming that Palestinians attacked a settler’s car on the road to the east of the village as cars travel on which to “Asfar” settlement. Israeli forces claimed that the settler who was traveling the car shot 7 bullets at ‘Azzam ‘Ezat Shalaldah, who attacked the car. The Israeli soldiers raided the governmental clinic in Sa’ir village searching for the wounded young man who was transferred to the al-Ahli Hospital in the city. A number of Palestinian young men gathered to throw stones and empty bottles at the soldiers who deployed in the centre of the village and in Ras al-‘Aroud area. The Israeli soldiers immediately and heavily fired tear gas canisters and then fired metal and live bullets at the young men and civilians who gathered in the vicinity. As a result, a 30-year-old civilian was hit with a bullet that penetrated the upper part of the left knee from the back; 40-year-old civilian was hit with a live bullet below the right knee; and 33-year-old civilian was hit with a metal bullet to the left eye. The later was transferred from the Hebron Governmental Hospital to the Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces carried out 9 incursions in the following areas without reporting any arrests: Bitounia village, west of Ramallah; Deir Qeddis village, west of the city; Termes’iya village, noeth of the city; villages of AMrj Na’ajah and al-Jaftalak, north of Jericho, south of Hebron; Halhoul, north of the city; Haris village, northwest of Salfit and Borqin village, west of the city.

Monday, 26 October 2015

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into a number of neighbourhoods in Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Basem Shaker al-Fakhouri (17). The Israeli soldiers arrested the aforementioned child and later withdrew taking him to an unknown destination. Meanwhile, Israeli forces raided and searched a house belonging to Hmeidan al-Qawasmah (60) and arrested his two sons, Mahmoud (25) and Ahmed (24).

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Nablus. They raided and searched a number of houses and arrested 4 civilians. Israeli forces later withdrew taking the arrested persons to an unknown destination. The arrested civilians were identified as Faris Sa’di Khelfah (40); Mohammed ‘Emad al-Qotob (33), from Fatayer Street in the city; ‘Awni al-Sharif (21), who is a student in Annajah University and live in ‘Ein al-Sebian area in al-Mureij Street, west of the city; and lawyer Sami Mustafa ‘Ali Abu Baker (31) from al-‘Ameriyah housing project, west of the city.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-‘Oja village, north of Jericho. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Ahmed Jamil Jarahid (19) and Ra’ed ‘Awad Jarahid (21). They arrested the aforementioned civilians and took them to an unknown destination.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Sayda village, north of Tulkarm. They raided and searched a house belonging to ‘Alaa’ al-Deen Mohammed Ahmed Hamdan (23). They arrested the aforementioned civilian, who is a coordinator in the Haamas Islamic student bloc in Palesine Technical Univeristy –Khadouri.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into ‘Atil village, north of Tulkarm. They raided and searched a house belonging to ‘Alaa’ al-Faisal Rashi ‘Ateili (24). They arrested the aforementioned civilian and later withdrew taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mershed Mohammed Mershed Za’aqiq (40). They arrested the aforementioned civilian and later withdrew taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Beit Oula village, west of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Jamal ‘Awni al-‘Adam (41). They arrested the aforementioned civilian and later withdrew taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Jalzone refugee camp, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched 3 houses, from they arrested Amir Jom’ah Hmeidat (17); Mohammed Raja’ie Abu Nasrah (17) and Yehua Nofal ‘Ali Zaid (17). Israeli forces later withdrew taking them to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 04:00, Israeli forces moved into Mothalath al-Shuhadaa’ village, south of Jenin. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mo’ataz Samir Hussein Salfiti (34) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 14:50, Israeli forces deployed in the al-Ibrahimi Mosque area in the Old City of Hebron killed Sa’ed Mohammed Yousif al-Atrash (20) from the southern area of Hebron after shooting at him from only two meter-distance while he was near the Shari’a court near the Mosque yard. Israeli forces claimed that the young man attempted to stab one of them with a knife, so he was shot. The Israeli soldiers then fired sound bombs at the civilians who gathered in the scene and prevented them to approach the wounded person. He was taken by a Red Star of David ambulance after half an hour of leaving him on the ground. Israeli sources later declared that he died. It should be mentioned that the area, where al-Atrash was killed, is surrounded by checkpoints, and no one is allowed to cross without passing via the iron detector gate.

 

  • At approximately 16:30, Israeli forces moved into Farsh al-Hawa area, west of Hebron. They raided and searched a shop belonging to Eyad Mohammed Abu ‘Eishah (33). They arrested him and later withdrew taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • In the afternoon, a group of Palestinian young men threw stones and empty bottles at the soldiers who were deployed at the entrance of Sa’ir village and Beit ‘Ayoun area, east of Hebron. The Israeli soldiers in response fired sound bombs, tear gas canisters and live bullets at them. As a result, Eyad Rawhi Jaradat (19) was hit with a bullet which settled in his head. He was then taken to al-Ahli Hospital in Hebron by a PRCS ambulance. His death was declared as his condition was very critical.

 

  • At approximately 21:00, Israeli forces stationed at the entrance of Beit ‘Aynoun village that is connected with Bypass Road (60), east of Hebron, killed Ra’ed Saket ‘Abdel Rahim Jaradat (22) from Ras al-‘Aaroud area, west of Sa’ir village, east of the city. They shot several bullets at him after Jaradat had stabbed one of the Israeli soldiers. The Israeli soldiers denied a PRCS ambulance access to the area, and he was taken by an Israeli military ambulance to an unknown destination. According to Israeli sources, an Israeli soldier sustained wounds after being stabbed near the intersection of Beit ‘Ayoun area entrance and the Israeli forces killed the attacker.

 

  • At approximately 22:00, Israeli warplanes targeted a training site belonging to Palestinian armed groups, east of al-Maghazi. As a result, a telecommunication signal tower was destroyed, and the site was damaged. Moreover, the windows of nearby houses were broken, and the residents were terrified.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli warplanes launched a missile at a site belonging to ‘Izzildin al-Qassam Brigades (the military wing of Hamas) near the Gaza International Airport, southeast of Rafah City in the southern Gaza Strip. As a result, the telecommunication signal tower was completely destroyed, and no casualties were reported.

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces carried out 5 incursions in the following areas without reporting any arrests: Qalqilya; ‘Azoun village, east of the city; Bani Na’im village, east of Hebron; and Sorif village, northwest of the city.

 

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

 

  • In the early morning, Israeli forces moved into Bitounia, west of Ramallah. They raided and searched two houses. They arrested Ashraf rohi al-Khalili (24) and Mohammed Suhail (22) and take them to ‘Ofer detention facility in the south-eastern side of the village.

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Bitin village, northeast of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Ibrahim Daraghmah (17). Israeli forces arrested the aforementioned child and later withdrew taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Deir Sharaf village, northwest of Nablus. They raided and searched a number of houses. They arrested Ibrahim Subhi Sa’id Harah (15) and Amir Mufid Foqaha (23), who is a senior law Student in Annajah National University in Nablus and later withdrew taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into al-Nabi Saleh, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched 5 houses and arrested Majd ‘Abdel Razeq al-Tamimi (24); Walid Murad al-Tamimi (18); Yaza ‘Issam al-Tamimi (19) and Usamah Samih al-tamimi (19). Israeli forces also handed two summonses to Fadel Tamimi al-Tamimi (52) and his son, Sharaf (23) to refer to the Israeli Intelligence in ‘Ofer detention facility, southwest of the city.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Kafr ‘Ein village, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Ra’fat Tal’at ‘Issa Barghuthi (22). Israeli forces arrested the aforementioned child and later withdrew taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into a number of neighbourhoods in Hebron. They raided and searched 4 houses and arrested Majd Wael al-‘Ajlouni (20); Rani Jihad Na’im al-Rajabi (22); Na’im ‘Abdel Raim al-Rajabi (37); and Jalal Robin al-Shweiki (23). They arrested Mo’aatasem Faraj E’beido (22) from the Old City in the centre of the city on the same day afternoon and took him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces moved into Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron. They raided and searched two houses, from which they arrested Nabil Hammad Abu Mariah (30) and Mohab Ibrahim ‘Issa Baher (21), and took them to where the military vehicles were stationed. The Israeli forces raided and searched as well a house belonging to ‘Ayesh Khalil Abu Mariah (42) after holding his family members in one room. The Israeli soldiers arrested his two sons, Mohammed (17) and Mo’ayad (15) and then left the house. They handed the aforementioned civilian and his child, Malek (11) two summonses to refer to the Israeli Intelligence in “Gosh ‘Eztion” settlement, south of Bethlehem. Meanwhile, other Israeli soldiers raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Ahmed Khalil Abu Hashim (47). The Israeli soldiers handed the aforementioned civilian and his child, Qosay (11), two summonses to refer to the Israeli Intelligence. At approximately 15:00, Abu Hashem and Abu Mariah headed with their two children to “gosh ‘Eztion” settlement to appear before the Intelligence upon the summons they received. Israeli forces arrested their two children and took them to the detention facility in the aforementioned settlement. Thus, the number of arrested persons in the village since the beginning of October rises to 49. Abu Hashed said that the children were transferred to ‘Ofer detention facility, west of Ramallah.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Kafr Tholoth village, east of Qalqilya. They raided and searched a number of houses. They arrested Khaled (33) and Yousif Jihad Baker ‘Odah (29) and later withdrew.

 

  • At approximately 04:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Mazar’ah al-Qabaliyah village, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched Suhaib Mahmoud Mohammed Abu Rabie’a (24). Israeli forces arrested the aforementioned civilian and later withdrew taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Jenin refugee camp adjacent to Jenin City. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of ‘Abdel Halim Ahmed Sabarnah (21).

 

  • At approximately 05:00, Israeli forces moved into Bir al-Basha village, south of Jenin. They imposed a cordon on the house to the north of the village and then raided and searched the house. They arrested Qays Mazen ‘Abdel Latif al-Sa’di (24), a leader in al-Qassam Brigades from Jenin Refugee camp adjcanet to Jenin City and Thaher Ahmed Tayeb Jaradat (29) from al-Silah al-Harithiyah, north of the city. Israeli media quoted security officials as saying that Israeli forces arrested wanted two persons affiliated with Hamas and Islamic Jihad. It should be mentioned that al-Sa’di survived several assassination attempts; the last of which was on 04 October 2015 when an Israeli special unit sneaked into and surrounded a house in the centre of Jenin camp. The unit bombed part of the house, but they failed to arrest him. As a result, 25 persons were then wounded.

 

  • At approximately 18:00, Israeli forces stationed on the main road in front of the “gosh ‘Etzion” settlement complex, south of Bethlhem, opened fire and killed Shadi Nabil ‘Abdel Mo’ati al-Qodsi (21) and ‘Izz al-Deen Nadi Sha’ban Abu Shakhdam (17) from Hebron when they arrived at a bus stop next to the entrance of the aforementioned settlement compound. As a result, they were killed immediately. Israeli authorities claimed that the aforementioned civilians stabbed a settler causing him minor wounds. Meanwhile a video was posted on social media showing the two killed persons heading to the bus station but the video was not clear when they were killed. Both corpses were taken by a Red Star of David ambulance to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 22:30, Israeli forces deployed in Tal al-Ramidah neighbourhood in the centre of Hebron killed Hammam ‘Adnan Is’ayed (22) from the city while passing by the area and only few meters away to the west of “Gelbert” checkpoint established in the centre of Tal al-Ramidah neighbourhood. The video published by Israeli authorities showed Hammam lying on the ground and there was a knife being thrown beside the corpse by a soldier. Hammam was taken by a Red Star of David ambulance to an unknown destination.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces carried out 11 incursions in the following areas without reporting any arrests: ‘Azoun village, east of Qalqilya; Deir istayah village, northwest of Salfit; and Borin village, south of Nablus.

 

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Bani Na’im village, east of Hebron. They raided and searched two houses. They arrested Hazem Mohammed Taryah (22) and Fadi Bassam Tarayrah (24) and later withdrew taking them to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Tamoun village, southeast of Tubas. They raided and searched a number of houses. They arrested Noah ‘Ali Kharyoush (19) and later withdrew taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Rantis village, west of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Mohammed Hasan Yehia Abu Salim (20). They arrested the aforementioned civilian and later withdrew taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-‘Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron. They stationed in the centre of the camp and then raided and searched a number of houses. They arrested Mohammed Hasan al-Loqtah; Hamed Ibrahim al-Titi; Adam Ahmed Abu Khayran and Shamekh ‘Abdel Karim al-Titi and later withdrew taking them to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Beit Foriq village, east of Nablus. They raided and searched a number of houses. They arrested Yazan Mahmoud Nasrallah Hanani (23) and ‘Emad Mefleh Hanani (20), who is a senior law student in Annajah National University and later withdrew taking them to an unknown destination.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into a number of neighbourhoods in Hebron. They raided and searched a number of houses and arrested 3 civilians. They later withdrew taking the arrested persons to an unknown destination. The arrested were identified as Mustafa Kamal Shawar (64); Nedal ‘Omran al-Qwasmah; Ayman Shaker al-Jneidi; ‘Obaydah Dawoud al-rajabi (20); Zaid Akram al-Qawasmah (22); Mohammed ‘Ali Misk; Derar Mohammed Abu Menshar (33); Eyad ‘Abdel Majid Shabanah (20); Subhi Maher ‘Amr; Jalal Mahmoud Shwiki; Khaled Jaber Hajajrah; Belal Mohammed ‘Abdel ‘Aziz (25) and Fayez Ibrahim Misk.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Ya’abod village, southwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Mohammed Samih Mohammed Abu Baker and his brother Naser (42) and questioned the residents on the spot. Israeli forces later withdrew; neither further incidents nor arrests were reported.

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Shaqba village, west of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Jorin Sa’id ‘Omer Qudaih (19). The Force officer told her father that Israeli forces arrested the Jorin and took her to ‘Ofer detention facility, southwest of the city. It should be mentioned that Jorin is a 2nd year Press and Media Student in Birzeit University.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Yata, south of Hebron. They stationed in al-barakah area and then raided and searched a house belonging to Sakher Yousif Hammad (22). They arrested aforementioned civilian and later withdrew taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces moved into Sorif village, northwest of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Ahmed Hadoush (24). They arrested aforementioned civilian and later withdrew taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 04:00, Israeli forces moved into Budrus village, west of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Nadi Mohammed ‘Abdel ‘Aziz ‘Awad (41). They arrested the aforementioned civilian and later withdrew taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 15:00, Israeli forces deployed in Tal al-Ramidah neighbourhood in the centre of Hebron killed Islam Rafiq Hammad I’abeido (23) from the same neighbourhood while passing by the area and only few meters away to the west of “Gelbert” checkpoint established by Israeli authorities in the centre of the aforementioned neighbourhood. Israeli forces claimed that I’abeido intended to carry out a stabbing. A video showed a young man lying on the ground and bleeding without giving him first aid. He was then taken by a Red Star of David ambulance to an unknown destination.

 

 

  1. Use of excessive force against peaceful demonstrations protesting settlement activities and the construction of the annexation wall

 

The West Bank

 

  • At approximately 11:00 on Thursday, 22 October 2015, a group of Palestinian youth gathered on Natania street near Gishori factories, west of Tulkram. When protesters approached the factories, Israeli forces moved into the area and then heavily fired tear gas canisters. The protesters threw stones and Molotov cocktails at the military vehicles in response. The clashes between protesters and Israeli forces that fired live ammunition, rubber- coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters against demonstrators continued until the evening on the same day. Moreover, Israeli soldiers chased the stones throwers in the outskirts of the city. They then raided the Palestine Technical “Khadouri” University, where they heavily fired tear gas canisters and sound bombs, due to which the university’s administration was obliged to evacuate the university. As a result of the clashes, 2 civilians sustained bullets wounds. They then were taken by a Palestinian Red Crescent Society’s (PRCS) ambulance to Thabet Thabet Hospital.

 

  • At approximately 18:00 on the aforementioned Thursday, a group of Palestinian civilians headed to Jaljolia checkpoint, southwest of Qalqiliya, to organize a demonstration against the Israeli policies. Israeli soldiers stationed at the checkpoint immediately fired live ammunition, rubber- coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at protesters. As a result, 2 civilians were wounded. The first an 18-year-old male was hit by a rubber- coated metal bullet to the shoulder while the second 27-year-old male was hit by 3 rubber-coated metal bullets to the neck, shoulder and left leg.

 

  • Following the Friday prayer, on 23 October 2015, upon an invitation from the Factional Coordination Committee in Nablus, dozens of civilians gathered in front of Fatouh Mosque in al-Quds Street, south of Nablus. The protest marched towards Hewara checkpoint, at the southern entrance of the city. When protesters reached the end of al-Quds Street, Israeli soldiers, including a number of snipers stationed over the hill in the vicinity of the checkpoint, fired tear gas canisters at the protesters to disperse them. The abovementioned protest turned into clashes with Israeli forces. The protesters threw stones and empty bottles at the soldiers. Israeli soldiers immediately fired live ammunition and rubber-coated metal bullets at them in reponse. As a result, 6 civilians, including 2 children were wounded, 5 of whom were hit by live bullets, while the 6th was hit by a rubber-coated metal bullet. All the aforementioned injured persons were taken to Rafidia Hospital in Nablus.
  • In the afternoon, dozens of youngsters gathered near al-Huda Gas Station and City In Hotel in al-Balou’ neighbourhood, at the northern entrance of al-Beira city. They then headed to the (DCO) military checkpoint and “Beit Eill” settlement. The protestors set fire to tires and threw stones at Israeli soldiers that fired live ammunition, rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters and sprayed wastewater in response. As a result, 13 civilians, including 3 children, were wounded, 7 of whom were hit with live bullets and 6 others were hit with rubber-coated metal bullets. They then were admitted to Palestinian Medical Complex in Ramallah to receive medical treatment.

 

  • In the afternoon, after the declaration of the killing of Ahmed Mohammed Sa’eid Kamail, 17, at al-Jalama crossing, northeast of Jenin, a number of young men gathered and threw stones towards the crossing. Israeli forces immediately fired tear gas canisters and sound bombs at them and chased them for a long distance in response. One of the Israeli soldiers fired a tear gas canister towards the place where the journalists were present to cover the incident. According to PCHR’s fieldworker, a military jeep got into the area, and then a number of soldiers stepped out of the jeep. They pushed Eman al-Selawi, a journalist working with many news agencies, and tried to seize her camera. Additionally, they chased her until she got away from the checkpoint. During confrontations, a military jeep ran over Ihab Mohammed Fathi ‘Asasa, 20. As a result, Ihab sustained bruises and wounds. He was then taken to Khalil Suliman Hospital in Jenin to receive medical treatment where his condition was described as stable.
  • At approximately 13:30, a group of young men gathered on Natania street near Gishori factories, west of Tulkram. When protesters approached the factories, Israeli forces moved into the area and heavily fired tear gas canisters. As a result, the protesters threw stones and Molotov cocktails at the military vehicles, due to which, Israeli soldiers chased the stones thrower in the outskirts of the city. They then arrested Islam Bassam Jamil Belbesi, 25, and beat him up. Israeli forces took Islam to training camp established in Palestinian Technical University “Khadoorie”, and then took him to unknown destination.

 

  • On Friday afternoon, dozens of Palestinian youths and youngsters gathered at al-Taweel Mountain, adjacent of “Bsagot” settlement in al-Beira village, to organize a demonstration in protest at the Israeli occupation’s policy and settlers’ attacks against al-Aqsa Mosque. Protesters threw stones at the settlement’s fence and set fire to tires. Israeli forces stationed at the area fired live ammunitions, rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs at the protests in response. As a result, a 28-year-old male was hit with a rubber-coated metal bullet to the head; while Ibrahim Abu Saif, 16, and Mohammed Fayiz Na’eem al-Shaf’i, 22, were arrested by Israeli forces. They took the arrested to Benjamin Police Station, northeast of occupied Jerusalem, and then to Ofer detention facility, southwest of Ramallah.

 

  • Following the Friday prayer, dozens of youngsters gathered at the entrance to al-‘Aroub Refugee Camp, north of Hebron, where Israeli forces established a checkpoint. The protesters threw stones and empty bottles at the Israeli soldiers stationed at the checkpoint. The Israeli soldiers fired sound bombs, tear gas canisters, live ammunition and rubber-coated metal bullets at the stones As a result, a 20-year-old male was hit with a bullet to the left leg. He was then taken by a PRCS ambulance to Hebron Governmental Hospital.

 

  • In the meantime, dozens of outraged young men gathered at the entrance of Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron, where Israeli forces established a military checkpoint. When protesters arrived at the checkpoint, Israeli soldiers fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the protesters, who threw stones and empty bottles against the soldiers. Israeli soldiers stepped out of a military watchtower after the arrival of several military patrols at the place. They then indiscriminately fired live ammunition and rubber-coated metal bullets at the protesters. As a result, a 16-year-old male was hit with a bullet to the abdomen. He was then taken by a PRCS ambulance to al-Ahli Hospital in Hebron.

 

  • At approximately 14:00, dozens of youngsters gathered at the closed Shohada Street, in the centre of Hebron, where Israeli forces established a military checkpoint. Protesters threw stones and empty bottles at the soldiers stationed near the checkpoint. Israeli soldiers indiscriminately fired sound bombs, tear gas canisters, rubber-coated metal bullets and live ammunition at the stone throwers also they chased them in Bab al-Zawya area. As a result, a 16-year-old male was hit with a bullet below the knee; a 20-year-old male was hit with a rubber-coated metal bullet to the left leg; a 22-year-old male was hit with a bullet to the left leg; a 19-year-old male was hit with a bullet to the left leg; a 19-year-old male was hit with a bullet to the right thigh and an 18-year-old male was hit with a bullet to the right leg. All the above mentioned injured persons were taken by PRCS ambulances and private cars to the city’s hospitals.

 

  • At approximately 15:00, dozens of youngsters gathered at the entrance to al-Fawar Refugee Camp, south of Hebron, where Israeli forces established a military checkpoint. When protesters arrived at bypass road (60), they threw stones and empty bottles at the soldiers. Due to which, Israeli forces indiscriminately fired sound bombs, tear gas canisters, live ammunition and rubber-coated metal bullets against stones throwers. As a result, an 18-year-old male was hit with a bullet to the right thigh. He was then taken by an ambulance to al-Ahli Hospital in the city.

 

  • Around the same time, dozens of youngsters from Yatta village, south of Hebron, gathered at the northern entrance of the city. When protesters arrived at the entrance, they found many military vehicles stationed on the road, while soldiers deployed in the agricultural lands near the aforementioned road. Demonstrators threw stones at the soldiers and set fire to tires. Due to which, Israeli soldiers fired sound bombs, tear gas canisters, live ammunition and rubber-coated metal bullets against stones throwers. As a result, a 19-year-old male sustained a bullet wound to the right side he was then taken to Hebron Governmental Hospital.

 

  • In the afternoon, dozens of youngsters gathered in Ras al-Joura area, at the northern entrance of Hebron. They headed to a military watchtower established at the northern entrance of the city, set fire to tires and threw stones and empty bottles at the soldiers. Due to which, the soldiers went down from the watchtower and then indiscriminately fired live ammunition, rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs at protesters. As a result, many civilians suffered tear gas inhalation and were treated on the spot. Moreover, an 18-year-old male was wounded with a bullet to the left foot; an 18-year-old male was wounded with a bullet above the left knee; a 22-year-old male was wounded with a bullet below the right knee; a 14-year-old male was wounded with a bullet above the right knee; an 18-year-old male was wounded with a bullet to the left leg; and a 19-year-old male was wounded with a rubber-coated metal bullet to the left leg. All of the above mentioned injured persons were taken by PRCS ambulance and private cars to the city’s hospitals to receive medical treatment.

 

  • At approximately 18:00 on the aforementioned Friday, a group of Palestinian civilians headed to Jaljulia checkpoint, southwest of Qalqilya, to organize a demonstration against the Israeli authority’s policies. Israeli soldiers stationed at the checkpoint immediately fired live ammunition, rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs at protesters. As a result, many civilians were wounded. Moreover, an 18-year-old male suffered tear gas inhalation and was then taken by a PRCS ambulance to the hospital, while another 18-year-old male was hit with a rubber-coated metal bullet to the left leg.

 

  • On Saturday, 24 October 2015, dozens of youngsters gathered near al-Huda Petrol Station and City In hotel in al-Balou’ neighborhood, at the northern entrance of al-Beira city. They then headed to the (DCO) military checkpoint and “Beit Eill” settlement. The protestors set fire to tires and threw stones at Israeli soldiers, who fired live ammunition, rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters and sprayed wastewater. As a result, 4 civilians, including 2 children, were wounded with rubber-coated metal bullets. They were then taken to Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah to receive medical treatment.
  • On Monday afternoon, 26 October 2015, dozens of Bir Ziet University’s students gathered near al-Huda Petrol Station and City In Hotel in al-Balou’ neighbourhood, at the northern entrance to al-Beira city. They then headed to the (DCO) military checkpoint and “Beit Eill” settlement. The protestors set fire to tires and threw stones at Israeli soldiers, who fired live ammunition, rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters and sprayed wastewater. As a result, 4 civilians, including 2 children, were wounded with bullets. They were then taken to Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah to receive medical treatment.

 

  • At approximately 13:30, a group of Palestinian youngsters gathered on Natania Street in the vicinity of the Israeli Gishori factories, west of Tulkram. When the protesters approached the vicinity of the factories, Israeli forces moved into the area and heavily fired tear gas canisters. Therefore, the protesters threw stones and Molotov cocktails against the military vehicles, due to which, Israeli soldiers chased stones throwers in the outskirts of the city and arrested 4 civilians who were identified as “Saif al-Islam” Morshid Ahmed Hawawra, 21; Loai Ahmed Salem ‘Abas,19; Ahmed Naser al-Darbi, 20; Mohammed Jihad Mohammed Qararia, 20. Allof the above mentioned persons were from al-Fandqumia village, south of Jenin. They the were taken to an unknown destination.
  • In the evening, a 17-year-old male was hit with a rubber-coated metal bullet to the left knee during his participation in the clashes with Israeli forces at the entrance to al-Ram village, north of Jerusalem. He was then taken to Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah to receive medical treatment.

 

  • At approximately 13:00 on Tuesday, 27 October 2015, thousands of Hebron’s population organized a peaceful demonstration in front of al-Husain Bin Ali Mosque, in ‘Ain Sara area in the center of the village, demanding Israeli forces to handover the corpses of their sons that were kept in the Israeli custody. The number of corpses was 12. The protesters raised the Palestinian flags and chanted national slogans. The aforementioned protest was organized at Ibn Rushd intersection, where the victims’ families delivered several speeches. The protesters then headed to the military checkpoint (56) established at a closed Shohada street. The protesters gathered in front of the checkpoint and a number of old men tried to talk with the Israeli soldiers and officers in order to handover the Palestinian corpses, especially the females. In an unprecedented development, Israeli forces heavily fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the protesters without warning. In the meantime, protesters threw stones at the soldiers stationed at the checkpoint, and then rushed towards Bab al-Zawya area and al-Sa’a intersection. As a result, many civilians sustained bruises due to pushing each other, while other hundred civilians suffered tear gas inhalation. Additionally, Israeli forces arrested 8 old men and Fareed al-Atrash, Director of the Independent Commission for Human Rights, in the southern area of the West Bank. Furthermore, protesters threw stones against soldiers deployed in Bab al-Zawia area and topped the residential houses. They also indiscriminately fired live ammunition and rubber-coated metal bullets against protesters. As a result, 24 civilians, including 7 children were wounded, 16 of whom were hit with live bullets, while 7 others were hit with rubber-coated metal bullets. The above-mentioned injured persons were identified as Manal Nu’man al-Ja’bari, 41, a female researcher at B’tselem human rights organization, who was hit with a rubber-coated metal bullets to the left arm; and another civilian, who was directly hit with a sound bomb that caused the amputation of his right index finger.

 

  • In the afternoon, dozens of Palestinian civilians gathered near al-Huda Petrol Station and City In hotel in al-Balou’ neighborhood, at the northern entrance of al-Beira city. They then headed to the (DCO) military checkpoint and “Beit Eill” settlement. The protestors set fire to tires and threw stones at Israeli soldiers who fired live ammunition, rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters and sprayed wastewater in response. As a result, 6 civilians, including a child and a journalist, were wounded, 4 of whom sustained bullet wounds and 2 others sustained rubber-coated metal bullet wounds. They were then taken Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah to receive medical treatment. The aforementioned journalist, Samer Hisham Nazal, 28, who works in Raya Media Network, was hit with a rubber-coated metal bullet to the left leg.

 

  • At approximately 13:30 on Tuesday afternoon, a group of Palestinian young men gathered on Natania Street in the vicinity of the Israeli Gishori factories, west of Tulkram. When the protesters arrived at the vicinity of the factories, Israeli forces moved into the area and heavily fired tear gas canisters. Due to which, protesters threw stones and Molotov cocktails at the military vehicles. As a result, a 17-year-old male, from Nor al-Shams Refugee Camp, sustained a bullet wound that caused him a fracture. He was then taken to Rafidia Hospital in Nablus. Additionally, another child was hit with a bullet that penetrated his left leg.

 

Gaza Strip

 

  • At approximately 15:30 on Thursday, 22 October 2015, dozens of young men and youngsters headed to the borders between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Burij Refugee Camp, in the center of the Gaza Strip. The protesters threw stones at the soldiers stationed behind the fence that fired live ammunition and tear gas canisters at the protesters. As a result, 3 civilians sustained bullets wounds, and were taken to al-Aqsa Hospital in Dier al-Balah to receive medical treatment.

 

  • At approximately 15:00 on Friday, 23 October 2015, Israeli soldiers stationed behind the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel fired rubber-coated metal bullets and tear gas canisters at dozens of civilians, who gathered in the vicinity of the border fence. The protesters threw stones at the soldiers in protest at the Israeli attacks against the Palestinian civilians in Jerusalem and the West Bank. Clashes continued from 13:00 until 18:00. As a result of the clashes, 28 civilians, including 12 children, were wounded. One of whom sustained serious wounds and 3 others sustained critical wounds. The injuries were classified as follows: 12 civilians were hit with live bullets; 12 other were hit with rubber-coated metal bullets; and 4 ones were directly hit with tear gas canisters. The above-mentioned injured persons were taken by PRCS ambulances to the Military medical services, from which they were taken to other hospitals. The injured persons were identified as:

 

  1. Tareq Osama Mas’oud, 20, from Jabalia, a journalist at Alhadaf media group, who was hit with a bullet to the left thigh;
  2. PRCS paramedic Mohammed Khaled al-Barawi, 21, from Beit Lahia, who was hit with a rubber-coated metal bullet to the right leg; and
  3. PRCS paramedic Osama Mohammed Taih, 29, from Jabalia, who was hit with a tear gas canister.

 

Moreover, 7 PRCS paramedics suffered tear gas inhalation and were identified as:

  1. Mohammed Ali Makawi, 30.
  2. Mohammed Sobhi al-Jadili,23.
  3. ‘Asan Ali Khalil,30.
  4. Ramiz Abed al-Hai al-‘Ajrami,35.
  5. Hatem As’ad Shaheen,39.
  6. Osama al-Bali,28; and
  7. thaier Abu Jarad,29.

 

  • At approximately 14:00 on Friday afternoon, a number of youngsters headed to the border area, east of al-Shuja’ia, near (Nahel Oz), east of the Gaza Strip. The protesters chanted slogans supporting al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem, set fire to tires and threw stones at the border fence between Gaza Strip and Israel. Israeli forces stationed behind the border fence opened fire heavily at the protesters. As a result, 30 civilians, including 3 children, and 3 journalists were wounded, 12 of whom were hit with live bullets, while the 3 other journalists were hit with rubber-coated metal bullets. The injured journalist were identified as, Dawoud Nemer Abu Kass, 23, a cameraman at Paltoday Agency; Ihab Omar Yousef Fasfous, 43, a freelance photographer; and Nihad Baher Mahmoud Bdier, 23, freelance photographer.

 

  • In the meanwhile, dozens of youngsters headed to the border area between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Faraheen area in Abasan village, east of Khan Younis, south of the Gaza Strip. The protesters raised the Palestinian flags and threw stones at the soldiers stationed behind the fence. As a result, Israeli soldiers sporadically fired live ammunition and tear gas canisters at the protesters until the evening. As a result, 8 civilians, including 2 children, sustained bullets wounds. They were taken to the European Hospital to receive medical treatment. Moreover, 10 other civilians suffered tear gas inhalation. Some of whom were treated on the spot while others were taken to the European and Algerian Hospitals to receive medical treatment.

 

  • At approximately 15:00 on the aforementioned Friday, dozens of youngsters headed to the border area between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Burij Refugee Camp, in the center of the Gaza Strip. The protesters threw stones at the soldiers stationed behind the fence. As a result, Israeli soldiers fired live ammunition and tear gas canisters at the protesters. Due to which, 12 civilians were wounded with live bullets. The injured persons were identified as:

 

  1. Wa’ed Nidal Dhiash al-Zra’i, 17, who was hit with a bullet that penetrated the right knee to the other leg. Wa’ed was then taken to al-Shifa Hospital in the Gaza Strip, where her condition was described as serious; and
  2. Saly Hamoud al-Sakni, 28, female reporter at Palestine TV, who suffered tear gas inhalation.

 

  • At approximately 16:30 on Monday, 26 October 2015, dozens of youngsters headed to the border area between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Burij Refugee Camp, in the center of the Gaza Strip. The protesters threw stones at the soldiers stationed behind the fence. Due to which, Israeli soldiers fired live ammunition and tear gas canisters at the protesters. As a result, one of protesters was hit with a bullet to the left leg.

 

  • At approximately 15:30 on Tuesday, 27 October 2015, dozens of young men and children headed to the border area, east of al-Burij Refugee Camp, and threw stones at the soldiers stationed behind the border fence. Israeli soldiers fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at the protesters. As a result, one of protesters was hit with a bullet to the right leg and was then he taken to al-Aqsa Hospital in Dier al-Balah, where his condition was described as moderate.

 

 

Demonstrations against the annexation wall and settlement activities

 

  • Following the Friday prayer on 23 October 2015, dozens of Palestinian civilians and international and Israeli human rights defenders organized a peaceful demonstration in Bil’in, west of Ramallah, in protest against the annexation wall and settlement activities The protestors tried to sneak the fence. Israeli soldiers stationed behind the wall, fired live bullets, rubber-coated steel bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs and chased them into the olive fields and into residential houses in response. As a result, many civilians suffered tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises as Israeli soldiers beat them up.

 

  • At approximately 12:40, a group of Palestinian youths gathered near the eastern main entrance to Na’lin village, west of Ramallah, to organize a demonstration. The protesters then headed to the aforementioned partially closed entrance by cement blocks since a week. Israeli forces stationed there took the keys of a car belonging to Paltoday Agency crew that consisted of reporter Sira’ Sarhan, 31, and a cameraman, Hadi al-Dibs, 32. They were used by Israeli forces as human shields to prevent the Palestinian young men from throwing stones. At approximately 15:30, the aforementioned detainees were released.

 

  • Around the same time, dozens of Palestinian civilians and Israeli and international human rights defenders organized a peaceful demonstration in al-Nabi Saleh village, southwest of Ramallah, in protest against the annexation wall and settlement Activity. The demonstrators headed to the lands that the settlers are trying to seize near “Halmish” settlement. Israeli forces had closed all the entrances of the village since the morning to prevent them from participating in the demonstration. When they arrived at the aforementioned land, the demonstrators were met by live bullets, tear gas canisters, rubber-coated steel bullets, sound bombs and were chased into the village. Moreover, they targeted the residential houses by tear gas canisters; one of those houses belongs to Khaled ‘Ata al-Tamimi. As a result, many civilians suffered tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises as Israeli soldiers beat them up.

 

  • Around the same time, dozens of Palestinian youngsters gathered at the western entrance to Selwad village, northeast of Ramallah, on Selwad-Yabroud road near a (60) road in protest at the Israeli policies. The protesters set fire to tires and threw stones and Molotov cocktails at the soldiers. Israeli forces stationed at the area fired live ammunition, rubber- coated metal bullets and tear gas canisters at protesters. They also chased them inside the village. As a result, Jum’a Loutfi Hammed, 11, was wounded by a bullet to the right leg and was then taken to Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah to receive medical treatment.

 

  • In the meantime, Palestinian civilians and Israeli and international human rights defenders organized a protest in the center of Kufor Qaddoum village, northeast of Qalqilya, heading to the eastern entrance of the village in protest against closing that entrance since the beginning of al-Aqsa Intifada with an iron gate. When they arrived at the entrance of the gate, the demonstrators were met by live bullets, tear gas canisters, rubber-coated steel bullets and sound bombs. As a result, many civilians suffered tear gas inhalation.
  • At approximately 17:00 on Saturday, 24 October 2015, Palestinian civilians and Israeli and international human rights defenders organized a protest in the center of Kufor Qaddoum village, northeast of Qalqilya, heading to the eastern entrance of the village in protest against closing that entrance since the beginning of al-Aqsa Intifada with an iron gate. When they arrived at the entrance of the gate, the demonstrators were met by live bullets, tear gas canisters, rubber-coated steel bullets and sound bombs. As a result, Rafiq Mostafa Shtawi, 64, suffered tear gas inhalation.

 

Note: PCHR keeps the names of the injured persons in the aforementioned demonstrations.

 

Rubber-coated metal bullets are lethally if they hit the head of victim from a close range.

 

  1. Continued closure of the oPt

 

Israel continued to impose a tight closure on the oPt, imposing severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.

 

Gaza Strip

 

Israeli forces continuously tighten the closure of the Gaza Strip and close all commercial crossings, making the Karm Abu Salem crossing the sole commercial crossing of the Gaza Strip, although it is not suitable for commercial purposes in terms of its operational capacity and distance from markets.

Israeli forces have continued to apply the policy, which is aimed to tighten the closure on all commercial crossings, by imposing total control over the flow of imports and exports.

 

Israeli forces have continued to impose a total ban on the delivery of raw materials to the Gaza Strip, except for very limited items and quantities. The limited quantities of raw materials allowed into Gaza do not meet the minimal needs of the civilian population of the Gaza Strip.

 

Israeli forces also continued to impose an almost total ban on the Gaza Strip exports, including agricultural and industrial products, except for light-weighted products such as flowers, strawberries, and spices. However, they lately allowed the exportation of some vegetables such as cucumber and tomatoes, furniture and fish.

 

Israel has continued to close the Beit Hanoun (“Erez”) crossing for the majority of Palestinian citizens from the Gaza Strip. Israel only allows the movement of a limited number of groups, with many hours of waiting in the majority of cases. Israel has continued to adopt a policy aimed at reducing the number of Palestinian patients allowed to move via the Beit Hanoun crossing to receive medical treatment in hospitals in Israel or in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Israel also continued applying the policy of making certain civilian traveling via the crossing interviewed by the Israeli intelligence service to be questioned, blackmailed or arrested.

Movement at Karm Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) crossing, southeast of Rafah

 

Date Imports
Category Amount
Tons Number Liters
20 October Various goods 4,236
Humanitarian aid 20,020
Cooking gas 196.420      
Benzene     34,0998  
Diesel

Diesel for UNRWA

    1,044,584

105,005

 
Industrial fuel     340,000  
Construction aggregates 15,120      
Cement 3,720      
Construction steel 630      
21 October Various goods 4,667  
Humanitarian aid 18,050
Cooking gas 193.970    
Benzene     114,000  
Diesel     1,188,051  
Construction aggregates 5,390      
Cement 4,000      
  Construction steel 690      
22 October

 

Various goods 3,521      
Humanitarian aid 18,689      
Cooking gas 172,420      
Benzene     187.000  
Diesel     481.988  
Industrial fuel     599.901  
Construction aggregates 5,090      
Cement 2,280      
Construction steel 450      
25 October

 

Various goods 4,312      
Humanitarian aid 19,520      
Cooking gas 154,820      
Benzene     149,000  
Diesel     783,005  
Industrial fuel     370,968  
Construction aggregates 12,320      
Cement 2,760      
Construction steel 570      
26 October

 

Various goods 3,849      
Humanitarian aid 19,721      
Cooking gas 271,630      
Benzene     76.000  
Diesel     442,005  
Industrial fuel     342.001  
Construction aggregates 15,320      
Cement 3,720      
Construction steel 300      

Exports:

 

  • On Tuesday, 20 October 2015, Israeli forces allowed the exportation of 57.5 tons of potatoes; 12 tons of eggplants; 3 tons of hot pepper; 7 tons of Squash; 3 tons of clothes; and 0.5 tons of palms.
  • On Wednesday, 21 October 2015, Israeli forces allowed the exportation of 32 tons of sweet potatoes.
  • On Thursday, 22 October, Israeli forces allowed the exportation of 53.5 tons of sweet potatoes; 17.7 tons of eggplants; 3.40 tons of cucumbers; 3.40 tons of squash; 24 tons of furniture and 120 tons of scrap.
  • On Sunday, 25 October 2015, Israeli forces allowed the exportation of 8.7 tons of sweet potatoes; 11 tons of eggplants; 7.7 tons of squash; 240 tons of scrap; 16.7 tons of hot pepper and 2.9 tons of palms.
  • On Monday, 26 October, Israeli forces allowed the exportation of 0.32 tons of garlic leaves and 0.18 tons of mint.

 

BeitHanoun (“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

20 – 27 October 2015

 

Category 20 October 21 October 22 October 23 October 24 October 25 October 26 October 27 October
Patients 109 52 49 3 104 71 88
Companions 103 46 48 3 100 66 79
Personal needs 97 53 88 16 119 52 58
Families

of prisoners

72
Arabs from

Israel

6 10 1 18 1 1
Diplomats
International journalists
International workers 15 27 42 7 14 20 16
Travelers

abroad

13 4 6 21 3 14
Business people 218 248 252 3 468 304 270
Business meetings 5
Security interviews 4 2 2 2 1
VIPs 1 1 2 1
Ambulances

to Israel

2 3 5 2 4 5 5
Patients’ Companions 2 3 5 2 4 5 5

 

Notes:

 

  • On Friday, 23 October 2015, Israeli authorities allowed 161 civilians from the Gaza Strip to perform prayers in al-Aqsa Mosque in Occupied Jerusalem.
  • On Wednsday, 21 October 2015, Israeli authorities allowed 4 persons and on Sunday, 25 October 2015, 3 persons working in international organizations or foreigners to renew their permits.

 

West Bank

 

Israel has imposed a tightened closure on the West Bank. During the reporting period, Israeli forces imposed additional restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians:

 

 

  • Hebron: Israeli forces established (15) checkpoints all over the city. On Thursday, 22 October 2015, Israeli forces established (3) checkpoints at the entrance of al-Fawar Refugee Camp, south of Hebron; at the entrance of Sa’ir village, east of the city; and at the northern entrance of Hebron.

 

On Friday, 23 October 2015, Israeli forces established (2) checkpoints at the entrance of Ethna village, west of Hebron; and at the southern entrance of Halhoul village, north of Hebron.

 

On Sunday, 25 October 2015, Israeli forces established (3) checkpoints at the entrances of Samou’ village, west of Hebron; Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron; and Beit Kahel village, northwest of Hebron.

 

On Monday, 26 October 2015, Israeli forces established (5) checkpoints at the entrances of Biet ‘Awaa Dier Samet villages, southwest of Dura village, southwest of Hebron; Sa’ir village, east of Hebron; al-‘Aroub Refugee Camp, north of Hebron; and the northern entrance of Hebron.

 

On Wednesday, 28 October 2015, Israeli forces established (2) checkpoints at the entrances of Sa’ir village, east of Hebron; and Ethna village, west of Hebron.

 

  • Ramallah and al-Bireh: Israeli forces established (13) checkpoints all over the city. On Thursday, Israeli forces established (3) checkpoints at the entrances of ‘Ein Sina village; Sinjel village, north of Ramallah; and under the bridge of Yabrud village, northeast of the city.

 

On Friday, 23 October 2015, Israeli forces established (5) checkpoints at the eastern entrance of al-Nabi Saleh village, northeast of Ramallah, where the entrance was closed by an iron gate; under the bridge of Yabroud village, northeast of the city; at the entrance of Ni’lin village, west of the city; under the bridge of Kherbit al-Mosbah village, southwest of the city; and near Ofer intersection, north of Ramallah.

 

On Saturday, 24 October 2015, Israeli forces established (4) checkpoints at the entrance of Ras Karkar, northwest of Ramallah; at the entrance of Qebia village, west of the city; at the entrance of Dier Abu Mish’al village, northwest of the city; and at ‘Atara checkpoint at the northern entrance of Bir Ziet, north of Ramallah.

 

At approximately 10:30 on Tuesday, 27 October 2015, Israeli forces established an iron gate at the eastern entrance of Ni’lin village, west of Ramallah. While at approximately 17:00, Israeli forces established a checkpoint on the road between Beit ‘Oar al-Tahta village, northeast of Ramallah; and Beit ‘Osr al-Foqa village, southwest of Ramallah.

 

  • Jericho: At approximately 09:30 on Sunday, 25 October 2015, Israeli forces established a checkpoint near the entrance of al-Jaftalk village, north of Jericho.

 

At approximately 11:10 on Monday, 26 October 2015, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the southern entrance of Jericho.

 

At approximately 17:00, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance of Fasayel village, north of the city.

 

At approximately 18:20 on Tuesday, 27 October 2015, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance ‘Ein al-Dayouk village, north of Jericho.

 

  • Tulkram: At approximately 07:00 on Saturday, 24 October 2015, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the main road between Tulkram and Nablus, near the intersection of Beit Leed village, east of Tulkram. Around the same time, Israeli forces stationed at ‘Inab military checkpoint on the main road between Tulkram and Nablus, east of Tulkram, tightened their arbitrary restrictions against the movement of Palestinian civilians at the checkpoint.

 

  • Jenin: At approximately 11:30 on Friday, 23 October 2015, Israeli forces stationed at a “Mafodotan” military checkpoint, on the bypass main road between Jenin and the northern villages of Tulkram, southwest of Jenin, tightened their arbitrary restrictions against the civilians’ movement at the checkpoint.

 

  • Salfit: On Saturday, 24 October 2015, Israeli forces established (2) checkpoints at the northern entrance of Salfit and at the western entrance of Marda village, north of the city.

At approximately 17:20 on Sunday, 25 October 2015, Israeli forces closed the entrances of the following villages: Marda; Hares; Kafel Hares and Deir Istaya under the pretext of searching for the person who carried out the stabbing near the intersection of “Ariel” settlement, north of Salfit.

 

Arrests

  • On Saturday, 24 October 2015, Israeli forces stationed at ‘Inab checkpoint, east of Tulkram, arrested Yaser Ibrahim al-Badrasawi (50) from Balata Refugee Camp, east of Nablus, when he was on his duty. An eyewitness said that Israeli forces stopped the vehicle belonging to Yaser and checked his ID card. After that, they put him in a military jeep and took him to an unknown destination. It should be mentioned that al-Badrasawi was a former prisoner and released in April after he spent 23 months in the administrative detention in the Israeli prisons.

 

  • At approximately 21:30 on the aforementioned Saturday, Israeli forces stationed at the entrance of “Adomim” settlemen near Kufor Qaddoum village in Qalqilya, arrested Shireen Fathi Hasan Turabi (22) from Suraa village, southwest of Nablus. Israeli forces claimed that the aforementioned girl intended to carry out a stabbing inside the settlement.

 

  • At approximately 15:30 on Sunday, 25 October 2015, Israeli forces stationed at ‘Atara checkpoint, north of Ramallah, arrested Wael Sabe’ al-Fiqeh (25) from Nablus. The aforementioned detainee is a Palestinian community activist in Nablus.

On Sunday evening, Israeli forces arrested Kamal Jamal Mohammed Nu’man (22) from Tulkram, while he was present in the Israeli Military Liaison (D.C.O), southwest of Tulkram. Kamal received a summons to refer to the Israeli intelligence.

 

  • At approximately 10:00 on Tuesday, 27 October 2015, Israeli forces deployed in the Old City neighborhoods and the Ibrahimi Mosque area in the center of Hebron, arrested Nora Hatem Abed al-‘Aziz ‘Iraikat (21) and her sister, Jihan (17) claiming that they had a knife. Later, the Palestinian Military Liaison managed to release both of them.

 

  • At approximately 15:00 on Monday, 26 October 2015, Israeli forces established a checkpoint on the main road between Tulkram and Ya’bod village, southwest of Jenin. The soldiers stopped the vehicles travelling in both directions and checked the passengers’ IDs. Moreover, Israeli forces arrested at the checkpoint Ahmed ‘Aiz al-Dien ‘Amarna (22) when he was on his way back from his university then took him to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 16:00 on Monday evening, Israeli forces established a checkpoint on the main road between Tulkram and Ya’bod village, southwest of Jenin. The soldiers stopped the vehicles travelling in both directions and checked the passengers’ IDs. Moreover, Israeli forces arrested Ahmed Amjad Ahmed ‘Amarna (21) when he was crossing the checkpoint then took him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 10:00 on Wednesday, 28 October 2015, Israeli forces stationed at the entrance of “Gosh Atsion” settlement, south of Bethlehem, arrested Mohammed Mohsen ‘Awad (38) from Biet Ummar village, north of Hebron, after his interview with the Israeli intelligence and then took him to an unknown destination.

 

Maltreatment on military checkpoints

 

  • At approximately 09:00 on Sunday, 25 October 2015, Israeli forces stationed at Za’tara checkpoint, south of Nablus, stopped a car belonging to the Palestinian Health Ministry in Ramallah. The aforementioned car was driven by Suliman Mohammed Suliman Ahmed, 26, from al-Sawia village, southern the city, accompanied by Nafez ‘Ashour, divan’s observer in the ministry. The car was coming from Ramallah heading to Nablus in order to carry out duties in the ministry. When the car stopped at the checkpoint, the soldier asked them about their IDs to check them. While the soldiers were checking the IDs, Suliman saw the Israeli soldiers stopping a Palestinian taxi behind his car. They then forced the driver to step out of the car and beat him up. They also arrested the taxi driver although he did not do anything. After that, the soldiers asked Suliman to come and hand him his ID card, so he stepped out of his car to bring it. When he returned back to his car, the soldiers shouted at him and pointed their guns at him. They asked him to take off his clothes and he obeyed their orders. In spite of that, Israeli forces strongly pushed him so he fell into the ground and violently searched him and hit him with their hands and feet.

 

  • Israeli forces insulted Ahmed Tawfiq Loutfi Husain, 18, from Nazlet ‘Esaa village, north of Tulkram, while he was heading to agricultural lands through one of the annexation wall’s gates. According to investigations conducted by PCHR and the victim’s testimony, at approximately 11:30 on Sunday, 25 October 2015, the aforementioned male arrived at the annexation wall’s gate adjacent to the Baqa east village, north of Tulkram, in order to cross into his agricultural land through the gate. Israeli soldiers arrested Ahmed and beat him up by throughout his body. After the intervention of the Palestinian Liaison, Ahmed was released an hour later. He was then taken to Thabet Thabet Governmental Hospital in Tulkram to receive medical treatment.

 

  1. Efforts to create 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:

 

Shooting incidents

 

  • At approximately 21:00 on 23 October 2015, hundreds of Palestinians from al-Eizariya and Abu Dees villages, east of occupied East Jerusalem, organized a peaceful protest heading towards a house belonging to the family of Mo’taz Attallah Qasem located in the centre of al-Eizariya village. They went to offer condolences to Qasem’s family as he was killed at Jaba’ village, northeast of the city, on 21 October 2015. After the protest, in which 0ver 400 civilians participated, finished, clashes erupted between the Palestinian youngsters and Israeli forces that stations around al-Jabal intersection and al-Quds University’s intersection. Israeli forces heavily fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters, due to which dozens of civilians suffered tear gas inhalation. Moreover, a kindergarten caught on fire due to the heavy firing of tear gas canister and sound bombs. Furthermore, Israeli forces fired rubber-coated metal bullets, as a result, 27 Palestinian civilians sustained bullet wounds, 7 of whom sustained bullet wounds to the head according to the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS). PRCS also stated that Israeli forces targeted two ambulances, due to which a volunteer suffered tear gas inhalation.

Restriction imposed on the Palestinians’ movement in the city and denial of access to al-Aqsa Mosque

 

Under the pretext of security deterioration since early October, the Israeli authorities started imposing additional restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians in occupied East Jerusalem and its suburbs and villages. These measures included fixing iron detector gates and police checkpoints inside the Old City neighbourhoods and at entrances leading to them. In a latest development, Israeli forces closed the entrances to a number of the city’s suburbs and villages.

 

According to field investigations conducted by PCHR in occupied East Jerusalem, the checkpoints were distributed as follows:

 

  • Al-Amoud gate: three checkpoints established at the entrance to al-Amoud gate;
  • Al-Wad Road: 10 checkpoints with three iron detector gates mainly established by the end of al-Wad Road, al-Majles gate, and between al-Hadid and al-Qattanin gates;
  • Al-Selsela gate: six checkpoints with an iron detector gate mainly established 100 meters away from al-Selsela gate, the road leading to al-Buraq Wall and the road leading to the Jewish Quarter “Misgav Ladach”;
  • Al-Bazar road: police officers stationed at the entrances leading to the Christian neighbourhood and on Marcus road;
  • Hebron gate: a checkpoint established at the entrance to Omer Bin al-Khattab yard and another checkpoint with an iron detector gate established inside the aforementioned yard;
  • Al-Debagha market: a checkpoint established at the entrance to al-Debagha market that also leads to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre;
  • Aqabet al-Khalediya: police officers stationed at the entrance to Aqabet al-Khalediya neighborhood;
  • Al-Asbat gate: a checkpoint with an iron detector gate established in the yard outside the Old City walls;
  • The Way of Sorrows: police officers stationed near al-Naqshabandiya Mosque;
  • Aqabet Darweesh: police officers stationed at the entrance to Aqabet Darweesh neighborhood and others stationed on the roof of a house belonging to al-Salayma family.
  • Al-Sa’diya neighbourhood: police officers stationed on the road leading to the neighbourhood and others stationed on roofs of a number of houses seized by Israeli settlers in the neighbourhood;
  • Al-Sahera gate: police officers stationed in the yard outside the Old City walls.

 

Note: these checkpoints do not include police checkpoints that already exist at al-Aqsa Mosque gates

 

 

 

 

Checkpoints in the city’s suburbs and villages were as follows:

 

  • Al-Tour: Salman al-Faresi street, al-Hardoub’s two neighborhoods are completely closed and two checkpoints are established near al-Muttale’ Hospital and the main entrance of al-Hardoub neighborhood;
  • Silwan: al-Rababa valley neighborhood is completely closed and two checkpoints are established in al-Rababa valley and al-Ein area;
  • Al-Thawri neighborhood: the streets between Abu Tour and al-Thawri neighborhood is completely closed and two checkpoints are established on Hebron- Bethlehem street and the main entrance of the city;
  • Ras al-Amoud: a checkpoint is established on the main street and another checkpoint is established between Ras al-Amoud and the neighborhoods of Qaddoum valley, Silwan and al-Mukaber Mountain;
  • Al-‘Issawiyah: the entrance to the French Hill; entrance to Hadasa-Hebrew University; Sub-entrance near a gas station are completely closed and there is a police checkpoint at the eastern entrance to the village.
  • Sour Baher: the street to “Ramat Rachel” is completely closed and there are two police checkpoints at the entrance to Ghozail neighborhood and the main entrance to Sour Baher.
  • Al-Jouz Valley: there is a police checkpoint at the intersection of the Interior Ministry Office.
  • Al-Sheikh Jarrah: Kupat Holim Clalit is completely closed and there are two checkpoints near al-‘Ayoun Hospital and al-Hayah Medical Center.
  • Al-Mukaber Mountain: al-Farouq neighborhood; the entrance to the schools neighborhood; the entrance to “Armon HaNetziv” settlement are completely closed; and there are two police checkpoints to “Nahal Oz” and “Nof Zion” settlements.
  • Um Touba: is completely closed in addition to closing three sub-entrances.

 

Collective punishment against families of Palestinians accused of carrying out attacks against Israeli forces and settlers

 

  • On Thursday morning, 22 October 2015, Israeli authorities handed Dawood Abu Jamal an order to seize and demolish the house of his son Alaa under the instructions of the Israeli Home Front Commander. Dawood said that Israeli forces had summoned him to be questioned in “Oz” police station in al-Mukaber Mountain village. Once he arrived, an Israeli officer handed him the order to seize and demolish his son’s house. According to the order, “On 13 October 2015, Alaa Abu Jamal run over Israeli settlers in West Jerusalem. As a result, a settler was killed and others sustained various wounds”. Israeli forces state that the decision taken in this regard is “important to deter the Arabs in Jerusalem who intend to carry out similar attacks”. Abu Jamal explained that they could challenge the decision within 48 hours from the delivery date. Alaa’s wife and 3 children between 4 and 8 years old live in Alaa’s house. It should be noted that Israeli forces had raided the house lately, photographed it and took its measures from inside and outside.

 

  • On Tuesday, 27 October 2015, Israeli forces raided a number of houses belonging to the families of Palestinian civilians from al-Mukaber Mountain villages, southeast of East Jerusalem, who were killed by Israeli forces in the latest escalation. They also raided the house of the family of the prisoner Shorouq Dwayyat, from Sour Baher village. According to investigations conducted by PCHR, Israeli special forces raided houses belonging to the families of Mo’taz Ewisat, Mostafa al-Khateeb and Baha’ Elayan located in al-Mukaber Mountain village, in addition to the house of Shorouq Dwayyat. A special team photographed the houses, took their measures and examined the walls. It should be noted that al-Khateeb’s house has been rented for years; however, Israeli forces photographed it and took its measures. It should be noted that Mo’taz Ewisat was killed by Israeli forces on 17 October 2015 in “Armon Hanatziv” settlement in the village under the pretext that he attempted to carry out a stabbing, but Israeli forces did not show evidence to prove their claim. Moreover, Mostafa al-Khateeb was killed on 12 October 2015 in al-Asbat gate area under the same pretext and Israeli forces did not offer any evidence too. Baha’ Elayan was killed on 13 October 2015 after carrying out an attack in an Israeli bus in al-Mukaber Mountain village. Concerning Shorouq (18), she was accused of attempting to stab an Israeli settler in Jerusalem on 07 October 2015, due to which she was hit by a bullet to the shoulder. It should be noted that Israeli forces have kept in custody the corpses of Eweisat, al-Khateeb and Elayan, raid their families’ houses now and then and take the houses measures.

 

  • At approximately 20:00 on the same day, Israeli forces raided a house belonging to Safa’ Abu Jamal, sister of Alaa Abu Jamal, and made holes in the house walls, threatening to demolish it “under the pretext that the house belongs to her brother Alaa”. Abu Jamal family explained that Israeli forces had raided Safa’s house, took its measures, examined the walls and made holes in the walls. However, Israeli forces claimed that the house belongs to Alaa and that the first house that was examined to be demolished was not his. The family denied the Israeli claims and stressed that the house they raided on the abovementioned day was his sister’s, in which Safa, her husband and their 2 children live. Abu Jamal family added that Israeli forces questioned a number of the family members to make sure that the house was Alaa’s.

 

House demolition

 

  • On Saturday, 24 October 2015, al-Rajabi family demolished their own house located in Beit Hanina neighbourhood, north of occupied East Jerusalem, in application of the decision taken by the Israeli municipality court under the pretext of non-licensing. Elias al-Rajabi said to Elias al-Rajabi said that his family demolished a house belonging to Abeer al-Rajabi, which was built 15 years ago, under the pretext of non-licensing. He added that the Israeli municipality gave the family notice until the aforementioned Saturday to carry out the demolition. If the family did not positively respond to the decision, the municipality would demolish the house and receive a fine of NIS 60,000 for the demolition. He explained that a family consisting of 8 members, including Abeer, her husband and their 5 children; the eldest of whom is 18 and the youngest is 6, used to live in a 100-square-meter house. Al-Rajabi said that family had tried throughout the past years to obtain a construction license for their house, but in vain because the house was built on the side of a road. He added that municipality imposed NIS 250,000 for illegal construction, in addition to the expenses paid to the lawyers and engineers who attempted to prevent the demolition.
  • On Monday morning, 26 October 2015, the Israeli authorities handed an administrative demolition notice to the family of Ibrahim Dwayyat in Sour Baher village, southeast of occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of non-licensing. The house belongs to Ibrahim Dwayyat, the brother of the Jerusalemite prisoner Shorouq Dwayyat. It should be noted the house was built 4 years ago. Israeli forces accused Shorouq Dwayyat of attempting to stab an Israeli settler in the Old City in East Jerusalem. She was then hit with a bullet to the shoulder fired by the settler. She underwent an operation in the shoulder as she sustained a laceration in a major blood vessel.

 

Incursions and arrests

 

  • At approximately 00:00 on Thursday, 22 October 2015, Israeli forces moved into Ebeid neighbourhood in al-Eisawiya village, northeast of occupied Jerusalem. They deployed in the streets and topped the roofs of a number of houses and buildings, while arbitrarily firing rubber-coated metal bullets. As a result, Lo’ay Faisal Ebeid (37) sustained a bullet wound below his left eye that caused the removal of his eye later at Hadasa – Ein Karem Hospital. Furthermore, Israeli forces raided a store belonging to Esmat Ebeid in the same neighbourhood after bombing its gate. They beat the aforementioned person as well. In addition, they arrested Khaled Walid Yusef Ebeid (20) and took him to an unknown destination. Mohammed Ebeid, a relative of Lo’ay, said to PCHR’s fieldworker that Lo’ay sustained a bullet wound when an Israeli soldier opened fire at him, as he was standing on the balcony of his house when Israeli forces moved into the village. It should be noted that there were no confrontations when Israeli forces arbitrarily opened fire and wounded Lo’ay. The bullet caused him fractures in the nose and skull and removal of his left eye. Lo’ay is a father of 5 children; the eldest of whom is 14 and the youngest is 4.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Jouz Valley neighbourhood, east of the Old City in East Jerusalem. They raided and searched a number of houses from which they arrested 3 Palestinian civilians. The arrested that were taken to an unknown destination were identified as Mo’taz Ibrahim Abu Ermaila (19), Lo’ay Mohammed Ghousha (23) and Bassam Sharif Hejazi (21).

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Silwan village, south of the Old City in occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched a number of houses from which they arrested 4 Palestinian civilians. The arrested persons were identified as Abbas Ibrahim Abbasi (20), Amer Khalil al-Mohtaseb (18), Ali Sabri Abu Diab (20) and Amer Zeyad Zaidani.

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Mukaber Mountain village, southeast of East Jerusalem. They raided and searched a number of houses from which they arrested Ahmed Wesam Ewaisat (21) and Mohammed Jamil Ebeidiya (19).

 

  • At approximately 04:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Sowana neighbourhood, east of the old city in East Jerusalem. They raided and searched a number of houses from which they arrested 8 Palestinian civilians. The arrested were identified as Mousa Jamil al-Qadmani (19), Mohammed Eshaq Shehab (20), Fadi Hosni al-Kilani (18), Ameer Mahmoud al-Qadmani (20), Sami Mahmoud al-Qadmani (21), Mohammed Mahmoud al-Qadmani (24), Majdi Mahmoud Abu Ghazala (25) and Nadir Jawad al-Emouri (21).

 

  • At approximately 08:00, Israeli forces raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Baha’ Elayan in al-Mukaber Mountain village, southeast of occupied Jerusalem. They topped the roof of the house, photographed it and took its measures.

 

  • At approximately 01:00 on Saturday, 24 October 2015, Israeli forces raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Ibrahim al-Joulani in Ras al-Amoud neighbourhood, east of the Old City in East Jerusalem. They arrested his son Faraj (20) and took him to an unknown destination.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Thawri neighbourhood, south of the Old City in East Jerusalem. They raided and searched a number of houses from which they arrested Nidal al-Bazlamit (18) and Redwan Abdul Rahman (19).

 

  • At approximately 01:30 on Saturday, 24 October 2015, Israeli forces raided and searched a house belonging to the family Ahmed Abu Dheim in al-Shaikh Sa’d neighbourhood, southeast of the Old City in occupied East Jerusalem. They arrested his son Tawfiq (16) and took him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 02:00 on the same day, Israeli forces moved into al-Eisawiya village, northeast of East Jerusalem. They raided and esearched a number of houses from which they arrested 4 Palestinian young men. The arrested civilians were identified as Wajdi Anwar Mahmoud (19), Dawood Yusef Atiya (19), Abdul Rahman Dari (20) and Mohammed Ali Nasser.

 

  • At approximately 07:00 on Saturday also, Israeli forces moved into al-Thawri neighbourhood, southeast of the Old City in East Jerusalem. They raided and searched a number of houses belonging to al-Ghazawi family, from which they arrested Samah Nasser al-Ghazawi (27) and Ekram al-Ghazawi (50).

 

  • At approximately 11:00, Israeli forces arrested Akram Mahmoud al-Ja’ouni (24), from a store in Khan al-Zait market in the Old City, in East Jerusalem. They harshly beat him took him to al-Selsela police station to be questioned.

 

  • At approximately 01:30 on Sunday, 25 October 2015, Israeli forces raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Khalil Abu al-Hawa in al-Tour neighbourhood, east of the Old City in East Jerusalem. They arrested his son Omer (16) and took him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Mansour Ahmed Abu Ghariba (49), from al-Sowana neighbourhood, east of the Old City in East Jerusalem. They arrested him and his son Ahmed (18).

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Kamal Ahmed al-‘Awar in Silwan village, south of the Old City in East Jerusalem. They arrested his son Majd (15) and took him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Jamal Qarri in Shu’fat neighbourhood, north of the Old City, in East Jerusalem. They arrested his son Hamouda (22) and took him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Khalil Farid Ebeid in al-Eisawiya village, northeast of East Jerusalem. They arrested his son Farid (18) and took him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 13:00, Israeli forces moved into silwan village, south of the Old city in East Jerusalem. They raided and searched a number of houses and handed Ahmed Jalal al-Awar (19), his brother Belal (21) and Ayed Khalil Ebiasa (19) summonses to refer to the Israeli intelligence service.

 

  • At approximately 01:00 on Tuesday, 27 October 2015, Israeli forces raided and searched a number of houses from which they arrested Ameed Abdullah Sa’ida (22) and Majd Seyam (19).

 

  • At approximately 11:00 on Tuesday, 28 October 2015, Israeli special forces raided a l-Maqased Hospital in al-Tour village, east of the Old city in East Jerusalem, to take the medical file of one of the wounded persons, who received medical treatment lately. An eyewitness said to PCHR’s fieldworker that Israeli forces moved into al-Tour neighbourhood and surrounded al-Maqased Hospital. They raided the hospital’s emergency room and administrative section, while other Israeli soldiers remained by the gate and in the yards. He added that Israeli forces claimed they had a “court warrant” to raid the hospital and take the file. He also said that they detained an international doctor in the hospital and questioned him.

 

  • At approximately 13:00, Israeli forces arrested Mohammed Majid Zughul (14), while going back home in Silwan village, south of East Jerusalem, for interrogation. His family said that Israeli forces arrested their son under the pretext of possessing a wooden ruler. They accused him that he sharpened it to stab a settler in the village. Although the boy denied the accusation, the police extended his detention to appear before the court.
  • At approximately 15:00, Israeli forces arrested Ahmed Nasser Abu Jom’a (15) and Nour Mohammed Aloush (17) while walking in al-Tour neighbourhood, east of the Old City in East Jerusalem, under the pretext they possessed knives.

 

  • At approximately 18:00, Israeli forces arrested 2 Palestinian women namely Ghada Oudet Allah (42), from Shu’fat village, and Heba Sarhan (40), from Silwan village, after they were both summoned to an interview at al-Nabi Yaqoub police station in Jerusalem. Amjad Abu Asab, head of Jerusalemite Prisoners’ Families Committee, said that an Israeli Facebook page had posted the photo of Mrs. Ghada and claimed that she intended to carry out a “terrorist” attack. The page asked the Israeli community to be careful and help in finding this woman. The Israeli police extended her detention to appear before the court. It should be noted that Ghada is a mother of 5 children.

 

  • At approximately 19:00, on the same day, Israeli forces raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Suleiman al-Awar (46), from Silwan village, south of the Old city. They arrested the aforementioned person and took him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 01:00 on Wednesday, 28 October 2015, Israeli forces moved into Silwan village, south of the Old City in East Jerusalem. They raided and searched a number of houses from which they arrested 4 civilians, including 3 children. The arrested were identified as Ibrahim Ahmed Abdul Razeq (14), Mohammed Nader al-Natcha (16), Aziz Esila (16) and Baha’ Yunis Bazlamit (19).

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Thawri neighborhood, southeast of the Old City. They raided and searched a number of houses from which they arrested Suhaib Ghassan Edris (14) and Suhaib Atef Edris (14).

 

  • At approximately 07:00, Israeli forces raided a house belonging to the family of Jehad Ghazawi (30) in Ras al-Amoud neighbourhood, east of the Old City. They arrested the aforementioned woman and took her to an unknown destination.

 

  1. Settlement activities and attacks by settlers against Palestinian civilians and property

 

Israel has continued its settlement activities in the oPt, a direct violation of international humanitarian law, and Israeli settlers have continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property.

 

Israeli forces’ attacks

 

  • At approximately 09:00 on Friday, 23 October 2015, about 90 fruitful olive trees, south of Kufor Qaddoum village, north of Qalqilya, were burnt as Israeli forces fired tear gas canisters under the pretext of military training in “Kedumim” camp, near the said village. Israeli forces denied the Palestinian Civil Defence access to the area claiming that they would extinguish fire. However, Israeli forces lagged, due to which more trees aging over 40 years were burnt.

Settler attacks on Palestinian civilians and their property

 

  • On Saturday, 24 October 2015, settlers from ‘Mevo Dotan” settlement, south of Ya’bad village, southwest of Jenin, damaged a greenhouse belonging to Kayed Mohammed Tawfiq Abu Baker (46). According to PCHR’s investigations and statement of the aforementioned person, Abu Baker was surprised by settlers damaging his greenhouse. He used to use the greenhouse to produce coal and a barrack attached to greenhouse. He estimated his loss at NIS 15,000. It should be noted that owners of coal production facilities in Ya’bad village could stop the decision taken to demolish their facilities upon a petition they filed. However, they suffer because Israeli forces keep raiding their facilities and confiscate the firewood.

 

  • At approximately 09:00 on Sunday, 25 October 2015, Azzam Ezzat Sha’ban Shalalda (20), from Sa’ir village, east of Hebron, was wounded after a settler opened fire at him in Sa’ir valley. The aforementioned person was taken by a private vehicle to the village, where an ambulance took him to al-Ahli hospital in Hebron. Medical sources stated that he sustained 7 live bullets to the right thigh, where his health condition was moderate.

Israeli forces claimed that Shalalda attempted to stab a settler after throwing stones at a settler vehicle and breaking its glass. Israeli forces moved into the village and closed it entrances under the pretext that another Palestinian had been involved in the attack.

 

  • At approximately 16:00, on the same day, after a settler was stabbed near “Ariel” settlement, north of Salfit, and the attacker had escaped, 4 settlers stabbed a Palestinian civilian near the aforementioned settlement. The stabbed person could escape in spite of his injury. He reached a health clinic in Marda village. It was found out later that the wounded was identified as Tamer Shawkat Ahmed Khdair (25), from Beita village, southeast of Nablus. Israeli forces moved int the village later and arrested Khdair.

 

  • At approximately 22:15, a group of settlers attacked in presence of Israeli forces and liaison officers a vehicle belonging to Dr. Rani Marwan Abdul Hamid (32), from Aqraba village, southeast of Nablus, while going home. As a result, the car glass was smashed and scattered on the Rani, due to which he stopped in the streets for few minutes before he moved slowly towards the Israeli soldiers, who asked him what was going on. The liaison officers photographed his ID, took his mobile number and told him that they would call him. Rani moved on with his damaged vehicle, but he was stopped by Israeli soldiers at Za’tara checkpoint. They asked him why his vhicle was damaged. He told him everything, nonetheless, they searched his vehicle and then allowed him to leave.

 

  • At approximately 08:30 on Monday, 26 October 2015, a group of settlers from “Alone Mowe” settlement, east of Deir al-Hatab village, east of Nablus, attacked Palestinian farmers, who were harvesting olives, east of the village. The settlers attacked with sticks Tawfiq Mohammed Bani Omer (75) on his head and left hand, due to which he sustained bruises. He could escape to the bypass road in the area to be protected by Israeli soldiers. Soon after other farmers called the ambulance, a Palestine Red Crescent Society’s (PRCS) ambulance arrived and took Tawfiq to Rafidiya Hospital in Nablus. It should be noted that Tawfiq cannot enter his land or take care of his trees unless by coordination with the Israeli forces. Tawfiq and other farmers obtained coordination one day before the attack.

 

  • At approximately 11:00 on Tuesday, 27 October 2015, a group of settlers gathered on the road connecting Jenin with Tulkarm and Nablus, south of Jenin. They threw stones at Palestinian vehicles, due to which glass of one of the vheicles was smashed according to an eyewitness. They withdrew later, but gathered again in the south of the village. At approximately 17:00, they fired in the air, after which Israeli forces and backup arrived to secure the settlers’ withdrawal. No further incidents were reported. It should be noted that the settlers move into the area where “Homesh” ex-settlement used to be to perform their rituals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Recommendations to the International Community

 

 

PCHR emphasizes the international community’s position that the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, are still under Israeli occupation, in spite of Israeli military redeployment outside the Gaza Strip in 2005. PCHR further confirms that Israeli forces continued to impose collective punishment measures on the Gaza Strip, which have escalated since the 2006 Palestinian parliamentary elections, in which Hamas won the majority of seats of the Palestinian Legislative Council. PCHR stresses that there is international recognition of Israel’s obligation to respect international human rights instruments and the international humanitarian law, especially the Hague Regulations concerning the Laws and Customs of War on Land and the Geneva Conventions. Israel is bound to apply the international human rights law and the law of war sometime reciprocally and other times in parallel in a way that achieves the best protection for civilians and remedy for victims.

 

In light of continued arbitrary measures, land confiscation and settlement activities in the West Bank, and the latest 51-day offensive against civilians in the Gaza Strip, PCHR calls upon the international community, especially the United Nations, the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Convention and the European Union – in the context of their natural obligation to respect and enforce the international law – to cooperate and act according to the following recommendations:

 

  1. PCHR calls upon the international community and the United Nations 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;
  2. PCHR calls upon the United Nations to provide international protection to Palestinians in the oPt, and to ensure the non-recurrence of aggression against the oPt, especially the Gaza Strip;
  3. PCHR calls upon the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions to compel Israel, as a High Contracting Party to the Conventions, to apply the Conventions in the oPt;
  4. PCHR calls upon the Parties to international human rights instruments, especially the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, to pressurize Israel to comply with their provisions in the oPt, and to compel it to incorporate the human rights situation in the oPt in its reports submitted to the concerned committees;
  5. PCHR calls upon the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions to fulfil their obligation to ensure the application of the Conventions, including extending the scope of their jurisdiction in order to prosecute suspected war criminals, regardless of the nationality of the perpetrator and the place of a crime, to pave the way for prosecuting suspected Israeli war criminals and end the longstanding impunity they have enjoyed;
  6. PCHR calls on States that apply the principle of universal jurisdiction not to surrender to Israeli pressure to limit universal jurisdiction to perpetuate the impunity enjoyed by suspected Israeli war criminals;
  7. PCHR calls upon the international community to act in order to stop all Israeli settlement expansion activities in the oPt through imposing sanctions on Israeli settlements and criminalizing trading with them;
  8. PCHR calls upon the UN General Assembly to transfer the Goldstone Report to the UN Security Council in order to refer it to the International Criminal Court in accordance with Article 13(b) of the Rome Statute;
  9. PCHR calls upon the United Nations to confirm that holding war criminals in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is a precondition to achieve stability and peace in the regions, and that peace cannot be built on the expense of human rights;
  10. PCHR calls upon the UN General Assembly and Human Rights Council to explicitly declare that the Israeli closure policy in Gaza and the annexation wall in the West Bank are illegal, and accordingly refer the two issues to the UN Security Council to impose sanctions on Israel to compel it to remove them;
  11. PCHR calls upon the international community, in light of its failure to the stop the aggression on the Palestinian people, to at least fulfil its obligation to reconstruct the Gaza Strip after the series of hostilities launched by Israel which directly targeted the civilian infrastructure;
  12. PCHR calls upon the United Nations and the European Union to express a clear position towards the annexation wall following the international recognition of the State of Palestine on the 1967 borders, as the annexation wall seizes large parts of the State of Palestine;
  13. PCHR calls upon the European Union to activate Article 2 of the EU-Israel Association Agreement, which provides that both sides must respect human rights as a precondition for economic cooperation between the EU states and Israel, and the EU must not ignore Israeli violations and crimes against Palestinian civilians;

 

 

 

 

 

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