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

 

(08– 13October 2015)

 

  • Wilful killings have been rising in occupied East Jerusalem
  • 8 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children, were killed and 183 others were wounded in Jerusalem.

 

  • Israeli forces have escalated the use of excessive lethal force against peaceful protests in occupied Palestinian territory.

 

  • 15 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children and a woman, were killed in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

 

  • 424 Palestinian civilians, including 102 children, were wounded in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
  • Among the wounded were 12 journalists; 3 of whom were wounded in Jerusalem, 3 others were wounded in the West Bank and the 6 others were wounded in the Gaza Strip.

 

  • Israeli forces conducted 36incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank.
  • 115 Palestinian civilians, including 18 children, were arrested.
  • 41 of them, including 10 children and a journalist, were arrested in occupied Jerusalem.

 

  • Israeli forces have turned the West Bank into cantons and continued to impose an illegal closure on the Gaza Strip for the 9thconsecutive year.
  • Many checkpoints were established in the West Bank and many others were re-established.
  • 6 Palestinian civilians, including 4 children, were arrested at checkpoints.

 

  • Israeli navy forces continued to open fire at Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip sea, but neither casualties nor material damage were reported.

 

  • Israeli settlers escalated their attacksagainst Palestinian civilians and propertyand settlement activities continued in the West Bank.
  • The settlers attacked Palestinian vehicles and seriously wounded a Palestinian civilian.
  • Restrictions were imposed on the movement of Palestinian farmers who were prevented from collecting olives in different areas.

 

 

Summary

 

Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in theoPt continued during the reporting period (08 – 13 October 2015).

 

Shooting:

 

With the ongoing silence of the international community towards the Israeli grave violations in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), Israeli forces have continued to commit crimes against Palestinian civilians. The reporting period witnessed bloody escalation and blatant disregard by Israeli forces for the lives of Palestinian civilians. Moreover, Israeli forces continued to use excessive force against Palestinians participating in peaceful protests in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Occupied East Jerusalem witnessed shooting incidents against all those suspected of attempting to stab Israeli soldiers and settlers. During the reporting period, Israeli forces and police officers killed 23 Palestinian civilians, including 5 children. Eleven of the victims, including 2 children and a woman, were killed in the Gaza Strip and 12 others, including 3 children, were killed in the West Bank. Eight of these Palestinians, including 2 children, were killed in occupied East Jerusalem. Moreover, 607 Palestinian civilians, including 102 children and 12 journalists, were wounded in the Gaza Strip and West Bank; 187 of them, including 47 children and 6 journalists in the Gaza Strip and the remaining others were wounded in the West Bank.

 

In the West Bank, Israeli forces killed 12 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children. The killings committed by Israeli forces and police officers in Jerusalem were as follows:

 

On 08 October 2015, Israeli forces killed Wesam al-Mansi (20) during clashes between Palestinian civilians and Israeli forces that moved into Shu’fat refugee camp, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem.

 

On 10 October 2015, Israeli forces killed Ahmed Salah (22) during clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces around Shu’fat military checkpoint, northeast of East Jerusalem.

 

On the same day, Israeli police officers opened fire at Ishac Badran (16), from Kufor Aqeb village, north of East Jerusalem, after he had stabbed 2 settlers in al-Mesrara area, opposite to al-Amoud Gate in the Old City in East Jerusalem. As a result, he sustained several bullet wounds and was left bleeding to death without being offered medical treatment.

 

Also on the same day, Israeli forces opened fire at Mohammed Ali (19), from Shu’fat refugee camp, after he stabbed 2 Israeli special police officers from “Yasam” Unit in al-Amoud Gate area in the Old City in East Jerusalem. As a result, he was killed by several bullets.

 

On 12 October 2015, Israeli forces opened fire at Mostafa al-Khateeb (18), from Sour Baher village, south of East Jerusalem, once he stepped out of his car near al-Asbat Gate, which is one of the Old City gates in the city. As a result, he was killed by several bullets.

 

On the same day, Israeli forces opened fire at Hassan Mahayna (Manasra) (15) and deliberately ran down his cousin, Ahmed Mahayna (Manasra) (13), both are from Beit Hanina village, north of East Jerusalem. They were heading to a mall near their family houses in “Pisgat Ze’ev” settlement. As a result, the first child was killed by several bullets and the other one sustained serious wounds. Israeli forces claimed that the 2 boys stabbed 2 settlers.

 

On 13 October 2015, an Israeli security guard fired 3 bullets at Alaa Abu Jamal (33), from al-Mukaber Mountain, southeast of occupied East Jerusalem, at a bus stop on “Malkhei Yisrael” Street in West Jerusalem. In the meanwhile, an Israeli Border Guard officer arrived and killed Abu Jamal by a number of live bullets. Abu Jamal’s car belonging to Israeli phone company “Bezeq” deviated towards 3 Israelis at the abovementioned bus stop. He then stepped out of the car holding a knife and stabbed a number of Israelis at the bus stop.

 

On the same day, Baha’ Elayan (22) was killed and Belal Ghanem (23) was wounded, both are from Jabal al-Mukaber village, southeast of Jerusalem, while carrying out a shooting and stabbing attack in an Israeli bus in al-Mukaber Mountain. Ghanem has been at an Israeli hospital after he sustained serious wounds while being under arrest.

 

In other cities throughout the West Bank, on 09 October 2015, Israeli forces deployed along the road between the Ibrahimi Mosque and “Kiryat Arba” settlement, east of Hebron, killed Mohammed al-Ja’bari (19), from Khellet Hadhour, southeast of the city.

 

On 10 October 2015, a medical source at the Ahli Hospital in Hebron pronounced Ibrahim Awad (28), from Beit Ommer village, north of Hebron, dead of wounds he had sustainedin the head on 08 October 2015, during clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces.

 

On 11 October 2015, Ahmed Sharaka (13), from al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah, was killed by a bullet to the head during clashes with Israeli forces at the DCO checkpoint, north of al-Bireh.

 

On 13 October 2015, Israeli forces stationed around Belal Bin Rabah Mosque, north of Bethlehem, killed Mo’taz Zawahra (21), from al-Dheisha refugee camp, south of the city, after they opened fire at Palestinian stone throwers. Zawahra was hit by a live bullet to the chest and was pronounced dead minutes after being admitted to Beit Jala Governmental Hospital.

 

During the reporting period, 420 Palestinian civilians were wounded in the West Bank, including 183 civilians in occupied East Jerusalem.

 

In the Gaza Strip, Israeli forces killed 11 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children and a woman, and wounded 187 others, including 47 children, a woman and 6 journalists.

 

In excessive use of lethal force, on Friday, 09 October 2015, Israeli forces killed 7 Palestinian civilians, including a child, and wounded 67 others, including 16 children and a Turkish photojournalist, in 5 different locations near the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel. Field investigations indicate that Israeli forces used excessive lethal force in the Gaza Strip in violation of the principles of proportionality and military necessity. Many of the Palestinian victims were shot in the upper parts of their bodies, reflecting an Israeli intention to cause maximum casualties among Palestinian civilians, who did not pose any serious threat to the lives of Israeli soldiers stationed in fortified military sites far away from the demonstrators.

 

According to investigations conducted by PCHR, at approximately 13:15 on Friday, 9October 2015, dozens of young men and children headed to the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel, particularly the vicinity of Nahal Ouz military post, to the east of al-Shujaiya neighborhood in the east of Gaza City, to express solidarity with the popular uprising in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Once they approached the border and threw stones at Israeli forces stationed behind it, Israeli forces opened fire at them. As a result, 4 Palestinian civilians were killed and 31 others, including 11 children, were wounded. A Turkish journalist, Metin Kaya, an Anadolu Agency photojournalist, was also injured as a bullet hit his camera and its shrapnel hit his fingers.

 

At approximately 14:45, dozens of young men and children gathered in the east of al-Farrahin area in Abassan village and Khuza’a village, east of Khan Yunis. They headed towards the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel raising Palestinian flags. Once they approached the border and threw stones at Israeli forces stationed there, Israeli soldiers opened fire at them. Israeli soldiers continued to fire at the Palestinian demonstrators sporadically until the evening. As a result of the Israeli gunfire, two Palestinian civilians, were killed and 11 others were wounded, including a young man who was seriously wounded and was pronounced dead on Saturday morning.

 

Similar clashes erupted between Palestinian civilians and Israeli forces near the border between the Gaza Strip to the east of the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah and al-Boreij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip, and in the northern Gaza Strip. Israeli forces fired at those civilians wounding 26 of them, including 5 children.

 

On 10 October 2015, 2 Palestinians, including a child, were killed when Israeli forces stationed along the border fence, east of Khan Yunis, south of the Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian protestors. Moreover, they wounded 3 others. Six Palestinian civilians were wounded, including 2 children, in 2 separate protests around Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing and in the east of al-Shouka village, east of Rafah. On 11 October 2015, a Palestinian civilian was wounded around Beit Hanoun crossing in similar circumstances.

 

In a heinous willful killing crime, on 11 October 2015, an Israeli warplane fired two missiles at a 160-square-meter house belonging to Yehya Sa’di Mohammed Hassan (26) in al-Zaitoun neighborhood, south of Gaza City. As a result of the explosion that rocked the area, 5-month pregnant Nour Rasmi Mohammed Hassan (26) and her child, Rahaf Yehya Sa’di Hassan (3), were killed. Moreover, Nour’s husband sustained shrapnel wounds throughout his body and fractures to the legs and their son, Mohammed Yehya Sa’di Hassan (5), sustained shrapnel wounds throughout the body. Three others, who are the cousins of Yehya and living near his house, including a child.

 

In the context of targeting Palestinian fishermen, on 10October 2015, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Sudaniya shore, north of the Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishermen. Similar attacks occurred twice on 13 October 2015, but off al-Waha shore. However, no casualties were reported.

 

Incursions:

 

During the reporting period,Israeli forces conducted at least 36 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 10 ones in occupied East Jerusalem.During these incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 115Palestinians, including 18 children and a female journalist. Forty-one of these civilians, including 10 children and the journalist, 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.

 

Settlement Activities

 

On Thursday afternoon, 08 October 2015, a number of settlers from “Kiryat Arba'” settlement established on Palestinian lands in the eastern side of Hebron attacked civilians’ houses adjacent to the aforementioned settlement from the western side with stones and tried to burn empty shades. As a result, families and children were terrified. All of this happened under the Israeli forces’ intensive protection as they stood still watching the settlers’ attacks.

 

On the same day, a group of settlers from a Subaru car traveling an Israeli registration plate threw stones at the Palestinian cars on “Yitsahar” road branching from Ramallah-Nablus Street. The windows of 3 vehicles passing on this Street were broken, and a child and his father were injured in their faces. The father’s condition was described as critical and was taken to “Beilinson” Hospital in Israel, while the 9-year-old child sustained wounds to his face and fracture in the nose. His condition was described as stable.

 

On 10 October 2015, a group of settlers from “Nof Zion” settlement in Jabal al-Mukaber village, attacked Ms. Yosra Zahayka and her 2 kids while going back home in the village. She could drive and escape along with her 2 children, who were exposed to danger.

 

 

 

 

 

Details

 

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

 

Thursday, 08 October 2015

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Til village, southwest of Nablus. They raided and searched a number of houses. They confiscated 18,500 NIS and 210 JD in addition to an 800-jordanian-dinar necklace from a house belonging to the family of Jamal Ahmed Ayoub. Israeli forces claimed that this amount of money was received by Jamal from his brother, ‘Omer, who is deported to the Gaza Strip but he denied those claims.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Beit Foriq village, east of Nablus. They raided and searched a number of houses. Israeli forces verbally informed the family of Nemer Sedqi Nemer al-Haj Mohammed who is deported to the Gaza Strip to evacuate the house, where 3 families of 11 members, including 4 children, live, as a prelude for destroying it. The 210-square-meter house is comprised of 3 floors, and the Israeli forces claim that Nemer, who is a popular resistance activist,is on the assassination list. Therefore, his house in Beir Foriq will be destroyed.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into ‘Aqabah village, northwest of Tubas. They raided and searched a number of houses. They then arrested Mothanah ‘Emad Abu ‘Erah (24) and withdrew later taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli soldiers deployed in the Old City in the centre of Hebron detained two journalists identified as Ra’ed Mohammed Samir Sharif (27) and Ra’ed Ibrahim Zaghir (28) who both work in “Freedom Platform” Radio while covering the Israeli forces’ attacks in the southern area of the city. The two journalists were beaten, handcuffed and insulted. However, they were released two hours later and were then taken to Hebron Hospital.

Ra’ed al-Sharif said to a PCHR fieldworker that:

 

“At approximately 03:00 on Thursday, 08 October 2015, I headed with my colleague, Ra’ed Zaghir, to the southern area of Hebron to cover attacks by the Israeli forces and settlers there. We arrived at Jaroun Jarad area in Abu Sneinah neighbourhood, where four youngsters were arrested by the border guards. The Israeli soldiers took their ID cards and went to the Abu al-Rish checkpoint while the four youngsters were waiting for them to come back. I talked to one of the youngsters, whom I knew he is a relative when I arrived. He told me that they had been there for an hour waiting for the border guards. Meanwhile, four Israeli soldiers arrived, and when they approached us, they asked the youngsters about their ID card numbers in addition to my ID and my colleague’s who was in the car. I told the soldier that we are journalists as we were in the press uniform. I then handed him our ID cards, and the Israeli soldier insulted me with bad words. He talked via a wireless device, and then pointed the gun at my back taking me and Ra’ed to Qaytoun neighbourhood after confiscating our cell phones. He told me,’You are wanted by the Israeli intelligence’, and kept insulting me. We arrived at the Graves area, where the Israeli soldiers forced us to take our shoes off and lift our clothes. Meanwhile, the other Israeli soldiers pointed their guns at us and made us sit down on the ground while they continued to insult us. The wireless device, which was with the Israeli soldier, hit my eye, so I put my hands on it. The Israeli soldier then started slapping me on the head and then blindfolded Ra’ed and me, in addition to tying our hands to the back with plastic wires. They made us sit on our knees between the graves for around 15 minutes and loaded their guns towards us 3 times. We remained in this situation until 02:00 when the soldiers took us to a camp near the entrance of al-Shuhadaa’ Street and released us. After untying our hands, we headed to the Hebron Hospital and it turned out that we sustained bruises in the left foot and the left leg joint and both arms. We received necessary medical treatment.”

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Dura, southwest of Hebron. They stationed in Kharsa village, south of the city and then raided and searched a house belonging to the family of ‘Abed al-Halim Mahmoud Talahmah (55). They handed the aforementioned civilian and his son, Mahmoud (16), two summonses to refer to the Israeli intelligence in “Gosh ‘Etzion” settlement, south of Bethlehem. They arrested his, son, Mohammed (22) and took him to an unknown destination. The Israeli forces then patrolled the streets heading to al-Shorfah area in the east of the city and then raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Ayham Yaser Sayed Ahmed (19), whom they arrested. Meanwhile, other Israeli forces arrived in the city from “Adoraym” camp to the southeast of it and moved into other neighbourhoods in the city. The Israeli forces arrested Ziad Belal al-Khatib (18) and Mo’ataz Shaher al-Namourah (20).

 

  • At approximately 09:00, Israeli forces moved into al-‘Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron. A number of Palestinian children and youngsters gathered to throw stones at the Israeli soldiers, who in response chased them and fired sound bombs, tear gas canisters and live and metal bullets at them. As a result, a 16-year-old child was hit with a bullet to left foot. He was taken by a PRCS ambulance to Hebron Hospital to receive treatment.

 

  • At approximately 13:30, Israeli forces moved into Beit Ummar, north of Hebron. They stationed in a number of neighbourhoods, including Safa, Beit Za’ata and Khelet al-‘Ein. They raided and searched a number of houses using tracker dogs. They arrested 8 civilians and withdrew later taking them to an unknown destination. The arrested persons were identified ‘Emad Hamdi Abu Mariah (37); Yazan ‘Emad Mohammed al-Sleibi (19); Hisham Fathi Sabarnah (20); Ramzi Mohammed Hammad Abu Mariah (27); Mohammed Ibrahim Sabarnah (24); Ahmed ‘Abdullah Izreiq Abu ‘Ayash (23); ‘Ammar Bader Mahmoud Akhlil (40); and Sami Hamel Mousa Baher (24).

 

  • At approximately 14:00, Israeli forces deployed in the Old City in the Old City in the centre of Hebron. They arrested Mohammed ‘Othman Abu Soniyah (18) and his brother, ‘Ali (15) after raiding and searching their family house at night and then taken to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 15:30, Israeli forces moved into Halhoul, north of Hebron. They raided and searched a number of houses. They arrested 7 civilians, including a child, and withdrew later taking them to an unknown destination. The arrested civilians were identified as Mohammed Hammad Abu Dayyah (21); Ahmed Khalil Ihneihen (20); Yousif Khalil Zama’arah; ‘Abdel Mohsen ‘Ali Zama’arah (25); Yehia Mahmoud Jahzshan (19); Salah Ismail Jahsan; and Yousif ‘Ali al-Wohoush (17).

 

  • At approximately 17:00, Israeli forces moved from the military watchtower established at the entrance of Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron, into the main street leading to the village. They deployed between the stores and houses when a number of Palestinian young men and children gathered to throw stones and empty bottles. The Israeli soldiers chased and fired at the youngsters, who dispersed in the alleys and set fire to tires. As a result, a 28-year-old civilian was hit with a metal bullet in the front side of the head. He was taken to al-Ahli Hospital in the city, and his medical condition was described as serious. A 17-year-old child was hit with a live bullet to the left foot; and a 16-year-old child was hit with a live bullet to the left foot. Both of them were taken to Hebron Hospital to receive medical treatment.   Meanwhile, other Israeli soldiers moved into the village and surrounded a number of young men. They arrested 7 civilians, including 6 children, and took them to the military watchtower: Anwar ‘Emad Bader Akhlil (20); Mohammed Jamal Akhlil (14); Muhanned Breigheth Mohammed Breigheth (16); Mohammed Sedqi Akhlil (17); Mahdi Ibrahim Abu Mariah (11); Marah Mohammed Hasan ‘Awad (17); and Jumanah Bassam Munir Breigheth (16). Marah and Jomanah were released later and the other five arrested civilians were taken to the Israeli forces’ camp in “Gosh ‘Etzion”, south of Bethlehem.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces carried out 3 incursions in the following areas, but no arrests were reported: Nemrah area, east of Hebron; al-Samou’a village, south of the city and Hawarah village, south of Nablus.

 

Friday, 09 October 2015

 

  • In the early morning, Israeli forces moved into the villages of Harmalah and al-Shawawrah, east of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a number of houses and arrested 3 civilians, including a child, taking them to an unknown destination. The arrested persons were identified as Ahmed Shadi Za’oul (24) Qosay Mousa al-Zir (16) and Ayman ‘Issa Hamdan (33).

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces raided and searched a house belonging to the family of former prisoner Montaser Hamad Bader (26) in Beit Loqaya village, southwest of Ramallah. They handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli intelligence in “‘Ofer” detention centre, southwest of the city. It should be mentioned that Bader was released two months ago from the Israeli prisons after spending 3 years in them.

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Selwad village, northeast of Ramallah. They deployed in the agricultural lands in the vicinity of the houses. They then raided and searched four houses, including the house of a political prisoner who has been detained by the Preventive Security Services (PSS) for 4 months. An explosive engineering team arrived to inspect and measure the area of the house from the outside, and an Israeli officer threatened the family to destroy their house. They then handed summonses to Hazem Rawhi al-Salhi (23), Issma al-‘Adasi (25) and Ahmed Mohammed Najib Hamed (20) to refer to the Israeli intelligence and withdrewlater.

 

  • At approximately 11:30, Israeli forces deployed along the street between al-Ibrahimi Mosqye and “Karayat Arbaa'” settlement established on Palestinian lands, east of Hebron, killed Mohammed Fares al-Ja’abari (19) from Khelet Hadour to the southeast of the city. The aforementioned was killed when he was on the road leading to “Gav’at Havout” settlement outpost after directly opening fire at him. As a result, he was hit with several bullets and taken by an Israeli ambulance to “Kharsina” settlement, east of the city. At approximately 21:00, they handed his dead body over to a PRCS ambulance. Israeli forces claimed that al-Ja’abari attempted to stab an Israeli soldier and strip off his weapon, so the Israeli soldiers directly opened fire at him. No local eyewitness was in the area to confirm or refute the Israeli narrative.

 

  • At approximately 15:30, Israeli forces fired live and rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at Palestinian civilians indiscrimiantely in al-Mohawel and Khelet Hadour areas in Hebroon after the young men deployed in the streets. There were also settlers who threw stones at the houses. As a result, a 14-year-old child was wounded with a bullet in the abdomen; a 14-year-old child was hit with a bullet to the right thigh; and a34-year-old civilian was hit with a bullet to the right hand. The wounded persons were taken by PRCS ambulances to the hospitals of the city.

 

  • In the afternoon, a number of Palestinian youngsters threw stones at the Israeli soldiers stationed at the southern entrance of Eastern Barta’ah village, which is isolated from its surroundings due to the annexation wall, west of Jenin. The Israeli soldiers fired flash bombs in the area in addition to sound bombs, tear gas canisters and metal bullets at the stone-throwers. At approximately 01:00 on Saturday, 10 October 2015, a group of undercover units dressed in plain clothes sneaked into the village using a car with a Palestinian plate. They chased a Palestinian Mazda 3 car and opened fire at it. They managed to stop it and arrested a number of persons who were in the car. They took them to an unknown destination, while two young men ran away from the car; one of whom sustained bullet shrapnel wounds. The arrested persons were identified as Mahmoud Nabil Hamad Qobaha (32); Shadi Qobaha (29); Hussein Qobaha (30); Zakariah Qobaha (31).

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces carried out 3 incursions in the following areas, but no arrests were reported: al-Fawar refugee camp; al-Mowareq village and al-Thaheriyah village in Hebron.

 

 

 

Saturday, 10 October 2015

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Dura, southwest of Hebron. They stationed in al-Shorfah area and then raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Baker Hasan Yousif Sharawnah (32). They arrested the aforementioned civilian and later withdrew taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 21:30, medical sources in al-Ahli Hospital in Hebron declared the death of Ibrahim Ahmed Mustafa ‘Awad (28) from Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron after succumbing to his wounds as he was hit by a metal bullet to the forehead. Israeli forces shot the aforementioned civilian during confrontations between them and Palestinian young men at the village’s entrance on 08 October 2015. The aforementioned civilian was taken to al-Ahli Hospital in the city where his wounds were described as serious. He was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit “ICU” and medical sources there said that ‘Awad arrived unconscious at the hospital suffering from severe bleeding in the head and low blood pressure. As a result, he was put on the artificial respiration device. The x-rays showed that he suffered from lacerated fraction in the skull and bleeding in the brain and the internal brain membranes. He underwent an urgent surgery as they stopped the bleeding and controlled it, removed part of the skull bones. On 10 October 2015, the lungs and heart almost stopped working which led to his death.

 

  • At approximately 22:45, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Soudaniyah shore, west of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip opened fire heavily in addition to firing shells in the vicinity of the Palestinian fishing boats and the shore. As a result, fishermen were terrified and were forced to flee. No causalities were reported.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces carried out 5 incursions in the following areas, but no arrests were reported: al-Samou’a village, south of Hebron and Halhoul, north of the city.

 

Sunday, 11 October 2015

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Mohammed al-Zeer in Harmalah village, east of Bethlehem. They arrested his son, ‘Ali (19), and took him to an unknown destination.

 

  • In a heinous wilful killing crime, Israeli warplanes raided a house without prior warning while its occupants were inside. As a result, a 5-month pregnant woman and her child were killed, the rest of the family were wounded and the house was completely destroyed.

According to PCHR’s investigations, at approximately 02:10 on Sunday, 11 October 2015, an Israeli warplane fired two missiles at a 160-square-meter house belonging to Yehya Sa’di Mohammed Hassan (26) in al-Zaitoun neighborhood, south of Gaza City. As a result of the explosion that rocked the area, 5-month pregnant Nour Rasmi Mohammed Hassan (26) and her child, Rahaf Yehya Sa’di Hassan (3), were killed. Moreover, Nour’s husband sustained shrapnel wounds throughout his body and fractures to the legs and their son, Mohammed Yehya Sa’di Hassan (5), sustained shrapnel wounds throughout the body. Three others, who are the cousins of Yehya and living near his house, including a child, were wounded. They were identified as:

 

  1. Mohammed Nasser Mohammed Hassan (23), wounded by shrapnel to the shoulder;
  2. His sister Salsabeel (12), wounded by shrapnel throughout the body; and
  3. Their mother Najah al-Abed Mohammed Hassan (45), wounded by shrapnel to the back.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into a number of neighbourhoods in the centre of Dura, southwest of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Haitham Yousif Hamad Abu ‘Atwan. They arrested his son, Yousif (18), and withdrew later taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Qalqilya. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Wael Mousa Sweilem (30). They arrested the aforementioned civilian and took him to an unknown destination. They also confiscated his Mercedes 406 truck. It should be mentioned that the aforementioned civilian is a transport driver.

 

  • At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces moved into Sorif village, northwest of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging Ibrahim Mahmoud ‘Abed (23). The Israeli soldiers arrested the aforementioned civilian after confiscating all the ID cards of his family members without returning them.

 

  • At approximately 14:30, Israeli forces moved into a number of neighbourhoods in the centre of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Shadi Mahmoud Qafishah (28) in Abu Ikteilah neighbourhood. They arrested him, and then patrolled the streets to al-Hariyah Valley area. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Islam Nader Ghanem (20), whom they arrested as well. They also arrested Kefah Khader al-Skafi (22) after searching his house in the same area.

 

Monday, 12 October 2015

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into ‘Orif village, south of Nablus. They raided and searched a number of houses. They arrested Sharif Abdel Hafez Sharif al-‘Amer (24) and withdrew later taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • In the early morning, Israeli forces moved into ‘Atil village, north of Tulkarm. They carried out a campaign among of house raids and arrests among the village’s young men as they arrested 13 civilians and took them to an unknown destination. The arrested civilians were identified as:

 

  • Nayef Bassam Nayef Abu-Thaher (21),
  • Ahmed ‘Attiah Ahmed al-A’zm (27),
  • Khaled Hussein ‘Abdel Latif Abu Khaznah (21),
  • Ahmed Mohammed Abu Hasnah (22),
  • Laith Mohammed Qutaish (24),
  • Mahmoud Khairy ‘Attili (23),
  • Baha Rasim Tawfiq Qafaf (22),
  • Ibrahim Jalal Sharif Makhoul (24),
  • Essam Mowafaq Mohammed Muhanna (21),
  • Wisam Murad Mohammed al-Ghazzawi (22),
  • Hammam Fawzi’Attili (26),
  • Raed Majed Sharif Makhoul (18) and
  • Thaer Mohammed Samih ‘Ali Qutaish (26).

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Burin village, south of Nablus. They raided and searched a number of houses. They arrested Montaser Nafe’a Mansour (23) and later withdrew taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Selwad village, northeast of Ramallah. They raided and searched a number of houses. At approximately 05:00, Israeli forces arrested 10 civilians and later withdrew taking them to an unknown destination. The arrested civilians were identified as:

 

  1. ‘Abdullah Hamed (38);
  2. Malek Ibrahim Hamed (27);
  3. Adam Khalil Harb (23);
  4. Laith Ra’ed Hamed(22);
  5. Wa’ed ‘Abdel Rahim Hamed (25);
  6. ‘Alaa’ Mahmoud Hammad (23);
  7. Ahmed Fathi Qdri (19);
  8. Mousa ‘Abdel ‘Aziz al-Tawil (18);
  9. Samer Jamal Hamed (19) and
  10. Mohammed ‘Abdel Wahab Hammad (19).

 

  • At approximately 20:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched a number of houses; a house of which belongs ‘Abdel Wahhab Tamimi, and confiscated a surveillance cameras DVR in the house. Meanwhile, dozens of Palestinian children and young men gathered to throw stones at the Israeli vehicles in the village. The Israeli soldiers in response fired live and metal bullets at the stone-throwers. As a result, a 19-year-old civilian was hit with 6 rubber-coated metal bullets to the back and legs.

 

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into the southern area of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Murad Ya’qoub ‘Azzam al-‘Ajlouni (19). They arrested the aforementioned civilian and later withdrew taking him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces backed by 13 vehicles and accompanied with a military bulldozer moved into Selwad village, northeast of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Faraj Mousa Shqeirat (43) in ‘Ein al-‘Aroud area amidst the Israeli shooting in the vicinity of the house. They ordered Shqeirat via megaphones to turn himself in and threatened him of killing him in case he does not come out of a Volvo truck parked in front of the house. The Israeli soldiers deliberately fired 30 live bullets at the front and rear windows, the front bumper and head lamps, but he was not it. The aforementioned truck belongs to Sarhan Mustafa Hammad, and Shqeirat works as a dirver on it. The losses of this attack are around 10,000 NIS. Around the same time, other Israeli soldiers raided and searched 3 houses. Dozens of Palestinian young men and children gathered to throw stones at the Israeli soldiers, who in response fired live and metal bullets. As a result, a 15-year-old child was hit with a bullet to the right leg and taken to Palestine Medical Governmental Compound in Ramallah to receive medical treatment. At approximately 07:50, Israeli forces arrested 3 civilians and withdrew later taking them to an unknown destination. The arrested civilians were identified as Bassam ‘Abdel Rahim ‘Abdel Razzaq Hammad (44); Mahdi Fares Hamed (20) and Wael ‘Abdel Halim Hamed (33).

 

  • At approximately 05:30, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Wahah shore, northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip chased and opened fire heavily in the vicinity of the Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles. The shooting continued for 15 minutes causing fear among fishermen who were forced to flee. However, no causalities were reported. At approximately 08:30, the Israeli gunboats retargeted the fishing boats and prevented fishermen from practicing their job in the aforementioned area.

 

  1. Use of excessive force against protests in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip

 

The West Bank:

 

  • On Thursday, 08 October 2015, hundreds of Bir Zeit University’s students and Palestinian civilians gathered near al-Huda Petrol Station and City-in hotel in al-Balou’ neighborhood, at the northern entrance of al-Beira city, then headed at (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, tear gas canisters and wastewater in response. As a result, (9) civilians, including 2 young women and a child, were wounded, two of whom were hit by live bullets while the others were hit by rubber-coated metal bullets. They were taken to Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah to receive medical treatment.

 

  • On Friday, 09 October 2015, following the funeral of Mohanad Shafeeq Halabi, 19, from al-Basateen neighborhood in Serda village, north of Ramallah, who was killed in Jerusalem, hundreds 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, then headed at (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, tear gas canisters and wastewater in response. As a result, (16) civilians, including (2) children were wounded, (8) of them were hit by live bullets while (8) others were hit by metal bullets. They were taken to Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah to receive medical treatment.

 

  • Following the Friday prayer, 09 October 2015, a peaceful demonstration started in front of Nablus city and its camps’ mosques headed to al-Quds Street and Hewara checkpoint, southern the city. When protesters arrived at the area, Israeli forces stationed in the area fired live ammunition, rubber- coated metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs at them and chased them in al-Quds street in response. As a result, (17) civilians, including (4) children and an international solidarity activist, (10) of them were wounded by live bullets, while (7) others were wounded by rubber-coated metal bullets. Moreover, Israeli forces deliberately fired a rubber-coated metal bullet at an ambulance belonging to Palestine Red Crescent Society, and caused a damage in a rear window which led to scattering the glass on the ambulance crew and the injured person. The abovementioned ambulance was driven by Jum’aa Omran, an ambulance officer, who was accompanying another ambulance officer, Jamal Abu Hamda, treating the injured person who was wounded by a bullet inside the ambulance.

 

  • Around the same time, a similar demonstration started from the center of Beit Foreek village, east of Nablus, headed to a military checkpoint established at its western entrance. Once the protesters approached the checkpoint, Israeli soldiers stationed at the checkpoint fired live ammunitions, tear gas canisters and sound bombs against them in response. As a result, (7) civilians, including (4) children were wounded; (2) of them were wounded were hit by live bullets, while (5) others were hit by rubber-coated metal bullets.

 

  • In the meanwhile, a similar demonstration started from the center of Tamoun village, southeast of Tobass, headed to al-Khandaq area, in ‘Atouf village, eastern the city. A large number of Israeli soldiers stationed at the area fired live ammunitions, rubber- coated metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs. Moreover, Israeli forces arrested 2 protesters who were identified as : Malek Mohammed Basharat, 21, who is a student in al-Najah University and works as a photojournalist to cover the events, and Othman Abed al-Fataah Bani ‘Oda, 25. Both of them are from Tamoun village.

 

  • Following Friday prayer, dozens of youths and children arrived in the vicinity of Gishori Factories, west of Tulkram, after preventing them from the Palestinian security services. When the protesters arrived at the area, Israeli forces moved into the area and fired heavily tear gas canisters against them. In response, the protesters threw stones and Molotov cocktails against their military vehicles. Following that, Israeli forces fired live ammunition and rubber- coated metal bullets at them then chased the stones throwers on the outskirts of the city. Furthermore,Israeli snipers topped an abandoned house in the vicinity of Kishori factory, while a military bulldozer destroyed part of Palestine Technical University’s wall. A medical source said to PCHR fieldworker that a 19-year-old civilian was wounded by a bullet to the leg and was taken to Thabet Thabet Governmental Hospital.

 

  • Following Friday prayer, dozens of Palestinian youths from Biet Ummer village, north of Hebron, gathered and headed to the eastern entrance of the village, where Israeli soldiers positioned at a military watchtower. When protesters arrived at the area, an infantry unit were heavily deployed there. Palestinian youngsters threw stones and set fire on rubber tires, while other youths closed the main road by stones and metal barriers. Israeli soldiers moved as groups towards the protesters and fired heavily tear gas canisters. A number of Israeli forces headed to Mahmoud Saleh ‘Awad’s house and topped its roof. They then fired sound bombs, tear gas canisters, live ammunition and rubber- coated metal bullets against the youths. As a result, the ‘Awad’s car was hit by a tear gas canister that led to damage its window.

 

  • On afternoon, Israeli soldiers stationed at al-Jamla military checkpoint, northeast of Jenin, opened fire at a peaceful demonstration that was heading to the checkpoint. Following that, clashes erupted between Israeli forces and Palestinian youths who burned rubber tires on the road leading to the checkpoint and threw stones at Israeli forces. In response, Israeli soldiers fired tear gas canisters, sound bombs, and live ammunitions at the protesters. As a result, (7) civilians, including (3) children and a journalist, Sakher Taleb Abed a-Raheim Zawaita, 28, who works as a reporter at Palestine T.V, were wounded by live bullets. In addition, a paramedic in Palestine Red Crescent Society, Khaled al-Ahmed, was wounded by a bullet while performing his work.

 

  • On afternoon, dozens of Palestinian youths and children gathered in the southern entrance of Salwad village, northeast of Ramallah, on the road between Selwad and Yabroud, near Street (60) to organize a protest against Israeli policies. The protestors set fire to tires, threw stones and Molotov cocktails at Israeli soldiers who fired live ammunition, rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters in response. As a result, (2) civilians were wounded. A 24-year-old civilian was hit by a bullet to the right leg while a22-year-old civilian was hit by a bullet to the right leg.

 

  • At approximately 14:00 on afternoon, dozens of Palestinian youths and children gathered following the end of a peaceful demonstration that organized by national powers in Hebron, condemning the Israeli attacks against al-Aqsa Mosque in Bab al-Zawya area, in the center of Hebron. Palestinian youths threw stones and empty bottles at Israeli soldiers stationed at the military checkpoint established at the entrance of al-Shohada street while other protesters set fire to rubber tires. Moreover, Israeli soldiers moved into the area after firing heavily tear gas canisters at the youths and shops indiscriminately. Later, an infantry unit accompanied by a wastewater pumping vehicle arrived at al-Shlala Street and flooded the area with wastewaters. In addition, Palestinian youths and children continued to throw stones at soldiers. In response, Israeli soldiers deployed in Wad al- Tofah Street and at al-Sa’a intersection heavily fired live ammunitions, and rubber- coated metal bullets against stones thrower. As a result, a 19-year-old youngster was wounded by a rubber- coated metal bullet settled to the nose; a 26-year-old civilian was wounded by a bullet to the left eye; while a 16-year-old child was wounded by a bullet that settled in his right knee.

 

  • At approximately 15:00, a number of Palestinian youngsters gathered after the news of killing Mohammed Fares al-Ja’bary, 19, from the southern area of Hebron. The youths threw stones and empty bottles against the military vehicles stopped at the intersection leading to Beit Yanoun village. Israeli soldiers deployed on the bypass road adjacent to the village and fired heavily sound bombs and tear gas canisters before other military vehicles arrived at the place. Furthermore, they deployed between houses and chased stones throwers while other soldiers fired rubber- coated metal bullets at the youths. As a result, a 17-year-old child sustained a bullet wound to the mid back from the right side. The wounded childunderwent a surgical operation after he was transported by an ambulance belonging to Palestine Red Crescent Society to al-Ahli Hospital and his condition was described as stable.

 

  • In the meantime, a number of Palestinian youngsters gathered at the southern entrance of Halhoul village, north of Hebron, and threw stones and empty bottles at Israeli soldiers stationed at the main road in front of the military checkpoint established at the entrance of the city. A number of patrols belonging to Israeli forces arrived at the place and fired sound bombs, live ammunitions and rubber- coated metal bullets at the protesters. Moreover, they fired tear gas canisters from a special launcher fixed on a military jeep against them. As a result, a 22-year-old civilian was wounded by a rubber- coated metal bullet to the head and he was taken by an ambulance belonging to Palestine Red Crescent Society to Hebron Hospital.

 

  • On Saturday, 10 October 2015, hundreds of Bir Zeit and al-Quds Open universities’ students and Palestinian civilians gathered near al-Huda Petrol Station and City in hotel in al-Balou’ neighborhood, at the northern entrance of al-Beira city, then headed at (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, tear gas canisters and wastewater in response. As a result, (27) civilians, including (4) children were wounded; (13) of them were hit by live bullets; (12) of them were hit by rubber- coated metal bullets; and (2) of them were hit by tear gas canisters.

 

  • At approximately 14:00, dozens of Palestinian youths gathered at the northern entrance of the city after the funeral of Amjad Hatem al-Jundi, 17, from Yatta village south of Hebron, who was killed when Israeli police officers opened fire at him inn one of malls in Karyat area in Israel on 07 October 2015. The protesters threw stones and empty bottles at the Israeli military vehicles stationed at the aforementioned entrance. Israeli soldiers fired sound bombs, tear gas canisters, and live ammunition against then in response. Moreover, Israeli soldiers chased a number of youths and arrested Ali Mahmoud Ali Abu Saneed, military vehicles stationed. Abroadcast engineer, Joudi Nafe’ Abu Njma,28, who works in TransMedia Agency, was wounded by a bullet to the right shoulder while he was standing near a broadcast car belonging to the agency. After the Israeli forces opened fire at the car and the youths who were standing near the car, a reporter of Palestine Today, Fedaa Naser, 27; and a photographer of a Palestine Today, Mahmoud Khalaf, 28, suffered tear inhalation. Furthermore, Israeli soldiers prevented Khalaf from covering the events under weapon threat and forced him to retreat.

 

  • Around the same time, dozens of youths gathered at Bab al-Zawya area in the center of Hebron, after the funeral of Mohammed Feras al-Ja’bary, 19, who was killed at the entrance of “Kiryat Arba” settlement, east of Hebron, claiming that he attempted to stab an Israeli settler. The protesters threw stones and empty bottles at the soldiers stationed at the checkpoint established at the entrance of al-Shohada Street. In response, Israeli soldiers fired live ammunition, tear gas canisters, and rubber- coated metal bullets at them. As a result, a 20-year- old civilian was hit by a bullet to the face; a 26-year-old civilian was hit by 2 bullets to the left eye; while a 13-year-old child was hit by a bullet to the right knee.

 

  • At approximately 15:00, a number of youths gathered and closed the road between Dura city, southwest of Hebron and its southern villages, where there is a security road between “Edwarim” camp in the east and “Negohot” settlement in the west. Several military vehicles arrived at the place and stationed in al-Muthalath area. The protesters threw stones and empty bottles at the vehicles. In response, Israeli soldiers fired sound bombs, live ammunitions and rubber- coated metal bullets against them. As a result, an 18-year-old youngster sustained a bullet wounds to the right leg.

 

  • At approximately 20:00 on Saturday, clashes erupted between Israeli forces and Palestinian civilians near Jaljoulia checkpoint, southwest of Qalqilya. The civilians threw stones at the Israeli forces who immediately fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, a civilian was directly hit by a tear gas canister throughout his body.

 

  • At approximately 08:00 on Saturday, clashes erupted between Israeli forces and Palestinian civilians near Jaljoulia checkpoint, southwest of Qalqilya. The protesters threw stones at the soldiers who fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters against them in response. As a result, a Palestinian civilian was directly wounded by a tear gas canister throughout his body.

 

  • At approximately 11:00 on Sunday, 11 October 2015, dozens of youths and children arrived at the vicinity of Gishori Factories, west of Tulkram, after they had been prevented by the Palestinian security services. When the protesters arrived at the area, Israeli forces moved into the area and fired heavily tear gas canisters against them. In response, the protesters threw stones and Molotov cocktails against military vehicles. Following that, Israeli forces fired live ammunitions and rubber- coated metal bullets at them then chased the stones throwers on the outskirts of the city. Moreover, Israeli snipers topped the roof of an abandoned house in the vicinity of Gishori Factories then opened fire at the protesters. As a result, (23) civilians, including a child were wounded, (21) of them were wounded by live bullets.

 

  • On Sunday, similar clashes erupted in the vicinity of the a (DCO) military checkpoint and “Beit Eill” settlement, north of al-Beira city. As a result, Ahmed Abdullah Sharaka, 13, from al-Jalzoun Refugee Camp, north of Ramallah, was killed after injuring him under his left ear. Ahmed was taken to the Palestinian Medical Complex in Ramallah, where he underwent a surgical operation to resuscitate his heart. He was then admitted to the intensive care unit due to hemorrhage in his brain. At approximately 19:00 on the same day, a medical source declared that he succumbed to his wounds. As a result of shooting incidents by Israeli forces (7) civilians, including (2) children were wounded ; (3) of whom were hit by live bullets while (4) others were hit by rubber- coated metal bullets.

 

  • At approximately 13:00 on Sunday, a demonstration was organized by student blocs in al-Najah University in Nablus, the demonstration included dozns of students who boarded buses then headed to Hawara checkpoint, southern the city. Dozens of Palestinian civilian from the city and its camps participated in the demonstration. The protesters got out from the buses in al-Quds Street about 400-meter away about 500-meter away from the checkpoint. They then headed to the checkpoint. When they became 400-meter away, Israeli forces fired 6 tear gas canisters against them at the same time then they directly fired ToTo bullets which led to injuring a number of protesters. In response, the protesters threw stones and empty bottles against the soldiers who were firing live ammunition and rubber-coated metal bullets. As a result, (70) civilians, including (2) journalist and (12) children; were wounded and taken to the city’s hospitals; (62) of whom were wounded by live bullets. The woundedjournalists were identified as: Mohammed Saleh Mohammed al-Shareef, 21, who works at Transmedia Agency, was hit by a stone to the right eye; and a journalist Rami Rohi Darweesh Swedan, 39, who works at Ma’an News Agency, was hit by a bullet to the left leg. While the ambulance teams were performing their works, at approximately 17:00 and 17:30, Israeli forces attacked 2 ambulances belonging to Palestine Red Crescent Society in Nablus by opening fire at them. The first ambulance was driven by Mohammed al-Saqaa, while the second one was driven by Majdi al-Saroji accompanied by 2 solidarity. As a result, the two ambulances were hit by several live bullets from the back, but no casualties were reported.

 

  • On the same day, hundreds of civilians from Beit Ummer village and villages around it, north of Hebron, gathered to participate in a funeral procession of Ibrahim Ahmed ‘Awad, 28, from the village. Al-Ahli Hospital declared that he succumbed to his wounds. The protesters carried Ibrahim’s body and headed to the center of the village toward the cemetery adjacent to the (60) bypass road. When protesters arrived there, they found Israeli forces deployed at the entrance of the village and they completely closed the entrance. Israeli soldiers fired tear gas canisters against the funeral which forced the protesters to cross through a bystreet to arrive at the cemetery. Furthermore, a number of youths threw stones at the soldiers who fired sound bombs and rubber- coated metal bullets at stones throwers in response. As a result, a 20-year-old civilian was wounded by a bullet to the abdomen; and a 22-year-old civilian was wounded by a bullet to the right leg; while a 22-year-old civilian was wounded by a bullet to the right leg.

 

  • At approximately 12:30 on Monday, 12 October 2015, for the second consecutive day, dozens of al-Najah University’s students headed to Hewara checkpoint, south of Nablus. Moreover, dozens of Palestinian civilians from the city and its camps joined them. The protesters got out from the buses in al-Quds Street and headed to the checkpoint. When they approached the checkpoint, Israeli soldiers fired tear gas canisters, live ammunitions and rubber- coated metal bullets against them. As a result, (13) civilians, including (4) children were wounded by live bullets.

 

  • On Monday, following the funeral of Ahmed Abullah Mohammed Sharaka, 13, from al-Jalzoun Refugee Camp, north of Ramallah, who died the evening before succumbing to his wounds, hundreds of Palestinian civilians gathered near al-Huda Petrol Station at the northern entrance of al-Bireh city to organize a demonstration against Israeli forces’ policies. Israeli forces fired live ammunition, rubber- coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters against the protesters and residential houses and building also the official institutions in the area. As a result, (8) civilians, including a child were wounded; (3) of them were wounded by live bullets and (5) rubber- coated metal bullets.

 

  • At approximately 17:00, dozens of youths and youngsters gathered at the entrance of al-Fawar Refugee Camp, southern Hebron, and threw stones and empty bottles at the soldiers. In response, Israeli soldiers fired sound bombs, tear gas canisters and rubber- coated metal bullets against them. As a result, a 16-year-old child was wounded by a bullet to the abdomen and a rubber- coated metal bullet to the right thigh. He then was taken by Palestine Red Crescent Society’s ambulance to al-Ahli Hospital in the city, where he underwent surgical operation.

 

  • On Tuesday, 13 October 2015, dozens of Palestinian youngsters and al- Amir Hassan school’s students gathered near ‘Atara checkpoint, north of Bir Zeit, northern Ramallah, and threw stones and empty bottles at the Israeli soldiers. In response, Israeli soldiers fired live ammunitions, sound bombs, tear gas canisters and rubber- coated metal bullets at them. As a result, a 16-year-old child sustained a bullet wound to the left shoulder.

 

  • In the afternoon, dozens of al-Hashimya school’s students gathered in al-Taweel mountain area adjacent to “Psagot” settlement, east of al-Bireh, to organize a demonstration protesting the Israeli authority’s policy and the settlers’ attacks against al-Aqsa Mosque. The protesters threw stones at the settlement’s fence. In response, Israeli soldiers stationed in the area fired live ammunition, tear gas canisters and sound bombs at them. In addition, they chased the protesters inside the area. As a result, 2 children sustained wounds.

 

  • Also in the afternoon, Ihsan Kamel Salem, 70, was wounded by a tear gas canister to the head after the suppression of a peaceful demonstration near Qlandiya checkpoint, north of Jerusalem. The aforementioned injured person was taken to Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah to receive medical treatment.

 

  • At approximately 15:30 on Tuesday, a demonstration started from Blata Refugee Camp, east of Nablus, and headed Hawara checkpoint, southern the city. The protesters threw stones and empty bottles at the checkpoint and the Israeli soldiers who fired live ammunitions against them. As a result, (4) civilians, including (3) children were wounded by live bullets.

 

  • At approximately 17:30, Israeli forces stationed near Bilal Bin Rabah Mosque, north of Bethlehem, killed Mo’taz Ibrahim Hamdan Zawahra, 21, from al-Dahisha Refugee Camp, south of the city, after opening fire at him and injuring him by a bullet to the upper chest from the right side. The aforementioned civilian was taken by an ambulance belonging to PRCS to Beit Jala Hospital, where a medical source declared his death after few minutes of entering the operation room.

 

According to the initial investigations, in the afternoon, dozens of young men gathered in the vicinity of Belal Bib Rabah Mosque, north of Bethlehem, where there is a security gate and a checkpoint belonging to the Israeli army. The protesters threw stones and empty bottles at the soldiers who fired tear gas canisters, live ammunition and rubber- coated metal bullets at them in response. As a result, Mo’taz Zawahra, 21, was wounded by a bullet to the upper chest from the right side. When Mo’taz arrived at Biet Jala Governmental Hospital, after few minutes a medical source declared his death.

 

Gaza Strip:

 

  • In excessive use of force, 9 October 2015, Israeli forces killed seven Palestinian civilians, and wounded 67 civilians, including 17 children and a Turkish photojournalist, in five locations near the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel. Israeli forces opened fire at hundreds and young men and children who demonstrated in protest against attacks by Israeli forces and settlers in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. In the past 48 hours, Israeli forces killed also three Palestinian civilians in East Jerusalem and Hebron and wounded 120 others, including 10 children and a physician, throughout the West Bank.

 

Field investigations indicate that Israeli forces used excessive lethal force in the Gaza Strip in violation of the principles of proportionality and military necessity. Many of the Palestinian victims were shot in the upper parts of their bodies, reflecting an Israeli intention to cause maximum casualties among Palestinian civilians, who did not pose any serious threat to the lives of Israeli soldiers stationed in fortified military sites far away from the demonstrators.According to investigations conducted by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), at approximately 13:15 on Friday, 9 October 2015, dozens of young men and children headed to the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel, particularly the vicinity of Nahal Ouz military post, to the east of al-Shujaiya neighborhood in the east of Gaza City, to express solidarity with the popular uprising in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Once they approached the border and threw stones at Israeli forces stationed behind it, Israeli forces opened fire at them. As a result, 4 Palestinian civilians were killed and 31 others, including 11 children, were wounded. A Turkish journalist, Metin Yuksel Kaya, an Anadolu Agency photojournalist, was also injured as a bullet hit his camera and its shrapnel hit his fingers. The civilians who were killed were identified as:

 

  1. Shadi Hussamuddin Dawla, 24, from al-Zayotoun neighborhood in Gaza City, hit by a bullet to the abdomen;
  2. Ahmed Yahia al-Herbawi, 20, from al-Nussairat refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip, hit by a bullet to the chest;
  3. Abdul Majid Majdi al-Wehaidi, 18, from Jabalya, hit by a bullet to the neck;
  4. Ziad Nabil Ziad Sharaf, 18, from al-Tuffah neighborhood in Gaza City, hit by a bullet that entered the chest and existed the back.

 

  • At approximately 14:45, dozens of young men and children gathered in the east of al-Farrahin area in Abassan village and Khuza’a village, east of Khan Yunis. They headed towards the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel raising Palestinian flags. Once they approached the border and threw stones at Israeli forces stationed there, Israeli soldiers opened fire at them. Israeli soldiers continued to fire at the Palestinian demonstrators sporadically until the evening. As a result of the Israeli gunfire, two Palestinian civilians, were killed and 11 others were wounded, including a young man who was seriously wounded and was pronounced dead on Saturday morning. The Palestinian civilians who were killed were identified as:

 

  1. Mohammed Hisham Mohsen (al-Reqeb), 18, from Bani Suhaila village east of Khan Yunis, hit by a bullet to the chest;
  2. Adnan Mousa Abu Olayan, 23, from Bani Suhaila village east of Khan Yunis, hit by a bullet to the head;
  3. Jihad Zayed Salem Obaid, 21, from Deir al-Balah, hit by a bullet to the abdomen and he succumbed to his wound at 05:50 on Saturday, 10 October 2015.

 

Several clashes erupted between the Palestinian youths and Israeli forces stationed in the border fence, east of Rafah, al-Burij Refugee Camp and northern the Gaza Strip. During these clashes, Israeli forces used live ammunitions to disperse protesters. As a result, (26) civilians, including (5) children were wounded.

 

  • At approximately 14:30 on Saturday, 10 October 2015, Israeli forces stationed at Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing in the northern Gaza Strip fired live ammunition and tear gas canisters at dozens of youngsters on the street between the Israeli and the Palestinian side of the crossing. The Palestinian youths threw stones at the soldiers in protest at the Israeli attacks against Palestinian civilians in occupied Jerusalem and the West Bank. The clashes continued until 18:30 on the same day. As a result, (3) civilian, including a child sustained wounds.

 

  • At approximately 15:30 on Saturday, 10 October 2015, a number of Palestinian youths headed to the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Burij Refugee Camp, central Gaza Stip. The protesters threw stones at the soldiers stationed at the military watchtowers in the area. Israeli soldiers sporadically fired at them in response. A number of protesters crossed the fence from a gate at the border fence. As a result, Israeli forces opened fire at them then chased and beat them by gun butts. They then arrest a number of protesters and as a result of beating the protesters, (7) young men, including a child were wounded. The arrested persons were identified as: Mohammed Mohsen Ramadan al-‘Azazy, 14, from al-Buraij Refugee Camp; Abed al-Rahman Mohammed Mousa al-‘Aidi, 16; and Tawfik ‘Atia Suliman al-‘Awawda, 17.

 

  • At approximately 15:45 on Saturday, 10 October 2015, a group of Palestinian young men and children headed to the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Faraheen area in Abasan village, east of Khan Yunis in the south of the Gaza Strip. Once they approached the border fence, they started throwing stones at Israeli forces positioned behind the fence. Israeli forces sporadically fired live bullets and tear gas canisters in response. As a result, two Palestinian civilians, including a child, were killed and three others sustained moderate wounds. The civilians who were killed were identified as:

 

  1. Marwan Hisham Na’im Barbakh (10), from Khan Yunis, hit by a live bullet to the left shoulder; and
  2. Khalil Omer Mousa Othman (18), from Khan Yunis, hit by a live bullet to the chest.

 

  • At approximately 17:00 on Saturday, Israeli forces stationed in the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel sporadically opened fire at dozens of civilians who gathered near the abovementioned border fence, east of al-Shoka village, east of Rafah in the south of the Gaza Strip, to protest at the Israeli attacks in occupied Jerusalem and the West Bank. As a result of shooting, (3) civilians, including a child, sustained moderate wounds.

 

  • At approximately 13:30 on Sunday, 11 October 2015, Israeli forces stationed at Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing in the northern Gaza Strip opened fire and fired live ammunitions and tear gas canisters against dozens of youths who were presence on the street between the Israeli and Palestinian side. Palestinian youths threw stones at the soldiers protesting at the Israeli authority’s attacks against Palestinian civilians in the occupied Jerusalem and the West Bank. The clashes continued until a late hours of the same day. As a result, a 27-year-old civilian was directly wounded by a tear gas canister to the left arm and created a large wound on his arm.

 

  • At approximately 15:30, dozens of youngsters headed to the border area east of al-Burij Reugee Camp, and threw stones at the Israeli soldiers stationed behind the border fence and in the military watchtowers. Four Israeli military jeeps arrived at the place then the Israeli soldiers stepped out from their vehicles and fired rubber- coated metal bullets and tear gas canisters against the protesters. As a result, (16) civilians, including (7) children were wounded, (4) of whom, including (2) children were wounded by live bullets. Additionally, (10) civilians, including (4) children were wounded by rubber- coated metal bullets, while two others, one of them is a child were directly wounded by a tear gas canisters.

 

  • At approximately 10:30 on Tuesday, 13 October 2015, Israeli forces stationed at Biet Hanoun ” Erez” crossing in the north of the Gaza Strip, fired rubber-coated metal bullets and tear gas canisters at dozens of protesters in the area. The protesters threw stones at the soldiers in protest at the Israeli authority’s policy and settlers’ attacks against the Palestinian civilians in occupied Jerusalem and the West Bank. The clashes continued until 19:00 which led to wounding (72) civilians, including (17) children and (5) journalist, (14) of them were wounded by live ammunition; (27) of them were wounded by rubber- coated metal bullets; and (31) of suffered tear gas inhalation. Three of the wounded persons’ conditions were described as a serious. After that, the aforementioned wounded persons were taken to al-Shifa Hospital to receive medical treatment. The injured journalists were identified as:

 

  1. A freelance journalist ,Tahani ‘Adel Mahmoud Barhom, 20, from Rafah, suffered tear gas inhalation.
  2. Sameer Mohammed Saleem al-Buji, 31, from the Gaza Strip, who works at Bal Media Agency, suffered tear gas inhalation.
  3. Arina Mahmoud Mohammed Abu Nahel, 19, from the Gaza Strip, who works at Tahreer (Press) Agency, suffered tear gas inhalation.
  4. Hussian Abed al-Jawad Hussian Karsou’, 40, from the Gaza Strip, who works as a photographer at the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate and the founder of Jana Agency, directly sustained a tear gas canister wound to the right arm.
  5. Mhamoud Mohammed Mohammed ‘Awad, 32, from the Gaza Strip, who works as a photojournalist at al-Jazeera Satellite, directly sustained a tear gas canister wound to the right leg.

 

  • At approximately 15:30, dozens of youngsters headed to the border area, east of a-Burij Rfugee Camp, and threw stoned at Israeli soldiers stationed behind the border fence and in the military watchtowers. A number of military jeeps arrived at the place. Israel soldiers stepped out from their vehicles and fired rubber- coated metal bullets and tear gas canisters at the protesters. As a result, (10) civilians were wounded by live bullets.

 

Note: PCHR keeps the names of the injured persons in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.

 

Protests against the annexation wall and settlement activities

 

  • At approximately 13:30 on Friday, Palestinian civilians and Israeli and international human rights defenders organized a protest in the center of Kafor 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, sound bombs. As a result,a 60- year-old civilian sustained 2 bullets wounds to the abdomen and the right thigh. He was then taken to Rafidah Governmental Hospital in Nablus to receive medical treatment.

 

  • Following the Friday prayer on 02 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 activitiesThe 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.

 

  • On the same day, dozens of Palestinian civilians organized a peaceful demonstration in the center of Ni’lin village, west of Ramallah, in protest against the Annexation Wall and Settlement Activity. The demonstrators took the streets and headed to the annexation wall. Israeli forces prevented the demonstrators from crossing to the land behind the Annexation Wall, so they threw stones at them. Israeli soldiers fired live bullets, rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the civilians, and chased them into the village. 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 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 rob by force 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. As a result, many civilians suffered tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises as Israeli soldiers beat them up.

 

Note: PCHR keeps the names of the injured persons in the aforementioned demonstrations, especially in the West Bank and the occupied East Jerusalem.

 

Rubber-coated metal bullets are lethal if they hit the head of the 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
06 October Various goods 2,079
Humanitarian aid 13,340
Cooking gas 259.770      
Benzene     260,010  
Diesel

Diesel for UNRWA

    749,987

146,003

 
Industrial fuel     369,992  
Construction aggregates 12,920      
Cement 1,520      
Construction steel 780      
07 October Various goods 4,514  
Humanitarian aid 18,151
Cooking gas 260.510    
Benzene     301,000  
Diesel

Diesel for UNRWA

    681,012

111,000

 
Industrial fuel     629,969  
Construction aggregates 13,090      
Cement 4,360      
  Construction steel 540      
08 October

 

Various goods 2,532      
Humanitarian aid 13,690      
Cooking gas 258.770      
Benzene     254,002  
Diesel

Diesel for UNRWA

    706,005

108,004

 
Industrial fuel     519,004  
Construction aggregates 11,760      
Cement 4,400      
Construction steel 420      
11 October

 

Various goods 5,199      
Humanitarian aid 19,530      
Cooking gas 257.030      
Benzene     301,000  
Diesel     811,006  
Industrial fuel     415,988  
Construction aggregates 12,550      
Cement 3,600      
Construction steel 330      

 

Exports:

 

  • On Tuesday, 06 October 2015, Israeli forces allowed the exportation of 158.4 tons of potatoes; 10.52 tons of eggplants; 20.16 tons of cucumbers; 2 tons of Squash; 120 tons of sweet potatoes; and 0.7 of palms.
  • On Wednesday, 07 October 2015, Israeli forces allowed the exportation of 31.12 tons of sweet potatoes; 0.18 tons of mint and 0.25 tons of garlic leaves.
  • On Thursday, 08 October 2015, Israeli forces allowed the exportation of 10.56 tons of sweet potatoes; 5.44 tons of eggplants; 1.44 tons of cucumber; 12 tons of palms; 4 tons of clothes and 14 tons of cloth.
  • On Sunday, 11 October 2015, Israeli forces allowed the exportation of 6 truckloads of vegetables; a truckload of clothes and 3 truckloads of eggplants

 

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

07 – 12 October 2015

Category 07 October 08 October 09 October 10 October 11 October 12 October
Patients 73 46 2 112 88
Companions 74 122 25 68 49
Personal needs 74 122 25 68 49
Families

of prisoners

76
Arabs from

Israel

1 2 12 7 9
Diplomats
International journalists
International workers 64 7 17 14
Travelers

abroad

9 17 4 4 7
Business people 263 274 1 226 294
Business meetings
Security interviews 1
VIPs 1
Ambulances

to Israel

1 2 2 4
Patients’ Companions 1 2 2 4

 

Notes:

 

  • On Friday, 09 October 2015, Israeli authorities allowed 170 civilians from the Gaza Strip to perform prayers in al-Aqsa Mosque in Occupied Jerusalem.

 

  • On Sunday and Monday, 11 and 12 October 2015, the work at Erez crossing disordered because a group of young men approached from the main crossing entrance to throw stones in protest against the attacks by Israeli authorities and settlers against Palestinians in the West Bank and Jerusalem.

 

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 and escalated their attacks on Palestinian civilians and their property. They have also continued their raids on al-Aqsa Mosque and denied the Palestinians access to it:

 

Arrests

 

  • At approximately 16:00 on Thursday, 08 October 2015, Israeli forces stationed at the main street in front of ” Kiryat Arba’ settlement, east of Hebron, arrested Bahaa Nader al-Ja’bary, 13, then took him to the aforementioned settlement’s police station claiming that he threw stones at the soldiers.

 

  • At approximately 10:00 on Friday, 09 October 2015, Israeli forces deployed in the Old City neighborhoods in the center of Hebron, arrested Yousef Ya’qoub Abu Baker, 21, claiming that he possessed a knife. They then took him to unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 17:00 on Friday, Israeli forces stationed at the military checkpoints in Tal al-Ramida area, in the center of Hebron, arrested Razem Ahmed al-Salhi,22, after clashes erupted between the Palestinian youths, who there stones, and Israeli soldiers who fired tear gas canisters and rubber- coated metal bullets at them in response. The aforementioned person was taken to unknown destination.

 

  • On Saturday, 10 October 2015, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the intersection of “Dolb” settlement, established on Dier Abzi’ village’s land, northwest of Ramallah. A child, Mohammed Mahmoud Ishteah, 15, from Kufor Ne’ma village, was arrested while he was present in the agricultural fields to harvest the olives. Mohammed was handcuffed by the Israeli soldiers then hwe was taken to unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 14:00 on Saturday, 10 October 2015, Israeli forces stationed at the entrance of Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron, arrested Mo’ath Yousef Sabarna, 15, while he was present in the street. They then took him to unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 14:00 on Sunday, 11 October 2015, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the intersection of “Dolb” settlement, established on Dier Abazi’ village’s land, west of Ramallah. Israeli soldiers arrested Amir Mohammed Omar ‘Ataya, 17, from Kufor Ne’ma village . They then handcuffed his hand and took him to unknown destination.

 

Maltreatmentat military checkpoints:

 

  • Israeli forces stationed at the entrance of Salem Camp, northwest of Jenin, insulted Fadi Abed al-Fatah Khaled Yihya, 28, from al-‘Ar`qa village, southwest of Jenin.

 

According to investigations conducted by PCHR and the victim’s testimony, after the declaration of arresting the victim’s brother Tareq, 20, claiming that he stabbed an Israeli soldier in al-‘Afoula city on Thursday, 08 October 2015, the victim’s family received a phone call from an Israeli officer who asked them to hand over their son, Fadi, to Israeli authority in Salem Camp, northwest of Jenin.

 

On Friday, 09 October 2015, the aforementioned victim arrived at Salem Camp, where Israeli soldiers violently beat him by gun butts and their hands and legs. Following that, they allowed him to leave then he was taken by an ambulance to Khalil Suleiman Hospital to receive medical treatment. The victims sustained wounds and bruises throughout his body especially at his head and arms.

 

  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

 

  • On Thursday, 08 October 2015, Israeli forces killed Wesam Jamal Faraj al-Mansi (20) and wounded 6 Palestinian civilians with live ammunition and 27 others withrubber-coated metal bullets during confrontations between Israeli forces and Palestinian civilians in Shu’fat refugee camp, northeast of East Jerusalem.

 

According to investigations conducted by PCHR, at approximately 15:00 on the abovementioned day, Israeli forces backed by helicopters moved into Shu’fat refugee camp. They raided a house belonging to the family of Sobhi Abu Khalifa, who was accused of a stabbing attack in the light rail station in Shaikh Jarrah area on the same day afternoon. Sobhi was arrested after he was seriously wounded. Israeli forces searched the house and damaged its content, but did not arrest any of the family members. Israeli forces then raided and topped a number of neighbouring houses, due to which hundreds of Palestinian youngsters gathered around Abu Khalifa’s house and threw stones, Molotov Cocktails and fireworks at Israeli forces that used live ammunition in response. Israeli forces also fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters in the refugee camp. The clashes continued for hours but intensified at approximately 18:00, when Palestinian young men threw homemade hand grenades at Israeli soldiers. In responde, Israeli forces used fire more heavily, due to which Wesam Jamal Faraj al-Mansi sustained an “dumdum” bullet wound to the heart. He was taken along with another 6 wounded Palestinian young men to Palestine Medical Compound in Ramallah. Soon after, a medical source pronounced Wesam dead. Dr. Ameen Abu Ghazala, Director of the Emergency Department in the PRCS Hospital, said that 33 Palestinian civilians were wounded during the clashes in Shu’fat refugee camp; 6 of whom sustained live bullet wounds and 27 others sustained rubber-coated metal bullet wounds. Wounds of three of those sustaining live bullet wounds were serious.

 

  • On Saturday early, 10 October 2015, Israeli forces killed Ahmed Jamal Salah (22) and wounded 2 others during confrontations that erupted between Palestinian civilians and Israeli forces in the vicinity of Shu’fat military checkpoint, northeast of East Jerusalem.

 

According to PCHR’s investigations, in the early morning of the abovementioned day, Shu’fat military checkpoint witnessed clahes between a number of Palestinian young men outraged for the killing of Wesam Faraj last Thursday on the one side and the Israeli forces on the other side that heavily used live ammunition against any Palestinian approaching the checkpoint. As a result, Ahmed Jamal Salah sustained a live bullet wound to the head from a close range. Israeli forces left Ahmed bleeding to death before he was then transported to Hadasa Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.Followinghis death, dozens of Palestinian youngsters went out into the camp’s streets condemning the killing of Faraj. They then headed towards the military checkpoint at the entrance of the camp. Israeli forces immediately fired live ammunition and rubber-coated metal bullets. As a result, 7 Palestinian civilians were wounded, 2 of whom sustained serious live bullet wounds while the 5 others sustained rubber-coated metal bullet wounds. An eyewitness said that Israeli forces arrested a wounded civilian whose wound was serious. They took him in the military jeep after offering him first aid.

 

  • At 10:00 on the same day, Israeli police officers opened fire at Ishac Qasem Badran (16), from Kufor Aqeb, north of Jerusalem, after he stabbed 2 settlers in al-Mesrara area, opposite to al-Amoud Gate area in the Old City. As a result, he sustained several bullet wounds. He was left bleeding to death and had received no medical treatment.

 

According to PCHR’s investigations, while Badran was present in al-Mesrara area on Sunday morning, he took a knife out, followed 2 settlers, who had just gone out of a synagogue in the area, and stabbed both of them. As a result, the first settler sustained minor wound while the other one sustained moderate wounds. Israeli soldiers immediately opened fire at Badran from a zero distance although they could have arrested him instead of wounding and killing him. Badran was left bleeding to death for two hours; Israeli police officers did not transport him to a hospital to receive medical treatment. Moreover, no Palestinian civilian was allowed to offer him help. Israeli forces closed the scene of the incident that day from 10:00 to 12:00, during which time they raided some stores to check out if there were any surveillance cameras under the supervision of Neer Barakat, the Israeli municipality’s mayor. Moreover, Israeli forces fired sound bombs to keep Palestinian civilians away from the scene.

 

  • At approximately 16:00 on the same day also, Israeli forces opened fire at Mohammed Sa’id Mohammed Ali (19), from Shu’fat refugee camp, after stabbing 2 Israeli police special officers “Yasam” in al-Amoud Gate area in the Old City, in occupied East Jerusalem. As a result, he was killed by several bullet wounds.

 

According to investigations conducted by PCHR, the aforementioned person was walking in al-Amoud Gate area when 2 Israeli police special officers asked him to show his ID. While they were checking the ID card, he took his knife out and stabbed both of them. Israeli soldiers present in the area directly opened fire at him, due to which he succumbed to his wounds few minutes later. Moreover, Israeli forces fired rubber-coated metal bullets randomly. As a result, 18 civilians sustained bullet wounds, mainly in the head, chest and upper parts.

 

  • On Monday, 12 October 2015, Israeli forces opened fire at Mostafa Adel al-Khateeb (18), from Sour Baher village, south of East Jerusalem, once he stepped out of his car near al-Asbat Gate. As a result, he was killed by over 10 live bullet wounds.

 

According to investigations conducted by PCHR, at approximately 08:20 on the abovementioned day, while Mostafa Adel al-Khateeb (18), from Sour Baher village south of occupied East Jerusalem, was inside his car near al-Asbat Gate, which is one of the Old City gates, Israeli forces ordered him to step out of the car to be searched. Once he did, Israeli forces directly opened fire at him, as he was putting his hand in his pocket, raising suspicion for Israeli forces of an attempt to stab Israeli soldiers in the area. As a result, he was killed by over 10 bullets; some bullets hit him in the head and others penetrated his body.

 

The Israeli police was confused when addressing the incident. In the first statement made by the Israeli police, it was reported that the young man had stabbed a settler. However, they issued another statement claiming that he stabbed an Israeli soldier, but a third statement claimed that he refused to obey the Israeli Border Guard officer’s orders to be searched and that he was hiding a knife in his pocket to stab somebody over there. The final statement explained that he attempted to stab an Israeli soldier in the place, but the bulletproof vest protected the soldier.

 

  • On Monday afternoon, 12 October 2015, Israeli forces killed Hassan Khaled Mahayna (Manasra) (15) and deliberately ran downhis cousin, Ahmed Saleh Mahayna (Manasra), both are from Beit Hanina village, north of occupied East Jerusalem. They were attacked while going to a mall near their family houses in “Pisgat Ze’ev” settlement. As a result, the first child was killed by several bullet wounds, while the other one sustained serious wounds. The Israeli police claimed that two settlers were seriously wounded as the two Palestinian boys had stabbed them.

 

A video published by Ma’an Satellite Channel showed Ahmed after he was deliberately run down in the light rail area. In spite of the boy’s wound, bleeding and cries for help, Israeli settlers and police officers insulted and swore at him calling for brutally killing him. The video also documents the presence of a David Red Star ambulance crew in the scene but did not offer the boy first aid on time responding to the settlers’ calls stating, “Die Die”.

 

The killed boy’s family said to PCHR fieldworker in the city that their son Hassan is a 10th grade student at Ibn Khaldoun School, and his cousin is an 8th grade student at the New Generation School. Both of them went back home in Beit Hanina village from their school and then went out heading to the nearby mall in “Pisgat Ze’ev” settlement. Hassan wanted to buy a games CD and Ahmed wanted to buy a pigeon. The family refuted the Israeli police’s claim.Afterwards, Israeli special forces raided over 10 nearby houses belonging to the same family. They detained the family members in the family’s council and cordoned them. They also arrested the two boys’ fathers and took them to al-Qashala police station to be questioned.

 

  • At approximately 13:00 on the same day, Israeli police officers opened fire at the schoolgirl Marah Bakeer (17) from Beit Hanina village. As a result, she was seriously wounded. She was then taken to a hospital in West Jerusalem for medical treatment. Israeli officers opened fire at the girl after a settler attempted to attack her when she was present at the bus stop in al-Shaikh Jarrah area in north of the Old City, after finishing her school day.

 

According to investigations conducted by PCHR, the aforementioned schoolgirl was on her way back home from Abdullah Bin al-Hussein School for Girls along with her friend in the street. They both stopped at the red traffic light when a settler cursed them. He kept chasing them to the bus stop in Shaikh Jarrah area near the Israeli police headquarters. The settler was crying that Bakeer is “a terrorist” and she had a knife and attempted to stab him. The Israeli police hurried up and fired four live bullets at Bakeer although she was begging them and saying that she did nothing. One of her friends said that Marah fell to the ground after she was shot, after which dozens of Israeli police and intelligence officers surrounded her and pointed their guns at her although she was bleeding and screaming. When a Palestinian young man attempted to help her, the Israeli police officers arrested him and accused him of being involved with her in planning for a stabbing. The Israeli police claimed that Bakeer was suspected by a Border Guard officer, so he stopped her. Once he approached her, she took a knife out and attempted to stab him, but he opened fire at her.

 

  • At approximately 09:00 on Tuesday, 13 October 2015, An Israeli security guard fired 3 bullets at Alaa Abu Jamal (33), from al-Mukaber Mountain, southeast of occupied East Jerusalem, at a bus stop on “Malkhei Yisrael” Street in West Jerusalem. In the meanwhile, an Israeli Border Guard officer arrived and killed Abu Jamal by a number of live bullets. Abu Jamal’s car belonging to Israeli phone company “Bezeq” deviated towards 3 Israelis at the abovementioned bus stop. He then stepped out of the car holding a knife and stabbed a number of Israelis at the bus stop. As a result, an Israeli rabbi was killed and 4 others sustained various wounds according to the Israeli media. At approximately 16:00, Israeli forces moved into Jabal al-Mukaber village and raided a house belonging to the family of Abu Jamal while heavily firing sound bombs and tear gas canisters around. They damaged the house’s content and questioned it occupants (Abu Jamal’s wife and 3 children; the eldest of whom is 7 years old). They also arrested his cousin Sa’id Abu Jamal (29).

 

  • In the morning, Baha’ Mohammed Elayan (22) was killed and Belal Omer Ghanem (23), both are from al-Mukaber Mountain, southeast of East Jerusalem, while carrying out a stabbing and shooting incident in an Israeli bus in the said village. The wounded Palestinian is currently an Israeli hospital after he sustained serious wounds while being under arrest.

 

  • Concerning wounded persons in occupied East Jerusalem, according to information obtained by PCHR from the PRCS:

 

  • On Thursday, 08 October 2015, 42 Palestinian civilians were wounded; 7 of whom sustained live bullet wounds and 35 others sustained rubber-coated metal bullet wounds;
  • On Friday, 09 October 2015, 56 Palestinian civilians were wounded; 8 of whom sustained live bullet wounds and 48 others sustained rubber-coated metal bullet wounds;
  • On Saturday, 10 October 2015, 29 Palestinian civilians were wounded; 1 of whom sustained live bullet wounds and 28 others sustained rubber-coated metal bullet wounds;
  • On Sunday, 11 October 2015, 26 Palestinian civilians were wounded by rubber-coated metal bullet; and
  • On Monday, 12 October 2015, 18 Palestinian civilians were woundedby rubber-coated metal bullet.

 

Among the wounded were 3 journalists:

 

  1. Mona al-Qawasmi (40), a reporter at al-Quds Newspaper. She was wounded by a live bullet wound to the hand as an Israeli sniper fired at her directly.
  2. Ali al-Diwani (24), a freelance photojournalist. He was wounded by a rubber-coated metal bullet wound to the chest; and
  3. Feras al-Jo’ba (27), freelance photojournalist. He was wounded by a rubber-coated metal bullet to the chin.

 

Incursions and arrests

 

  • At approximately 04:00 on Thursday, 08 October 2015, Israeli forces moved into al-Eisawiya village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched a number of houses from which they arrested 3 Palestinian young men. The arrested were identified as: Mohammed Yunis ‘Ebeid (19), Atta Derbas (18) and Zakariya Mahmoud Darwish (21).

 

  • On Thursday morning, Israeli forces moved into the Old City in occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched a number of houses from which they arrested 3 Palestinian young men. The arrested were identified as: Nizar Fo’ad Atari (19), Mahmoud Abu Nijma (22) and Essa al-Ja’bari (22).

 

  • At approximately 18:00 on Friday, 09 October 2015, Israeli force deployed in the Old City in Jerusalem arrested the child Yunis Saleh Isma’il al-Tarayra from Bani Na’im village, east of Hebron, under the pretext that he attempted to stab an Israeli soldier.

 

  • On Friday afternoon, Israeli forces arrested 4 Palestinian young men while walking in al-Wad Road in the Old City in East Jerusalem. They harshly beat them and took them to al-Masqoubiya interrogation facility. The arrested were identified as: Abdullah Walid al-Salayma (21), Osaid Sa’id Gaith (21), Lo’ai al-Za’tari (19) and Mohammed Nidal Jarjour (16).

 

  • At approximately 23:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Jouz Valley neighbourhood, east of the Old City in East Jerusalem. They stationed in al-Maqdesi Street and closed its entrances. They also fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters. Israeli forces then raided and searched dozens of houses in al-Asyouti Street from which they arrested 5 Palestinian young men. The arrested were identified as: Nasser Jamal Seyam (19), Rakan Nabil Seyam (17), Mahmoud Ameen Nejem (19), Abdullah al-Ramadi (21) and Hazem Sa’ida (20).

 

  • At approximately 03:00 on Saturday, 10 October 2015, Israeli forces arrested the journalist Khadija Ebeid while being present at the entrance of al-Eisawiya village, northeast of East Jerusalem.

 

  • On Saturday also, Israeli forces raided al-Mutale’ and al-Maqased Hospitals in al-Tour Mountain, east of the Old City in East Jerusalem. They searched the hospitals looking for Palestinian wounded persons. An eyewitness said that Israeli forces raided al-Maqased Hospital and searched ambulances and privates before entering and after leaving the hospital. They also fired sound bombs around the aforementioned hospital in coincidence with confrontations witnessed in al-Tour Mountain, during which Israeli forces fired rubber-coated metal bullets and sprayed sewage water at Palestinian young men. Moreover, they arrested Nasim Rabee’ Ghazali (11) and Mohammed Hamdan al-Mohtaseb (16).

 

  • On Sunday, afternoon, 11 October 2015, Israeli forces moved into al-Tour neighbourhood, east of the Old City in East Jerusalem. They raided and searched a number of houses from which they arrested Ahmed Nour Abu al-Hawa (17) and Mohammed Nabeel al-Moghrabi (14).

 

  • Also on the same day, Israeli forces raided a house belonging to the family of the prisoner Esra’ Riyadh Ja’abees (31) in al-Mukaber Mountain village, southeast of occupied Jerusalem. They arrested her 4 brothers: Jameel, Anas, Sohaib and Mohammed to be questioned after Esra had sustained burns due to the inflation of the airbag in her car near Z’ayem military checkpoint, east of the city. Israeli forces claimed that the explosion resulted from an explosive device in Esra’s car.

 

According to investigations conducted by PCHR, Esra’ was driving her car, but when she reached Z’ayem checkpoint, there was an electric fault in the car due to which she panicked. In the meantime, the airbag inflated and white spray went out of it as clearly shown in the photos posted in media. A Palestinian eyewitness, who is a driver of an Israeli bus, said that Ja’bees’ car was mistakenly driven on the bus track. When the Israeli police stopped her to issue her a traffic ticket, she tried to change the track, but something went wrong in the car and caused an electric fault. He added that a settler in the Israeli bus used the fire extinguisher to put the fire out. When he realised that she was Palestinian, he started crying “terrorist, terrorist”. The eyewitness said that no explosion was heard in the area. The Israeli police claimed in a statement, “The Israeli police officer noticed a suspicious car, so they ordered it to stop. When they approached, the driver started chanting ‘Allah Akbar’ and detonated an explosive device. As a result, she sustained serious wounds and a police officer sustained minor wounds”.

 

Ja’abees’ family said that Esra’ was coming from Jericho, where she lives, and no child was accompanying her as claimed by Israeli forces. They confirmed that her car was broken, but the Israeli forces propagated their story. Moreover, the family does not know to which hospital Esra’ was taken although Israeli media reported that she was taken to “Tshari Tsediq” Hospital in Jerusalem.

 

  • At approximately 02:00 on Monday, 12 October 2015, Israeli forces moved into different neighbourhoods in Silwan village, south of the Old City in East Jerusalem. They closed roads in the village and fired sound bombs. They then arrested 10 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children, after raiding their families’ houses. The arrested were identified as: Ra’ed Khalil al-Abasi (26), Na’im Ibrahim Hadya (22), Ahmed Sabri Abu Diab (27), Baha Ahmed al-Abasi (21), Mohammed Ahmed al-Abasi (19), Mohammed Abdul Men’em al-Awer (17), Mohammed Khalil Sa’id Sarhan (21), Mohammed Abdul Razeq (22), Laith Assi (18) and Baker Oweis (17).

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces raided a house belonging to the family of Hassan Khalayla in al-Mukaber Mountain village, southeast of East Jerusalem. They arrested his son Mohammed (21) and took him to an unknown destination.

 

Settler attacks in East Jerusalem

 

  • On Saturday, 10 October 2015, a group of settlers from “Nof Zion” settlement in al-Mukaber Mountain village, attacked Mrs. Yosra Zahayka and her 2 kids while going back home in the village. Ms. Zahayka said that 3 settlers holding pistols tried to attack her with the help of 10 others near the aforementioned settlement. She added that she was going home in al-Mukaber Mountain village, southeast of Jerusalem. She could drive and escape along with her 2 children, who were exposed to danger. Ms. Zahayka said that settlers were trying to attack any by-passer. Although she headed to Jabal al-Mukaber police station to file a complaint, they refused to receive her under the pretext that there were no interrogator present in the police station. It should be noted that many civilians living in the village have been exposed to assaults by Israeli forces and settlers lately.

 

  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.

 

Restrictions on the movement of Palestinian farmers and preventing them from collecting olives in different areas

 

  • The Israeli forces maltreated 6 Palestinian civilians at Gate no. 708 of the annexation wall established on Palestinian lands, west of Far’one village south of Tulkarm.According to PCHR’s investigations and eyewitnesses’ accounts, on Thursday morning, 08 October 2015, Palestinian farmers holding permits to pass via the annexation wall gates went to their lands to harvest olive. After a long day of work at approximately 15:30, farmers came back to gate (708), through which they pass at a certain agreed on with the Israeli soldiers in coordination with the Palestinian Liaison. When the farmers arrived at the gate, the Israeli soldiers refused to open it and detained the farmers behind the wall. At approximately 21:30, the Israeli soldiers and the detained farmers skirmished. As a result, the Israeli soldiers allowed the old farmers to pass but detained the rest 6 young farmers. Around 30 Israeli soldiers gathered and started beating the young men with their hands, feet and riffles. The young farmers were later allowed to pass and taken by an ambulance to Dr. Thabet Thabet Hospital in Tulkarm to receive medical treatment as all of them sustained bruises and wounds throughout their bodies. The attacked farmers were identified as Musatafa Mohammed Musatafa Abu Humeid (20); Ibrahim Fayeq Salamah Salamah (23); Mohammed Ayman Mohammed Amin Salamah (19); ‘Adnan Nasim ‘Abdel Karim ‘Ateir (20); ‘Omer Nasim ‘Abdel Karim ‘Ateir (28) and Adham Zaki Hussein ‘Omer (23).

 

Settler attacks on Palestinian civilians and their property

 

  • On Thursday afternoon, 08 October 2015, a number of settlers from “Karyat Arbaa'” settlement established on Palestinian lands confiscated from the eastern side of Hebron attacked civilians’ houses adjacent to the aforementioned settlement from thewestern side with stones and tried to burn emptyshades. As a result, families and children were terrified. All of this happened under the Israeli forces’ intensive protection as they stood still towards the settlers’ attacks.

 

 

Fidaa’ al-Ja’abari said to a PCHR fieldworker:

 

“At approximately 15:00, I heard screams around the house, so I asked my son, Ahmed, to go and see what was going on and I followed him. I saw around 50 outraged settlers approaching the houses near mine in the beginning. Meanwhile, I knew from the radio that a Palestinian young man tried to stab a settler and fled away. I got back into the house, closed the door and headed to the second floor, where my brother-in-law lives, to watch what was going on through the window. I saw police officers, special forces and soldiers with tracker dogs searching for the escaped young man. I carried out my camera and started videotaping what was happening. An Israeli settler started swearing at me and threatened me saying: ‘Tonight… Tonight’. I understood that they would attack us at night. Other Israeli settlers threw stones at me and at the house walls overlooking the street. At approximately 22:30, 3 settlers arrived near our house door, and my husband and his brother, Rami (29), saw them. Rami talked to them from the window asking them to leave, but an Israeli settler threatened him saying: ‘If you are a man, come down’. The settlers then collected straws and burnt them in an empty shade for sheep. In coincidence, it rained and the fire went out. All that night we could not sleep for fear of settlers’ coming back to attack us while we are sleep at night. On the next day, settlers deployed in our house following the killing of Mohammed al-Ja’abari, who stabbed an Israeli settler according to the Israeli claims. The settlers attacked the houses with stones while the Israeli soldiers fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters at persons from al-Ja’abri family who gathered to know what happened to their child.”

 

  • At approximately 16:30 on the same day, a group of settlers from a Subaru car with an Israeli registration plate threw stones at the Palestinian cars on “Yitsahar” road branching from Ramallah-Nablus Street. The windows of 3 vehicles passing on this Street were broken, and a child and his father sustained wounds in their face. The father’s condition was described as critical and then taken to “Benslon” Hospital in Israel, but the 9-year-old child sustained wounds to his face and fracture in the nose. His body was described as stable.

 

According to PCHR’s investigations, Khaled ‘Abdullah ‘Atyani (50) was driving his 2007 grey Honday car with his wife, Amal ‘Omer ‘Atyani (49) and their two sons 15-year-old Mohammed and 9-year-old Anas. They were on their way back from Ramallah to their village ‘Anzah, south of Jenin. When they entered Yitsahar intersection from the eastern side and drove on the road for four kilometres, a Subaru Tender white car travelled by Israeli settlers with an Israeli registration plate surprised them from the opposite direction. One of the settlers threw a stone out of the car window from the back seat behind the driver’s seat at the front windshield of the car from the driver’s side. The stone penetrated the window wounding ‘Atiani’s face in his forehead and right eye and then to the face of his son, Anas causing wounds in his face and broke his nose. ‘Atiani was able to control the car and stopped it, and the Israeli soldiers arrived after calling a Palestinian and Israeli ambulances, but they did not move ‘Atiani who was relying on the car’s steering wheel with blood covering him. A Palestinian ambulance then arrived, and the Israeli ambulance took ‘Atiani and his wife to Beilinson Hospital, while the two children were taken to Rafidia governmental hospital in Nablus.

 

Around the same time and from the same car, the settlers threw a stone at a 2014 Kia Jeep driven by Dr. ‘allam sa’id Mousa (50), Minister of Communications and Information Technology, and his driver Mohammed ‘Ali Mohammed al-Dallal. The stone hit the front windshield of the car. As a result, the glass broke and shattered on the bodies of Minister and his driver as he was sitting next to the driver but was not wounded.

 

The same car also threw stones at a Hyundai Tousan black jeep behind the Minister’s car. The stone hit the car mirror next to the driver, but PCHR did not get the driver’s name.

 

  • At approximately 23:30 on Saturday, 10 October 2015, Israeli settlers living in settlements to the east of Qalqilya gathered on the main road between Qalqilya and Nablus. No further incidents were reported.

 

  • At approximately 01:00 on Sunday, 11 October 2015, Israeli settlers from “Karne Shomron” settlement, east of Qalqilya, threw stones and empty bottles at Palestinian vehicles passing on the main street between Qalqilya and Nablus. No causalities were reported.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli settlers from “Kidomim” settlement, east of Qalqilya, threw stones and empty bottles at the Palestinian vehicles passing on the main street between Qalqilya and Nablus. Neither causalities nor damages to the cars were reported.

 

  • At approximately 11:00 on Tuesday, 13 October 2015, an Israeli settler threw stones from his cars at the Palestinian vehicles traveling from Nablus to Ramallah near the entrance of Termes’ayah village. The stone hit the front windshield of the white 518 Mercedes car belonging to the al-Hijawi Company for stationary. The car was driven by Yousif al-Tirawi (47) from Nablus, and next to him was Mohammed Helmi ‘Abdel Halim al-Qotob (57), sales officers. As a result, the windowwas broken from al-Qotob’s side and the stone hit the left side of his neck injuring him. Al-Qotob lost balance and felt pain in his chest and left hand as he underwent an open heart surgery before. The driver continued to drive until he arrived at the entrance of the aforementioned village and stopped in a safe place. He stepped out of the car and al-Qotob did as well and laid on the ground. The driver called the PRCS asking them to transfer al-Qotob to Fatmah Hospital in the village. Doctors gave him first aid and advised him to go to Rafidia Hospital in the company’s car.

 

 

 

 

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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