Al-Dheisha
refugee camp in Bethlehem – Family of Jehad Shehada Abdullah al-Ja’fari (19),
who was killed by Israeli forces.

Israeli forces continue systematic attacks against Palestinian civilians
and property in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt)

 

 

 

Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian in al-Duheisha
refugee camp, south of Bethlehem.

 

Israeli forces continued to use excessive force
against peaceful protests in the West Bank.

5 Palestinian civilians, including a child, were
wounded during Kufor Qaddoum protest, northeast of Qalqilya.

A Palestinian child was wounded in a protest at the
southern entrance of al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah.

4 civilians, including a child, were wounded at Ayda
refugee camp, north of Bethlehem.

 

Israeli forces conducted 43 incursions into Palestinian
communities in the West Bank.

41 Palestinian civilians, including 10 children and 5
women, were arrested in the West Bank.

20 of these civilians, including 9 children and 5
women, were arrested in Jerusalem.

 

Israel continued to impose a total closure on the oPt
and has isolated the Gaza Strip from the outside world.

Israeli
forces established dozens of checkpoints in the West Bank.

3 Palestinian civilians were arrested at military
checkpoints in the West Bank.

 

Israeli navy forces continued to target Palestinian
fishermen in the Gaza Strip Sea.

Israeli navy forces opened fire at Palestinian fishing
boats, but no casualties were reported.

 

Israeli forces continued to support settlement
activities in the West Bank and Israeli settlers continued to attack
Palestinian civilians and property.

An under-construction house and a water well were
demolished and a caravan was confiscated in Hebron.

Settlers set fire to a mosque in al-Jaba’a village,
west of Bethlehem.

Settlers damaged 140 olive trees south of Hebron.

A little girl sustained fractures and bruises as a
settlement guards’ vehicle ran down her deliberately in occupied Jerusalem.

 

 

Summary

 

Israeli violations of international law and international
humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (19
– 25 February 201
5).

 

Shooting:

During the reporting period, Israeli forces killed a
Palestinian civilian in excessive use of force and wounded 10 others, including
3 children, in the West Bank. In the Gaza Strip, Israeli navy forces continued
to chase and target Palestinian fishermen. Moreover, Israeli forces continued
to open fire at border areas.

 

In the West Bank, in excessive use of force, Israeli
forces killed a Palestinian civilian in al-Duheisha refugee camp, south of
Bethlehem, on 24 February 2015.     

 

Israeli forces continued the use of excessive and
systematic force against peaceful protests organized by Palestinian civilians
and Israeli and international solidarity activists against the construction of
the annexation wall and settlement activities in the West Bank. As a result, 5
Palestinian civilians, including a child, sustained bullet wounds.

 

In the same context, a 16-year-old child was wounded
during a protest at the southern entrance of al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of
Ramallah.

 

On 23 February 2015, 4 Palestinian civilians, including
a child, were wounded when Israeli undercover units moved into Ayda refugee
camp, north of Bethlehem. 

 

In the Gaza Strip, in the context of targeting
fishermen, on 24 February 2015, Israeli navy forces stationed off al-Waha
resort, northwest of Beit Lahia village in the north of the Gaza Strip, opened
fire at Palestinian fishing boats. As a result, fishermen were frightened and
sailed back, but neither casualties nor material damage were reported. However,
a number of fishermen lost their fishing nets.  

  

Incursions:

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted
at least 43 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank. During
these incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 41 Palestinians, including 10
children and 5 women.  Twenty of these
Palestinians, including 9 children and the 5 women, were arrested in Jerusalem.

 

On 22 February 2015, Israeli forces moved into Zabouba
village, northwest of Jenin. They fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters at
stone throwers. A soldier fired a tear gas canister into the grand mosque in
the centre of the village. As a result, dozens of worshipers suffered tear gas
inhalation and were medically treated on the spot by paramedics.

 

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 8 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 (Kerem Shaloum) 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. During the reporting period, Israeli forces arrested
a Palestinian patient who obtained a permit to travel to the West Bank for
medical treatment, while another civilian accompanying his father was arrested
while the father was denied travel for medical treatment.
 

Settlement activities and attacks by
settlers against Palestinian civilians and property

 

On 24 February 2015, Israeli forces backed by Israeli
Civil Administration and a digger moved into al-‘Edeisa area, east of Sa’ir
village, east of Hebron. They demolished an under-construction house with an
area of 170 square meters under the pretext of building without a license in
area (c).

 

On 25 February
2015, Israeli forces backed by Israeli Civil Administration and a digger moved
into Khellet al-Sharabti, northeast of Hebron. The digger demolished a water
well with a capacity of 300 cubic meters, while Israeli soldiers confiscated a
caravan used as a room for a farm workers.

 

On 19 February 2015, a group of settlers from
"Metspi Yaer" settlement, east of Yatta, south of Hebron, cut off 40
olive trees with electric saws.

 

On the same day, a settler from "Metspi Yaer"
settlement, east of Yatta, south of Hebron, attacked Jebrin Mousa Suleiman Abu
‘Eram (51), from Kherbet Qwawis, east of the city.

 

On 25 February 2015, a group of Israeli settlers set fire
to al-Jaba’a village mosque, west of Bethlehem and wrote racist slogans on its
walls.

 

On the same day, a group of settlers from "Beit
Hadasa" settlement outpost in Hebron’s Old City cut off 100 olive trees.  

 

In the context of settlers’ attacks
in occupied East Jerusalem, at approximately 17:00 on Tuesday, 25 February
2015, a jeep belonging to the settlement guards ran down Mariam Karim Da’na
(10) when she was around her family’s house in Ein al-Louza area in Silwan
village, south of Jerusalem’s Old City.

 

 

Israeli Violations Documented during the Reporting Period
(19– 25 February 2015)

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

 

Thursday, 19 February 2015

At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into
Zawata village, northwest of Nablus. 
They raided and searched a number of houses.  At approximately 05:20, they arrested Islam Hasan
Joudah (28) and withdrew later taking him to an unknown destination.

 

Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into
Nablus.  They raided and searched a
number of houses.  At approximately
05:20, Israeli forces arrested Muhanned Hasan ‘Ashour (23) from Kroum ‘Ashour
area in Ras al-‘Ein neighbourhood, south of the city, and withdrew later taking
him to an unknown destination.

Around the same time, Israeli forces moved in to
Balatah refugee camp, east of Nablus. 
They raided and searched a number of houses.  At approximately 05:30, they arrested Mahdi Ismail
al-Riyahi (37) and withdrew later taking him to an unknown destination.

At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Ras
al-Jorah neighbourhood in the northern area of Hebron.  They raided and searched two houses. and
arrested Bassam Yaser Khalaf Meswadah (36) and Qedar Mohammed Ramadan Ghaith
(35).

At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into
Tulkarm town and refugee camp as well as Nour Shams refugee camp, east of the town.  Israeli forces launched an arrest campaign
among members of Hamas and arrested 7 Palestinians after raiding and searching
their houses: Ahmed Zuheir Ahmed ‘Edwan (32); Shathay Hussein ‘Ali ‘Odah
al-Salman (33); Jamal ‘Allam Ahmed al-Hattab (31); Rami As’ad Ahmed Abu
Shalabayah (32); ‘Omer ‘Abdel Majeed Hasan al-Turk (31); Mahmoud Mustafa Yousif
‘As’as (33); and ‘Amer Fathi Yousif ‘Oafi (27).

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces carried out incursions in
the following areas, but no arrests were reported: the villages of Yata, south
of Hebron; Zeita village, north of Tulkarm, Salfit, and Bedia village, west of
the city.

Friday, 20 February 2015

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces carried out incursions in
the following areas, but no arrest were reported: Jayous village, northeast of
Qalqilya and ‘Azoun village, east of the city.

Sunday, 22 February 2015

At approximately 00:50, Israeli forces moved into
Jayous village, northeast of Qalqilya. 
They raided and searched a number of houses and handed Mohammed Wasfi
Taleb and Mohammed ‘Amer Nofal two summonses to refer to the Israeli intelligence. 

 

At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit
Ummar village, north of Hebron.  They
stationed in the areas of al-Tarbiqah and Khelet al-‘Ein. They then raided 4
houses and handed Habes Hisham Khalil Abu Mariah (27), ‘Azmi Mohammed ‘Azmi
Akhlil (27), Montaser Fathi Fakhri Akhlil (23) and Mohammed Yousif Mohammed
‘Awad summonses to refer to the Israeli intelligence in "Gosh
‘Etzion" settlement, south of Bethlehem. 
When the Israeli soldiers were on their way out of the village, a number
of boys gathered to throw stones and empty bottles at them.  The Israeli soldiers in response fired sound
bombs and tear gas canisters indiscriminately. 
As a result, a number of civilians suffered tear gas inhalation.

 

Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Hejah
village, east of Qalqilya.  They raided
and searched a number of houses and handed Saber Fo’ad Taym, ‘Oday Usamah
Musalhah and Mohammed Nour al-Deen Musalhah summonses to refer to the Israeli intelligence. 

 

At approximately 14:50, Israeli forces stationed in
the western area of Jayous village, northeast of Qalqilya, fired rubber-coated metal
bullets and tear gas canisters at a number of Palestinian civilians claiming
that they threw stones at them.  They
detained ‘Omer Jihad Salim (13) for a couple of hours before releasing him at
approximately 20:00 when the Palestinian Military Liaison intervened with the
Israeli counterpart, and no further incidents were reported.

 

At approximately 18:30, Israeli forces moved into Jainsafout
village, east of Qalqilya.  They raided a
number of houses and handed Fadi Dawoud ‘Eid a summons to refer to the Israeli intelligence. 

 

Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into
Zaboubah village, northwest of Jenin. 
They patrolled the streets and then a number of children and boys
gathered to throw stones and empty bottles at the invaded vehicles.  The Israeli soldiers in response fired sound
bombs and tear gas canisters at the stone-throwers to disperse them.  One of the soldiers threw a tear gas canister
inside the Grand Mosque in the centre of the village.  As a result, many worshippers suffer tear gas
inhalation and were treated on the spot by medical crews. 

 

At approximately 19:00, Israeli forces moved into
al-‘Arqah village, west of Jenin.  They
patrolled the streets and then raided and searched a number of houses.  They withdrew later and no arrests were
reported.

At approximately 20:30, Israeli forces moved into Kafr
Sour village, south of Tulkarm.  They
raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Jamil Mahmoud Baker
Modalal (60) and photographed it from the inside and outside as well as the
surrounding lands.  Israeli forces later
withdrew, and no further incidents were reported.  It should be mentioned that the
aforementioned house is located to the west of the village and adjacent to
"Sal’it" settlement established on the lands of Kafr Sour village.

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces carried
out incursions in the following areas, but no arrests were reported: Hablah
village, south of Qalqilya; Hebron; al-Thaheriyah village, south of the city;
Jenin; Far’on village, south of Tulkarm; ‘Anbta village, east of the city;
Jenin and the villages of al-fonqoumia and Zabouba in Jenin.

 

Monday, 23 February 2015

At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into a
number of neighbourhoods in Hebron.  They
patrolled the streets and then stationed in al-Jeldah neighbourhood.  They raided and searched two houses, from
which Mohammed Ahmed Shawar (24) and Younis ‘abdel Qader Shawar (22) were
arrested. 

 

At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Hablah
village, south of Qalqilya.  They raided
and searched a house belonging to the family of Rani Nour Mohammed Yousif
al-Sha’er (18) and arrested him.

 

At approximately 18:00, an Israeli undercover unit,
whose members look like the Palestinian civilians in dress and appearance,
moved into ‘Aydah refugee camp, north of Bethlehem.  The group members used a civilian car with a
Palestinian registration plate in the infiltration and indiscriminately fired
at passing civilians
.  The Israeli military
vehicles moved into the camp and ascended roofs of houses belonging to Fadi
Nasrallah, Mohammed Ahmed Hammad, Majed Taha Qaraqe’ and Mustafa Abu ‘akar and
turned them into military observation points. 
Dozens of Palestinian children and boys gathered to throw stones and
empty bottles at the Israeli soldiers, who in response fired live bullets and
rubber-coated
metal
bullets at them.  As a result, 4
civilians, including a child, were wounded. 
Three of them were hit by live bullets, while the fourth one was hit by
a metal bullet.  Israeli forces arrested
Haitham Da’asmah (33) and took him to an unknown destination.

 

At approximately 19:00, Israeli forces moved into
al-Mawaleh Mountain area in the centre of Bethlehem.  They raided and searched a house belonging to
Ziyad Salahat and arrested his son, ‘Ali (25) and arrested him. 

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces carried
out incursions in the following areas, but no arrests were reported: al-Fawar
refugee camp, Beit Kahel and al-Samou’a village in Hebron; Zaboubah village,
northwest of Jenin and Hejah village, east of Qalqilya.

 

 

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

In the morning, 24 February 2015, in excessive use of
force, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian in al-Duheisha refugee
camp, south of Bethlehem. Israeli forces moved into the refugee camp to arrest
a number of Palestinians and opened fire at a number of Palestinian youngsters
who gathered and threw stones and empty bottles at the soldiers.

 

According to investigations conducted by PCHR, at
approximately 01:30 on the abovementioned day, Israeli forces backed by
military vehicles moved into al-Duheisha refugee camp, south of Bethlehem, to
arrest a number of Palestinians. A number of Palestinian youngsters gathered
and threw stones, empty bottles and fireworks at Israeli soldiers, who opened
fire at the youngsters and houses. As a result, 19-year-old Jihad Shehada
Abdullah al-Ja’fari sustained a bullet wound to the right shoulder. He was
wounded at approximately 03:40, but he was admitted to al-Yamama Hospital in
al-Khader village, southwest of Bethlehem, at approximately 04:10. He was
transported to the hospital by an ambulance of Palestine Red Crescent Society.
A medical source at the abovementioned hospital stated that al-Ja’fari was
admitted to the hospital dead. Eyewitnesses said that he was on the roof of his
family house, which overlooks the main street in the refugee camp, and that he
was shot by Israeli soldiers positioned on the other side of the street,
opposite to the house.

 

PCHR appreciates the step taken by the Palestinian
Attorney-General to refer the corpse of al-Ja’fari to Abu Dees Forensic Institute
upon the request of his family to document the Israeli crimes. Al-Ja’fari’s
father said that the family made that request to document the Israeli crimes
and attacks on Palestinian civilians. It should be noted that the deceased was
a cookery student at Talitha Kumi Community College in Beit Jala.

At approximately 01:50, Israeli forces moved into Jayous
village, northeast of Jenin.  They raided
and searched a number of houses and handed ‘Ezz al-Deen Wasef Mahmoud Khaled
and Mousa Tal’at Beidah 2 summonses to refer to the Israeli intelligence.  Israeli forces later withdrew, and no further
incidents were reported.

At approximately 04:10, Israeli forces moved into
al-Quds Street, south of Nablus.  They
surrounded a 2-storey building belonging to Soliman ‘Aziz Thiab.  They forcibly opened the door of an auto
repair garage io the ground floor of the building rented by Radi Mohammed
al-Halabi and searched it.  They vandalised
the decorations of the garage office and tore seats of a car, a 2008 Volkswagen
white car, which was in the garage. 
Moreover, they damaged the motor and bodywork.  The car belongs to Mohammed Naheed Mofid
Saleh Hasiba.  When they finished
searching the garage, the Israeli soldiers headed to a 1991 Mercedes red car
that belongs to the owner of the building and was parked in front of the
building to the left side of the garage and destroyed its left side window
shields and searched it.  A number of
Israeli soldiers raided the aforementioned building and searched it.  Israeli forces then moved into the adjacent
Rojeeb village and surrounded a house belonging to al-Halabi family.  They raided and searched the house, from
which they also arrested Halabi (35) and Ahmed Radi Mohammed Halabi (42), both
work in the garage. 

 

At approximately 05:00, Israeli forces gunboats
stationed of al-Wahah shore, northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip,
opened fire heavily in the vicinity of the Palestinian fishing boats sailing
within 3 nautical miles and chased them. 
As a result of the shooting the continued for 30 minutes, fishermen were
forced to flee for fear of being injured or arrested.  Neither injuries nor damages to the boats
were reported.  However, a number of
fishermen lost some pieces of net.

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces carried out incursions in
al-Burj and Ezna villages, west of Hebron, but no arrests were reported.

 

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit
Ummar village, north of Hebron.  They
raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Rabi’a Jawad Jamal ‘Awad
(19) and arrested him. Meanwhile, another Israeli force raided and searched 4
houses, but no arrests were reported. 

 

At approximately 10:00, Israeli forces moved into
al-Ibrahimiyah School in the western side of al-Ibrahimi Mosque in the centre
of the Old City in the centre of Hebron. 
The Israeli soldiers deployed in the school yard and arrested Hasan
Mohammed Marrar (14) taking him to al-Ibrahimi Mosque police station.  Around a couple of hours later, he was
released after the Palestinian Military Liaison intervened.

 

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

 

During the reporting period,
Israeli soldiers used excessive force against peaceful demonstrations organized
by Palestinian civilians, international and Israeli human rights defenders in
protest at the construction of the annexation wall and settlement activities in
the West Bank. As a result, 5 Palestinian civilians, including a child,
sustained bullet wounds during Kufor Qaddoum weekly protest, northeast of
Qalqilya.  

 

In the same context, a 16-year-old child sustained a bullet wound
to the left thigh during a protest at the southern entrance of al-Jalazoun
refugee camp, north of Ramallah.    

 

(PCHR keeps the names of the wounded in
fear of being arrested by the Israeli forces within its policy to oppress the
peaceful protests and prevent Palestinian civilians from participating).

 

Demonstrations against the construction of the annexation wall and
settlement activity

 

Following the Friday prayer, on
20 February 2015, in spite of the bad weather, dozens of Palestinian civilians
and international and Israeli human rights defenders organized a peaceful
demonstration in Bil’in, west of Ramallah, in protest at the construction of
the annexation wall and settlement activities. The demonstrators took the
streets raising the Palestinian flags and portraits of Khaled al-Sheikh, the
youngest Palestinian prisoner from Beit Anan village, northwest of Jerusalem,
who was arrested 2 months ago, and headed to the liberated territories near the
annexation wall. Early in the morning, Israeli forces closed all entrances to
the city to prevent Palestinian civilians and international and Israeli human
rights defenders from participating in the protests. Protestors marched by the
annexation wall and tried to cross the fence. Israeli soldiers stationed behind
the wall, in the western area, and a large number of soldiers deployed along
it, fired live bullets, tear gas canisters, rubber-coated steel bullets, sound
bombs and wastewater at them and chased them into the olive fields. As a
result, a number of demonstrators suffered tear gas inhalation and others
sustained bruises as they were beaten up by Israeli soldiers.  

 

Around the same time, dozens of Palestinian civilians
organised a peaceful demonstration in the centre of Ni’lin village, west of
Ramallah,
in protest at the construction
of the annexation wall and settlement activities
. The demonstrators took the streets and headed to the
annexation wall. Israeli forces closed the gates of the wall with barbwires and
prevented the demonstrators from crossing to the land behind it before they
responded by throwing stones. Israeli soldiers fired live ammunition,
rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the
civilians, and chased them into the village.
As a result, a number of demonstrators suffered tear gas inhalation
and others sustained bruises as they were beaten up.

 

Also following the Friday prayer, at approximately 12:20,
Palestinian civilians and international solidarity activists organized a
protest in the center of Kufor Qaddoum village, northeast of Qalqilya, heading
to the eastern entrance of the village in protest against closing that entrance
since the beginning of al-Aqsa Intifada with an iron gate. The demonstrators
threw stones at Israeli soldiers, who fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters
in response. As a result, 5 Palestinian civilians, including a child, sustained
bullet wounds. A 16-year-old child sustained a bullet wound to the right leg, a
35-year-old civilian sustained a bullet wound to the chest, a 45-year-old civilian
sustained 2 bullet wounds to the back and left hand; a 42-year-old civilian
sustained a bullet wound to the left hand and a 32-year-old civilian sustained
a bullet wound to the left thigh.

 

Other demonstrators:

   

Also
following the Friday prayer, on 20 February 2015, in spite of the stormy
weather, dozens of children and young men gathered at the southern entrance of
al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah. They were about 300 meters away
from the fence of "Beit Eil" settlement. Israeli forces stationed in
the area fired live ammunition, rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and
tear gas canisters. As a result,
16-year-old child
sustained a bullet wound to left thigh. He was taken to Palestine Medical
Compound in Ramallah. His wound was moderate.

 

3. 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.

 

The total closure of al-Mentar ("Karni") crossing since
02 March 2011 has seriously affected the economy of the Gaza Strip. Following
this closure, all economic and commercial establishments in the Gaza Commercial
Zone were shut off. It should be noted that al-Mentar crossing is the biggest
crossing in the Gaza Strip, in terms of its capacity to absorb the flow of
imports and exports. The decision to close al-Mentar crossing was the
culmination of a series of decisions resulting in the complete closure of the
Sofa crossing, east of the Gaza Strip in the beginning of 2009, and the Nahal
Oz crossing, east of Gaza City, which were dedicated for the delivery of fuel
and cooking gas to the Gaza Strip, in the beginning of 2010.

 

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.

 

The cooking gas crisis has fluctuated due to the closure of Karm
Abu Salem for security claims. According to PCHR’s follow-up, Israeli
authorities only allow an average of 98 tons of cooking gas into Gaza per
day.  This limited quantity is less than half of the daily needs, which is
200 tons per day of the civilian population in the Gaza Strip during
winter.  The crisis has unprecedentedly aggravated for around six weeks
due to cold weather and overconsumption in addition to the power outage and
using gas as an alternative in many instances of electricity.  The lack of
diesel and benzene led to the aggravation of the crisis as a result of using
the gas cylinder for cars or as an alternative for benzene to run
generators.  As a result, the demand for gas further increased.

 

For almost 7 consecutive years, Israeli forces have continued to
prevent the delivery of construction materials to the Gaza Strip. Two years
ago, Israeli forces approved the delivery of limited quantities of construction
materials for a number of international organizations in the Gaza Strip. 
On 17 September 2013, they allowed the entry of limited quantities of
construction materials for the private sector.  However, on 13 October
2013, they re-banned it claiming that these materials are used for constructing
tunnels.  Last week, Israeli forces allowed the entry of construction
materials only for UNRWA and UNDP projects.  As a result, construction
works have completely stopped impacting all sectors related to construction and
an increase in unemployment levels. During the 51-day Israeli offensive on the
Gaza Strip in July and August 2014, Israeli authorities did not allow the entry
of any construction materials. As a result, vital and infrastructure projects
have been obstructed so far.

 

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.

 

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 denied permission to access hospitals via the
crossing for new categories of patients from the Gaza Strip.

 

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

18 – 23 February 2015

 

Date

Imports

Category

Amount

Tons

Number

Liters

18
February 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foodstuffs

1,036

Agricultural
materials

952

Various
goods

Cartons
of shoes

Refrigerators

Cows

Gypsum
boards

Cars

Cartons
of clothes

Washing
machines

Horses

Forklift
truck

782

 

844

92

277

2,400

44

1,320

58

51

5

Humanitarian
aid

3,590

Cooking
gas

247.320

Benzene

133,000

Diesel

513,007

Industrial
fuel

 

 

293,012

 

19
February

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foodstuffs

530

Agricultural
materials

544

Various
goods

Cartons
of clothes

Cows

Gypsum
boards

Bicycles

Marble

Sacks
of Diapers

Cartons
of shoes

Electricity
generators

Washing
machines

Refrigerators

335

 

2,970

203

4,440

84

250
meters

4,500

753

2

94

154

Humanitarian
aid

6,570

Cooking
gas

224.510

Benzene

225,973

Diesel

403,000

Industrial
fuel

 

 

557,036

 

22
February

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foodstuffs

847

Agricultural
materials

846

Various
goods

Cartons
of clothes

Gypsum
boards

Refrigerators

Cartons
of shoes

454

 

1,122

5,800

75

250

Humanitarian
aid

11,630

 

 

 

Cooking
gas

183.280

Benzene

151,975

Diesel

Diesel
for UNRWA

353,000

104,010

Industrial
fuel

 

 

440,350

 

23
February

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foodstuffs

951

Agricultural
materials

1,152

Various
goods

Cartons
of clothes

Poultry
waterers

Cartons
of shoes

Gypsum
boards

Glass
boards

Batteries

Marble

Solar
power systems

562

 

848

600

876

1,900

520

408

780

110

Humanitarian
aid

5,881

Cooking
gas

249.320

Benzene

327,988

Diesel

Diesel
for UNRWA

572,000

107,988

Industrial
fuel

 

 

409,105

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exports:

 

· On Wednesday, 18 February 2015,
Israeli forces allowed the exportation of 0.6 tons of fish.

On Thursday, 19 February 2015, Israeli forces allowed the
exportation of 0.042 ton of eggplants, 21.7 tons of cucumbers, 8.8 tons
of tomatoes, 3.4 tons of squash and 0.8 tons of pepper.  

On Sunday, 22 February 2015, Israeli forces allowed the
exportation of 3.1 tons of eggplants, 22.58 tons of cucumbers, 5 tons of cherry
tomatoes, 7.8 tons of tomatoes, 3.6 tons of squash, 0.3 tons of mints and 0.37
tons of onions.

 

Other imports:

 

On Wednesday, 18 February 2015, Israeli forces allowed the
entry of 3,160 tons of aggregates, 160 tons of cement, 90 tons of steel for
UNRWA, 40 tons of cement for UNDP and 140 tons of aggregates for UNICEF. They
also allowed the entry of 455 tons of fodders and 420 tons of wheat.

On Thursday, 19 February 2015, Israeli forces allowed the entry of
400 tons of cement and 490 tons of aggregates for Gaza reconstruction. They
also allowed the entry of 210 tons of fodders and 105 tons of wheat.

On Sunday, 22 February 2015, Israeli forces allowed the entry of 3,200
tons of aggregates, 560 tons of cement and 120 tons of steel for UNRWA, 960
tons of cement and 280 tons of aggregates for Gaza reconstruction, and 630 tons
of aggregates for the Water Authority. They also allowed the entry of 350 tons
of fodders and 245 tons of wheat.

On Monday, 23 February 2015, Israeli force allowed the entry of 210
tons of aggregates for Gaza reconstruction. They also allowed the entry of 525
tons of fodders and 455 tons of wheat.

 

Plastic Containers returned by Israeli forces via Karm Abu Salem:

 

On Wednesday, 18 February 2015, Israeli forces returned 3
truckloads of empty containers.

On Thursday, 19 February 2015, Israeli forces returned a truckload
of empty oxygen cylinders’ container.

On Sunday, 22 February 2015, Israeli forces returned a truckload
of empty oxygen cylinders’ container.

On Monday, 23 February 2015, Israeli forces returned 12 truckloads
of empty containers

 

 

Beit Hanoun ("Erez") crossing, in the north of the Gaza
Strip, is designated for the movement of individuals, and links the Gaza Strip
with the West Bank.

 

Note: the data related to Beit Hanoun crossing is not available
this week for technical reasons.

 

 

West Bank

 

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

 

· Hebron:
Israeli forces have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of
Palestinian civilians. At approximately 09:30 on Sunday, 22 February 2015,
Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance of Sa’ir village, east
of Hebron.  Later, the checkpoint was
removed, and no arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 07:30 on Monday, 23 February 2015, Israeli forces
established a checkpoint at the entrance of Ethna village, west of Hebron.  At approximately 08:00, Israeli forces
established another checkpoint at the entrance of Beit ‘Awa village, southwest
of Dura, southwest of Hebron.  At approximately
15:00, another checkpoint was established at the northern entrance of Hebron.
Later, the checkpoints were removed, and no arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 08:00 on Tuesday, 24 February 2015, Israeli
forces established a checkpoint at the entrance of al-‘Aroub refugee camp,
north of Hebron.  Around the time, a
checkpoint was established at the entrance of Beit Kahel, west of the city.
Later, both checkpoints were removed and no arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 16:00 on Wednesday, 25 February 2015, Israeli
forces established a checkpoint at the entrance of Deir Samit village,
southwest of Dura, southwest of Hebron. Later, the checkpoint was removed and
no arrests were reported.

 

· Qalqilya: Israeli
forces have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of
Palestinian civilians. At approximately 10:45 on Thursday, 19 February 2015,
Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the eastern entrance of the
city.  Later, the checkpoint was removed
and no arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 18:45 on Saturday, 21 February 2015, Israeli
forces established a checkpoint at the entrance of Jeet village, northeast of
Qalqilya.  At approximately 19:45, the
checkpoint was removed, and no arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 13:20 on Sunday, 22 February 2015, Israeli forces
established a checkpoint at the entrance of Amatin village, northeast of the
city.  At approximately 23:30, another
checkpoint was established at the entrance of ‘Ezbet al-Tabib village, east of
the city. Later, both checkpoints were removed and no arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 08:50 on Sunday, 23 February 2015, Israeli forces
established a checkpoint at the entrance of ‘Azoun village, east of
Qalqilya.  At approximately 09:55,
another checkpoint was established at the entrance of Ezbet al-Tabib village,
east of the city. Later, both checkpoints were removed and no arrests were
reported.

 

 

· Tulkarm:
Israeli forces have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of
Palestinian civilians. At approximately 14:00 on Thursday, 19 February 2015,
Israeli forces stationed at the gate no. (609) of the annexation wall near
‘Atil village, north of tulkarm closed the aforementioned gate.  Local sources said to a PCHR filedworker that
the israeli forces closed the gate to the permit holders for unknown
reasons.  The gate was reopened, and no
further incidents were reported.

 

At approximately 18:00 on Sunday, 22 February 2015, Israeli forces
stationed at ‘Annab military checkpoint which is established on the road
between Tulkarm and Nablus, east of the city, tightened their restrictions
against civilians and obstructed their movement. Later that day, the tightening
ended and no arrests were reported.  The
tightening renewed at approximately 07:30 on Tuesday, 24 February 2015. 

           

At approximately 19:00 on Monday, 23 February 2015, Israeli forces
established a checkpoint on the main road between Tulkarm and Nablus near the
intersection of Beit Leed village in area called “Abu Martein”, east of
Tulkarm. The checkpoint was later removed, and no arrests were reported.

 

· Jenin: Israeli
forces have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of
Palestinian civilians.  At approximately
20:00 on Friday, 20 February 2015, Israeli forces stationed at Barta’ah
checkpoint established at the entrance of Eastern Bart’ah village, which is
isolated from its surroundings due to the annexation wall, southwest of Jenin,
detained ‘Arab Ref’at ‘Abdel Qader Abu Baker (16) while passing through the
checkpoint.  Around 3 hours later, he was
released.  It should be mentioned that
the afomrnetioned checkpoint is the sole outlet for the village residents to
the outside world and hwen it is closed, the village turns into a big prison.

 

At approximately 01:00 on Tuesday, 24 February 2015, Israeli
forces established a checkpoint on the main road between Jenin, Tulkarm and
Nablus near the intersection of Silet al-Thaher village, south of Jenin. The
checkpoint was removed later, and no arrests were reported. 

 

At approximately 22:30 on Tuesday, 24 February 2015, Israeli
forces established a checkpoint at the intersection of Zabouba village,
northwest of Jenin.  The checkpoint was
removed later, and no arrests were reported. 

 

· Salfit:
Israeli forces have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of
Palestinian civilians.  At approximately
19:10 on Sunday, 15 February 2015, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at
the northern entrance of Salfit.  The
checkpoint was removed later, and no arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 06:55 on Tuesday, 24 February 2015, Israeli
forces established a checkpoint at the entrance of Kafl Haris, north of
Salfit.  Later, the checkpoint was
removed later, and no arrests were reported.

 

Arrests and Maltreatment at Military Checkpoints

 

At approximately 14:30 on Monday, 16 February 2015,
Israeli forces stationed at al-Karamah board crossing on the Jordanian border
arrested Mojahed Sa’ed Tariq ‘Aqoub (28) from Nablus when he was on his way
back from Jordan to Palestine.

  

At approximately 15:50 on Monday, 17 February 2015,
Israeli forces established a checkpoint at Jeet village entrance, northeast of
Qalqilya.  At approximately 17:50, Israeli
forces arrested Sharhabil Samir al-Shweiki (20) and took him to an unknown
destination.  The checkpoint was removed later.

 

At approximately 20:30 on Wednesday, 25 February 2015,
Israeli forces stationed in the vicinity of lands belonging the residents of
Zabouba village, northwest of Jenin, arrested Ahmed ‘Abdel Qader Abu T’eimah
(29) who suffers a psychological disorder while he was on the agricultural
lands adjacent to the annexation wall, west of the village.  He was taken to an unknown destination. 

 

On the same day evening, Israeli forces stationed at Za’atarah
Checkpoint, south of Nablus arrested Eman ‘Ezz al-Deen Ahmed ‘Amarnah (20) from
Ya’abod village, southwest of Jenin.  They
stopped a taxi in which where the aforementioned young woman was traveling and
forced her to get out.  She was taken to
al-Jalmah detention centre, north of Jenin. 
An Israeli court will hold a session for on Thursday, 26 February 2015,
to extend her detention to continue questioning her.

 

4. Efforts
to create Jewish demographic majority in occupied East Jerusalem

 

At approximately 11:00 on Thursday, 19 February 2015, Israeli intelligence
officers detained Amjad Abu Asab, Head of the Prisoners’ families Committee in
Jerusalem, while he was in Ben Gurion Airport intending to travel to Turkey to
participate in a conference on detention of Palestinian children. They also
prevented him from traveling. Abu Asab said to a PCHR fieldworker that 6
Israeli officers stopped him while being in the duty free hall of the airport.
They told him he was prevented from traveling and detained him in the airport.
In addition, they handed him an order preventing him from traveling abroad for
a month. He added that the order was issued by the Israeli Internal Security
Minister for security reasons. Abu Asab said that he completed all the travel
procedures at the airport, but he was surprised to see the Israeli officers
preventing him from travel.

 

At approximately 20:00 on the abovementioned day, Israeli forces raided
and searched a house belonging to the family of Sharif Sonoqrot in al-Tour
neighborhood, east of Jerusalem’s Old City. They arrested his son Shadi (21)
and took him to an unknown destination.

 

At approximately 13:00 on Saturday, 21
February 2015, Israeli forces arrested Fadi Mahmoud al-Sayyad (17) when he was
playing with snow with his friends in al-Tour neighbourhood, east of
Jerusalem’s Old City, under the pretext that the boy threw snow at an Israeli
police vehicle. Israeli forces took him to an unknown destination.

 

At approximately 10:00 on Sunday, 19
February 2015, Israeli forces raided and searched a house belonging to the
family of Wesam Hamouda in al-Sa’diya neighbourhood, east of Jerusalem’s Old
City. They arrested his son Dawood (11) and took him to an unknown destination.

 

At approximately 18:30 on the
same day, Israeli forces accompanied by a special unit moved into al-‘Eisawiya
village, north of East Jerusalem. They raided and searched a number of houses.
In the meantime, a number of Palestinian youngsters gathered and threw stones
and Molotov Cocktails at Israeli soldiers, who fired rubber-coated metal
bullets and sound bombs in response. Israeli forces also arrested Mohammed Abu
al-Hommos (43), member of the village’s steering committee, and took him to an
unknown destination.

 

At approximately 20:00 also on the same day, Israeli forces moved
into Silwan village, south of Jerusalem’s Old City. They stationed in Ein
al-Louza neighborhood, where a number of youngsters gathered and threw stones
and Molotov Cocktails at Israeli soldiers, who indiscriminately fired
rubber-coated metal bullets in response. As a result, glass of a number of
vehicles was crushed. However, neither casualties nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 03:00 on Monday, 23 February 2015, Israeli forces
moved into Qalandya refugee camp, north of occupied Jerusalem. They raided and
searched a number of houses from which they arrested 4 civilians, including a
child: Ahmed Zuhair (17); Yazan al-Khatib (24); Hamada Abu Shalbak (26); and
Mahmoud al-Zeer (21).

 

At approximately 04:00, on the same day, Israeli forces moved into
al-Thawri neighborhood, south of Old City of Jerusalem. They raided and
searched a number of houses from which they arrested 2 children: Mohammed Naser
Bseila (16); and Ibrahim Jamil Ghaith (14).

 

At approximately 18:00, on the same day, Israeli forces arrested
Rami al-Alami, lawyer at the Prisoners and Ex-prisoners Affairs, while he was
in Bab al-Amoud area. Israeli soldiers took him to al-Masqoubia interrogation
facility.

 

At approximately 09:00 on Tuesday, 24 February 2015, Israeli
forces moved into al-Wad neighborhood in the Old City of Jerusalem. They raided
and searched a number of houses from which they arrested 3 children: Abdul
Nasser Mahmoud Abu Snaina (12); Mostafa Ali Abu Snaina (12); and Omer Ahmed
Ghunaim (12).

 

At approximately 15:00, Israeli forces arrested 5 Palestinian
women while going out of al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem’s Old City. They took them
to the police station in Bab al-Selsela to be questioned. The women were identified
as: Latifa Mukhaimar (56); Khadija Khuwais (36); Jehad Ghazawi (30); Fatma
‘Elayan (24); and Nawal al-Qawasmi (26).

 

At approximately 20:00, on the same day, Israeli forces raided and
searched a house belonging to Osama Bader in al-Eisawiya village, north of East
Jerusalem. They arrested his son Ahmed (15) and took him to an unknown
destination.  

 

Settlement attacks:

 

At approximately 17:00 on Tuesday,
25 February 2015, a jeep belonging to the settlement guards ran down Mariam
Karim Da’na (10) when she was around her family’s house in Ein al-Louza area in
Silwan village, south of Jerusalem’s Old City.

Mariam’s brother, Amer Da’na, said
to a PCHR fieldworker that a jeep belonging to the settlement guards was traveling
fast on Ein al-Louza road. It hit my sister when she was around her family’s
house. The driver then reversed and drove over her legs. The girl was taken to Hadasa
Hospital in East Jerusalem. Following medical examination, it was found that
the girl sustained fractures in the left leg and bruises to the back and neck.
Da’na added that young people in the area stopped the jeep until the Israeli
police arrived. However, the police allowed the jeep to leave and did not
arrest the driver.   

 

5. 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.

 

On Thursday morning, 19 February 2015, a group of
settlers from "Metspi Yaer" settlement, east of Yatta, south of
Hebron, cut off 40 olive trees with electric saws. The trees aging 30 years
belong to Jamal Mohammed Isma’il Hoshiya (52).

 

At approximately 11:30, on Thursday, 19 February 2015, a
settler from "Metspi Yaer" settlement, east of Yatta, south of
Hebron, attacked Jebrin Mousa Suleiman Abu ‘Eram (51), from Kherbet Qwawis,
east of the city. The settler attacked him when he was grazing sheep near a
bypass road leading the said settlement. As a result, he sustained bruises and
a wound in the left leg.

 

On Wednesday, 25 February 2015, a group of Israeli
settlers set fire to al-Jaba’a village mosque, west of Bethlehem, and wrote racist
slogans on its walls. No’man Hamdan head of the village council, said that at
approximately 04:00 on the abovementioned day, settlers set fire to al-Huda
mosque in the village. Part of the mosque was burnt and some of its contents
were damaged. A number of workers heading to their workplaces and other
civilians intervened and extinguished fire.

 

On the same day, a group of settlers from "Beit
Hadasa" settlement outpost in Hebron’s Old City cut off 100 olive trees.
It should be noted the trees were planted a year ago in Tal al-Rumaida
neighborhood in the center of Hebron with the assistance of a number of
Palestinian and international activists.

 

At approximately 06:00 on Tuesday, 24 February 2015,
Israeli forces backed by Israeli Civil Administration and a digger moved into
al-‘Edeisa area, east of Sa’ir village, east of Hebron. They surrounded an
under-construction house with an area of 170 square meters belonging to Naser
Mousa Shaker Jaradat (50). The digger started demolishing the house under the
pretext of building without a license in area (c). It should be noted that
Israeli authorities handed the aforementioned person 2 notices to stop construction
works and demolish the building in August 2014.

 

At approximately 09:00 on Wednesday, 25 February 2015,
Israeli forces backed by Israeli Civil Administration and a digger moved into Khellet
al-Sharabti, northeast of Hebron. The digger demolished a water well with a
capacity of 300 cubic meters, while Israeli soldiers confiscated a caravan used
as a room for a farm workers belonging to Emad Mohammed al-Rajabi (45). The
demolition was carried out under the pretext of non-licensing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 continued aggression 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;

14. PCHR calls upon the Palestinian leadership to sign and
accede to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and the Geneva
Conventions, and calls upon the international community, especially the United
Nations, to encourage the State of Palestine to accede to international human
rights law and humanitarian law instruments.

 

 

 

 

 

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