Hebron –
Israeli forces erect temporary military checkpoint at the entrance of Beit
Ommar village, north of Hebron, and arrest a Palestinian civilian

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

 

 

Israeli forces continued to open fire at border areas
in the Gaza Strip

 

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

5 Palestinian civilians, including a child and a
photojournalist, were wounded during protests against settlement activities and
the construction of the annexation wall.

 

Israeli forces conducted 58 incursions into Palestinian
communities in the West Bank.

46 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children and 4
women, were arrested in the West Bank.

17 of these civilians, including 3 children and 4
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.

6 Palestinian civilians, including a female university
student, 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 efforts to create Jewish
majority in occupied East Jerusalem

With the support of dozens of settlers, Israeli forces
demolished for the seventh time Bab al-Quds village that was established by
Palestinian activists against settlement activities, east of the city.

 

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

15 dunums[1]
of Deir Estya lands, northwest of Salfit, were leveled to expand
"Yakeer" settlement.

Settlers cut off 550 olive seedlings in al-Shyoukh
village, northeast of Hebron.

 

Summary

 

Israeli violations of international law and international
humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (12
– 18 February 201
5).

 

Shooting:

During the reporting period, Israeli forces wounded 5
Palestinian civilians, including a child, 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 the same context, Israeli forces
continued to use excessive forces against peaceful protests against the
construction of the annexation wall and settlement activities. As a result,
photojournalist of al-Hayat al-Jadeeda newspaper sustained burns in the face
because Israeli soldiers sprayed pepper spray on his face during Bil’in weekly
protest, west of Ramallah. In addition, a child and 2 other civilians were
wounded in other protests.     

 

In the same context, dozens of Palestinian civilians
and international solidarity activists suffered tear gas inhalation and other
sustained bruises as they were beaten up by Israeli soldiers. Israeli soldiers
arrested a member of the popular committee against the annexation wall and
settlement activities in Bil’in village and took him to Ofer detention
facility.

 

On 17 February 2015, secretary of Fatah movement in Jerusalem sustained
shrapnel wound when Israeli forces raided Bab al-Quds village that was
established by Palestinian and international solidarity activists in Abu Dees town,
east of East Jerusalem, in protest at the settlement scheme "E1".

 

In the Gaza Strip, on 16 February 2015, Israeli forces
stationed along the border fence, east of al-Shuhada cemetery, east of Jabalia
in the north of the Gaza Strip, opened fire at the border area.  As a result, farmers, shepherds and bird
hunters were frightened and fled, but no casualties were reported.

 

In the context of targeting fishermen, on 16 February
2015, Israeli navy forces stationed off al-Waha resort, northwest of Beit Lahia
village, north of the Gaza Strip. As a result, fishermen were frightened and
sailed back, but neither casualties nor material damage were reported.  

  

Incursions:

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted
at least 58 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank. During
these incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 46 Palestinians, including 3
children and 4 women.  Seventeen of these
Palestinians, including 3 children and the 4 women, were arrested in 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 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.
 

Efforts to create Jewish majority

On Tuesday, 17 February 2015, Israeli forces backed by a number of
vehicles and 2 buses carrying dozens of settlers, stormed Bab al-Quds village
that was established by Palestinian activists and international solidarity
activists in Abu Dees town, east of East Jerusalem, in protest at
"E1" settlement scheme. Israeli soldiers fired rubber-coated metal
bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the activists. As a result,
secretary of Fatah movement in Jerusalem, sustained a shrapnel wound of a sound
bomb to the leg. He was taken to the clinic in Abu Dees town to receive the
necessary medical treatment. Moreover, Israeli forces beat and arrested 3
Palestinian activists.

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, 12 February
2015, Israeli bulldozers guarded by the Israeli forces leveled lands in
al-Maslabah area, west Deir Estia village near Salfit.  The leveling process was carried out in the
vicinity of "Yakir" settlement, south of Qana Valley, to build new
settlement units in the area that Israeli forces earlier announced. 

 

On
Tuesday, 17 February 2015, Israeli forces prevented civilians entering the
lands in al-Asfir village adjacent to Mneizel area, east of Yata, south of
Hebron, to plough them.  Israeli forces
claimed that the dozens of dunums from those lands that are part of "Beit
Yatir" settlement established on the Palestinian lands confiscated from
the eastern area of the city. 

 

On 18
February 2015, Israeli forces confiscated a hand building mixer in Kherbet
al-Tawil area, east of ‘Arqabah village, east of Nablus. 

 

On 18
February 2015, a number of settlers uprooted and broke around 550 olive
seedlings that were planted in a 320-dunum area of land in al-Shyoukh,
northeast of Hebron.

 

 

 

Israeli Violations Documented during the Reporting Period
(12– 18 February 2015)

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

 

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces carried out incursions in
the following areas, but no arrests were reported: the villages of Jayous and
‘Azoun, northeast and east of Qalqilya; al-Shyoukh village, Dura and Tawawous
village in Hebron.

 

Friday, 13 February 2015

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces carried out incursions in
the following areas, but no arrests were reported: Kuffor Qaddoum, northeast of
Qalqilya, Birzeit; the villages of Deir Qeddis and Kherbtha al-Mesbah in Ramallah
and al-Bireh; Fasayel village, north of Jericho.

 

Saturday, 14
February 2015

At approximately 15:00, Israeli forces moved into
‘Alar village, northeast of Tulkarm. 
They raided and searched a house and shop belonging to ‘Anan Sa’id Saleh
‘Asarwah (38) and then confiscated auto spare parts.  Israeli forces later withdrew, and no further
incidents were reported.

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces carried
out incursions in the following areas, but no arrests were reported: Senjel village,
north of Ramallah; Bitello village, northwest of the city; al-Jaftlak and
al-Dyouk villages, north of Jericho; al-Fawar refugee camp; villages of Hebron
City; villages of al-Samou’a, Mothalath al-‘Aqabah, and al-‘Aroub refugee camp
in Hebron; Tulkarm; and Far’on village, south of the city.

 

Sunday, 13 February 2015

In the evening, Israeli forces arrested in the Israeli
Military Liaison "D.C.O." office, west of Tulkarm, Mo’ayad ‘Adel
Ibrahim Jaroushi (25) from the city when he was present there upon a summons he
had already received to refer to the Israeli Intelligence.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces carried
out incursions in the following areas, but no arrests were reported: al-Hariyah
Valley neighbourhood in Central Hebron; al-Fawar refugee camp and the villages
of Bani Na’im, Ezna, and Beit ‘Awwa in Hebron; Deir al-Ghosoun village, north
of Tulkarm; villages of ‘Ejeh and Merkah, south of Jenin; Beit ‘Aor al-Tahta
village, south west of Ramallah; and Marj Na’ajah village, north of Jericho.

 

Monday, 16 February 2015

At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into
Halhoul, north of Hebron.  They stationed
in al-Nabi Younis area in the east of the town. They raided and searched a
house belonging to the family of Ahmed ‘Issa al-Zama’arah (23) and arrested him. 

 

At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Jenin.  They patrolled the streets for some time and
then re-stationed in al-Marah neighbourhood, southeast of the city.  Israeli forces raided and searched two houses
belonging to Bashar ‘Issa Sa’id Sablan (24) and Tariq Ziyad Musatafa Mohammed
Natour (20).  Israeli forces arrested the
aforementioned civilians and withdrew later taking them to an unknown
destination.

 

Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into a
number of neighbourhoods in the centre of Hebron.  They raided and searched 2 houses belonging
to the al-Qawasmah family.  They arrested
Meqdadd ‘Omer al-Qawasmah (20) and Shafiq Mohammed al-Qawasmah (50) and
withdrew later taking them to an unknown destination.

 

At approximately 06:30, Israeli gunboats stationed off
al-Wahah, northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire in
the vicinity of the Palestinian boats that was sailing within 3 nautical miles
and chased them. As a result, the shooting that continued for 10 minutes forced
fishermen to flee out of fear.  Neither
injuries nor damages were reported.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces carried
out incursions in the following areas, but no arrests were reported: al-Dyouk
village, north of Jericho; Shweikah Suburb, north of Tulkarm; Far’on village,
south of the city; and Tarqoumia village, west of Hebron.

 

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into
Northern ‘Asirah village, north of Nablus. 
They raided and searched a number of houses.  At approximately 05:00, Israeli forces arrested
Diyaa’ Mohammed As’ad Birawi (22), a student at al-Quds Open University; Ahmed
‘Abdel Fattah Mohammed Yasin (25), a Sergeant in the Palestinian National
Security Forces and Mohammed Hussam ‘Abdel Fattah Jawabrah (20).  It should be mentioned that at approximately
15:30 on Monday, 16 February 2015, Israeli forces established checkpoints at
the entrances of the villages and declared it as a closed military zone.

At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Qabatia
village, south of Jenin.  They raided and
searched a house belonging to the family of Barjes ‘Ali Barjes Hamamrah (28)
and questioned the residents.  Meanwhile,
a number of Palestinian children and youngsters gathered in the vicinity of the
Israeli vehicles to throw stones and empty bottles at them.  The Israeli soldiers in response fired sound
bombs and tear gas canisters at the stone-throwers to disperse them.  Israeli forces withdrew later, and no further
incidents were reported.

Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into a
number of neighbourhoods in the centre of Hebron.  They stationed on al-Salam Street and Abu
Katilah neighbourhood and then raided and searched 3 houses, from which they
arrested ‘Ezat Mohammed Sha’aban al-Khatib (21); Mahmoud Falah al-Haymouni (25);
and Shadi Mohammed Sha’aban al-Khatib (21). 


At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into
Sorif village, northwest of Hebron.  They
stationed in the centre of the village and then raided and searched a house
belonging to Mohammed Ra’ef Jubran (50). 
They arrested his son, Yousif (20), and withdrew later taking him to an
unknown destination.

At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Beit
Ummar village, north of Hebron.  They
stationed in the centre of the village and then raided and searched a house
belonging to ‘Oday Mohammed ‘Ali Akhlil (27) using tracker dogs.  They arrested the aforementioned civilian and
took him to an unknown destination.  They
also confiscated his laptop.

At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into
al-Mawaleh Mountain area in Bethlehem. 
They raided and searched a house belonging to Yehia Hani Jado (23) and
arrested him.  They withdrew later taking
him to an unknown destination.

At approximately 09:00, Israeli forces stationed along
the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Shuhadaa’ Cemetery,
east of Abu Safiyah area east of Jabalia, and in front of the
Memorial, southeast of Beit Hanoun  in the northern Gaza Strip, sporadically
opened fire at the border area.  As a
result, farmers, bird hunters and shepherds were terrified and forced to flee
for fear of being wounded.  Neither
injuries nor damages to their property were reported.

 

At approximately 13:45, Israeli forces moved into
Merda village, north of Salfit.  They
raided and searched a house belonging to Damen ‘Ezz al-Deen Khafsh (21).  Israeli forces arrested the aforementioned
civilian and took him to an unknown destination.

 

At approximately 23:30, Israeli forces moved into
Ramin village, northeast of Tulkarm. 
They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Jihad ‘Azem Nayef
Yousif (38) and then handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli intelligence
in the head office of the D.C.O, southwest of Tulkarm.  It should be mentioned that the aforementioned
house raid came only a few hours after Yousef had been released by the Palestinian
General Intelligence in Tulkarm as they questioned him about shooting on the
occasion of the release a prisoner from the Israeli prisons.

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces carried out incursions in
the following areas, but no arrests were reported: Ya’abod village, southwest
of Jenin, Bani Naim village, east of Hebron; ‘Asalah village, east of Qalqilya;
Kafr ‘Ein village, northwest of Ramallah; Kherbtha al-Mesbah village, southwest
of the city; and Shweikah Suburb, north of Tulkarm.

 

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Hawarah
village, south of Nablus.  They raided
and searched a number of houses, from which they arrested Akram ‘Adnan Yousif
Abu Haniyah (27), a member of the Palestinian Presidential Guard, and Sami
Jihad Mefdi al-Hawari (28) and took him to an unknown destination.

 

Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Beit
Kahel village, west of Hebron.  They
stationed in the centre of the village and then raided and searched 2 houses,
from which Mohammed ‘Azzam al-‘Asafrah (22) and Laith Rasmi al-‘Asafrah
(21).  Israeli forces withdrew later taking
them to an unknown destination.

 

Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into
Jericho
.  They raided and searched a
house belonging to the family of Naser Dawoud al-Prince (45).  Israeli forces arrested the aforementioned
civilian and withdrew later taking him to an unknown destination.

 

At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into
‘Awerta village, southeast of Nablus. 
They raided and searched a number of houses, from which Musalam Khaled
al-Qadi, an
 Educational
guide in Nablus Directorate, was arrested
.  Israeli
forces withdrew later taking him to an unknown destination.

 

At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into
al-Jalazone refugee camp, north of Ramallah. 
They raided and searched 2 houses, from which Sameh Musalam ‘Abdel
Fattah Ghawanmah (19); and Ahmed Mohammed ‘Abdel Jalil Dalayshah (20) were
arrested.  Israeli forces later withdrew
taking them to an unknown destination.

 

At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into
Tafouh village, west of Hebron.  They
raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Salem Mahmoud
al-Tarayrah (27).  Israeli forces
arrested the aforementioned civilian and withdrew later taking them to an
unknown destination.

 

Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into
Qalqilya.  They raided and searched a
house belonging to Rashid Shaker ‘Aweinat (24) and arrested him taking him to
an unknown destination.

 

At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces moved into
al-Koan village, west of Dura, southwest of Hebron.  They stationed in the centre of the village
and then raided and searched a house belonging to Usamah Mahmoud al-Rajoub
(23).  They arrested the aforementioned
civilian and withdrew later taking him to an unknown destination.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces carried out incursions in
the following areas, but no arrests were reported Jenin and al-Yamoun village,
northwest of the city.

 

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, Essam al-Rimawi, a photojournalist at al-Hayat al-Jadeeda
newspaper, sustained burns in the face as Israeli soldiers sprayed pepper spray
on his face. In addition, a child sustained a bullet wound to the right thigh
during Kufor Qaddoum protest, northeast of Qalqilya, while 2 other civilians
were wounded during another protest at the entrance of Azzoun village.

 

In the same context, dozens of Palestinian civilians and
international solidarity activists suffered tear gas inhalation and other
sustained bruises as they were beat up by Israeli soldiers during protest
against the construction of the annexation wall and Israeli attacks. Moreover,
Israeli forces arrested Mohammed Abdul Karim al-Khateeb, 39, a member of the
popular committee against the annexation wall and settlement activities, and
took him to Ofer detention facility, southwest 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
13 February 2015, 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 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, 31-year-old Essam
Huda al-Rimawi, photojournalist of al-Hayat al-Jadeeda newspaper, sustained
burns in the face as Israeli soldiers sprayed pepper spray on his face.
Moreover, a number of demonstrators suffered tear gas inhalation and others
sustained bruises as they were beaten up by Israeli soldiers. Israeli forces
detained Mohammed Abdul Karim Mostafa al-Khateeb (39), a member of the popular
committee against the annexation wall and settlement activities, and took him
to Ofer detention facility, southwest of Ramallah.  

 

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.

 

Around
the same time, dozens of Palestinian civilians and Israeli and international
human rights defenders organised a peaceful demonstration in al-Nabi Saleh
village, southwest of Ramallah,
in
protest at the construction of the annexation wall and settlement activities
. The demonstrators
made their way in the streets raising the Palestinian flags and chanting
slogans against the occupation, and then they 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
Palestinian and international activists and journalists from participating in
the demonstration. When they arrived at the aforementioned land, demonstrators
were met by live bullets, tear gas canisters, rubber-coated steel bullets,
sound bombs and skunk water and were chased 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, 17-year-old child sustained a bullet wound to the right
thigh.

 

Also following the Saturday prayer, on 14 February 2015, at
approximately 12:20, Palestinian civilians and international solidarity
activists organized a protest in the center of Azzoun village, east 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, 22-year-old civilian sustained
a bullet wound to the head and another 19-year-old civilian sustained a bullet
wound to the head too.

 

Other demonstrators:

   

Also
following the Friday prayer, on 13 February 2015, dozens of Palestinian
gathered at the western entrance of the Silwad village, northeast of Ramallah,
on the road between Silwad and Yabroud villages near bypass road (60). The demonstrators
threw stones at the aforementioned road. In response, Israeli soldiers
stationed in the area fired live ammunition, rubber-coated bullets, sound bombs
and tear gas canisters at the demonstrators. As a result,
a number of demonstrators suffered
tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises as they were beat up by
Israeli soldiers.

 

On
the same day, 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,
a number of demonstrators suffered tear gas inhalation
and others sustained bruises as they were beat up by Israeli soldiers.

 

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

10 – 17 February 2015

 

Date

Imports

Category

Amount

Tons

Number

Liters

10
February 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foodstuffs

502

Agricultural
materials

1,104

Various
goods

Cartons
of shoes

Refrigerators

Cows

Trucks

Cars

Cartons
of clothes

Cartons
of computer accessories

Buses

Bicycles

635

 

207

242

272

7

1,200

330

1,000

 

3

100

Humanitarian
aid

5,810

Cooking
gas

298.160

Benzene

Benzene
for UNRWA

183,975

35,000

Diesel

Diesel
for UNRWA

746,000

105,000

Industrial
fuel

 

 

295,604

 

12
February

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foodstuffs

632

Agricultural
materials

1,115

Various
goods

Horses

Cows

Sheep

6

 

10

196

150

Humanitarian
aid

6,590

Cooking
gas

271.860

Benzene

185,000

Diesel

687,031

Industrial
fuel

 

 

522,997

 

15
February

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foodstuffs

663

Agricultural
materials

1,118

Various
goods

Refrigerators

Cartons
of clothes

Car
tires

Cartons
of accessories

Marble

Washing
machines

Cows

Solar
power systems

Cartons
of shoes

819

 

46

324

1,080

306

740

118

219

136

473

Humanitarian
aid

8,955

 

 

 

Cooking
gas

270.350

Benzene

219,993

Diesel

616,500

Industrial
fuel

 

 

295,101

 

16
February

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foodstuffs

699

Agricultural
materials

1,225

Various
goods

Cartons
of clothes

Refrigerators

Electricity
generators

Cars

Forklift
truck

Cartons
of shoes

ACs

796

 

640

52

3

44

40

585

22

Humanitarian
aid

7,840

Cooking
gas

289.630

Benzene

230,000

Diesel

297,000

Industrial
fuel

 

 

377,102

 

White
diesel

 

 

35,000

 

17
February

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foodstuffs

815

 

 

 

 

Agricultural
materials

1,310

 

 

 

 

Various
goods

Cartons
of clothes

Cartons
of shoes

Trucks

Buses

Marble

Refrigerators

843

 

1,385

990

3

2

520

46

 

 

 

Humanitarian
aid

6,740

 

 

 

 

Cooking
gas

269.230

 

 

 

 

Benzene

 

 

185,000

 

 

Diesel

 

 

588,006

 

 

Industrial
fuel

 

 

297,105

 

 

 

 

Exports:

 

On Tuesday, 10 February 2015, Israeli forces allowed the
exportation of 2.5 tons of eggplants, 32.6 tons of cucumbers, 4.8 tons of
cherry tomatoes, 15 tons of tomatoes, 8.8 tons of squash.

On Sunday, 15 February 2015, Israeli forces allowed the
exportation of 0.5 ton of eggplants, 27.5 tons of cucumbers, 3 tons of
cherry tomatoes, 10 tons of tomatoes, 4.4 tons of squash and 1.5 tons of bell
peppers, 0.75 ton of garlic and a truckload of furniture.

On Monday, 16 February 2015, Israeli forces allowed the
exportation of a ton of fish.

On Tuesday, 17 February 2015, Israeli forces allowed the
exportation of 3 truckload of vegetables.

 

Other imports:

On Tuesday, 10 February 2015, Israeli forces allowed the
entry of 140 tons of aggregates and 60 tons of steel for Gaza reconstruction; 120
tons of cement and 30 tons of steel for the Water Authority. They also allowed
the entry of 525 tons of fodders and 315 tons of wheat.

On Thursday, 12 February 2015, Israeli forces allowed the entry of
1240 tons of cement and 40 tons of steel for Gaza reconstruction. They also
allowed the entry of 455 tons of fodders and 315 tons of wheat.

On Sunday, 15 February 2015, Israeli forces allowed the entry of 120
tons of cement and 3150 tons of aggregates for UNRWA; 35 tons of steel for Gaza
construction; and 210 tons of aggregates for the Water Authority. They also
allowed the entry of 595 tons of fodders and 210 tons of wheat.

On Monday, 09 February 2015, Israeli force allowed the entry of 1258
tons of cement, 30 tons of steel and 280 tons of aggregates for Gaza
reconstruction; and 420 tons of aggregates for the Water Authority. They also
allowed the entry of 455 tons of fodders and 525 tons of wheat.

On Tuesday, 17 February 2015, Israeli forces allowed the entry of
680 tons of cement for Gaza reconstruction; and 120 tons of cement and 60 tons
of steel for the Water Authority. They also allowed the entry of 595 tons of
fodders and 245 tons of wheat.

 

Plastic Containers returned by Israeli forces via Karm Abu Salem:

On Tuesday, 10 February 2015, Israeli forces returned 9 truckloads
of empty containers a truckload of empty oxygen cylinders and a truckload of
telecommunication’s maintenance equipment.

On Sunday, 15 February 2015, Israeli forces returned 14 truckloads
of empty containers.

On Monday, 16 February 2015, Israeli forces returned 16 truckloads
of empty containers and a truckload of empty oxygen cylinders.

On Tuesday, 17 February 2015, Israeli forces returned 13
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.

 

Movement at Beit Hanoun
(“Erez”) crossing

10 – 17 February 2015

 

Category

10
February

11
February

12
February

13
February

14
February

15
February

16
February

17
February

Patients

58

33

36

1

61

63

52

Companions

54

29

39

2

54

61

48

Personal
needs

56

76

95

28

85

92

194

Families

of
prisoners

94

Arabs
from

Israel

5

9

21

5

9

5

7

Diplomats

International
journalists

International
workers

21

43

53

14

9

18

28

Travelers

abroad

5

2

Business
people

284

262

245

2

408

397

352

Business
meetings

1

Security
interviews

4

4

3

2

4

2

VIPs

1

2

Ambulances

to
Israel

7

3

4

1

2

3

2

 

 

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 07:00 on Thursday, 12 February 2015,
Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance of al-Fawar refugee
camp, south of Hebron.  Around the same
time, Israeli forces established another checkpoint at the entrance of Sa’ir
village, south of the city.  Later, both
checkpoints were removed, and no arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 07:00 on Saturday, 14 February 2015, Israeli
forces established a checkpoint at the entrance of Dura, southwest of
Hebron.  At approximately 15:00, Israeli
forces established another checkpoint at the entrance of Bani Na’im village,
east of Hebron.  At approximately 16:00,
another checkpoint was established at the northern entrance of Hebron. Later, the
checkpoints were removed, and no arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 15:00 on Sunday, 15 February 2015, Israeli forces
established a checkpoint at the entrance of Beit Ummar village, north of the
city. Later, the checkpoint was removed and no arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 20:00 on Wednesday, 18 February 2015, Israeli
forces established a checkpoint at the entrance of Beit Ummar village, north of
the city. Later, the checkpoint was removed and no arrests were reported.

 

· Ramallah: Israeli
forces have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of
Palestinian civilians. At approximately 20:30 on Thursday, 12 February 2015,
Israeli forces they re-established at ‘Atara checkpoint at the northern
entrance of Bir Zeit, north of the city. They withdrew later, and no arrests
were reported.  Around the same time,
Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance of Deir Abu Mesh’aal
village, northwest of the city.  Later,
both checkpoints were removed and no arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 09:30 on Friday, 13 January 2015, Israeli forces
established closed the eastern entrance of Nabi Saleh village, northeast of
Ramallah, with an iron gate established at the aforementioned entrance.  Israeli forces prevented civilians from
leaving or entering via the entrance. At approximately 20:00, Israeli forces
established a checkpoint at the entrance of Senjel village, north of Ramallah
and another one under Yabrud Village Bridge, northeast of the city.  Later, all checkpoints were removed, and no
arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 18:30 on Saturday, 14 February 2015, Israeli
forces established a checkpoint at the entrance of Beit ‘Oar al-Foqa village,
southwest of Ramallah. At approximately 19:30, Israeli forces established
another checkpoint near the intersection oif "’Ofrah" settlement,
north of the city.  Later, both
checkpoints were removed and no arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 11:30 on Sunday, 15 February 2015, Israeli forces
established a checkpoint at the entrance N’ilin village, west of the city.  Later, the checkpoint was removed, and no
arrests were reported.

 

· Jericho: Israeli
forces have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of
Palestinian civilians.  At approximately
09:30 on Friday, 06 February 2014, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at
the entrance of Fasayel village, north of Jericho.  At approximately 20:00, they established a
checkpoint al-Zbeidat village, north of the city.  Later, both checkpoints were removed, and no
arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 18:30 on Sunday, 15 February 2015, Israeli forces
established a checkpoint near the southern entrance of the city.  Later, both checkpoints were removed, and no
arrests were reported.

 

· Qalqilya: Israeli
forces have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of
Palestinian civilians. At approximately 13:00 on Thursday, 12 February 2015,
Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the eastern entrance of the city. At
approximately 16:30, they established another checkpoint at the main entrance
of ‘Ezbet al-Tabib village, east of the city. 
Later, both checkpoints were removed and no arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 12:00 on Friday, 13 February 2015, Israeli forces
established a checkpoint at the northern entrance of the city.  At approximately 11:50, another checkpoint
was established at the eastern entrance of the city.  Later, the two checkpoints were removed, and
no arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 23:50 on Saturday, 14 February 2015, Israeli
forces established a checkpoint at the main entrance of ‘Azoun village, east of
the city. Later, the checkpoint was removed and no arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 07:30 on Sunday, 15 February 2015, Israeli forces
established a checkpoint at the eastern entrance of the city.  At approximately 07:45, another checkpoint
was established at the entrance of Amatin village, northeast of the city.  Later, the two 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 12:30 on Thursday, 05 February 2015,
Israeli forces stationed ‘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 06:30 on Wednesday, 18 February 2015.  At approximately 23:30, 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.

 

At approximately 10:00 on Monday, 16 February 2015, israeli forces
established a checkpoint at the entrance of Far’on village, south of
Tulkarm.  The checkpoint was removed later,
and no arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 06:30 on Wednesday, Israeli forces established a
checkpoint on the main road between Tulkarm and Qalqilya near the entrance of
Far’on village, south of Tulkarm.  The
checkpoint was removed later, and no arrests were reported.

 

· Jenin: Israeli
forces have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of
Palestinian civilians.  At approximately
08:30 on Sunday, 15 February 2015, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at
the entrance of al-Jarba village, south of Jenin.  The checkpoint was removed later, and no
arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 09:30 on Tuesday, 17 February 2015, Israeli
forces established a checkpoint on the main road between Jenin, Tulkarm and
Nablus near the intersection of ‘Arabah village, south 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
11:05 on Sunday, 15 February 2015, Israeli forces closed the western gate of
Haris village, northwest of Salfit, and prevented civilians from passing
through which for a while and then re-opened it.

 

At approximately 23:20 on Monday, 16 February 2015, Israeli forces
established a acheckpoint at the entrance of Kafl Haris, north of Salfit and
another one at the entrance of Mashah village, west of the city.  The two checkpoints were removed later, and
no arrests were reported.

 

Arrests and Maltreatment at Military Checkpoints

 

· At
approximately 14:00 on Monday, 16 February 2015, Israeli forces established a
checkpoint at the entrance of al-Fawar refugee camp, south of Hebron.  They arrested 3 civilians from al-Rihiyah
village, south of the city and withdrew later taking them to an unknown
destination.  The arrested civilians were
identified as Anas Ahmed Fawwaz al-Tubasi (20); Mohammed Mustafa al-Tubasi (21);
and Salman Basem Salman al-Tubasi (19).

  

· On Tuesday, 17
February 2015, Israeli forces stationed at the checkpoint at the southern
entrance of Northern ‘Asira village, north of Nablus, Adham Wael Hasan Sawalmah
(22) and took him to an unknown destination.

 

· At
approximately 15:00 on the aforementioned Tuesday, Israeli forces established a
checkpoint at the entrance of Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron.  Israeli forces arrested Ahmed Khalil Abu
Hashem (48) after stopping his car and later removed the checkpoint taking him
by an Israeli police car to "Gosh ‘Etzion" settlement, south of
Bethlehem. 

 

· 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.  The soldiers stopped the taxi where the
aforementioned was in and forced her to get out.  Emas was taken to al-Jalmah detention centre,
north of Jenin.  An Israeli court will
hold an extension session for the aforementioned lady on Thursday, 19 February
2015 to continue questioning her.

 

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

 

At approximately 03:00 on Tuesday, 17 February 2015, Israeli
forces backed by a number of vehicles and 2 buses carrying dozens of settlers, stormed
Bab al-Quds village that was established by Palestinian activists and
international solidarity activists in Abu Dees village, east of East Jerusalem,
in protest at "E1" settlement scheme. They closed the street leading
to the village and let the settlers demolish the tents and brick-made rooms.
Israeli soldiers fired rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas
canisters at the activists. As a result, Shadi Matour, secretary of Fatah
movement in Jerusalem, sustained a shrapnel wound of a sound bomb to the leg.
He was taken to the clinic in Abu Dees village to receive the necessary medical
treatment. Moreover, Israeli forces beat and arrested 3 Palestinian activists:
Ahmed Matar, Yazan Abu Helal and Hosam ‘Eriqat. It should be noted that it is
the seventh time that Israeli forces demolish the abovementioned village.

 

At approximately 20:00 on Thursday, 12
February 2015, Israeli forces moved into Silwan village, south of the Old City,
in East Jerusalem. They stationed in Ein al-Louza area and searched a number of
Palestinian vehicles. Palestinian youngsters threw Molotov Cocktails at Israeli
soldiers who fired rubber-coated metal bullets and sound bombs. Israeli
soldiers violently beat and arrested 3 civilians from the village: Yeyha Jom’a
al-Awar (22); Hassan Ahmed Khalafawi (19); and Omer Nasser al-Za’aneen (21).

 

At approximately 04:00 on Sunday, 15 February
2015, Israeli forces raided a house belonging to Yunis Adila in Ras al-Amoud
neighbourhood, east of the Old City in East Jerusalem. They searched the house
from which they arrested Adila’s 2 sons: Hamza (21) and Arkan (19).

 

At approximately 17:00 on the same day,
Israeli forces arrested Sana’ al-Rajabi (36), while being present near Hetta
gate, in the Old City, in East Jerusalem. Sana’ was taken to al-Qashala
investigation facility in the Old City.

 

At approximately 15:00 on Monday,
16 February 2015, Israeli forces raided and searched a house belonging to the
family of Isma’il Abu Fouli in Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood, north of the Old
City in East Jerusalem. They arrested his son Ahmed (16) and took him to an
unknown destination.

 

At approximately 16:00 on the
same day, Israeli forces moved into al-Tour neighborhood, east of the Old City
in East Jerusalem. They raided a number of houses and arrested 3 civilians,
including a child: Ahmed Ziad Abu Sbaitan (16); Majdi Sabri Hadra (23); and Lo’ai
Mahmoud al-Sayyad (21).

 

At approximately 11:00 on the
abovementioned day, Israeli forces arrested 3 women while going out of al-Aqsa
mosque in the Old City in East Jerusalem. They took them to al-Qashala
investigation facility. The detainees were identified as: Diala al-Ali (26);
Heba al-Husseini (28); and Rania Abu al-Hawa (27)

 

At approximately 07:00 on
Tuesday, 17 February 2015, Israeli forces raided a house belonging the family
of Arafat Abu Esbaitan in al-Tour neighborhood, east of East Jerusalem. They
handed the house owner summonses to his 2 children, Ibrahim (10) and Mohammed
(12), to refer to al-Masqoubia interrogation facility. They also photographed
the 2 boys.

 

At approximately 13:00, on the
same day, Israeli forces arrested Hassan Mahmoud Nasser (14) while playing
around his family house in Ras al-Amoud neighborhood, east of the Old City, in
East Jerusalem.

    

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, 12 February
2015, Israeli bulldozers guarded by the Israeli forces leveled lands in
al-Maslabah area, west of Deir Estia village near Salfit.  The leveling process was carried out in the
vicinity of "Yakir" settlement, south of Qana Valley, to build new
settlement units in the area that Israeli forces earlier announced.  Around 15 dunums of the agricultural lands
are so far leveled.  Those lands belong
to the heirs of ‘Abdel Karim Abu Hajlah; ‘Amer abu Hajlah; Ibrahim ‘Abdel Raziq
and Musatafa Khalil Dahdal.

 

At approximately
09:00 on Tuesday, 17 February 2015, Israeli forces prevented civilians from the
families of Abu ‘ali, Abu ‘Abeid and Smeirat from entering the lands in
al-Asfir village adjacent to Mneizel area, east of Yata, south of Hebron, to
plough them.  Israeli forces claimed that
the dozens of dunums from those lands that are part of "Beit Yatir"
settlement established on the Palestinian lands confiscated from the eastern
area of the city.  It should be mentioned
that the Israeli High Court issued years ago a decision to allow civilians to
have access to their lands and plough then.

 

At
approximately 10:00 on Wednesday, 18 February 2015, Israeli forces confiscated
a hand building mixer in Kherbet al-Tawil area, east of ‘Arqabah village, east
of Nablus.  The value of the mixer, which
belongs to Shaker Bani Fadel from ‘Arqabah village, is estimated at 5,000
NIS.  He used it for a project to reclaim
around 10 Roman wells in Kherbet al-Taweel area that is funded by Palestinian
Hydrology Association in cooperation with the Palestinian Ministry of
Agriculture.  This project started a
month ago.  The Israeli soldiers handed
Fathi Hamayel from Bita village, a worker who was present near the mixer, a
notice of confiscation.

 

On
Wednesday morning, 18 February 2015, a number of settlers uprooted and broke
around 550 olive seedlings that were planted in a 320-dunum land in al-Shyoukh,
northeast of Hebron.  Those seedlings
belong to the heirs of ‘Abdel Qader Abu Shanab al-‘Ayaydah and Mousa Abu Shanab
al-‘Ayayda.  This land that was attacked
by settlers between the settlements of "Asfir" and "Bani
Kadim" was planted a week ago by the residents and international
volunteers after it was given by the YMCA.

 

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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[1] One dunum is equal to
1,000 square meters.