Nablus –
View of "Qadumim" settlement to be expanded by Israeli authorities

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

 

 

 

A disabled person died of wounds he sustained during
the latest Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip.

 

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

A Palestinian farmer was wounded and arrested, east of
the Maghazi in the central Gaza Strip,

 

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

Israeli forces attacked the crew of the Jordanian
Ro’ya satellite channel in Selwad village, northeast of Ramallah. 

3 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children, were
wounded during 2 protests in Ramallah.

2 children were wounded in Ya’bad village, southwest
of Jenin.

 

Israeli forces conducted 67 incursions into Palestinian
communities in the West Bank and a limited one into the Gaza Strip.

44 Palestinian civilians, including 6 children, were
arrested in the West Bank.

10 of them, including 3 children, were arrested in
Jerusalem.

Israeli forces confiscated NIS 60,430 from 3 families
in the West Bank.

 

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 children were arrested at military
checkpoints in the West Bank.

Israeli forces arrested 2 Palestinian businessmen at
Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing, north of the Gaza Strip.

 

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

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

 

Israeli forces continued efforts to create Jewish
majority in occupied East Jerusalem

Israeli forces demolished Bab al-Quds village that was
established by Palestinian activists against settlement activities, east of the
city.

A house was demolished in Selwan village, and 11
persons, including 7 children, became homeless.

The Israeli municipality demolished 2 barracks for
stone manufacturing in Jabal al-Tour neighbourhood. 

 

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

Settlers damaged 5 olive trees in Kufor Qaddoum
village, northeast of Qalqilya.

 

 

Summary

 

Israeli violations of international law and international
humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (05
– 11 February 201
5).

 

Shooting:

During the reporting period, a Palestinian disabled died
of wounds he had sustained during the latest Israeli offensive on the Gaza
Strip, while a farmer was wounded and arrested at the eastern border in the
central Gaza Strip. Moreover, Israeli forces wounded 5 Palestinian civilians,
including 3 children, in the West Bank. In the Gaza Strip, Israeli forces
continued to chase and fire at Palestinian fishing boats.

 

In the West Bank, on 05 February 2015, 2 Palestinian
civilians were wounded when Israeli forces moved into Ya’bad village, southwest
of Jenin.

 

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, a number of demonstrators suffered
tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises as they were beaten up by
Israeli soldiers. Moreover, Israeli soldiers and police and an armed settler
attacked journalists when Israeli forces supressed an activity to plant trees
in Selwad village, northeast of Ramallah. In addition, the crew of the
Jordanian Ro’ya satellite channel and a 25-year-old reporter were attacked and
2 other civilians were detained for 2 hours.   

 

Additionally, on 06 February 2015, 3 Palestinian civilians,
including a child, were wounded during 2 protests in Ramallah.

 

In the Gaza Strip, a medical source at the European Gaza
Hospital in Khan Yunis in the south of the
Gaza Strip pronounced a 31-year-old civilian, from Rafah, dead of wounds he
sustained during the latest Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip. It should be
noted he was physically disabled.

  

Incursions:

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted
at least 67 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank. During
these incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 44 Palestinians, including 6
children.  Ten of these Palestinians,
including 3 children, were arrested in Jerusalem.

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces
confiscated NIS 50,000 from a house belonging to Abu Aisha family in Hebron;
NIS 8,170 from a house belonging to Mallah family in Allar village, northeast
of Tulkarm; and NIS 2,260 from a house belonging to Abu ‘Oun family in Jaba’
family, south of Jenin.

 

In the Gaza Strip, on 9 February 2015, Israeli forces conducted
a limited incursion, southeast of Beit Hanoun village, north of the Gaza Strip.
They levelled lands that were already levelled earlier, but no casualties were
reported among the farmers who were obliged to leave the area fearing for their
lives.

 

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

House demolitions

 

On 05 February 2015, Israeli forces raided
Bab al-Quds village that was established by Palestinian activists in Abu Dees
village, east of East Jerusalem, in protest at settlement scheme "1".
It should be noted this scheme would increasingly isolate East Jerusalem from
the West Bank and would separate the north of the West Bank from its south. In
addition, dozens of Bedouin families would become homeless.

 

On 10 February 2015, bulldozers belonging
to the Israeli municipality in occupied Jerusalem demolished a house belonging
to al-‘Abassi family in Selwan village, south of the Old City, under the
pretext of non-licensing.

 

On 11 February 2015, bulldozers belonging
to the Israeli municipality demolished 2 barracks for stone manufacturing in
al-Tour neighbourhood, east of East Jerusalem, and confiscated their contents.
It should be noted the barracks were established 5 years ago and support 6
families.

 

Settler attacks

 

On 08 February 2015, a settler attempted
to seize a house and a storehouse belonging to a Palestinian family in the Old
City.

Settlement activities and attacks by
settlers against Palestinian civilians and property

 

On 05
February 2015, a Palestinian civilian from Kufor Qaddoum village, northeast of
Qalqilya, learnt about an attack on his land, south of the village, by settlers
from "Qadumim" settlement. The settlers sprayed the olive trees with
chemicals, due to which 5 tress were completely burnt and other trees were
partially burnt.

 

 

 

Israeli Violations Documented during the Reporting Period
(05– 11 February 2015)

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

Thursday, 5 February 2015

At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into a
number of neighbourhoods in the centre of Dura, southwest of Hebron.  They stationed in Haninah area in the south of
the town and then raided and searched a house belonging to the family of ‘Abdel
Jalilm Hammad al-Darabi’a.  They arrested
his son, Bader (15) and withdrew later taking him to an unknown destination.

 

At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Tal
al-Ramidah area in the centre of Hebron. 
They stationed at the entrance of the neighbourhood and then raided and
searched a house belonging to the family of Hani Abu Heikal (23).  They arrested the aforementioned civilian and
withdrew later taking her to an unknown destination.

 

At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into
al-Samou’a village, south of Hebron. 
They stationed in al-Simiya area and then raided and searched a house
belonging to the family of Anas Mohammed Salem al-Rawashdah (23).  They arrested the aforementioned civilian and
withdrew later taking them to an unknown destination.

 

At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Beit
Rima village, northwest of Ramallah. 
They raided and searched two houses, from which they arrested Ghassan
‘Abbas Mohammed Ahrhimi (26) and Belal Sadeq Arhimi (20).

 

Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into
Tulkarm.  They raided and searched a
house belonging to the family of ‘Omer ‘Abdel Qader ‘Abdel Rahim Nasrallah and
arrested him.

 

At approximately 02:40, Israeli forces moved into
Deiristaya village, northwest of Salfit. 
They raided a house belonging to the family of Samir ‘Abbas ‘Abbas (19)
and arrested him.

 

At
approximately 09:50, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Wahah shore, northwest
of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip opened fire in the vicinity of the
Palestinian boats sailing within 3 nautical miles and chased them.  The shooting that continued for around 20 miniutes
forced fishermen to flee out of fear. 
Neither injuries nor damages to the boats were reported.

 

At approximately 18:30, Israeli forces moved into
Ya’bod village, southwest of Jenin.  They
patrolled the streets when dozens of Palestinian children and youngsters threw
stones and empty bottles at the military vehicles.  Israeli forces in response fired sound bombs,
tear gas canisters and live bullets at the stone-throwers to disperse
them.  As a result, a 14-year-old child
sustained bullet shrapnel to the foot, and a 17-year-old child was wounded by a
bullet to left leg.  The two wounded
persons were taken to Dr. Khalil Soliman Hospital in Jenin to receive medical treatment.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces carried out incursions into
the following areas, but no arrested were reported: the villages of Yata, south
of Hebron and Beit Ummar village, north of the city.

 

Friday, 06 February 2015

At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces moved into Ya’bod
village, southwest of Jenin.  They raided
and searched a house belonging to ‘Aziz Saqmer Yousif al-Qalaq (25).  They arrested him and withdrew later taking
him to an unknown destination.

 

At approximately 10:00, Israeli gunboats stationed off
al-Wahah shore, northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip opened fire
in the vicinity of the Palestinian boats sailing within 3 nautical miles and
chased them.  The shooting that continued
for around 15 miniutes forced fishermen to flee out of fear.  Neither injuries nor damages to the boats
were reported.

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces carried out incursions in
the following areas, but no arrests were reported: Bir Zeit village, north of
Ramallah, Kherbtha al-Mesbah village, southwest of the city; al-Fasayel
village, north of Hebron; al-‘Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron; Mothalath
al-‘Aqabah, south of Dura, southwest of Hebron; the villages of al-Tibah and
al-‘Araqah, west of Jenin; and Salfit.

 

Saturday, 07
February 2015

At approximately 08:00, medical sources in European Gaza
Hospital in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip declared the death of Medhat
Fayez Mohammed Ghayyad (31) from al-Salam neighbourhood in the south of Radah
in the southern Gaza Strip of previous wounds he had sustained during the
latest Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip. 
According to PCHR’s investigation at that time, on Sunday morning, 03
August 2014, an Israeli drone launched a missile at the entrance of UNRWA Rafah
Preparatory School (A) for boys used as a shelter for the displaced families
near al-Nejmah Square in al-Shabourah refugee camp in Rafah.  As a result of the attack, 10 civilians,
including 6 children were killed and 27 others were wounded; 3 of whom,
including Ghayyad, died later of their wounds. 

 

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 Hebron; al-Fawar refugee camp; villages of
Sa’ir, Ezna and al-Shyoukh in Hebron; Shweikah Suburb, north of Tulkarm; Bal’a
village, northeast of the city.

 

Sunday, 08 February 2015

At approximately 00:30, Israeli forces moved into Ya’abod
village, southwest of Jenin.  They raided
and searched the houses of ‘Ali Sharif Salim Berri (50); Mohammed Sharif Salim
Berri and Saleh Shoban Saleh Herzallah (40). 
They questioned the residents of the houses and then withdrew.  No arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 02:00, 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 Falah Hamdi Abu Mariah. 
Israeli forces handed his son, Yehia (17), a summons to refer to the
Israeli intelligence.

 

At approximately 10:00, Israeli forces moved into
Qarawet Bani Hassan, west of Salfit. 
They raided a number of commercial shops, and an Israeli intelligence
officer questioned the shopkeepers. 
Israeli forces also closed the road they were present in and later
withdrew.  Neither house raids nor
arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 10:30, Israeli forces stationed along
the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, northeast of al-Maghazi in
the centre of the Gaza Strip Ahmed Mohammed Salah (21).  As a result, he sustained a bullet wound to
the left leg and then was arrested.  The
aforementioned was wounded while he was picking lemon from a garden that is
around 300 meters away from the border fence. 
The Israeli soldiers approached the aforementioned civilian and arrested
him taking him to the tank stationed along the border fence.  It should be mentioned that that area has
been subject to Israeli shooting at the farmers and shepherds who approach the
border fence.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces carried
out incursions in the following areas, but no arrests were reported: al-Fawar
refugee camp, south of Hebron, Bani Na’im village, east of the city; and Jeet
village, northeast of Qalqilya.

 

Monday, 09 February 2015

At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into
‘Aydah refugee camp, north of Bethlehem. 
They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of ‘Ayyad
al-Harimi.  They arrested his two sons,
Shadi (21) and Tariq (23), and withdrew later taking them to an unknown
destination.

 

At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Bani
Na’im village east of Hebron.  They
stationed in the centre of the village and then raided and searched two houses,
from which they arrested Walid ‘Abdullah Manasrah (30) and Maher Hasan Qasem
(28). 

 

Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into ‘Alar
village, northeast of Tulkarm.  They
raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Hasan Mallah (56) and
confiscated 8170 NIS.  They then gave him
a notice to confiscate the money. 
Israeli forces later withdrew, and no arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 07:00, Israeli forces moved from the
Memorial Site, southeast of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip, 150 meters
into al-Sa’adat agricultural area adjacent to the border fence between the Gaza
Strip and Israel.  Those vehicles
levelled lands that they had already razed amidst sporadic shooting.  They then moved southwards to Abu Safiyah
area, east of Jabalia, forcing farmers to leave their lands or fear of being
injured.  At approximately 11:30, Israeli
forces redeployed along the border fence, and no injuries were reported.

 

At approximately 11:40, Israeli forces stationed on
the military watchtowers, east of al-Shuhadaa’ Cemetery and its surroundings,
east of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip opened fire at a peaceful protest
organised by the National Committee to Break the Siege in the Gaza Strip to
condemn the closure imposed on the Gaza Strip and the delayed reconstruction following
the latest offensive.  Dozens of
civilians participated in the protest raising the Palestinian flags.  No injuries were reported.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces carried
out incursions in the following areas, but no arrests were reported: the
villages of Ezna, Beit Oula and Tarqoumia, west of Hebron; Bitounia village and
Deir Qedis village, west of Ramallah; Salfit; Jayous village, northeast of
Qalqilya; Far’on village; ‘Enbta village and Shweikah suburb in Tulkarm.

 

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Ras
al-Jorah, north of Hebron.  They stationed
in Da’eret al-Seir area and then raided and searched a house belonging to ‘Omer
‘Abdel Qader Abu ‘Eishah (55).  The
Israeli soldiers confiscated 50,000 NIS and handed Abu ‘Eishah a summons to
refer to the Israeli police in "Ma’aleih Adomim", east of
Jerusalem.  No arrests were reported.

At approximately 04:00, Israeli forces moved into Selwad
village, northeast of Ramallah.  They
raided and searched a number of houses, from which they arrested Mohammed
‘Abdel Rahim Hamed (24).  Israeli forces
withdrew later taking him to an unknown destination.

At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into a
number of neighbourhoods in the centre of Halhoul, north of Hebron.  They stationed in al-Tharwah area and then
raided and searched a house belonging to Sami Hasan ‘Ata Zama’arah (29) after
detaining him outside.  At approximately
03:00, Israeli forces moved to his father’s house and then raided and searched
it.  They arrested ‘Oday Hasan Zama’arah
(19).  Meanwhile, Israeli forces raided
and searched a house belonging to ‘Abdel Qader Musalam ‘Abdel Qader al-Doudah
(30) and arrested him.

 

Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into a
number of neighbourhoods in the centre of Hebron.  They stationed in the western area of the city
and then raided and searched 2 houses. 
They arrested Ayman Redwan Yousif al-Zaghal (30) and Rabah ‘Abdel Wahab
Mohammed Abu ‘Odah (19) and withdrew later taking him to an unknown
destination.

At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into
Jabal Johar area in the southern area of Hebron.  They stationed at the entrance of the
neighbourhood and then raided and searched a house belonging to Mahmoud
Mohammed Waleed Jaber (14).  They
arrested the aforementioned child and took him to an unknown destination.

Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Jaba’
village, south of Jenin.  They raided and
searched a house belonging to prisoner Nazih Sa’id ‘Abdel Qader
Abu ‘One (53) and confiscated 2,260 NIS from his wife, who said to a PCHR
fieldworker that Israeli forces refused to hand her a notice of the confiscated
money.  Israeli forces withdrew later 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: Ezna village, west of
Hebron, Zeita village, north of Tulkarm; and the villages of al-‘Arqah,
‘Arrabah and Ra’ie in Jenin.

 

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Beit
Ummar village, north of Hebron.  They
raided and searched 7 houses, from which
they arrested 7 civilians, including a child:

1. ‘Issam Mohammed ‘Issa Baher (16);

2. Mazen Talab Sa’id ‘Awad (19);

3. Mohammed Ayman Mohammed Akhlil (19);

4. Ibrahim Khalil Mahmoud Abu Dayyah (21);

5. Amir Yousif ‘Azmi Akhlil (18);

6. Mahmoud Soliman Mustafa Akhlil (18); and

7. Mohammed Jamil Sa’di Abu Mariah (18).

 

The Israeli soldiers raided and searched a house
belonging to Ahmed Khalil Abu Hashim (46) and handed 3 summonses to his sons:
‘Emad (23); Yousif (20); and Mohammed (18) to refer to the Israeli intelligence
in "Gosh ‘Etzion" settlement, south of Bethlehem.  The Israeli soldietrs handed Jihad Yousif
Za’al ‘Alqam (18) a summons to refer to the Israeli intelligence after raiding
his family house.

 

Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Jaba’
village, south of Jenin.  They raided and
searched a house belonging to the family of Mohammed Sa’id Saleh Sa’id Hamarah
(36).  Israeli forces arrested the
aforementioned civilian and withdrew later taking him to an unknown
destination.

 

At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into
al-Jawayah
area, east of Yata, south of Hebron.  They raided and searched a number of
houses.  Israeli forces later withdrew
and no arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved Hendazah
area, south of Bethlehem.  They raided
and searched a number of houses, from which they arrestedHasan al-Wardyan (60)
and Sa’id Hermas (30). 

 

At approximately 04:00, Israeli forces moved into
Ya’bod village, southwest of Jenin.  They
raided and searched a house belonging to the family of ‘Ali Rajeh ‘Abdel Latif
‘Asfour (38).  They arrested the
aforementioned civilian and withdrew later taking him to an unknown
destination.

 

At approximately 04:40, Israeli forces moved into
Markah village, southwest of Jenin.  They
raided and searched 5 houses and arrested 5 Palestinian civilians: 

1. Saleh ‘Ali Nafe’a Mousa(36);

2. Mahmoud ‘Ali Nafe’a Mousa (30);

3. Murad ‘Abdel Qader Nafe’a Mousa (43);

4. Ra’ed ‘Abdel Qader Nafe’a Mousa; and

5. Bashir Shafiq Nafe’a Mousa (23).

 

At approximately 16:00, Israeli forces moved into
al-‘Abidiyah village, east of Bethlehem. 
They raided and searched a bakery in the village and then handed its
owner a summons to inform one of his employers, Falah Abu Sarhan (24), to refer
to the Israeli intelligence in "Kfar ‘Asyon" settlement complex,
south 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, 3 Palestinian civilians, including a child, were
wounded during 2 protests in Ramallah and al-Bireh on 06 February 2015.  

 

(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
06 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, 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.

 

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, a number of demonstrators suffered tear gas
inhalation and others sustained bruises as they were beaten up.

 

At approximately 11:00 on Monday, 09 February 2015, dozens of Palestinian
volunteers and farmers gathered at the main entrance of Selwad village,
northeast of Ramallah. They made their way to agricultural lands, south of the
village, to plant olive trees in lands threatened to be confiscated near
"Ofrah" settlement. Israeli soldiers were deployed in that area to
prevent the Palestinian volunteers and journalists from participating in that
activity. Once the Palestinians reached the area, Israeli soldiers and police
fired sound bombs. The demonstrators and Israeli soldiers pushed each other,
due to which, a number of demonstrators sustained bruises as they were
violently pushed by Israeli soldiers. 
Moreover, the Israeli soldiers and police with an armed settler pushed
and verbally insulted the journalists. Among the journalists was the crew of
the Jordanian Ro’ya satellite channel, as a settler tried to pull the camera
from the cameraman. In addition, the channel’s reporter, 25-year-old Nibal
Khaled Farsakh was verbally insulted in Hebrew by an Israeli policewoman.
Israeli forces detained also 44-year-old Jamil al-Barghouthi, acting-president
of the committee against the annexation wall and settlement activities, and
35-year-old Iyad al-Barghouthi for 2 hours. 
    

 

Other demonstrators:

   

Also
following the Friday prayer, on 06 February 2015, dozens of Palestinians
gathered at the western entrance of the Silwad village, northeast of Ramallah,
on the road between Silwad and Yabroud villages near bypass road (60).
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,
38-year-old civilian sustained a bullet wound to the
left thigh. He was taken to Palestine Medical Compound in the city. His wound
was moderate.

 

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, 2 civilians were wounded and then
taken to Palestine Medical Compound. A 16-year-old child sustained a bullet
wound to the knee and a 21-year-old civilian sustained a bullet wound to the right
leg.

 

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

04 – 09 February 2015

 

Date

Imports

Category

Amount

Tons

Number

Liters

04
February 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foodstuffs

862

Agricultural
materials

1,341

Various
goods

Cartons
of clothes

Refrigerators

Cows

Trucks

Gypsum
boards

Cars

Cartons
of clothes

Cartons
of computer accessories

TVs

402

 

651

36

529

8

1,900

45

518

180

 

88

Humanitarian
aid

9,690

Cooking
gas

224.370

Benzene

38,000

Diesel

108,000

Industrial
fuel

 

 

508,109

 

05
February

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foodstuffs

823

Agricultural
materials

1,469

Various
goods

Cartons
of clothes

Cows

Sheep

Elevators

Cartons
of hubbly bubbly items

Washing
machines

Refrigerators

1,542

 

330

453

230

49

190

 

72

289

Humanitarian
aid

8,316

Cooking
gas

294.170

Benzene

402,997

Diesel

Diesel
for UNRWA

363,000

105,203

Industrial
fuel

 

 

409,022

 

08
February

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foodstuffs

626

Agricultural
materials

1,046

Various
goods

Refrigerators

Cartons
of refrigerators

Car
tires

628

 

80

330

1,200

Humanitarian
aid

9,460

 

 

 

Cooking
gas

295.130

Benzene

339,079

Diesel

Diesel
for UNRWA

575,025

107,400

Industrial
fuel

 

 

303,009

 

09
February

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foodstuffs

876

Agricultural
materials

1,120

Various
goods

Cartons
of clothes

Bicycles

Asbestos
boards

Gas
cylinders

Refrigerators

783

 

210

135

1,200

1,092

106

Humanitarian
aid

8,390

Cooking
gas

271.590

Benzene

217,986

 

 

 

 

 

Diesel

Diesel
for UNRWA

634,997

107,000

Industrial
fuel

 

 

377,102

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exports:

 

On Tuesday, 05 February 2015, Israeli forces allowed the
exportation of 2 tons of eggplants, 16,7 tons of cucumbers, 1.35 tons of cherry
tomatoes, 27 tons of tomatoes7.5 tons of squash, 0.3 tons of garlic and 0.6
tons of mints.

On Sunday, 08 February 2015, Israeli forces allowed the
exportation of a ton of eggplants, 17 tons of cucumbers, 2.4 tons of
cherry tomatoes, 20.4 tons of tomatoes, 11 tons of squash and 4 tons of bell
peppers.

On Monday, 09 February 2015, Israeli forces allowed the
exportation of 20 tons of furniture.

 

Other imports:

 

On Wednesday, 04 February 2015, Israeli forces allowed the
entry of 3360 tons of aggregates and 80 tons of cement for UNRWA; 30 tons of
cement and 140 tons of aggregates for Gaza reconstruction; 40 tons of cement
for UNDP and 420 tons of aggregates for the Water Authority. They also allowed
the entry of 630 tons of fodders and 455 tons of wheat.

On Thursday, 05 February 2015, Israeli forces allowed the entry of
2400 tons of cement, 40 tons of steel and 140 tons of aggregates for Gaza
reconstruction. They also allowed the entry of 490 tons of fodders and 519 tons
of wheat.

On Sunday, 08 February 2015, Israeli forces allowed the entry of 1,400
tons of aggregates for the Turkish project; 80 tons of cement and 210 tons of
aggregates for UNRWA; 2100 tons of cement and 30 tons of steel for Gaza
reconstruction. They also allowed the entry of 525 tons of fodders and 175 tons
of wheat.

On Monday, 09 February 2015, Israeli force allowed the entry of 3080
tons of cement and 30 tons of steel for Gaza reconstruction. They also allowed
the entry of 525 tons of fodders and 350 tons of wheat.

 

Plastic Containers returned by Israeli forces via Karm Abu Salem:

 

On Thursday, 05 February 2015, Israeli forces returned 8
truckloads of empty containers.

On Sunday, 08 February 2015, Israeli forces returned 14 truckloads
of empty containers.

On Monday, 09 February 2015, Israeli forces returned 10 truckloads
of empty containers and a truckload of empty oxygen cylinders.

 

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

03 – 09 February 2015

 

Category

03
February

04
February

05
February

06
February

07
February

08
February

09
February

Patients

57

52

41

1

61

47

Companions

50

50

39

1

58

43

Personal
needs

50

37

86

12

97

92

Families

of
prisoners

64

Arabs
from

Israel

5

5

12

1

9

8

Diplomats

International
journalists

International
workers

23

31

52

8

8

28

Travelers

abroad

3

13

1

Business
people

338

366

392

416

342

Business
meetings

Security
interviews

4

4

3

3

5

VIPs

1

1

1

Ambulances

to
Israel

4

2

8

1

2

8

 

Notes:

On Friday, 06 February 2015, Israeli forces allowed 191 civilians
to cross through Erez in order to perform prayers in the al-Aqsa Mosque in East
Jerusalem. 

 

West Bank

 

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

 

· Hebron:
Israeli forces have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of
Palestinian civilians. At approximately 06:30 on Thursday, 05 February 2015,
Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance of al-Fawar refugee
camp, south of Hebron.  At approximately
16:00, Israeli forces established another checkpoint at the entrance of
al-Samou’a village, south of the city. 
Later, both checkpoints were removed, and no arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 07:30 on Friday, 06 February 2015, Israeli forces
established a checkpoint at the entrance of Ethna village, west of Hebron.
Later, the checkpoint was removed, and no arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 15:30 on Saturday, 07 February 2015, Israeli
forces established a checkpoint at the entrance of Beit Ummar village, north of
the city.  At approximately 16:00,
Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the northern entrance of Hebron. Later,
both checkpoints were removed and no arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 15:00 on Monday, 09 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 08:00 on Tuesday, 10 February 2015, Israeli
forces established a checkpoint at the entrance of Bani Na’im village, east of
Hebron. At approximately 14:00, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the
entrance of al-‘Aroub refugee camp, north of the city.  Later, both checkpoints were removed and no
arrests were reported.

 

· Ramallah: Israeli
forces have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of
Palestinian civilians. At approximately 10:30 on Thursday, 05 February 2015,
Israeli forces established at the entrance of ‘Aboud village, northwest of
Ramallah.  At approximately 20:30,
Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance of Termes’ayah village,
north of the city.  Later, both
checkpoints were removed and no arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 10:00 on Friday, 06 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. Around the same time, Israeli forces
established a checkpoint under the bridge of Yabrud village, northeast of the
city.  At approximately 11:00, Israeli
forces established a similar checkpoint at the entrance of Nil’in village, west
of Ramallah.  At approximately 18:00,
Israeli forces established another checkpoint at the entrance of Deir Abu
Mesh’aal village, northwest of the city. 
At approximately 19:30, a similar checkpoint was established near the
intersection of Beit ‘Oar al-Foqah village, southwest of Ramallah.  All checkpoints were removed, and no arrests
were reported.

 

At approximately 10:30 on Saturday, 07 February 2015, Israeli
forces established a checkpoint at the entrance of Ras Karkar village,
northwest of Ramallah. At approximately 13:30, Israeli forces established
another checkpoint at the entrance of Qabya village, west of the city.  At approximately 21:30, Israeli forces
established a checkpoint at the entrance of Deir Nizam village, northwest of
Ramallah. Later, all checkpoints were removed and no arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 08:30 on Sunday, 08 February 2015, Israeli forces
established a checkpoint at the entrance Deir Abu Mesh’aal village, northwest
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
10:30 on Friday, 06 February 2014, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at
the entrance of Fasayel village, north of Jericho.  At approximately 17:00, they 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 09:40 on Friday, 06 February 2015,
Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance of ‘Azoun village, east
of the city. At approximately 22:40, they established another at the eastern
entrance of the city.  Later, both
checkpoints were removed and no arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 21:00 on Sunday, 08 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 13:40 on Monday, 09 February 2015, Israeli forces
established a checkpoint at the entrance of ‘Azoun village, east of the city,
while at approximately 18:50 they established another checkpoint between the
villages of Jayous and Kafr Jamal, northeast 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 11:00 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 20:30 on Friday, 06 February 2015 and at
approximately 11:00 on Sunday, 08 February 2015.  They re-tightened their restrictions at
approximately 10:00 on Monday, 09 February 2015, and at approximately 14:00 on Tuesday,
10 February 2014.

 

· Jenin: Israeli
forces have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of
Palestinian civilians.  At approximately
09:30 on Thursday, 05 February 2015, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at
the intersection of Zaboubah village, northwest of Jenin.  The checkpoint was removed later, and no
arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 11:00 on Saturday, 07 February 2015, Israeli
forces established a checkpoint on the road between the villages of Ya’abod and
Zebdah, southwest of Jenin. The checkpoint was removed later, and no arrests
were reported.

 

At approximately 11:45 on Tuesday, 10 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
22:30 on Sunday, 08 February 2015, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at
the entrance of Qarawet Bani Hassan village, northwest of Salfit.  At approximately 11:30 on Monday, 08 February
2015, the checkpoint was removed, and no further incidents were reported.

 

Arrests and Maltreatment at Military Checkpoints

 

· At
approximately 11:00 on Friday, 06 February 2015, Israeli forces arrested Qosay
‘Ayed al-Shawahin (12) and Hamzah Ahmed al-Shawahin (12) from Kherbet al-Jawi
area, east of Yata, south of Hebron, while grazing sheep in the agricultural
lands adjacent to "Ma’oun" settlement and then took them to "Keryat
Arba’" settlement, east of Hebron.

  

· At
approximately 10:00 on Saturday, 07 February 2015, Israeli forces stationed at
al-Ibrahimi Mosque gates in the center of the Old City arrested ‘Abdel Rahman
‘Amer Burqan (9) and took him to "Ja’abrah" police station.  Israeli forces claimed that Burqan refused to
obey the Israeli soldiers’ orders.

 

Israeli
forces arrest two Palestinian businessmen
on
the Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing

 

· On Thursday, 05
December 2015, Israeli forces arrested Naji shehdah Mousa Zo’arub (33) after
summoning him to an interview on Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing in the northern
Gaza Strip.  According to Zu’arub’s
family, who is a steel trader, he went to do the interview with the Israeli intelligence
upon a summons he received via the civil liaison.  He went there at approximately 08:00 on
Thursday, 05 February 2015, and we lost contact with him at approximately
14:00.  His brother, Tamer, later received
a call from a person talking via a private number telling him that his brother
was under arrest and he is now in Ashkelon Prison.

 

· At
approximately 19:00 on Monday, 09 February 2015, Israeli forces stationed at
Beit Hanoun Erez Crossing arrested Hussam Fo’aad Mahmoud Nour al-Deen (48) from
al-Naser neighborhood when he was on his way back from Israel to the Gaza
Strip.  He works as a trader and owns
with his brother Hussam and Merwan Nour al-Deen Company for
Transport and General Trade in
Yafa Street, east of Gaza City.

 

His brother Merwan (38) said to a
PCHR fieldworker that:

"At
approximately 19:00 on Monday, 09 February 2015, my brother, Hussam and I
arrived at Erez crossing and the Israeli officer handed my brother
identification papers after checking them and asked him to
wait.  However, he allowed me to leave
after checking my identification papers. 
At approximately 22:30 on the same day, I received a call from a private
number on my cell phone telling me that my brother, Hussam, was arrested by the
Israeli forces."

 

 

Maltreatment
at the checkpoints

 

· At
approximately 19:40 on Thursday, 05 February 2015, Israeli forces detained
Mohammed ‘Abdel Karim Mousa Abu Hamed (13) and Na’im Walid Abu Hamed (13) from
Qalqilya near the entrance of "Tsofim" settlement established, north
of the aforementioned city while they were collecting steel.  They were released at approximately 22:15.

 

· At
approximately 13:05 on Friday, 06 February 2015, Israeli forces detained 3
children from Jayous village, northeast of Qalqilya in Bir Yoboq near the
annexation wall established adjacent to the aforementioned village.  The children were identified as Mohammed
Subhi Mohammed Khaled (15); Feras Khaled Khaled (12); and ‘Abed Ahmed ‘Abdel
Halim Khaled.  The aforementioned
children were detained while being with one their relative and working in their
agricultural land.  When the latter went
back to the village after performing the Friday prayers, he did not find his
relative.  A civilian told him that the
Israeli soldiers arrived at the area and arrested 3 children taking them to an
unknown destination under the pretext of throwing stones at the annexation wall
area.  At approximately 18:00 after the
Palestinian side coordinated with the Israeli Military Liaison, the Israeli
soldiers released the children.

 

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

 

· At approximately 02:00 on
Thursday, 05 February 2015, Israeli forces backed by 12 military vehicles, 2
bulldozers and 2 buses, moved into "Bab al-Quds" village established
by Palestinian activists in Abu Dis town, east of occupied Jerusalem, in
protest against "E1" settlement scheme.  Israeli forces closed the main streets to the
area and the bulldozers completely demolished the tents established in the
village without any prior warning. 
It
should be noted this this scheme would confiscate 167 dunums from the
Palestinian lands to expand the Israeli settlements and settle Bedouins in
Palestinian lands in the east of the Occupied City, would increasingly isolate
East Jerusalem from the West Bank and would separate the north of the West Bank
from its south. In addition, dozens of Bedouin families would become
homeless. 

 

· At
approximately 14:00 on Monday, 09 February 2015, "Nature Authority"
officers escorted by Israeli soldiers moved into the lands of Samir Shoqeir in
Wadi al-Rababah neighbourhood in Selwan village, south of the Old City in East
Occupied Jerusalem.

 

An eyewitness said to a PCHR fieldworker
that the "Nature Authority" officers moved into the land in the
vicinity of the house of Dr. Samir Shoqeir and took photos of it and its
contents.  They then withdrew and left a
notice to remove the land contents that was photographed within 24 hours and in
case the decision was not obeyed, the Nature Authority staff would apply it and
Shoqeir would pay the cost.  The Israeli
forces claim that Shoqeir changed nature in public parks although Shoqeir
previously confirmed that this land belongs to his and he has all the documents
that confirm his words.  Moreover, his
land was planted with trees planted many years ago.

 

· At
approximately 10:00 on Tuesday,10 February 2015, bulldozers belonging to the
Israeli municipality in occupied Jerusalem demolished a house belonging to
Ahmed Ma’amoun al-‘Abassi in Selwan village in al-Sweih neighbourhood, south of
the Old City, under the pretext of non-licensing

 

Ahmed al-‘Abasi said to a PCHR fieldworker
that Israeli forces moved into Sweih neighbourhood on the aforementioned day
accompanied with 4 bulldozers and demolished his house without any prior
warning and without allowing his family to take their contents out of the
house.  He added that he built the house
in February 2014 and recently moved to it with his family comprised of 14
members, including 7 children to live in it. 
Al-‘Abbasi added that his 200-square-meter house cost him 700,000 NIS.

 

· At approximately 11:00 on
Wednesday, 11 February 2015, bulldozers belonging to the Israeli municipality
demolished 2 barracks for stone manufacturing in al-Tour neighbourhood, east of
East Jerusalem, and confiscated their contents without any prior warning after
surrounding the area. It should be noted the barracks were established 5 years
ago on an area of 2 dunums and support 6 families.

 

Nedal Abu Isbeitan, the owner of the
barrack, said to a PCHR fieldworker that Israeli special units surrounded his
barrack accompanied with trucks and bulldozers and confiscated the goods,
including stones and machines.  They then
demolished the two barracks.  Abu
Isbeitan added that his lost is around 400,000 NIS.

 

· At approximately 03:00 on
Saturday, 07 February 2015, Israeli forces raided and searched a house
belonging to the family of Ayman ‘Amoudi, in Ras al-‘Amoud neighborhood, east
of occupied East Jerusalem.  They
arrested his son, Ibrahim (21), and withdrew later taking him to an unknown
destination.

 

· At approximately 01:00 on
Sunday, 08 February 2015, Israeli forces raided and searched a house belonging
to the family of Salim Sharifah in al-Sa’adiyah neighborhood in the Old City in
occupied East Jerusalem.  They arrested
his son, Mohammed (16), and withdrew later taking him to an unknown destination.

 

· At approximately 04:00 on
Monday, 09 February 2015, Israeli forces moved into Ras al-‘Amoud neighborhood,
east of Old City in occupied East Jerusalem. 
They then raided and searched a number of houses, from which they
arrested  5 civilians:

1. Jamal Yousif al-Za’atari (16);

2. Ibrahim Mohammed Abu Jom’ah
(17);

3. Mousa ‘Abdullah Abu al-Hawa
(18);

4. Mohammed Akram Abu al-Hawa
(18); and

5. Mohammed Khaled Abu Ghannam
(18).

 

· At approximately 13:00 on the
same Monday, Israeli forces moved into Ras al-‘Amoud neighborhood in the east
of Old City in Occupied East Jerusalem. 
They stationed near al-Shamleh School for Boys in Sweih neighborhood
when students were coming out of school at the end of the school day.  A number of students threw stones at the
Israeli soldiers, who in response fired gas canisters and chased a number of
them.  As a result, dozens of students
and residents suffered tear gas inhalation, and no arrests were reported.

 

· At approximately 05:00 on
Tuesday, 10 February 2015, Israeli forces moved into Jabal al-Mukaber neighborhood,
south of East Jerusalem. They raided and searched a number of houses from which
they arrested 2 civilians: Kazem Ahmed Subeih (21); and Majd Yunis Shuqairat
(19).

 

· At approximately 17:00, on the
same day, Israeli forces arrested 23-year-old Attiya Mohammed al-Rajabi at
Shu’fat checkpoint, north of East Jerusalem, and took him to an unknown
destination.

 

Settler attacks

 

· At approximately 12:00 on
Monday, 08 February 2015, a settler from "Ateret Cohanim" association
accompanied by an officer from the Procedures Department attempted to seize a
house and a storehouse belonging to a Palestinian family in Oqbet al-Khalidiya
neighborhood, in the Old City of East Jerusalem.

 

According to investigations conducted by PCHR and statements of
eyewitnesses, the abovementioned settler and officer attempted to enter a house
belonging to the family of Mostafa Sub-Laban without an order for the family to
evacuate the house. After the family confronted them and denied them access,
the settler removed the lock of the storehouse and took some items out of it.
Once the owner of the house arrived, he and his neighbors prevented him from
seizing the property. It should be noted that the abovementioned family rented
the house in 1956 from "enemy’s property guard" and pays the rent as
a protected tenant. However, the settlers filed a case to evacuate the house
under the pretext the property is unutilized. The judge of the Magistrates
Court decided evacuating the house, but an appeal was presented before the
Central Court.

   

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.

 

· At
approximately 09:00 on Wednesday, 11 February 2015, Israeli forces accompanied
by a vehicle belonging to the Israeli Civil Administration moved into the
eastern side of al-Shyoukh village, east of Hebron. The Civil Administration
officer handed a number of notices, including notices to seize 2,000 dunums
belonging to a number of families. The notices gave those families a period of
45 days from the delivery date to head to the Israeli courts to prove their
ownership.

 

· At
approximately 09:30 on Thursday, 05 February 2015, Abdullah Abdul Rahim Jom’a
was told by residents of Kufor Qaddoum village, northeast of Qalqilya, that
settlers from "Qadumim" settlement were attacking his land, south of
the said village. The settlers sprayed the olive trees with chemicals, due to
which 5 tress were completely burnt and other trees were partially burnt. It
should be noted that Jom’a was threatened by settlers from the abovementioned
settlement to have his trees burnt during the previous  harvest season.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

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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