Gaza-
Civilians sheltering from the rain in a tent their houses were destroyed by the
Israeli forces during the latest offensive on the Gaza Strip.

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

 

 

 

Israeli forces killed a Palestinian child in Beit
Luqia village, southwest of Ramallah.

 

A Palestinian civilian was killed by a train guard in
occupied East Jerusalem.

 

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

2 Palestinian women were wounded during Bil’in weekly
protest, west of Ramallah.

2 children were wounded during a protest organized in
front of Ofer detention facility in solidarity with the administrative
detainees.

 

Israeli forces conducted 55 incursions into
Palestinian communities in the West Bank.

A Palestinian civilian was wounded during an Israeli
incursion into Salfit.

40 Palestinian civilians were arrested, including a
child and 10 women.   

17 of those civilians, including the child and 10
women, were arrested in occupied Jerusalem.

 

Israel has 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.

At least 11 Palestinian civilians, including 4 children,
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, drowned a fishing boat off Deir al-Balah shore and arrested 5 fishermen
off al-Sudaniya shore.

 

Efforts to create Jewish majority in occupied East
Jerusalem.

3 houses were demolished and 2 civilians were obliged
to demolish their houses on their own.

Settlers seized 2 residential buildings and a nearby
plot of land in Selwan village.

 

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

4 houses, 2 livestock barns and a barrack used as s
store of crops were demolished in the north of Jericho.

Israeli forces notified residents of Ebzeiq area in
the north of Jordan Valley to evacuate it and seized 3 tractors.

Israeli settlers continued their attacks against
Palestinian farmers and their property during the olive harvest.

 

Summary

 

Israeli violations of international law and international
humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (16
– 22 October 2014
).

 

Shooting:

 

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces killed a
Palestinian child in Beit Luqia village, southwest of Ramallah, while a guard
at a train station in East Jerusalem killed a Palestinian civilian. Moreover,
Israeli forces wounded 5 civilians, including 2 children and 2 women in the
West Bank. In the Gaza Strip, Israeli navy forces continued to target fishing
boats in the Gaza Strip Sea.    

 

In the West Bank, on 16 October 2014, in excessive use
of force, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian child in Beit Luqia village,
southwest of Ramallah, when Israeli forces moved into the village. Israeli
soldiers opened fire at the child from a range of 30 meters, while they could
have used less lethal force and arrested him.

 

On 22 October 2014, a guard at a train station in
al-Sheikh Jarrah area, north of East Jerusalem Old City, opened fire at a
Palestinian civilian whose car veered off the road towards the station and hit
a group of persons. The Palestinian civilian sustained 3 bullet wounds and died
before midnight, while the accident resulted in killing an Israeli child and
wounding 8 others.

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces wounded 5
civilians, including 2 children and 2 women. On 19 October 2014, a Palestinian
civilian was wounded when Israeli force moved into Salfit.

 

Israeli forces used excessive force against peaceful
protests organised by Palestinian civilians, international and Israeli human
rights defenders in protest against the construction of the annexation wall and
settlement activities in the West Bank. As a result, 2 Palestinian women were
wounded in Bil’in village, west of Ramallah.

 

In the same context, 2 Palestinian children sustained
bullet wounds during a protest in the vicinity of Ofer detention facility,
southwest of Ramallah, on 17 October 2014, organized in solidarity with Palestinian
administrative detainees in Israeli prisons.

 

In the Gaza Strip, in the context of targeting
fishermen, on 16 October 2014, 3 Israeli gunboats surrounded a Palestinian
fishing boat boarded by 5 fishermen and sailing off Deir al-Balah shore, in the
central Gaza Strip. Israeli solider drowned the boat although it was sailing
within the area allowed for fishing.

 

On 22 October 2014, Israeli gunboats chased
Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles off al-Sudaniya
shore, in the northern Gaza Strip. They surrounded a boat boarded by 5
fishermen. They arrested the 5 five fishermen, transported them to Ashdod
seaport and kept their boat in custody.

 

Incursions:

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted
at least 55 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank. During
these incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 40 Palestinians, including a
child and 10 women.  Seventeen of these
civilians, including the child and 10 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 7 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 1.7 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.

 

 

Israeli forces have continued to impose severe restrictions
on the movement of Palestinian civilians throughout the West Bank, including
occupied East Jerusalem. Thousands of Palestinian civilians from the West Bank
and the Gaza Strip continue to be denied access to Jerusalem.

 

As part of using military checkpoints and border
crossings as traps to arrest Palestinian civilians under the pretext they are
wanted, Israeli forces arrested 11 Palestinian, including 4 children, at military
checkpoints in the West Bank.

Efforts
to Create a
Jewish Demographic
Majority in Jerusalem

Shooting:       

 

On Wednesday, 22 October 2014, a guard in the
light train service in al-Sheikh Jarrah area, north of the Old City in
Jerusalem, opened fire at a Palestinian civilian whose car went off track
towards the  train park and hit a group
of people there. As a result, he sustained three bullet wounds and was moved to
“Shaare Zedek” hospital in Jerusalem. At midnight, the aforementioned was
announced dead.

 

Demolishing houses and buildings:

 

On 19 October 2014, a Palestinian civilian
demolished his house in Ras al-‘Amoud neighborhood to avoid taxes and fines
that he might have to pay after the final decision regarding the demolition of
his house under the pretext of illegal construction in area C. his house has an
area of 90 square meters and inhabited by 8 persons.

 

On the same day, another civilian demolished a
part of his house in Sweih neighborhood in Ras al-‘Amoud neighborhood after the
court issued a decision in this regard.

 

On 21 October 2014, Israeli bulldozers
demolished 3 houses and 3 animal barracks in Maghair al-Jarrah in al-Tour
village.

 

Incursions and arrests:

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces
arrested 17 Palestinian civilians, including 10 women and a child, in East
Jerusalem.

 

Settlers’ attacks:

 

On 17 October 2014, Israeli settlers attacked Faisal Muhammad
Azzam (20) in “Reinim Shalom” hotel after he tried to defend a colleague of his
when she was attacked for wearing a head cover.

 

On 20 October 2014, Israeli settlers took over two residential
buildings and a land in the central neighborhood in Silwan, south of the Old
City in Jerusalem. The buildings consiste of 10 apartments belonging.

 

Israeli Settlement activities

 

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

 

House demolition:

 

On 20 October 2014, Israeli forces destroyed a barracks in Fasial
village, north of Jericho.

 

On 21 October 2014, Israeli forces, backed by moved into Ibzriq in
the northern Jordan valley. They stationed before the residents houses and
demanded them to leave before Thursday, 23 October 2014.

 

On the same day, Israeli forces moved into Kherbat al-Fakhit in
Musafer area in Yatta village. They handed Muahmmed Khalil al-Jabarin 3 notices
to stop construction in two residential tents and an animal barn under the
pretext of unauthorized construction.

 

Settlers attacks:

 

On 17 October 2014, Israeli settlers from “Kerni Shamron”
settlement stole olives from the agricultural lands of Kufur Laqef village,
east of Qalqilya. Israeli forces evacuated the settlers and the residents were
unable to estimate the amount of the stolen olives.

 

Israeli Violations Documented during the Reporting Period
(16– 22 October 2014)

 

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

 

Thursday, 16 October 2014

 

· At approximately 15:30, 3 Israeli gunboats surrounded
a Palestinian boat sailing off Deir al-Balah shore in central Gaza Strip.  The boat belonging to Jamal Yousif Ahmed Abu
Watfah (54) was boarded by Ismail Amin Salim Abu al-Sadeq (41), from al-Shati’
refugee camp, and his son, Amin (26); Mohammed (24), the son of the boat’s
owner; Raed As’ad al-Habil (36); and Sa’di Mohammed al-Adgham (41).  The Israeli gunboats started spraying water
at the boat and tried to stop it. 
However, when the boat continued to sail, the Israeli naval soldiers heavily
and directly opened fire at it causing holes in the hull and letting water
in.  The fishermen sailed towards the
shore and 500 meters before reaching the shore, the boat sank in the sea.  However, the fishermen managed to get to the
shore by other fishermen’s boats.  It
should be mentioned that the boat was sailing within the area permitted for the
Palestinian fishermen.

 

· In the evening, in excessive use of force, Israeli
forces killed a Palestinian child in Beit Luqia village, southwest of Ramallah,
when they moved into the village and a group of children gathered to throw
stones and empty bottles at them. 
Israeli forces then opened fire at the children from a short distance.

 

According to investigations conducted by PCHR and
eyewitnesses’ testimonies, at approximately 18:00 on the aforementioned day,
Israeli forces backed by 3 military vehicles moved into Beit Luqia, southwest
of Ramallah.  They provocatively
patrolled the streets when a group of Palestinian children and boys gathered to
throw stones and empty bottles at the Israeli vehicles.  The Israeli soldiers in response indiscriminately
fired live bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them and civilian
houses.  After withdrawing from the
village, the Israeli forces stationed on the main street and then opened fire
at a group of children and boys who were in the middle of the street.  As a result, Bahaa’ al-Deen Samir Mousa
Yousif Bader (13) was wounded by a bullet to the left side of the chest, which
exited the right armpit, and fell on the ground.  He was then carried to an ambulance, which
was 10 meters away.  The ambulance took
him to al-Fahed Medical Centre inside the village.  Due to his serious injury, he was transferred
to Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah. 
They performed him cardiopulmonary resuscitation in the Intensive Care
Unit (ICU), but the doctors’ effort failed to save his life and he was
pronounced dead. According to eyewitnesses’ accounts taken by a PCHR
fieldworker, the soldier who fired directly at Bader was standing only 30
meters away and the Israeli forces could have arrested him or used less lethal
force against him.

 

Note:  During the aforementioned day,
Israeli forces carried out incursions in the following areas without reporting
any arrests: the villages of Bani Na’im and Abu al-‘Asja in Hebron.

 

Friday, 17 October2014

· At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Ezna
village, west of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to the
family of Na’im Mohammed Bashir (26). They handed his family a summons for the
aforementioned civilian who has been detained by Israeli forces for 2 months.

 

· At approximately 19:30, Israeli forces backed by
military vehicles moved into Ya’bod village, southwest of Jenin.  They patrolled the streets when a number of
boys gathered to throw stones and empty bottles at the Israeli vehicles.  The Israeli soldiers in response fired sound
bombs and tear gas canisters to disperse the stone-throwers.  The Israeli forces then surrounded an olive
oil press belonging to Jamal Sharif Zaid al-Kilani and fired tear gas canisters
and sound bombs inside it.  As a result,
some civilians suffered tear gas inhalation. 
Israeli forces withdrew later, and neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

Note: during the abovementioned day, Israeli forces moved into the villages
of Kafr Ne’mah and Beit ‘Aor al- Tahta, southwest of Ramallah and Mothalath
al-‘Aqbah area and al-‘Arroub refugee camp in Hebron, but no arrests were
reported.

 

Saturday, 18
October 2014

Note: during the abovementioned day, Israeli forces moved
into the villages of Bitounia, Senjel and Kafr ‘Ein in Ramallah and al-Bireh;
al-‘Ojah village, north of Jericho, and ‘Azoun village, east of Qalqilya, but
no arrests were reported.

 

Sunday, 19 October 2014

· At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces backed by
military vehicles moved into Ras al-Jorah area, north of Hebron. They stationed
in the middle of the area and then raided and searched 2 houses from which they
arrested Suhaib ‘Ali al-Jneidi (20) and ‘Abdel Rahman Khalil al-Jneidi (19) and
took them to an unknown destination.

 

· At approximately 01:40, Israeli forces backed by
military vehicles moved into Qalqilya. 
They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Nedal
Mahmoud Jaber Balasmah (31), a teacher at al-Sa’adiyah School for Boys in the
city, and arrested him.

 

· At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces backed by
military vehicles moved into Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron.  They stationed in al-Bayadah area, east of
the village and then raided and searched a house belonging to Ikhlayel
family.  They arrested Mohammed (28) and
Ziad Bader Mahmoud Ikhlayel (34), who is handicapped due to being hit with
several bullets back in 1994, and took them to the military vehicles.  When Israeli forces were withdrawing from the
village, a number of Palestinian young men gathered to throw stones at the
vehicles.  The Israeli soldiers in
response fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the young men and
houses.  As a result, a number of
civilians suffered tear gas inhalation.

 

· At approximately 10:00, Israeli forces backed by 5
military vehicles moved into Salfit. 
They patrolled the streets when a number of Palestinian young men
gathered to throw stones at them.  The
Israeli soldiers immediately fired live bullets, rubber-coated metal bullets,
sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the stone-throwers.  As a result, Ahmed Ra’ef al-Daqrouq (21) was
hit by a metal bullet to the right foot. 
The Israeli forces also fired sound bombs at Salfit Elementary School
for Boys.  Israeli forces withdrew later,
and no further incidents were reported.

 

· At approximately 19:00, Israeli forces moved into
al-Hariqah neighbourhood adjacent to "Karayat Arbaa’" settlement
established on the Palestinian lands confiscated from east of Hebron and
patrolled in the neighbourhood.  The
Israeli soldiers then arrested two children identified as Mohammed Ishaq Abu
Hetah and Islam al-Rajabi.  When
residents of the neighbourhood intervened to prevent the arrest of the two
children, the Israeli soldiers arrested Khaled Jaber al-Hajajrah (19) after
stopping him in the street and detaining him for hours and then taking him to
an unknown destination.

 

Note: during the abovementioned day, Israeli forces
carried out incursions into the following areas, but no arrests were reported:
al-Sorah and Beit ‘Awwa villages in Hebron; al; Shabtin and Kherbth al-Methbah
villages in Ramallah and al-Bireh; al-Zbeidat and Fasayel villages in the north
of Jericho.

 

Monday, 20 October 2014

 

· At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into
al-Mhalel quarter, east of N’ilin, west of Ramallah.  They raided and searched a house belonging to
the family of journalist Mustafa ‘Abdel Razeq Mustafa al-Khawaja (25).  They arrested him and at approximately 03:30
withdrew.  It should be mentioned that
al-Khawaja is al-Aqsa TV correspondent in the West Bank.  According to his wife, the Israeli soldiers
confiscated two cell phones, a computer set and documents belonging to her
husband.

 

· At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces backed by
military vehicles moved into al-Fawar refugee camp, south of Hebron.  They patrolled the streets and then stationed
in the western quarter of the camp.  They
raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Mustafa ‘Abdel Qader Abu
‘Awwad (60).  The Israeli soldiers
arrested the aforementioned civilian and his son Ihab (21).

 

· At approximately 16:00, Israeli forces backed by
military vehicles moved into al-Khader village, west of Bethlehem. They
patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later after arresting Mohammed
Ismail Ghoneim (19) and taking him to an unknown destination.

 

Note: during the abovementioned day, Israeli forces
carried out incursions into the following areas, but no arrests were reported:
al-Yamoun village, northwest of Jenin, the villages of Kafr ‘Ein and Beit ‘Aor
al-Tahta in Ramallah; al-‘Oja and Marj Na’ajah villages, north of Jericho; and
Beit Oula village, west of Hebron.

 

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

 

· At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces backed by
military vehicles moved into Bani Na’im village, east of Hebron.  They stationed in the middle of the town and
then raided and searched houses belonging to al-Hajouj family.  The Israeli soldiers arrested 3 civilians and
took them to an unknown destination:

1. Hazem ‘Aqel al-Hajouj (22);

2. ‘Amer Thiab al-Hajouj; and

3. Ma’moun Thiab al-Hajouj.

 

· Around the same time, Israeli forces backed by
military vehicles moved into several neighbourhoods in Hebron.  They stationed in al-Dehdah neighbourhood in
the northern area of the city.  They then
raided and searched a house belonging to ‘Omer ‘Abdel Qader Abu ‘Eishah (55)
and handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence in "Gosh
‘Atsyon", south of Bethelehem. 
Israeli forces later withdrew, and no arrests were reported.

 

· At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces backed by
military vehicles moved into Halhoul town, north of Hebron.  They raided and searched a house belonging to
the family of ‘Asem Ayoub al-Mashni, whom they arrested.  They withdrew later taking him to an unknown
destination.

 

· Around the same time, Israeli forces backed by
military vehicles moved into Yata, south of Hebron.  They stationed in Roq’ah neighbourhood and
raided and searched a house belonging to the family of ‘Amer Khalil Abu Fanar
(25).  They arrested the aforementioned
civilian and later withdrew taking him to an unknown destination.

 

· At approximately 18:00, Israeli forces established a
checkpoint at the entrance of al-Tabaqah village, south of Dura, southwest of
Hebron, and prevented civilian vehicles from entering or leaving the
village.  A number of Palestinian boys
gathered to throw stones at the Israeli soldiers, who in response chased the
boys into the village neighbourhoods. 
They also fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the boys and
civilian houses.  As a result, some of
the boys suffered tear gas inhalation. 
The checkpoint was removed later, and neither house raids nor arrests
were reported.

 

Note: during the abovementioned day, Israeli forces carried out 5 incursions
into the following areas, but no arrests were reported: Bitounia and N’ilin
villages, west of Ramallah; Fasayel village, north of Jericho; and Ya’bod and
Zaboubah villages in Jenin.

 

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

 

· At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into
Hebron. They stationed in the south of the city and then raided and searched a
house belonging to the family of Ahmed ‘Adel al-Salaymah.  They arrested the aforementioned person and
withdrew later taking him to an unknown destination.

 

· Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into
‘Arrabah village, southwest of Jenin. They raided and searched a house
belonging to the family of Montaser Ja’afar ‘Abdullah Fawzi Abu Salah (23) and
then arrested him.  They then raided and
searched a house belonging to the family of his cousin, Fawzi ‘Abdullah Fawzi
Abu Salah (23), and arrested him as well.

 

· At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into
Jenin. They stationed in ‘Ezz al-Deen Valley neighbourhood, east of the
city.  They raided and searched a house
belonging to the family of Mo’men Mazen Ibrahim ‘Arqawi (21) and arrested
him.  Israeli forces then raided and
searched a house belonging to the family of Fo’aad Hasan Ibrahim al-Sayed (40)
and arrested him. However, he was released later.  Israeli forces later withdrew taking ‘Arqawi
to an unknown destination.

 

· In the early morning, Israeli forces backed by
military vehicles moved into al-Zababdah village, southeast of Jenin.  They raided and searched a house belonging to
the family of Ahmed Mohammed Naf’a Jaber Sharqawi (27) and arrested him.  They withdrew later taking him to an unknown
destination.

 

· At approximately 08:00, Israeli naval
forces chased Palestinian fishing boats which were sailing at 3 miles off al-Sudaniya
in the Northern Gaza Strip. Israeli boats opened fire at the fishermen and
surrounded a fishing boat with 5 fishermen on. Israeli forces arrested the
fishermen and took them to Ashdod port and confiscated their boat. The
fishermen were identified as: Emran (27); Muhammad (22); Fadi (26); Khalil
Juhar Baker (22). They are still in Israeli custody.

 

· At approximately 10:00, Israeli forces backed by
military vehicles moved into Romanah village, northwest of Jenin.  They raided and searched a house belonging to
the family of Haitham Mustafa Ahmed Ja’aythah (47).  They withdrew later, and no arrests were
reported.

 

· At approximately 11:30, Israeli forces moved into
Jenin and stationed in al-Basatin neighbourhood, north of the city. They raided
and searched a house belonging to the family of Ahmed Mo’men Mohammed Abu Zaid
(24) and arrested him. They then raided and searched a house belonging to the
family of Bashar Ahmed Mohammed Qasrawi (21) and arrested him.  Israeli forces withdrew later taking the
aforementioned persons to an unknown destination.

 

· Around the same time, Israeli forces backed by
military vehicles moved into ‘Arrabah village, southwest of Jenin.  They raided and searched a house belonging to
the family of Haitham Mustafa Ahmed Ja’aythah (47) and arrested him. 

 

Note:  during the abovementioned day,
Israeli forces carried out 5 incursions into the following areas, but no
arrests were reported: Shweikah Suburb, north of Tulkarm; and al-Tabaqah
village, south of Dura, southwest of Hebron.

 

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, 2 Palestinian women were wounded during Bil’in
weekly village, west of Ramallah.

 

In the same context, 2 Palestinian children sustained bullet
wounds during a protest organized in the vicinity of Ofer detention facility,
southwest of Ramallah, on 17 October 2014, in solidarity with administrative
detainees in the Israeli prisons.

 

(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 17 October
2014, 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 waste
water at them and chased them into the olive fields. As a result, 2 Palestinian
women were wounded and others suffered tear gas inhalation. The wounded women
were:

1. 26-year-old Feda’ Ataya, hit by
a gas canister to the left leg; and

2. 28-year-old Rima Jawabra, hit
by a sound bomb to the right leg.

 

· On the same day, 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. They also sprayed
waste water at the civilians, and chased them into the village. As a result,
many civilians suffered tear gas inhalation and bruises as they were beaten up
by Israeli soldiers.

 

· Around the same time,
dozens of Palestinian civilians and Israeli and international human rights
defenders organised a peaceful demonstration in 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 in support of
the Palestinian unity, 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, many
civilians suffered tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises due to being
beaten up by Israeli soldiers.

 

· Also at approximately 13:20,
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, several protestors suffered tear gas inhalation.
Moreover, Israeli forces sprayed
skunk water at civilians and houses around and used
bulldozers to gather stones in front of houses in the main road, but no further
incidents were reported.

 

Other Demonstrations

 

· On Friday afternoon, 17 October 2014, dozens of Palestinian young men from Ramallah and
al-Bireh gathered around Ofer detention facility, southwest of Ramallah, to
support administrative detainees in Israeli prisons. The demonstrators made
their way to the prison’s gate, which was closed by Israeli soldiers. The
demonstrators set fire to tires and threw stones and empty bottles at Israeli
soldiers, who fired rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas
canisters. As a result, 2 children were wounded and taken to Palestine Medical
Complex in the city. Moreover, dozens of other protestors suffered tear gas
inhalation. The wounded children were: 16-year-old male, who sustained a bullet
wounds to the left leg; and a 14-year-old male who sustained a bullet wound to
the right leg.

 

· On Friday afternoon, 17 October 2014, dozens of Palestinian young men gathered at the
western entrance of Selwad village, northeast of Ramallah, on the road between
Selwad village and Yabrod village near Street (60) to throw stones at the
aforementioned street. 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 by Israeli
soldiers.

 

· At approximately 11:00 on Saturday, 18 October 2014, dozens of
Palestinian farmers from Sourif village, northwest of Hebron, organized a
voluntary day to plant trees in lands threatened to be seized in Tal al-Herbala
area, west of the village, in cooperation with the municipality, Palestinian
Ministry of Agriculture and Popular Committee against Settlement Activities and
the Annexation Wall. Israeli policemen and soldiers arrived to the area and
fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the civilians. As a result, a
number of civilians suffered tear gas inhalation.  

 

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 for 9 months 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 6 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.

 

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: At approximately 07:00 on
Thursday, 16 October 2014, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the
entrance of Yatta village, south of the city. Later the checkpoint was removed
and no arrests were reported.

At approximately 07:00 on Friday, 17 October 2014, Israeli forces
established a checkpoint at the entrance of Sa’ir village, south of the city.
Later the checkpoint was removed and no arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 07:30 on Saturday, 18 October 2014, Israeli
forces established a checkpoint at the northern entrance of the city. At
approximately 16:00, another checkpoint was established at the entrance of Ezna
village, west of the city. Later the checkpoints were removed and no arrests
were reported.

 

At approximately 17:00 on Monday, 20 October 2014, Israeli force
established a checkpoint at the eastern entrance of Doura. The checkpoint was
removed later, and no arrests were reported.

 

· Ramallah: At approximately 13:30 on
Thursday, 16 October 2014, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the
entrance of Nil’in village, west of the city. At approximately 14:30, another
checkpoint was established under Kharbtha al-Misbah Bridge, southwest of the
city. Ata approximately 22:00, a similar checkpoint was established on
al-Mu’arrajat road between Jericho and Ramallah. All checkpoints were removed.

 

At approximately 10:30 on Friday, 17 October 2014, Israeli forces
established a checkpoint at the entrance of al-Nabi Saleh village, south of the
city. Later the checkpoint was removed and no arrests were reported. At
approximately 18:30, they reestablished their existence at ‘Attarah checkpoint
on the northern entrance of Beirzeit city. All checkpoints were removed and no
arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 15:30 on Saturday, 18 October 2014, Israeli
forces established a checkpoint near the intersection of Beit Ore al-Foqa,
southwest of the city. At approximately, 16:30, a similar checkpoint was
established under ‘Ain Yabroud bridge, north of the city. At approximately
20:00, they established another checkpoint at the eastern entrance of al-Tiba
village. At approximately 22:30, another checkpoint was established near the
intersection of “Ofrah” settlement, northeast of the city. All checkpoints were
removed and no arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 13:30 on Monday, 20 October 2014, Israeli forces
established a checkpoint at the entrance of Qibia village, west of Ramallah. At
approximately 17:30, another checkpoint was established under Kharabtha
al-Mesbah Bridge. At approximately 18:30, Israeli forces established a
checkpoint at the eastern entrance of al-Tiba village. Later, the checkpoints
were removed and no arrests were reported.

 

On Tuesday morning, 21 October 2014, Israeli forces established a
checkpoint at the entrance of Beit Liqia village. They searched vehicles, and
checked ID’s and caused severe traffic jams. At approximately 18:30, they
closed the road between Ramallah to al-Jalazoun camp with cement blocks and
forces civilians to take an alternative road.

 

· Jericho: At approximately 09:30 on
Friday, 04 July 2014, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance
of Fasail viilage, north of the city.  At
approximately 20:00, another checkpoint was established near the entrance of
al-‘Oja village, north of the city. Later, the checkpoints were removed and no
arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 17:30 on Saturday, 18 October 2014, Israeli
forces established a checkpoint at the southern entrance of the city. At
approximately 20:00, another entrance was established at the entrance of
al-Noeima village. At approximately 21:00, Israeli forces established a
checkpoint at the entrance of Fasail village. Later, all checkpoints were
removed and no arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 09:00 on Monday, 20 October 2014, Israeli forces
established a checkpoint at the entrance of al-Zubeidat village, north of
Jericho. At approximately 20:30, another checkpoint was established at the
entrance of Marj Na’ja, north of the city. Later, all checkpoints were removed
and no arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 18:00 on Tuesday, 21 October 2014, Israeli forces
established a checkpoint on al-Mu’arrajat road between Jericho and Ramallah.
Later, the checkpoint was removed and no arrests were reported.

 

· Jenin: At approximately 23:30 on
Friday, 14 October 2014, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the
entrance of al-‘Arqa village, west of the city. Later, the checkpoint was
removed and no arrests were reported.

 

· Salfit: At approximately 12:00 on
Thursday, 16 October 2014, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the
electronic gate at the northern entrance of Salfit. The checkpoint was removed
and no arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 20:05 on Friday, 17 October 2014, Israeli forces
established a checkpoint at the northern entrance of Deir Ballout, west of
Salfit. At approximately 20:2, they established a similar checkpoint at the
northern entrance of Brouqin, west of the city. At approximately 21:40, Israeli
forces established a checkpoint between Kuful Hares and Hares villages, north
of the city. All checkpoints were removed, and no arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 00:45 on Saturday, 18 October 2014, Israeli
forces established a checkpoint at the entrance of Marda village. At
approximately 20:05, they established a similar checkpoint at the entrance of
Qarawt Bani Hassan. At approximately 23:15, they established a checkpoint at
the eastern entrance of Yasouf village. Later, all checkpoints were removed and
no arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 19:15 on Sunday, 19 October 2014, Israeli forces
established a checkpoint at the entrance of Deir Istia. The checkpoint was
removed and no arrests were reported.

 

· Qalqilya: At approximately 09:00 on
Thursday, 16 October 2014, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the
entrance of Izbat Jal’oud village. The checkpoint was removed and no arrests
were reported.

 

At approximately 16:15 on Friday, 17 October 2014, Israeli forces
established a checkpoint at the western entrance of Izbat al-Tabib village. At
approximately 16:00, another checkpoint was established at the entrance of
‘Azzoun village. All checkpoints were removed and no arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 10:30 on Saturday, 18 October 2014, Israeli
forces established a checkpoint at the eastern entrance of the city. The
checkpoint was removed and no arrests were reported.

 

· Tulkarm: At approximately 20:30 on
Tuesday, 21 October 2014, Israeli forces stationed at ‘Annab checkpoint
tightened their restrictions against the Palestinians and obstructed their
movement. The tightening ended and no arrests were reported.

 

Arrests and Maltreatment at Military Checkpoints

 

· At approximately 10:00 on
Sunday, 19 October 2014, Israeli forces stationed at al-Jalama checkpoint
between Israeli and Jenin, arrested Muhye al-Dein Muahmmed Abul Ghani Sha’ban
(48) from al-Jalama village. The aforementioned civilian was arrested under the
pretext of keeping a plastic gun. The checkpoint was closed for half an hour
then it was reopened. It should be noted that the aforementioned civilian suffers
a mental disability. He was taken to an unknown destination.

 

· At approximately 16:30 on the
aforementioned day, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance of
Sanour, south of Jenin. They arrested Fathi Rasmi Fakhri Jarrar (28) from the
aforementioned village. The checkpoint was removed and the aforementioned was
taken to an unknown destination.

 

· At approximately 15:00 on
Friday, 17 October 2014, Israeli forces deployed in Beit Amr village, arrested
Munir Radwan Ekhlil (19) and took him to an unknown destination.

 

·  At approximately 02:00 on Saturday, 18 October
2014, an Israeli infantry force arrested Hussam Tareq al-Jabari (16) under the
pretext of throwing stones at them. When Fadi Majdi al-Jabari (27) intervened
and tried to talk with the soldiers, he was also arrested. They were both taken
to “Kiryat Arba” settlement.

 

· At approximately 10:00 on
Sunday, 19 October 2014, Israeli forces arrested Ahmed Ali Radhwan (20) from
‘Azzoun village when he was picking olives. Later, he was taken to an unknown
destination.

 

· At approximately 13:30 on the
aforementioned day, Israeli forces arrested Bara Kamel Ibrahim Shreim (10) near
the annexation wall in Habla village in the pretext of throwing stones at them.
At approximately 17:00, the aforementioned child was released after the
Palestinian liaison intervened.

 

· At approximately 12:30 on
Tuesday, 21 October 2014, Israeli forces established a checkpoint on the road
between Tulkarm, Jenin, and Nablus, near ‘Arraba intersection. They arrested
Anwar Mirwh Mubdi al-‘Ardha (52), a member of ‘Arrab village council from
‘Arraba village then took him to an unknown destination.

 

· At approximately 15:00 on
Monday, 20 October 2014, Israeli forces stationed at the entrance of Beit Amr,
north of Hebron, arrested Hamza Ahmed Khalil Abu Hashem (16) and handed him to
Israeli police which in turn took him to “Karmi Tsour” settlement. Half an hour
later, he was handed to the Palestinian liaison.

 

· At approximately 16:00 on the
aforementioned day, Israeli forces which deployed along the border fence near
“Karmi Tsour” settlement south of Beit Amr village arrested Muhammad Yousif
‘Awwad (14) after a police dog attacked him in his land. He was taken to an
unknown destination via a military ambulance.

 

· At approximately 08:00 on
Tuesday, 21 October 2014, Israeli forces stationed at “Container” checkpoint
arrested Iyad Omar Jibaril al-Sleibi (19) from Beit Amr when he was heading to
al-Quds University in Abu Dees. The aforementioned was taken to an unknown
destination.

 

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

 

Shooting:       

 

On Wednesday, 22 October 2014, a guard in the
light train service in al-Sheikh Jarrah area, north of the Old City in
Jerusalem, opened fire at a Palestinian civilian whose car went off track towards
the  train park and hit a group of people
there. As a result, he sustained three bullet wounds and was moved to “Shaare
Zedek” hospital in Jerusalem. At midnight, the aforementioned was announced
dead.

 

According to investigations conducted by PCHR,
at approximately 14:30 on the aforementioned day, Abdel Rahman Edrees
al-Shaloudi (20) was driving his car in al-Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood. After he
had passed road (1), his car went off track in the train park near the traffic
lights and hit a group of people there. The driver went out of his car to see
what has happened but an Israeli guard shot him in the abdomen from a close
distance. The aforementioned civilian was taken via a Star of David ambulance.
At approximately 23:40, medical sources announced him dead. It should be noted
that the accident resulted in the killing of an Israeli child and injuring 8
Israelis.

 

Demolishing houses and Buildings:

 

· At approximately 11:00 on
Sunday, 19 October 2014, Samir Misawda demolished his house in Ras al-‘Amoud
neighborhood to avoid taxes and fines that he might have to pay after the final
decision regarding the demolishing of his house under the pretext of illegal
construction in area C. His house has an area of 90 square meters and inhabited
by 8 persons. After 8 years of attempts to issue a construction permit so the
house would not be destroyed, he had to demolish the house or else he would be
forced to pay for the municipality to destroy his house. The occupation municipality
fined him 25,000 NIS earlier for illegal construction.

 

· At approximately 13:00 on
Sunday, 19 October 2014, Amin Abdul Haq destroyed a part of his house in Sweih area
in Ras al-‘Amoud neighborhood after the court issued a decision in this regard.
He told PCHR that in 2009 he added two rooms to his house made of clay and tin
with an area of 40 square meters. He wanted to live there with his 7-member family.

 

· At approximately 10:00 on
Tuesday, 21 October 2014, Israeli bulldozers demolished 3 houses and 3 animal
barracks in Maghair al-Jarrah in al-Tour village. The houses belong to Khader
al-Zir’e, his mother Huda, his brothers Asad and Shihda and Aunt Sarah. The tin
and clay houses were built in the 1980’s. The al-Zir’e family told PCHR that 23
persons live in the aforementioned houses and that the destruction was
conducted without prior warning. Moreover, Israeli forces destroyed 3 barracks
for animals and birds.

 

Incursions and arrests:

 

· At approximately 17:00 on
Saturday, 18 October 2014, Israeli forces moved into ‘Asila and Sharha areas in
al-Silsila gate neighborhood in the Old City in Jerusalem. They raided and
searched a number of houses. Youths threw stones and Israeli soldiers opened
fire in response. They arrested a Palestinian woman, her brother, and 3 other
persons and took them all to al-Qishla investigation center: Amal Juma Khalaf
(35) and her brothers Musa (31); Hamza (24); Muhammad Khaled Sharha (23); Ahmed
Khaled Sharha (21); and Muhammad Khaled Ali al-Mughrabi (20).

 

· At approximately 19:00, Israeli
forces raided and searched a house belonging to Khaled al-Hidra in al-Tour
neighborhood, east of the Old City in Jerusalem and arrested Ibrahim (15) then
took him to an unknown destination.

 

· At approximately 14:00 on
Wednesday, 22 October 2014, Israeli forces arrested 9 Palestinian women after
they went out of al-Aqsa mosque in the Old City in Jerusalem. They were taken
to al-Qishla investigation center and were identified as: Zeinab Abu Maiyala;
Zeinat Abu Sbeih; Rana Dana; Noura al-Harbid; Mai al-Asad; Nivin al-Masri; Hiba
Sarhan; Latifa Abdel Latif; and Amna Qarain.

 

Settlers’ attacks:

· At approximately 18:30 on
Friday 17 October 2014, Israeli settlers attacked Faisal Muhammad Azzam (20) in
“Reinim Shalom” hotel after he tried to defend a colleague of his when she was
attacked for wearing a head cover.

 

Azzam told PCHR that 11 settlers attacked his Palestinian
colleague for wearing head cover. They verbally abused her and when he tried to
defend her, they attacked him. He sustained bruises and was taken to “Shaare
Zedek” for treatment.

 

· At approximately 02:00 on
Monday, 20 October 2014, Israeli settlers took over two residential buildings
and a land in the central neighborhood in Silwan, south of the Old City in
Jerusalem. The buildings are made up of 10 apartments belonging to Salah
al-Rahbi and the other to Omran al-Qawasmi. Each building is made up of 3
floors. The families sold their estates to a civilian who was accused of
selling the two buildings to colonist organizations. The land which is located
near al-Rajbi building has an area of 700 square meters and was sold for the
same person who deals with colonist organizations.

 

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

 

House demolitions:

 

· At approximately 06:30 on
Monday, 20 October 2014, Israeli forces demolished 4 houses, a livestock barn
and a barrack to store crops in in al-Shouna and Abu Ajaj areas, southwest and
east of al-Jiftlek village, north of Jericho.

 

According to information obtained by a PCHR fieldworker from the
Local Council, at approximately 06:30 on the abovementioned day, Israeli forces
accompanied by 7 military vehicles, 2 bulldozers and an officer of the Civil
Administration moved into al-Shouna and Abu Ajaj areas, southwest and east of
al-Jiftlek village, north of Jericho. They declared them as military zones and
denied civilians and journalists access to the aforementioned areas. At
approximately 06:40, the bulldozers started demolition works. Israeli forces
withdrew at approximately 08:00. It should be noted that Israeli forces
distributed notices a year ago ordering residents of the area to evacuate it
under the pretext they were in an Israeli-controlled area (C) according to Oslo
accords.

 

The demolition works were as follows:

1. A 100-square-meter and
tin-roofed house resided by 10 family members and a 200-squre-meter barrack
used as livestock barn belonging to Mohammed Mousa Abu ‘Eram (42);

2. An 80-square-meter and
tin-roofed house belonging to his son Ehab Mohammed Mousa Abu ‘Eram (20) and
his wife;

3. A 72-square-meter house made of
wood, plastic and tin plates resided by 9 family members and belonging to
Suleiman Tawfiq Daraghma (59);

4. A 100-square-meter house made
of wood, plastic and tin plates resided by 10 family members and belonging to
Faisal Ahmed Bsharat (36); and

5. A 100-square-meter barrack used
to store crops belonging to Qadri Darwish Fahd Bani Ouda (41).

 

· At approximately 09:30 on the
aforementioned day, Israeli forces destroyed a barrack in Fasial village, north
of Jericho. According to information collected by PCHR, at approximately
09:30on the aforementioned day, Israeli forces, backed by 2 bulldozers and an
officer from the Israeli civil administration, moved into the area. They
prevented the civilians and journalists from entering the area and started
bulldozing a tin barrack for animals belonging to Hussein Yasin Rashaida (50) UNDER
the pretext of not having a construction permit in area C.

 

· At approximately 08:30 on
Tuesday, 21 October 2014, Israeli forces moved into Ibzriq in the northern
Jordan valley. They stationed before the residents houses and demanded them to
leave before Thursday, 23 October 2014. They claimed that the area has become
closed military zone. They confiscated 3 Massey Ferguson tractors and told
their owners that they will not get them back unless they evacuated the area.
The aforementioned vehicles belong to: Hail Hussein Mahmoud Turkman; Islam Musa
Naserallha al-Harroub; and Muhammad Ali Mahmoud Naserallh.

 

·  At approximately 09:00 on the aforementioned
day, Israeli forces backed with vehicles belonging to the Civil Administration
moved into Kherbat al-Fakhit in Musafer area in Yatta village. They handed
Muhammad Khalil al-Jabarin 3 notices to stop construction in two residential
tents, 30 square meters each, and an animal barn of 50 square meters in the
pretext of unauthorized construction.

 

Settlers attacks:

 

· At approximately 15:00 on
Friday, 17 October 2014, Israeli settlers from “Kerni Shamron” settlement stole
olives from the agricultural lands of Kufur Laqef village, east of Qalqilya.
According to eyewitness testimonies, a number of settlers stopped their cars
near the main road and stole olives off trees belonging to Ibrahim Amin Jaber,
a resident of Kufur Laqef village. The village council was informed of the
incident and the military liaison intervened. Israeli forces evacuated the
settlers and the residents were unable to estimate the amount of the stolen
olives.

 



 

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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