Hebron-
Israeli forces attack a demonstration organized in the commemoration of
al-Nakbah anniversary in Beit Ummar village on 17 May 2014

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

 

 

·In excessive use of force, Israeli forces killed 2
Palestinian children in the West Bank

 9 civilians, including 3 children and a
photojournalist, were wounded.

 

·Israeli forces continued to open fire in the border
areas of the Gaza Strip.

 4 Palestinian civilians, including a child, were
wounded in the northern and southern Gaza Strip.

 15-dunum fields planted with wheat were burnt in the
east of Khan Yunis.

 

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

 A protester was wounded in Kofur Qaddoum, northeast of
Qalqilya.

 

·Israeli forces conducted 86 incursions into
Palestinian communities in the West Bank and a limited one in the southern Gaza
Strip.

 39 Palestinian civilians, including 9 children, were
arrested.

 The entrance of Jenin Governmental Hospital was
destroyed and tear gas canisters were fired inside it.

 

·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.

 At least 9 Palestinian civilians, including 7 children,
were arrested at military checkpoints in the West Bank.

 

·Israeli navy forces continued targeting Palestinian
fishermen in the sea.

 Four fishermen were arrested and 4 boats were
confiscated in the sea off Rafah shore, in the southern Gaza Strip.  

 

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

 The electricity network in Ethna village, west of
Hebron, was destroyed.

 Settlers damaged 50 trees throughout the West Bank.

 7 dunums were levelled and 500 trees were uprooted in
Nahalin area, west of Bethlehem.

 

Summary

 

Israeli violations of international law and
international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period
(15
– 21 May 2014
).

 

Shooting:

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces killed two
Palestinian children and wounded 12 other civilians, including 3 children and a
journalist, in the West Bank.  They also
wounded 4 civilians in the border areas in the Gaza Strip; a child and 2
workers collecting raw materials as well as a farmer.  Israeli naval forces fired at and chased
Palestinian fishing boats in the Gaza Strip Sea.

                       

In the Gaza Strip, on 17 May 2014, a Palestinian child
was wounded when Israeli forces stationed along the border, east of Khan Yunis
in the southern Gaza Strip, opened fire at the agricultural lands in the east
of ‘Abasan village to the west of the border. 
The child was collecting grass from an agricultural land near al-Rowwad
sport club, which is only 600 meters away from the border.

 

On 18 May 2014, a worker collecting raw materials was
wounded when the Israeli forces stationed in the military watchtowers at Beit
Hanoun “Erez” crossing, northwest of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip,
opened fire at a group of workers collecting raw materials in the destroyed
industrial zone to the west of the crossing near the border.

 

On 19 May 2014, a worker collecting raw materials was
wounded when the Israeli forces stationed in the military watchtowers at Beit Hanoun
“Erez” crossing, northwest of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip opened
fire at a group of workers collecting raw materials in the destroyed industrial
zone to the west of the crossing near the border.

 

On 21 May 2014, a Palestinian farmer was lightly
wounded with a bullet to the head when Israeli forces who moved into the east
of al-Qararah village, east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip, opened
fire.

 

On the same day, Israeli forces stationed along the
border between the Gaza Strip and Israel opened fire and fired smoke shells at
the agricultural fields to the southeast of Abu Reidah neighbourhood, east of
Khza’ah in the east of Khan Yunis.  As a
result, 15-dunum fields belonging to Abu T’eimah family were on fire.  Those fields were planted with wheat and
located 350-400 meters away from the border.

 

In the same context on 16 May 2014, Israeli forces
stationed along the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of Jabalia
in the northern Gaza strip, opened fire at a group of young men who were near
the aforementioned border in attempt to throw stones at the Israeli
soldiers.  No injuries were reported.

 

In the context of targeting Palestinian fishermen in
the sea, on 19 May 2014, Israeli navy forces arrested 2 fishermen; Ayman (43)
and Alaa’ Khalil al-Bardaweel (41), from al-Mawasi area, west of Rafah, in the
southern Gaza Strip. This happened when Israeli gunboats approached about 30
fishing boats sailing about 1 nautical mile off Rafah shore. Israeli navy
soldiers opened fire from a close range at 2 fishing boats boarded by the 2
aforementioned fishermen. In addition, they pulled the 2 fishing boats to an
unknown destination.

 

On 20 May 2014, Israeli Navy forces arrested two fishermen;
Ramez Sa’adi Mohammed Jom’aah (29) and ‘Emad al-Din Khalil Ahmed Mansour (42)
from Tal al-Sultan neighbourhood in the west of Rafah in the southern Gaza
Strip and confiscated their two boats.

 

On the same day, Israeli gunboats stationed off Khan
Yunis shore in the southern Gaza Strip opened fire sporadically in the vicinity
of the Palestinian fishing boats and chased fishermen.  No injuries were reported as the fishermen
were forced to flee away for fear of being injured or arrested or their boats
being damaged.

 

In the West Bank, In excessive use of force, on
Thursday, 15 May 2014, Israeli forces killed two Palestinian children and
wounded 8 civilians, including a child who was in a serious condition, near
“’Ofer” Prison, west of Ramallah. 

 

On 16 May 2014, four civilians, including a child and
a journalist, were wounded during a demonstration organized by dozens of
Palestinian angry young men in the vicinity of ‘Ofer Prison, southwest of
Ramallah, after the funeral procession of two children who were killed by the
Israeli soldiers on the preceding day.

 

On the same day, a 14-year-old child was hit by a
rubber-coated bullet to the left eye.  As
a result, he lost his sight.  A
20-year-old civilian was hit by two metal bullets to the left knee and testicles
when Israeli forces opened fire at a group of Palestinian young men
demonstrating in Bab al-Zawiyah area in the centre of Hebron.

 

In the same context, Israeli forces used excessive
force against peaceful protests organised 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,
a 19-year-old demonstrator was hit by a rubber-coated metal bullet to the waist
during Kafer Qaddoum protest, northeast of Qalqilya. Dozens of protestors
suffered tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises as they were beaten
up by Israeli soldiers.

 

Incursions:

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted
at least 86 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank. During
these incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 39 Palestinians, including 9
children.

 

On 20 May 2014, Israeli forces moved into Jenin and
its refugee camp and raided and searched a number of houses, from which they
arrested many civilians.  During the
incursion, Israeli forces destroyed the entrance of Jenin Governmental Hospital
and fired tear gas canisters inside it.

 

In the Gaza Strip, on 21 May 2014, Israeli forces
backed by 4 military bulldozers from the military Kissufim gate moved 200
meters into the east of al-Qararah village, east of Khan Younis.  They levelled parts of the area and fired
smoke artillery shells, some of which fell in the east of al-Qararah while
others fell on al-Kurd hill, east of al-Salqa valley, east of Deir
al-Balah.  No injuries were
reported.  At approximately 09:00, they
re-deployed along the border fence and after half an hour moved into east of
al-Qararah.  They levelled parts of the
area along the border fence to the south and to the east of ‘Abasan. 

 

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 9 Palestinian civilians, including 7 children,
at military checkpoints in the West Bank.

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.

 

Attacks carried out by Israeli forces

 

On 19 May 2014,
Israeli forces backed by military vehicles and a bulldozer moved into al-Ra’s
neighborhood, west of Ezna village, west of Hebron.  The Israeli soldiers deployed in the area and
prevented civilians’ movement.  The
Israeli bulldozers then removed a 1.5-kilometer-long network that provides the
area with electricity.

On the same day, Israeli
forces accompanied a vehicle belonging to the construction and organization
department in the Israeli Civil Administration and 4 bulldozers moved into the
agricultural lands in the vicinity of Nahalin village, west of Bethlehem in
Salem Valley area, east of the village. 
The Israeli bulldozers leveled lands of an area of 7 dunums planted with
different kinds of trees under the pretext that those lands were confiscated.  The leveling included burying the trees after
uprooting them and confiscating some of them. 
Around 500 trees aged between 10 to 20 years were uprooted.  These lands are located in the vicinity of
“Daniel” settlement established on the confiscated lands in the village.

 

Attacks carried out by settlers

On 15 May 2014, settlers from “Bitar ‘Elit”
settlement established on Palestinian lands, south of Bethlehem, chopped and
smashed branches of 20 grape vineyards and 10 olive trees in addition to a number
of apricot trees, which are less than two years old.

On 18 May 2014, settlers from “Sidi Bou’ez” outpost
established on the Palestinian lands, south of al-Khader village, southwest of
Bethlehem, stormed the agricultural lands, south of the village, and performed
religious rituals near a water spring.

On the same day, a number of settlers stormed an archaeological
site in the center of al-Samou’a village and performed their religious
rituals.  It should be mentioned that the
settlers usually roam in the vicinity of the area in the Jewish holidays each
year and perform their religious rituals there. 
They call the aforementioned site “Etshamoa’a”.

On 19 May 2014, a group of settlers from “Rafafa”
settlement set fire to lands belonging to the residents of Haris village,
northwest of Salfit.  As a result, 20
olive, almond, fig and oak trees, which belong to Ma’moun Mohammed Dawoud
‘Abdel Hamid, were damaged in al-Wad al-Shami area.  Israeli forces obstructed Palestinian
firefighters from extinguishing the fire.

 

 

Israeli Violations Documented during the Reporting Period
(15 – 21 May 2014)

   

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

Thursday, 15 May 2014

 

At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces backed by
military vehicles moved into Ethna village, west of Hebron. They patrolled the
streets and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.  

 

Around the same time, Israeli forces backed by military
vehicles moved into Bani Na’im village, east of Hebron. They patrolled the
streets and raided a house belonging to the family of Sohaib Suleiman Abu
Jarour (29). They handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli intelligence
service in "Gosh Ezion" settlement, south of Bethlehem. Israeli
forces withdrew later and no arrests were reported.  

 

At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces backed by military
vehicles moved into al-Fawwar refugee camp, south of Hebron. They raided and
searched a house belonging to the family of Basel Rami al-Wawi (14). They
arrested the aforementioned person and took him to an unknown destination.

 

At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces backed by
military vehicles moved into al-Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron. They
patrolled the streets and raided and searched a house belonging to the family
of Mahmoud Abdul Rahman Abu Sal (22). They arrested the aforementioned person.
In the meantime, Israeli forces raided and searched 2 houses belonging to the
families of Sameh Mussallam Abu Sal (20) and Wadi’ Abdul Rahman Abu ‘Amer (18).
They arrested the aforementioned persons. A number of boys gathered and threw
stones and empty bottles at Israeli soldiers who fired sound bombs and tear gas
canisters in response. As a result, a number of civilians suffered tear gas
inhalation. Israeli forces withdrew at approximately 03:30.

 

Around the same time, Israeli forces backed by
military vehicles moved into Balata refugee camp, east of Nablus. They raided
and searched a number of houses from which they arrested Mahmoud Mohammed Harb
(47) and Essam Mohammed Ka’bi (49).

 

Also around the same time, Israeli forces backed by
military vehicles moved into Barqa village, northwest of Nablus. They raided
and searched a number of houses. They arrested Mahdi Ragheb Salah (20) and took
him to an unknown destination.

 

At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces backed by
military vehicles moved into Deir Abu Mesh’el village, northwest of Ramallah.
They patrolled the streets and deployed between the houses.  In addition, they raided and searched a
number of houses from which they arrested 6 civilians, including 5 children:

1. Ahmed Safi ‘Ata (17);

2. Ahmed Abed al-Khair ‘Ata (16);

3. Ahmed Sa’d Barghouthi (17);

4. Mohammed Safi ‘Ata (16);

5. Belal Jalal Barghouthi (17); and

6. Omar Hamed ‘Ata (35).

 

At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces backed by military
vehicles moved into al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah. They raided
and searched a house belonging to the family of Mohammed Marwan Sharaka (20).
They arrested the aforementioned person and took him to an unknown destination.

 

Around the same time, Israeli forces backed by
military vehicles moved into Deir Samet village, southwest of Dora, southwest
of Hebron. They patrolled the streets and raided and searched a house belonging
to the family of Mahmoud Nedal al-Hroub (28). They handed the aforementioned
person a summons to refer to the Israeli intelligence service in "Gosh
Etzion" settlement, south of Bethlehem.

 

At approximately 16:00, Israeli forces backed by
military vehicles moved into Beit Ommar village, north of Hebron. They
patrolled the streets and stationed in Safa neighbourhood in the south of the
city. A number of youngsters gathered and threw stones and empty bottles at
Israeli soldiers who fired rubber-coated metal bullets and tear gas canisters
in response. As a result, a number of civilians suffered tear gas inhalation.
Israeli forces withdrew at approximately 17:00, and neither house raids nor
arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 17:30, Israeli forces backed by
military vehicles moved into
Mothallath al-Aqaba, south of Dura, southwest of Hebron. They patrolled
the streets and deployed between the houses then stationed at Oyoun Abu Saif
area. A number of boys gathered and threw stones at military vehicles. Israeli
soldiers chased the boys across agricultural lands and fired tear gas canisters
and sound bombs towards the boys and houses. As a result, a number of
Palestinian civilians suffered tear gas inhalation. In the meantime, Israeli
forces erected a checkpoint on the road connecting Dora and its southern
villages. They searched Palestinian vehicles, and then removed the checkpoint.
No arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 21:50, Israeli forces moved into
Ematin village, east of Qalqilia. They patrolled the streets for some time and
withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 23:00, Israeli forces moved into
al-Samou’ village, south of Hebron. They patrolled the streets for some time
and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.  

 

Friday, 16 May 2014

At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces backed by
military vehicles moved into Barqa village, northwest of Nablus. They raided a
house belonging to the family of Ra’es Zaher Abu Omar (22), who was not home.
They informed his family that Ra’es should give himself up to Israeli forces at
Hawara facility. Ra’es headed to Hawara facility and was arrested.    

 

 

At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces backed by
military vehicles moved into several neighbourhoods in the centre of Yata,
south of Hebron. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.

 

At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces backed by heavy
military vehicles moved into Kharsa village, south of Dora, southwest of
Hebron. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither
house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

Around the same time, Israeli forces backed by
military vehicles moved into Baitonya village, west of Ramallah. They patrolled
the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests
were reported.

 

Also around the same time, Israeli forces backed by
military vehicles moved into Kherbet Abu Falah village, northeast of Ramallah.
They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house
raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces moved into
Jericho. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. No
arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 14:00, Israeli forces moved into
Qalqilya. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither
house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 14:30, Israeli forces stationed along
the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Shuhada’ cemetery,
east of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, fired live ammunition and tear gas
canisters at a group of youngsters, who were present near the border throwing
stones at the Israeli soldiers. Israeli soldiers fired sporadically until
17:30, but no casualties were reported.

 

At approximately 17:00, Israeli forces moved into
al-Arba’een area, east of Beit Ommar, north of Hebron. They deployed between
the houses, where a number of boys gathered and threw stones and empty bottles
at Israeli soldiers who fired rubber-coated metal bullets and tear gas
canisters in response. As a result, a number of boys suffered tear gas
inhalation. Israeli forces withdrew later, and neither house raids nor arrests
were reported.

 

At approximately 22:00, Israeli forces moved into Deir
Samet village, southwest of Doura, southwest of Hebron. They patrolled the
streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

At approximately 23:30, Israeli forces moved into
al-‘Ouja village, northeast of Jericho. They patrolled the streets for some
time and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.

 

Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Jiftlek
village, north of Jericho. They patrolled the streets for some time and
withdrew later. No arrests were reported.    

 

Saturday, 17 May 2014

 

At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces backed by
military forces moved into Baitonya village, west of Ramallah. They patrolled
the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests
were reported.

 

At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces backed by
military forces moved into ‘Ayda refugee camp, northwest of Bethlehem. They
stationed around a house belonging to the family of Bassam Hamad Abu Khdair,
and then raided the house. They kept his family in a room and arrested his son
Mo’tasem (21).

 

At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces backed by
military forces moved into Taqou’ village, southwest of Bethlehem. They
patrolled the streets and raided and searched a house belonging to the family
of Mohammed Taleb Taqatqa (30). They arrested the aforementioned person and
took him to an unknown destination. At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces
raided another house belonging to the family of Abdo ‘Adel al-‘Emour (17). They
handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli intelligence service in "Gosh
Etzion" settlement, south of the city.

 

Around the same time, Israeli forces backed by
military vehicles moved into Termis’ya village, north of Ramallah. They
patrolled the streets and deployed between the houses. They withdrew later and
neither house raids nor arrest were reported.

 

Also around the same time, Israeli forced backed by
military vehicles moved into Fasayel village, northwest of Jericho. They
patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. No arrests were
reported.

 

At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces backed by
military vehicles moved into al-Dheisha refugee camp, west of Bethlehem. They
patrolled the streets and raided and searched a house belonging to the family
of Ahmed Mahmoud Abu Srour. They arrested his son Ali (16) and took him to an
unknown destination.

 

At approximately 05:30, Israeli forces backed by
military forces moved into Marj Na’jah village, north of Jericho. They
patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. No arrests were
reported.

 

At approximately 13:00, Israeli forces backed by
military vehicles moved into Kofur ‘Ein village, northwest of Ramallah. They
patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor
arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 18:00, Israeli forces stationed along
the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of Khan Yunis in the
southern Gaza Strip, opened fire at agricultural lands in Abassan village, to
the west of border. As a result, Omar Jamal Abu Jazar (17), from Abassan
village, sustained a bullet wound to the left hand. Omar was collecting grass
from lands about 600 meters away from the border. He was taken by an ambulance
to Gaza European hospital in Khan Yunis to receive the necessary medical
treatment. His wound was moderate.

 

At approximately 20:00, Israeli forces backed by
military vehicles moved into Hares village, north of Salfit. They patrolled the
streets and detained Saleh Yasser Sultan (27). They took his ID card and forced
him to stand against the wall raising his hands up. They questioned him on the
spot and released him later. In addition they attacked the aforementioned
person with a gun but and damaged his vehicle under the pretext of searching
for Israeli vehicles’ burglars in the abovementioned village.

 

At approximately 23:30, Israeli forces moved into Beit
‘Our al-Tahta village, west of Ramallah. They patrolled the streets for some
time and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.

 

 

  Sunday,
18 May 2014

At approximately 00:30, Israeli forces moved into
Ya’bad village, southwest of Jenin. They patrolled the streets for some time
and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces backed by
military vehicles moved into al-Khader village, southwest of Bethlehem. They
raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Ahmed Qasem al-Azraq
(18). They handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli intelligence service in
"Gosh Etzion" settlement, south of Bethlehem.

 

Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into
al-Hashemiya village, southwest of Jenin. They patrolled the streets for some
time and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces backed by military
vehicles moved into al-Fawwar refugee camp, south of Hebron. They raided and
searched a house belonging to the family of Mohammed Nizar al-Titi (19). They
arrested the aforementioned person and took him to an unknown destination.

 

Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Beit
Fajjar village, southeast of Bethlehem. They raided and searched 2 houses
belonging to the families of Feras Fadel Dairiya (23) and Khalil Mohammed
Dairiya (22). They arrested the aforementioned persons and took them to an
unknown destination.

 

Also around the same time, Israeli forces backed by military
vehicles moved into ‘Ein al-Sultan refugee camp, west of Jericho. They
patrolled the streets and deployed between the houses. They withdrew later, and
neither house raids nor arrest were reported.

 

At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces backed by
military vehicles moved into al-Ma’sarah village, south of Bethlehem. They
raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Hassan Braijiya,
coordinator of the popular committee against settlement activities and the
construction of the annexation wall in the village. They arrested the
aforementioned person and took him to an unknown destination.

 

Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into
al-Yamoun village, northwest of Jenin. They patrolled the streets and raided a
house belonging to the family of Fadi Faisal Samoudi (26). They handed him a
summons to refer to the Israeli intelligence service in Salem detention
facility, northwest of the city. Israeli forces withdrew later and no arrests
were reported.

 

At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces backed with
military vehicles moved into Bani Na’em village, east of Hebron. They patrolled
the streets and deployed between the houses. They withdrew later, and neither
house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Doura,
southwest of Hebron. They patrolled the streets and raided and searched a house
belonging to the family of Sa’id Nassar (52). They arrested his 2 sons: Odai
(18) and Qosai (20), and took them to an unknown destination.

 

At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into
Hebron. They patrolled the streets and raided and searched a house belonging to
the family of Mo’taz Mohammed ‘Ebaido (20). Israeli forces withdrew later, and
no arrests were reported. 

 

At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into
al-Baq’a area, west of Yatta, south of Hebron. They patrolled the streets for
some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces moved into ‘Ayda
refugee camp, north of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to
the family of Sharaf al-Din Yassin Abu Seba’ (18). They arrested the
aforementioned person and took him to an unknown destination.    

 

At approximately 10:00, Israeli forces backed by
military vehicles moved into al-Karkafa area, in the centre of Bethlehem. They
raided and searched a number of stores and withdrew later. No arrests were
reported.

 

At approximately 11:30, Israeli forces backed by
military vehicles moved into Kherbatha al-Musbah village, west of Ramallah.
They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. No arrests were
reported.

 

At approximately 15:30, Israeli forces stationed in
watchtowers at and around Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing, northwest of Beit Hanoun
town in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at a group of workers collecting
raw materials in the destroyed industrial zone, west of the crossing. As a
result, Abdul Rahman Hassan Matar (24), from Beit Hanoun, sustained a bullet
wound to the right leg. He was taken to Kamal Odwan hospital   

 

At approximately 16:30, Israeli forces moved into Jeet
village, northeast of Qalqilya. They patrolled the streets for some time and
withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 17:00, Israeli forces moved into
Ematin village, northeast of Qalqilya. They patrolled the streets and raided
and searched an internet cafe. Israeli forces withdrew at approximately 17:40,
and neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

In the evening, Israeli forces arrested Mohammed
‘Awwad Ibrahim (30), from Tulkarm, while being present in the Israeli military
liaison office, southwest of the city, upon a summons sent to him previously.

 

At approximately 22:00, Israeli forces moved into
al-‘Ouja village, north of Jericho. They patrolled the streets for some time
and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.

Monday, 19 May 2014

 

At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into
Ethna village, west of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to
the family of Lotfi Hassan ‘Awwad (42). They arrested the aforementioned person
and took him to an unknown destination.

 

At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces backed by
military vehicles moved into al-Daheriya village, south of Hebron. They patrolled
the streets for some time and withdrew later, and no arrests were reported.

 

Around the same time, Israeli forces backed by
military vehicles moved into Yatta village, south of Hebron. They patrolled the
streets and stationed in al-Karmel neighbourhood. They also raided and searched
a house belonging to the family of Ghaleb Diab Abu Qubaita (32). They arrested
the aforementioned person and took him to an unknown destination.

 

At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit
Kahel village, northeast of Hebron. They patrolled the streets for some time
and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.   

 

At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into
al-Teirah neighbourhood in Ramallah. 
They patrolled the streets and then raided and searched a house
belonging to the family of Ahmed Hasan N’eirat (23).  Israeli forces arrested the aforementioned
civilian and took him to an unknown destination.

 

At approximately 08:30, Israeli forces moved into
al-Laban al-Gharbi village, northwest of Ramallah.  They patrolled the streets for some time and
withdrew later.  No arrests were
reported.

 

At approximately 10:00, Israeli forces moved into
Shweikah Suburb, north of Tulkarm.  They
patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

At approximately 11:15, Israeli forces stationed in
watchtowers at and around Beit Hanoun crossing, in the northern Gaza Strip,
opened fire at a group of workers collecting raw materials in the destroyed
industrial zone to the west of the crossing. As a result, worker Mohammed Fo’ad
al-Bou’ (26), from Beit Hanoun, sustained a bullet wound to his 2 legs. He was
taken to Kamal Odwan hospital in Beit Lahia, where doctors x-rayed his legs and
found damage in the arteries and veins. He was then taken to Shifa hospital in
Gaza City. His wound was moderate.

 

At approximately 13:00, Israeli forces moved into
Tulkarm.  They patrolled the streets for
some time and withdrew later.  No arrests
were reported.

 

At approximately 14:30, Israeli forces moved into al-Yamoun
village, northwest of Jenin. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew
later. No arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 15:00, Israeli forces backed by
military vehicles moved into Kofur Dan village, northwest of Jenin. They
patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor
arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 16:00, Israeli forces moved into
Ya’bod village, southwest of Jenin.  They
patrolled the streets for time.  A number
young men gathered and threw stones and empty bottles at the Israeli
vehicles.  The Israeli soldiers then
fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters randomly at the stone throwers to
disperse them.  Israeli soldiers withdrew
later, and neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 17:00, Israeli forces moved into
Ya’bod village, southwest of Jenin.  They
patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor
arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 20:30, Israeli forces moved into
Kharbetha al-Mesbah village, southwest of Ramallah.  They patrolled the streets for some time and
withdrew later.  No arrests were
reported.

 

At approximately 21:30, Israeli forces moved into Deir
Debwan village, northeast of Ramallah. 
They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. No arrests
were reported.

 

At approximately 22:30, Israeli navy forces arrested 2
fishermen (brothers): Ayman (43) and Alaa’ Khalil al-Bardaweel (41), from
al-Mawasi area, west of Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip. Fisherman ‘Adnan
Khalil al-Bardaweel (53), their brother, said that Israeli gunboats approached
about 30 fishing boats sailing about 1 nautical mile off Rafah shore. Israeli
navy soldiers opened fire from a close range at 2 fishing boats boarded by the
aforementioned fishermen. In addition, they pulled the 2 fishing boats to an
unknown destination. As a result of the attack, the other fishermen fled and
sailed back to the shore.

 

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into
al-Thaheriyah village, south of Hebron. 
They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  No arrests were reported.

 

Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into
al-Fawar refugee camp, south of Hebron. 
They patrolled the streets for some time and then stationed near the
UNRWA schools.  The Israeli soldiers then
raided and searched 3 houses, from which they arrested 3 civilians, including a
child, and took them to an unknown destination. 
The detainees were identified as: Yousif Khalil Ahmed al-‘Ezah (15);
Ibrahim Fawzi Hamed al-‘Ezah (12); and Baraa’ Ramzi Ahmed Qawasmah (18).  A number of Palestinian boys then gathered and
threwstones at the Israeli soldiers, who in response fired sound bombs and tear
gas canisters at them.  As a result, some
of the demonstrators suffered tear gas inhalation.

 

Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Beit
Ummar village, north of Hebron.  They
patrolled the streets and then raided and searched a house belonging to the family
of Safwat Samir ‘Eish Ikhlayel (18).  The
Israeli soldiers arrested the aforementioned civilian and took him to an
unknown destination.

 

At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into
Jenin.  They patrolled the streets when
young men gathered to throw stones and Molotov Cocktails at them.  The Israeli soldiers in response fired sound
bombs and tear gas canisters at the stone throwers and fired live bullets in
the air.  The Israeli soldiers then
stationed in the vicinity of Jenin refugee camp adjacent to the city and closed
all the entrances to it.  The Israeli
snipers deployed on the roofs of the high buildings in the vicinity of the camp
after turning those roofs into military observation points.  Meanwhile, the Israeli soldiers surrounded a
house belonging to Qays Mazen ‘Abdulatif al-Sa’adi (23), a member of the Hamas
military wing “al-Qassam Brigades” and who is also wanted for the Palestinian
security services, and then raided and searched it.  However, the aforementioned person was not in
the house.  The Israeli soldiers
questioned the house residents while other Israeli soldiers were raiding the
houses of al-Sa’adi’s relatives.  The
Israeli forces managed to arrest al-Sa’adi and took him to an unknown
destination as he was in the house of his brother-in-law, Qasem Abu
‘Abeid.  The Israeli soldiers then raided
a house belonging to the family of Bassam Ragheb ‘Abdel Rahman al-Sa’adi (53)
in Barqin Street, north of the refugee camp, but they found none in the house
as the aforementioned person is wanted for them and his wife has been detained
by Israeli forces.  Moreover, his sons
are wanted for the Palestinian security services and some of them are wanted
for the Israeli forces.  The Israeli
soldiers then raided houses of his relatives, including his son, ‘Ezz al-Din
(27); His brothers, Ahmed (45) and Qasem (58); and his nephew, Rabi’a (31).  The owners of the raided houses said to a
PCHR fieldworker that Israeli forces raided their houses after blowing up the
entrances, destroyed their belongings and questioned the residents.  At approximately 06:00, an armed clash broke
out between the Israeli soldiers and some resistance activists after the
Israeli soldiers had destroyed the gate of Jenin Governmental Hospital and
thrown sound bombs and tear gas canisters inside it.

 

Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Yatta
town, south of Hebron.  They patrolled
the streets and then raided and searched a house belonging to the family of
Najeh Shehdah Abu Qabitah (30).  The
Israeli forces arrested the aforementioned person and took him to an unknown
destination.

 

At approximately 10:00, Israeli forces arrested Ahmed
‘Issa ‘Ali Safi Sleibi (18) from Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron, when he
went for an interview with the Israeli intelligence in “Ghosh ‘Atsyon”
settlement, south of Bethlehem.

 

Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Beit
‘Aor al-Tahta, southwest of Ramallah. 
They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  No arrests were reported.

 

Also around the same time, Israeli forces moved into
Shaqba village, northwest of Ramallah. 
They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  No arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 11:00, Israeli forces moved into
al-Tabaqah village, south of Dura, southwest of Hebron.  They patrolled the streets for some time and
then stationed in al-Beid neighbourhood. 
They raided and searched a number of houses, some of which belong to Ziad
Badawi Abu Za’anounah; Yaser Badawi Hamdan Abu Za’anounah; Badawi Hamdan Abu
Za’anounah; and Ahmed Ibrahim al-Atrash. 
The Israeli forces withdrew later, and no arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 11:30, Israeli forces moved into
Far’one village, south of Tulkarm.  They
patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

At approximately 13:30, Israeli forces moved into the
centre of Yatta town, south of Hebron. 
They deployed between the shops when some Palestinian boys gathered to
throw stones and empty bottles at the Israeli soldiers.  The Israeli soldiers in response fired sound
bombs and tear gas canisters randomly at the stone-throwers. As a result, some
civilians suffered tear gas inhalation. 
The Israeli forces then patrolled the streets to Khelet al-Mayeh area to
the east of the city.  They then raided
and searched a house belonging to ‘Azzam Ahmed Abu Rajab.  The Israeli forces withdrew later, and no
arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 21:00, Israeli gunboats stationed off
Khan Younis shore in the southern Gaza Strip sporadically opened fire in the
vicinity of the Palestinian fishing boats and chased fishermen.  No injuries were reported as the fishermen
were forced to flee away for fear of being injured or arrested or their boats
being damaged.

 

At approximately 22:00, Israeli navy forces arrested
two fishermen; Ramez Sa’adi Mohammed Jom’aah (29), and ‘Emad al-Din Khalil
Ahmed Mansour (24), both from Tal al-Sultan neighbourhood, west of Rafah in the
southern Gaza Strip.  Ibrahim ‘Adel Mtawe’a
Meqdad (19) said that the Israeli gunboats chased around 50 fishing boats
sailing with 2.5 nautical miles in Rafah waters and opened fire at two fishing
boats; one of which belongs to the two aforementioned fishermen and other belongs
to their father.  There was fishing
equipment (two generators and 12 torches) on the boat.  The Israeli forces took the fishing boats to
an unknown destination.

 

Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Bani
Na’im village, east of Hebron.  They
patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into
Zaboubah village, northwest of Jenin. 
They patrolled the streets when some Palestinian boys gathered to throw
stones at the Israeli vehicles.  The
Israeli soldiers in response fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the
stone throwers.  Israeli forces withdrew
later, and neither further incidents nor arrests were reported.

 

 

Wednesday, 21
May 2014

 

At approximately 00:00, Israeli forces moved into Deir
Samit village, southwest of Dura, southwest of Hebron. They patrolled the
streets for some time and withdrew later. 
Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Shweikah
suburb, north of Tulkarm.  They patrolled
the streets for some time and withdrew later. 
Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into
al-Yamoun village, northwest of Jenin. 
They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither further incidents nor arrests were
reported.

 

Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into ‘Alar
village, northeast of Tulkarm.  They
patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

At
approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Silet al-Harithiyah village,
north of Jenin.  They patrolled the
streets and then raided and searched a number of houses, from which they
arrested 3 civilians and took them to an unknown destination.  The arrested were identified as Khaled ‘Abdel
‘Aziz Jaradat (35); Basim Soliman Jaradat (26); and ‘Enad Mohammed Mahmoud Abu
al-Kheir (27).

 

At
approximately 04:00, Israeli forces moved into ‘Atil village, north of
Tulkarm.  They patrolled the streets and
then raided and searched a house belonging to the family of ‘Eqab Zuhair
al-‘Eteili (38), who they questioned on the spot.  Israeli forces withdrew later, and neither
further incidents nor arrests were reported.

 

At
approximately 05:50, Israeli forces backed by 4 military bulldozers from the
military Kissufim gate moved 200 meters into the east of al-Qararah village,
east of Khan Younis.  They levelled parts
of the area and fired smoke artillery shells, some of which fell in the east of
al-Qararah while others fell on al-Kurd hill, east of al-Salqa valley, east of
Deir al-Balah.  No injuries were
reported.  At approximately 09:00, they
re-deployed along the border fence and after half an hour moved into east of
al-Qararah.  They levelled parts of the
area along the border fence to the south and to the east of ‘Abasan.  At approximately 12:15, when the Israeli
forces re-deployed along the border fence, they opened fire at the agricultural
fields. As a result, Ahmed ‘Abdel Jawad al-fara (24) was lightly wounded by a
bullet to the head when he was in an agricultural field 300 meters away from
the border.  The wounded person was then
taken to the European Gaza Hospital, where medical sources described his wound
as minor.

 

At
approximately 11:45, Israeli forces stationed along the border between the Gaza
Strip and Israel opened fire and fired smoke shells at the agricultural fields
to the southeast of Abu Reidah neighbourhood, east of Khza’ah in the east of
Khan Younis.  As a result, 15-dunum
fields belonging to Abu T’eimah family were on fire.  Those fields were planted with wheat and
located 350-400 meters away from the border. 
The Civil Defence crews immediately headed to the area and extinguished
the fire.  However, many tracts of those
fields were damaged.

 

At
approximately 15:00, Israeli forces moved into Bab al-Zawiyah area in the
centre of Hebron.  They deployed between
the shops causing fear among civilians who were there.  A number of Palestinian boys gathered to
throw stones and empty bottles at the Israeli soldiers, who in response fired
sound bombs and tear gas canisters randomly at the boys and civilians.  As a result, some of the civilians suffer
tear gas inhalation.

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 organised 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, a 19-year-old protester sustained a rubber-coated metal bullet
wound to the side during Kofur Qaddoum weekly protest, northeast of Qalqilya.
Moreover, dozens of civilians suffered tear gas inhalation and others sustained
bruises as they were beaten up by Israeli soldiers in different weekly protests
throughout the West Bank.

 

In the same context, in excessive use of force,
Israeli forces killed 2 Palestinian children and wounded 9 others, including 2
children and a photojournalist, during 2 protests near Ofer detention facility,
west of Ramallah.

 

 

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

 

Demonstrations against the construction of the
annexation wall and settlement activity

 

Following the Friday Prayer, 16 May 2014, dozens of
Palestinian civilians and international and Israeli human rights defenders
organised a peaceful demonstration in Bil’in, west of Ramallah, in protest at
the construction of the annexation wall and settlement activities.
Demonstrators took the streets raising the Palestinian flags and headed to the
liberated territories near the annexation wall. Israeli forces 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 skunk water 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.

 

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. 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. Demonstrators
made their way in the streets raising the Palestinian flags and chanting
slogans against the occupation and in support of the Palestinian unity
resistance, 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.

 

At approximately 13:00, on the same day, a protest
organized by Palestinian civilians and international human rights activists
started in the centre of Kofur Qaddoum village, northeast of Qalqilya heading
to the eastern entrance of the village in protest at closing that entrance with
an iron gate since the beginning of al-Aqsa intifada. The protesters threw
stones at Israeli soldiers who heavily fired rubber-coated metal bullets, tear
gas canisters and sound bombs in response in order to prevent them from
approaching the gate. As a result, a 19-year-old protester sustained a
rubber-coated metal bullet wound to the side. In addition, many civilians
suffered tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises due to being beaten
up by Israeli soldiers.  

 

Other Demonstrations

 

In excessive use of force, on Thursday, 15 May 2014,
Israeli forces killed two Palestinian children and wounded 8 civilians,
including a child who was in a serious condition, near “’Ofer” Prison, west of Ramallah.  The two children were killed while
participating in a demonstration organized in commemoration of the 66th
anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba (the uprooting of the Palestinian people
from their lands in 1948) in front of the aforementioned prison.

 

According to investigations conducted by PCHR and
eyewitnesses’ accounts, on Thursday morning, 15 May 2014, dozens of Palestinian
civilians and students from Ramallah and al-Bireh gathered in the vicinity of
Ofer Prison, west of Ramallah, to organize a demonstration commemorating the
66th anniversary of Nakba.  The
demonstrators headed towards the prison’s gate, so Israeli forces closed it and
large numbers of them were deployed in the vicinity of the prison.  The demonstrators set fire to rubber tires
and threw stones and empty bottles at the Israeli soldiers who immediately
fired live ammunition, rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas canisters and
sound bombs at them.  As a result, two
children were killed and 8 civilians, including a child, were wounded.  Of those wounded was Mohammed ‘Abdullah
‘Azzah (14) who sustained a serious bullet wound to the back.

The two children who were killed were identified as:

1. Nadim Ahmed Nowarah (17), a student at the
Evangelical School in Ramallah, from South Mazra’a village, northwest of
Ramallah, hit by a bullet to the chest; he was transferred by the medical crews
to Palestine Governmental Medical Complex in the city, where he underwent a
surgery, but doctors’ efforts failed to save his life.

2. Mohammed Mahmoud ‘Odah Abu Thaher (17), a student
from Abu Shkhaidem village, northwest of Ramallah, hit by a bullet to the
heart.  The killed was a student at the
village school.

The other four injured persons were as follows:

1. The first one (28), hit by a metal bullet to the
chest;

2. The second one (20, hit by a bullet to the left leg;

3. The third one (18), hit by a bullet to the right
thigh; and

4. The fourth one (24), hit by a bullet to the right arm.

(PCHR keeps the names of the four injured persons)

 

At approximately 10:00, dozens of Palestinian
civilians and international human rights defenders as well as the residents of
al-Waljah village gathered to organize a peaceful demonstration protesting
against the wall and settlements and in commemoration of al-Nakbah.  The demonstrators roamed the village streets
and raised the Palestinian flags heading towards the agricultural lands
threatened with confiscation for the establishment of the annexation wall in
‘Ein Jweizah area.  A large Israeli force
arrived at the area, where soldiers were deployed in the vicinity of it, fired
tear gas canisters and sound bombs at the demonstrators and chased them into
the olive fields.  As a result, a number
of civilians suffered tear gas inhalation, and others sustained bruises due to
being beaten up by the Israeli soldiers. 
No arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 11:00, dozens of Palestinian
civilians and foreign activists gathered in the south of Bethlehem to organize
a peaceful demonstration protesting against the wall and settlements and in
commemoration of Palestinian Nakba.  The
demonstrators roamed the streets of al-Ma’asrah village and then headed towards
the annexation wall.  Israeli forces
arrived and deployed in the area.  They
prevented the demonstrators from proceeding and beat them up.  As a result, a number of them sustained
bruises.  Meanwhile, other Israeli
soldiers fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the demonstrators.  As a result, a number of them suffered tear
gas inhalation.

 

Following the Friday Prayer, 16 May 2014, dozens of
Palestinian angry young men from all over the West Bank cities fathered in the
vicinity of ‘Ofer Prison, southwest of Ramallah, after the funeral procession of
Mohammed Salamah Abu Thaher (17) and Nadim Nowarah (17), who both were killed
by the Israeli soldiers in the demonstration organized in commemoration of the
66th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba in front of the
aforementioned prison.  The demonstrators
headed towards the prison gate, so the Israeli soldiers closed it and large
numbers of them deployed in the vicinity of it. 
The demonstrators set fire to rubber tires and threw stones and empty
bottles at the Israeli soldiers who immediately fired live ammunition,
rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs at them.  As a result, 4 civilians, including a child
and a journalist, were wounded.  3 of
them were taken by the medical staffs to the Palestine Medical Complex in the
city.  Moreover, a number of the
demonstrators suffered tear gas inhalation.

The wounded persons were identified as follows:

1.  Karim Nemer
Khalil Abu ‘Eishah (14), hit by a metal bullet to the left side of his chest;

2. ‘Esam Huda Sa’id al-Asmar (al-Rimawi) (30), a
photojournalist at al-Hayat al-Jadidah Newspaper, hit by a metal bullet to the
left hand and was targeted directly and deliberately;

3. A civilian (21), hit by a metal bullet to the left
leg; and

4. A civilian (21), hit by a metal bullet to the right
foot.

(PCHR keeps the names of the four injured persons)

 

At approximately 11:00 on Saturday, 17 May 2014, the
Popular Committee against the Wall and Settlements and international activists
organized a peaceful demonstration in solidarity with the prisoners on hunger
strike and in commemoration of the Palestinian Nakba a the entrance of Beit
Ummar village, north of Hebron.  Israeli
military jeeps moved into the area and deployed along the main street in front
of the village.  They beat the demonstrators
up and fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them.  As a result, a number of them suffered tear
gas inhalation.  The Israeli soldiers
also arrested 3 demonstrators and took them to an unknown destination.  The detainees were identified as: Ahmed
Yousif Abu Hashim (46); Yousif Abu Mariah (40); and an international activist
named “Copy”.

 

 

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.

 

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.

 

The Egyptian authorities allow the
population of the Gaza Strip to travel via Rafah International crossing, which connects
the Gaza Strip with the outside world. 
Only limited and specified categories are allowed, including patients,
students, persons that hold residencies in Egypt or abroad, men over 40 years,
females in all ages, children under 18, persons who hold Arab and foreign
nationalities, and members of Arab and international humanitarian
delegations.  Supposedly the crossing
opens seven days a week.  Nowadays, the
crossing is overcrowded due to the prolonged procedures from the Egyptian side,
particularly after closing it for several days over the past weeks due to
Egypt’s security conditions, which has affected the travelers’ movement in both
directions.

Movement at Karm Abu Salem (Kerem
Shalom) Crossing

 

Date

Imports

Category

Amount

Tons

Number

Liters

01 May 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foodstuffs

1,308

Agricultural materials

2,020

Various goods

Eggs

Cartons of clothes

Marble boards

Refrigerators

Solar Panels

Gas cylinders

Cows

Sheep

Tiers

Photocopiers

Washing machines

Gypsum boards

1,177

 

320,000

650

951

132

868

620

632

107

886

60

100

540

Humanitarian aid

4,087

Cooking gas

256.590

Benzene

219,610

Diesel

281,100

Industrial diesel

495,005

07 May 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foodstuffs

854

Agricultural materials

1,676

Various goods

Cartons of clothes

Refrigerators

Electricity poles

Marble boards

Fans

Solar panels

Washing machines

Cartons of
shoes

858

 

1,306

232

66

407

450

119

214

2,666

Humanitarian aid

4,375

Cooking gas

266.960

Benzene

145,997

Diesel

318,227

Industrial diesel

428,010

08 May 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foodstuffs

893

Agricultural materials

1,550

Various goods

Cartons of clothes

Marble boards

Refrigerators

Glass boards

Solar panels

Tiers

Cows

Generators

743

 

823

315

148

1,155

88

1,160

272

176

Humanitarian aid

2,515

Cooking gas

269.070

Benzene

177,000

Diesel

324,534

Industrial diesel

358,633

11 May 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foodstuffs

1,102

Agricultural materials

2,434

Various goods

Cartons of clothes

Marble boards

Refrigerators

Generators

Air conditioners

Cows

Glass boards

Solar panels

Washing machines

Televisions

Gypsum boards

Cartons of
shoes

Pampers

Full bakery

Jerusalem Stone

Gas cylinders

Fans

749

 

712

286

476

240

214

70

640

315

176

136

847

749

3,000

1

700

449

429

Humanitarian aid

3,284

Cooking gas

269.550

Benzene

333,000

Diesel

567,600

Industrial diesel

421,578

Diesel (UNRWA)

105,216

12 May 2014

Foodstuffs

1,241

Agricultural materials

1,096

Various goods

Eggs

Cartons of clothes

Refrigerators

Air Conditioners

Cows

Marble boards

Batteries

Fans

Cartons of shoes

659

 

80,000

123

68

110

520

1,182

4,800

1,000

552

Humanitarian aid

402

Cooking gas

283.370

Benzene

216,000

Diesel

466,510

Industrial diesel

268,370

Diesel (UNRWA)

144,230

 13 May 2014

 

 

Foodstuffs

1,352

Agricultural materials

1,584

Various goods

Eggs

Cartons of clothes

Marble boards

Refrigerators

Glass boards

Generators

Photocopiers

Gas Cylinders

Cartons of shoes

Cows

900

 

131,500

1,240

471

174

520

11

8

720

1,084

379

Humanitarian aid

438

Cooking gas

269.650

Benzene

330,007

Diesel

567,650

Industrial diesel

422,450

Diesel (UNRWA)

111,000

14
May 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foodstuffs

1,001

Agricultural materials

1,262

Various goods

Eggs

Cartons of clothes

Refrigerators

Electricity poles

Generators

Air conditioners

Cows

Water tanks

Marble boards

Glass boards

Gas Cylinders

Batteries

Tiers

Cartons of shoes

1,188

 

200,000

498

146

140

350

122

278

430

1,279

520

720

1,530

1,116

1,150

Humanitarian aid

3,498

Cooking gas

266.560

Benzene

252,500

Diesel

577,500

Industrial diesel

327,984

15 May 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foodstuffs

1,375

Agricultural
materials

1,652

Various
goods

Eggs

Cartons
of clothes

Refrigerators

Generators

Cows

Water
tanks

Washing
machines

Televises

Tiers

Cartons
of shoes

Cartons
of computer

Marble
boards 

742

 

131,500

865

128

756

285

248

600

155

900

1,400

520

537

Humanitarian
aid

1,358

Cooking
gas

267.680

Benzene

216,000

Diesel

477,516

Industrial
diesel

310,058

16 May 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foodstuffs

1,068

Agricultural materials

1,560

Various goods

Cartons of cloths

Marble boards

Solar panels

Washing machines

Tiers

Fans

Cartons of aluminum supplies

Chairs

Cartons of shoes

884

 

806

911

130

96

2,146

2,016

1,363

 

455

1,254

Humanitarian aid

929

Cooking gas

268.470

Benzene

214,000

Diesel

429,610

Industrial diesel

397,005

 

Exports:

 

On
Thursday, 08 May 2014, Israeli forces allowed the exportation of 228 kilograms
of garlic leaves and 180 kilograms of mint.

On
Sunday, 11 May 2014, Israeli forces allowed the exportation of 9 tons of
biscuits.

On
Monday, 12 May 2014, Israeli forces allowed the exportation of 230 kilograms of
garlic leaves and 180 kilograms of mints.

On
Monday, 19 May 2014, Israeli forces allowed the exportation of 228 kilograms of
onion leaves and 180 kilograms of mint.

Other Imports:

On
Thursday, 01 May 2014, Israeli forces allowed the entry of 3876 tons of
construction aggregate, 20 tons of cement and 195 tons of construction steel
for the UNRWA.  They also allowed the
entry of 1106 tons of wheat and 252 tons of fodders.

 

On
Wednesday, 07 May 2014, Israeli forces allowed the entry of 3224 tons of
construction aggregate, 539 tons of cement and 34 tons of construction steel
for the UNRWA.   They also allowed the entry of 844 tons of
fodders and 551 tons of wheat.

 

On
Thursday, 08 May 2014, Israeli forces allowed the entry of 2415 tons of
construction aggregate, 80 tons of cement for the UNRWA.   They also allowed the entry of 947 tons of
fodders and 350 tons of wheat.

 

On
Sunday, 11 May 2014, Israeli forces allowed the entry of 2074 tons of
construction aggregate, 220 tons of cement, 41 tons of construction steel and
30 tons of white cement for the UNRWA.  
They also allowed the entry of 1525 tons of fodders and 438 tons of
wheat.

On
Monday, 12 May 2014, Israeli forces allowed the entry of 488 tons of fodders
and 87 tons of wheat.

On
Tuesday, 13 May 2014, Israeli forces allowed the entry of 962 tons of fodders
and 410 tons of wheat.

On
Wednesday, 14 May 2014, Israeli forces allowed the entry of 2668 tons of
construction aggregate, 396 tons of cement for the UNRWA.   They also allowed the entry of 726 tons of
fodders and 412 tons of wheat.

On
Thursday, 15 May 2014, Israeli forces allowed the entry of 1024 tons of
construction aggregate for the UNRWA.  
They also allowed the entry of 937 tons of fodders and 540 tons of
wheat.

On
Monday, 19 May 2014, Israeli forces allowed the entry of 420 tons of cement for
the UNRWA.   They also allowed the entry
of 619 tons of fodders and 490 tons of wheat.

 

 

Empty Plastic
Containers Returned to Israel via Karm Abu Salem

 

On
Thursday, 01 May 2014, Israeli forces allowed 4 truckloads of empty plastic
containers to be returned via Karm Abu Salem.

On
Wednesday, 07 May 2014, Israeli forces allowed 3 truckloads of empty plastic
containers to be returned via Karm Abu Salem.

On
Thursday, 08 May 2014, Israeli forces allowed 3 truckloads of empty plastic
containers, two truckloads of cartons of woods and a truckload of oxygen pipes to
be returned via Karm Abu Salem.

On
Sunday, 11 May 2014, Israeli forces allowed 5 truckloads of empty plastic
containers to be returned via Karm Abu Salem.

On
Monday, 12 May 2014, Israeli forces allowed 2 truckloads of empty plastic containers
and a truckload of cartons of wood to be returned via Karm Abu Salem.

On
Tuesday, 13 May 2014, Israeli forces allowed 5 truckloads of empty plastic
containers to be returned via Karm Abu Salem.

On
Monday, 19 May 2014, Israeli forces allowed 4 truckloads of empty plastic
containers to be returned via Karm Abu Salem.

 

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

14 – 20 May 2014

 

Category

14 May

15 May

16 May

17 May

18 May

19 May

20 May

Patients

49

38

2

85

75

93

Companions

49

41

2

81

68

92

Personal
needs

63

58

2

57

48

50

Families of
prisoners

73

Arabs from
Israel

4

5

9

10

4

Diplomats

International
journalists

International
workers

27

46

9

10

18

18

Deceased

Travelers
abroad

2

1

Business
people

109

112

134

133

120

Business
meetings

Security
interviews

2

1

1

7

VIPs

3

1

1

Ambulances to
Israel

3

6

1

3

5

6

 

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

 

· Hebron: Israeli forces have continued to
impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.  At approximately 07:00 on Thursday,
15
May 2014
, Israeli
forces established a checkpoint at the entrance of Ezna village, west of Hebron
and another one at the entrance of the city. 
At approximately 08:00, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the
entrance of al-Fawwar refugee camp. All checkpoints were removed later, and no
arrests were reported.

 

At
approximately 07:30 on Friday,
16 May 2014,
Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance of Sa’ir village, east
of Hebron.  Around the same time, another
checkpoint was established at the entrance of al-‘Arroub refugee camp, north of
the city. All checkpoints were removed later, and no arrests were reported.

 

At
approximately 08:00 on Saturday, 17 May 2014, Israeli forces established a
checkpoint at the entrance of al-Shyoukh village, east of Hebron.  At approximately 16:00, another checkpoint
was established at the northern entrance of Hebron. 

 

At
approximately 19:00 on Sunday, 18 May 2014, Israeli forces established a
checkpoint at the entrance of Beit ‘Ainoon village, east of Hebron. The
checkpoint was removed later, and no arrests were reported.

 

At
approximately 16:00 on Monday, 19 May 2014, Israeli forces established a
checkpoint at the entrance of Beit Amr village, north of Hebron. The checkpoint
was removed later, and no arrests were reported.

 

At
approximately 07:00 on Tuesday,
20 May 2014, Israeli forces established a
checkpoint at the entrance of Ezna village, west of Hebron. At approximately 16:00
on the aforementioned day, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the
entrance of Beit Amr village, north of Hebron. All checkpoints were removed
later, and no arrests were reported.

 

At
approximately 16:00 on Wednesday,
21 May 2014, Israeli forces established a
checkpoint at the entrance of Kharsa village, south of Doura, west of the city.
The checkpoint was removed later, and no arrests were reported.

 

 

Ramallah: 
Israeli forces have continued to impose severe restrictions on the
movement of Palestinian civilians.  At
approximately 10:00 on Thursday, 15 May 2014, Israeli forces established a
checkpoint at the road between Serda and Ain Qinia villages, north of Ramallah.
At approximately 13:30, a similar checkpoint was established at the entrance of
Ni’lin village, west of the city. All checkpoints were removed later, and no
arrests were reported.

 

 

At approximately 10:00 on Friday, 16 May 2014, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the
entrance of al-Nabi Saleh village, east of the city. The checkpoint was removed
later, and no arrests were
reported.

 

At
approximately 18:00 on Saturday, 17 May 2014, Israeli forces established a
checkpoint near the intersection of Beit O’re al-Foqa, southeast of Ramallah.
At approximately 20:30, another checkpoint was established under the bridge of
Kherbtha al-Mesbah village, southwest of the city. All checkpoints were removed
later, and no arrests were reported.

 

At
approximately 20:30 on Sunday, 18 May 2014, Israeli forces established a
checkpoint at the eastern entrance of al-Tiba village, northeast of the city.
The checkpoint was removed later, and no arrests were reported.

 

At
approximately 22:00 on Monday, 19 May 2014, Israeli forces established a
checkpoint at the entrance of Singil village, north of the city. The checkpoint
was removed later, and no arrests were reported.

 

At
approximately 10:00 on Tuesday, 20 May 2014, Israeli forces established a
checkpoint at the entrance of Deir Nizam village, northwest of the city. At
approximately 14:00 on the same day, Israeli forces established a checkpoint
near the intersection of Beit O’re al-Foqa, southeast of the city. The
checkpoint was removed later, and no arrests were reported.

 

Bethlehem: Israeli forces have continued to
impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.  At approximately 16:00 on Thursday, 15 May
2014, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance of the road
between al-Obidia village and Beit Sahour, north of Bethlehem.  The checkpoint was removed later, and no
arrests were reported.

 

At approximately
08:00 on Tuesday, 13 May 2014, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the
entrance of Taqou’a village, southeast of Bethlehem.  The checkpoint was removed later, and no
arrests were reported.

 

At
approximately 7:00 on Saturday, 17 May 2014, Israeli forces established a
checkpoint at the entrance of Batir village, north of the city. The checkpoint
was removed later, 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 Saturday, 15 May
2014, Israeli forces established a checkpoint near the entrance of Fasayel
village, north of Jericho.  The
checkpoint was removed later, and no arrests were reported.

 

At
approximately 19:00 on Saturday, 17 May 2014, another checkpoint was
established near the southern entrance of Jericho and prevented civilians from
entering or leaving through it. The checkpoint was removed later, and no
arrests were reported.

 

At
approximately 10:00 on Monday, 19 May 2014, Israeli forces established a
checkpoint at the southern entrance of the city. The checkpoint was removed
later, and no arrests were reported.

 

At
approximately 09:30 on Tuesday, 20 May 2014, Israeli forces established a
checkpoint at the entrance of al-Zubeidat village, north of the city. At
approximately 19:00, a similar checkpoint was established near the southern
entrance of the city. All checkpoints were removed later, and no arrests were
reported.

 

 

· Jenin: 
Israeli forces have continued to impose severe restrictions on the
movement of Palestinian civilians.  At
approximately 16:00 on Sunday, 18 May 2014, Israeli forces established a
checkpoint on the road between Kafer Dan and al-Yamoun villages, north of
Jenin. The checkpoint was removed later, and no arrests were reported.

 

· Qalqilya: 
Israeli forces have continued to impose severe restrictions on the
movement of Palestinian civilians.  At approximately
10:10 on Friday, 16 May 2014, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the
northern entrance of ‘Azoun village, east of Qalqilya.  At approximately 12:40, another checkpoint
was established at the northern entrance of Jinasfout villages, east of the
city. The two checkpoints were removed later, and no arrests were reported.

 

At
approximately 09:45 on Saturday, 17 May 2014, Israeli forces established a
checkpoint at the eastern entrance of Qalqilya. 
At approximately 20:45, a similar checkpoint was established at the
northern entrance of ‘Azoun village, east of Qalqilya. At approximately 21:30,
the checkpoint was remove.  At
approximately 21:20, checkpoint was established at the northern entrance of
Jinasfout villages, east of the city. At approximately 23:50, the checkpoint
was removed, and no arrests were reported.

 

At
approximately 22:30 on Sunday, 18 May 2014, Israeli forces established a
checkpoint on the road between ‘Azoun and Jayyous villages, east of the city.
At approximately 19:00, a similar checkpoint was established at the entrance of
Kafr Qaddum, northeast of the city. The two checkpoints were removed later, and
no arrests were reported.

 

At
approximately 19:00 on Monday, 19 May 2014, Israeli forces established a
checkpoint at the eastern entrance of the city. At approximately 19:45, a
similar checkpoint was established at the northern entrance of ‘Azoun village, east
of Qalqilya. The two checkpoints were removed later, and no arrests were
reported.

 

· Nablus:  Israeli forces have continued to impose severe
restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.  Late on Monday, 15 May 2014, Israeli forces
closed Hawarah checkpoint at the southern entrance of the city. An hour late,
Israeli forces re-opened the crossing.

 

· Salfit: 
Israeli forces have continued to impose severe restrictions on the
movement of Palestinian civilians. 

 

 

· Tulkarm: 
Israeli forces have continued to impose severe restrictions on the
movement of Palestinian civilians.  At
approximately 08:00 on Thursday, 15 May 2014, Israeli forces stationed at ‘Inab
checkpoint on the main road between Tulkarm and Nablus, east of Tulkarm tightened
restrictions against Palestinian and obstructed their movement. The tightening
ended later and no arrests were reported.  At approximately 14:00 on the aforementioned
day, Israeli forces established a checkpoint on the road between ‘Ezbet Shofah
and Shofah villages, southeast of Tulkarm. The checkpoint was removed later,
and no arrests were reported.

 

At
approximately 09:00 on Friday, 16 May 2014, Israeli forces stationed at ‘Inab
checkpoint on the main road between Tulkarm and Nablus, east of Tulkarm tightened
restrictions against Palestinian and obstructed their movement. The tightening
ended later and no arrests were reported.  

 

At
approximately 21:00 on Saturday, 17 May 2014, Israeli forces stationed at ‘Inab
checkpoint on the main road between Tulkarm and Nablus, east of Tulkarm tightened
restrictions against Palestinians and obstructed their movement. The tightening
ended later and no arrests were reported.  Around the same time, Israeli forces
established a checkpoint on the main road between Tulkarm and Nablus near the intersection
of Beit Leed village, east of Tulkarm. The checkpoint was removed later, and no
arrests were reported.

 

 

Arrests and Maltreatment at Military
Checkpoints

 

At approximately
12:30 on Friday, 16 May 2014,
Israeli forces arrested two children from Salfit,
when they were on the main road leading to Qalqilya near Ariel settlement,
north of the city. The children, who were later taken to an unknown
destination, were identified as:

1. Omar Samir Rushdy
(16); and

2. Mohammed Zahed Zahed
(16).

 

At approximately 19:00
on the aforementioned day, Israeli forces stationed at Hawarah checkpoint,
south of Nablus, arrested Rabie Bassam ‘Aweis (25), from Balatah refugee camp,
east of the city, and took him to an unknown destination. Eyewitnesses said
that ‘Aweis was on his way back home.  He
and 3 others were travelling in a vehicle to Hawarah checkpoint when the
Israeli soldiers stopped their car and arrested them.  Two of the detainees, Saber Hashash and ‘Issa
al-Mseimi, were later released, but ‘Aweis was kept under arrest. It should be
noted that ‘Aweis is a former prisoner who spent 3 years in the Israeli jails.

 

At approximately
09:00 on Monday, 19 May 2014, Israeli soldiers deployed in the neighborhoods of
the Old City in Hebron, arrested Abdel Rahman Ziad Abu Rmeila (15) and ‘Odai Waleed
Jaber (15) and took them to Ja’abrah police station in the centre of the old
city. 

 

At approximately
09:00 on the aforementioned day, Israeli soldiers deployed in the neighborhoods
of the Old City in Hebron, arrested Abdel Rahman Ziad Abu Rmeila (15) and ‘Odai
Waleed Jaber (15) and took them to Ja’abrah police station in the centre of the
old city. 

 

At approximately 16:00
on the aforementioned day, Israeli forces stationed at Jab’a checkpoint, north
of Jerusalem, arrested Yousif Nidal Atta Mafarja (24) from Beit Luqia,
southwest of Ramallah. Mafarja, who is a student at al-Quds Abu Dees
University, was arrested when he was returning to his parents’ house in the
city and was then taken to Ofer prison, southwest of Ramallah.

 

At approximately
13:30 on Wednesday, 21 May 2014, Israeli infantry force arrested 3 children
playing near al-Hisba area, in the center of the Old City in Hebron. The
children, who were accused of throwing stones at Israeli soldiers and were taken
to Ja’bra police station, were identified as:

1. Nazir Ashraf Qufisha (9);

2. Obai Ashraf Qufisha (10); and

3. Ahmed Jamal Taha (8).

 

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

 

Attacks carried out by Israeli forces

 

At approximately
13:00 on Monday, 19 May 2014, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles and a
bulldozer moved into al-Ra’s neighborhood, west of Ezna village, west of
Hebron.  The Israeli soldiers deployed in
the area and prevented civilians’ movement. 
The Israeli bulldozers then removed a 1,550-meter-long network that
provides the area with electricity and was established by the Municipality of
Ezna to provide the western area of the village with electricity.

 

At approximately 09:00
on Tuesday, 19 May 2014, Israeli forces accompanied a vehicle belonging to the
construction and organization department in the Israeli Civil Administration
and 4 bulldozers moved into the agricultural lands in the vicinity of Nahalin
village, west of Bethlehem in Salem Valley area, east of the village.  The Israeli bulldozers leveled lands of an
area of 7 dunums planted with different kinds of trees under the pretext that
those lands were confiscated.  The
leveling included burying the trees after uprooting them and confiscating some
of them.  Around 500 trees aged between
10 to 20 years were uprooted.  These
lands are located in the vicinity of “Daniel” settlement established on the
confiscated lands in the village.  It
should be mentioned that the Israeli soldiers declared the area as a closed
military zone and prevented civilians from approaching this land.

 

Attacks carried out by settlers

On Thursday morning, 15 May 2014,
settlers from
“Bitar ‘Elit” settlement established on Palestinian lands, south of
Bethlehem, chopped and smashed branches of 20 grape vineyards and 10 olive
trees in addition to a number of apricot trees, which are less than two years
old.  Those trees belong to Raji ‘Abdel
‘Aziz Sbatin.  It should be mentioned
that the lands adjacent to the aforementioned settlement have been always
subjected to the settlers’ attacks in an attempt to seize them.

On Sunday early morning, 18 May 2014, a group of
settlers from “Kokhaf Hashaher” settlement established on the lands of Deir
Jarir and Kafr Malek villages, northeast of Ramallah, set fire to the Vicia
plants in Khelet al-Doud agricutural area near al-Tibah village and 9
kilometers away from the outskirts of Deir Jarir village.  The 1.5-dunum land belongs to ‘Abdel Karim
Mohammed Ahmed Abu Mokhoh.  It should be
mentioned that this plant is used as food for sheep.

At approximately 09:00 on Sunday, 18 May 2014, settlers
from “Sidi Bou’ez” outpost established on the Palestinian lands, south of
al-Khader village, southwest of Bethlehem, stormed the agricultural lands,
south of the village, performed religious rituals near a water spring.  The settlers later withdrew, and no attacks
were carried out against the civilians.

At approximately 13:00 on the same day, Israeli
forces backed by military vehicles and accompanied by vehicles belonging to
settlers moved into al-
Samou’a village, south of Hebron. 
They patrolled the streets and then stationed in the center of the village.  The Israeli soldiers deployed in the vicinity
of the Grand Mosque and prevented the movement of civilians.  A number of settlers stormed an archaeological
site in the center of the village and performed their religious rituals.  It should be mentioned that the settlers
usually roam in the vicinity of the area in the Jewish holidays each year and
perform their religious rituals there. 
They call the aforementioned site “Etshamoa’a”.

At approximately 11:00 on Monday, 19 May 2014, a
group of settlers from “Rafafa” settlement set fire to lands belonging to the
residents of Haris village, northwest of Salfit.  As a result, 20 olive, almond, fig and oak
trees, which belong to Ma’moun Mohammed Dawoud ‘Abdel Hamid, were damaged in
al-Wad al-Shami area.  Israeli forces
obstructed Palestinian firefighters from extinguishing the fire.

The son of the aforementioned, Amin Dawoud ‘Abdel
Hamid, said to a PCHR fieldworker that:

“At approximately 11:00 on Monday, 19 May 2014, when
my cousin was on his way back from Bedia village and as our land in al-Wad
al-Shami overlooks the main street, he saw fire coming from it.  He immediately called and told us that the
land, which we call Wadi Hamidah, was on fire. 
The land is located in al-Wad al-Shami area, north of Haris village,
adjacent to Rafafa settlement and only meters away from it.  Moreover, there is a kindergarten for the
Jewish kids near our land.  We
immediately headed there and made a lot of calls, one of which was with the
settlement security officer.  However, he
did not answer though we knew there was a fire department in Rafafa
settlement.  When we called the
Palestinian fire department in Bedia village, the Israeli forces obstructed the
firefighters’ access into the land and did not allow them to enter for 4
hours.  As a result, the fire increased
and the trees there were completely burnt. 
The smell of Benzene was all over the place, which proves that the
settlers used it to set fire deliberately. 
Moreover, we always plough the soil and clean it, so there is no grass
that would help setting fire accidently. 
However, we found out that it was a deliberate action due to the
attitude of the settlement security, which did not care about what happened at
all, as they had no problem seeing the land damaged.”

At approximately 16:00, Israeli forces backed by
military vehicles and accompanied by settlers’ vehicles from the settlements
established on the Palestinian lands confiscated from the eastern part of Yatta,
south of Hebron moved into al-Karmel area, esat of the city.  The Israeli soldiers deployed in the vicinity
of the village and prevented the movement of civilians.  The settlers bathed in an archeological water
pool and performed religious rituals.

 

 

 

 

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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