The
Jordan Valley – an Israeli soldier pointing his gun at an activist while
planting the confiscated lands. (AFP)

 

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

      

 

 

Israeli warplanes launched 9 airstrikes on civilian
targets and armed groups’ training sites in the Gaza Strip.

 

3 workshops in the northern Gaza Strip sustained extensive
damage.

 

7 civilian vehicles, 21 houses, a storehouse and a
water well sustained damage as well.

 

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

Israeli forces opened fire twice, but no casualties
were reported.

 

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

12 civilians, including 2 children and a journalist,
were wounded during 2 demonstrations in Ramallah.

 

2 Palestinian civilians, including a child, were
wounded in the northern and southern West Bank.

 

Israeli forces conducted 62 incursions into Palestinian
communities in the West Bank and 3 limited ones in the Gaza Strip.

 22 Palestinian
civilians, including 2 children, were arrested in the West Bank.

NIS 150,000 and 200 grams of jewellery were seized
from a house in Ethna village, west of Hebron.

 

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 5 Palestinian
civilians, including a child, were arrested at checkpoints in the West Bank.

 

Israeli navy forces continued targeting Palestinian
fishermen in the sea.

Israeli navy forces confiscated a boat and fishing
nets and opened fire at fishing boats in the sea.

 

Israel continued efforts to create Jewish majority in
the occupied East Jerusalem.

3 houses belonging to Bedouin families in al-Aizariya
village, east of the city, were demolished.

 

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

A barrack in the eastern Bart’a village in Jenin was
demolished.

Settlers cut off 650 grape seedlings in al-Khader
village in Bethlehem.

Windshield of a vehicle belonging to a journalist was
smashed near "Beit Eil" settlement, north of Ramallah.

 

Summary

 

Israeli violations of international law and
international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period
(03
– 09 April 2014
).

 

Shooting:

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces wounded 14
Palestinian civilians, including 3 children and a journalist, in the West Bank.
In the Gaza Strip, Israeli warplanes launched 9 airstrikes at civilian targets
and armed groups’ training sites in different areas, while Israeli forces committed
4 shooting incidents along the border fence between Israel and the Gaza Strip.
In addition, Israeli navy forces launched 8 attacks against Palestinian fishing
boats in the sea.     

                       

In the Gaza
Strip, Israeli forces escalated their attacks. They launched 9 airstrikes in
different areas, 2 shooting incidents along the border fence and 8 attacks
against Palestinian fishing boats.

 

On 04 and 05
April 2014, Israeli warplanes launched 9 airstrikes against civilian targets
and armed groups’ training sites throughout the Gaza Strip. As a result,
material damage was reported and 2 civilians, including a baby, were wounded.

 

On 05, 06
and 07 April 2014, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence between
Israel and the Gaza Strip opened fire at open areas and stone collectors, but
no casualties were reported.

 

In the
context of targeting Palestinian fishermen in the sea, Israeli navy forces
opened fire 8 times at Palestinian fishing boats on 03, 05, 06, 07 and 08 April
2014, but no casualties were reported. However, a fishing boat and fishing nets
were confiscated.  

 

In the West
Bank, 12 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children and a journalist, were
wounded during 2 demonstrations organized on 04 April 2014 in the vicinity of
Ofer detention facility, southwest of Ramallah, and at the western entrance of
Selwad village, northeast of the city.

 

Furthermore,
Israeli forces 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, dozens of civilians suffered tear gas inhalation
and others sustained bruises as they were beaten up by Israeli soldiers.

 

On 06 April
2014, a 17-year-old male was hit by a gas canister to the face when Israeli
forces moved into ‘Ayda refugee camp, north of Bethlehem.

 

On the same
day, a Palestinian civilian sustained a bullet wound after he threw a Molotov
cocktail at an Israeli military vehicle in Hawwara village, south of Nablus, as
Israeli soldiers opened fire at him.

 

Incursions:

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted
at least 62 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank. During
these incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 22 Palestinians, including 2
children.

 

On 07 April 2014, Israeli forces moved into Ethna
village, west of Hebron. They raided 2 houses belonging to 2 brothers. Israeli
forces seized NIS 150,000, cheques and 200 grams of jewellery from one of the
houses.

 

On 08 April 2014, Israeli forces moved into Bethlehem
and raided the Friendship Medical Center in the centre of the city. They
confiscated 3 PC sets and financial documents.

 

In the Gaza Strip, Israeli forces conducted 4
incursions on 07 and 08 April 2014 in different areas along the border fence.
They levelled lands and withdrew later.

 

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
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 at least 5 civilians, including a child, in the
West Bank.

 

Effort to create Jewish majority

Bulldozing Houses and Civilian Objects

On 03 April 2014, Israeli forces bulldozed residential
barracks and others to graze sheep belonging to al-Jahalin Bedouin tribe in
“al-Baba Mountain”, east of al-‘Izariyah village, east of Occupied
Jerusalem.  Three residential barracks made
of wood and tin belonging to the family of Mahmoud Ibrahim Jahalin and Salem
Kayed Jahalin.  The barracks are of areas
ranging between 120 square meters and 150 square meters.

 

New Settlement Projects

 

On 03 April 2014, “the Israeli Municipality’s District
Planning and Construction Committee” approved the “Kidem Complex” settlement
plan in the Old City in Occupied Jerusalem, which is in al-Magharbah Gate yard
at the entrance of Silwan, south of al-Aqsa Mosque.  Helwah Valley neighbourhood committee in
Silwan village said that this settlement project is funded and run by the
Israeli government and municipality as well as “Elad Settlement
Association”.  The committee added that
this project will isolate the residents of Silwan village from its natural
surrounding and the Old City in Jerusalem and will change the historic and
archaeological features of the village. 

Settlement activities

 

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

 

Attacks carried out by Israeli forces

On 04 April 2014,
Israeli forces backed by military vehicles and a bulldozer moved into Shweikah
suburb, north of Tulkarm.   They
stationed in al-Mahawdah neighborhood, west of the suburb, 20 meters away from
the annexation wall.

 

On 05 April 2014,
Israeli forces moved into the pastoral areas in al-Mosafer and Hathaline areas,
east of Yata, south of Hebron.  They
prevented Palestinian shepherds from grazing their sheep in the area and
insulted them with bad words.  They then
declared the area a closed military zone.

 

On 08 April 2014, Israeli
forces backed by military vehicles and a bulldozer moved into eastern Bart’aah
village, which is isolated from it surrounding due to the annexation wall, west
of Jenin.  They stationed in front of a
barrack belonging to Mohammed Ibrahim Qassem Qobha (44) used as a stone cutting
workshop.  Israeli forces then destroyed
the aforementioned barrack claiming that it was built without a construction license.

 

On 08 April 2014,
Israeli forces backed by 5 military vehicles and accompanied by a vehicle
belonging to the construction and organization department in the Israeli Civil
Administration and a GCB bulldozer moved into the agricultural lands in Farsh
al-Hawah area, west of Hebron. 

 

 

 

Attacks carried out by settlers

 

On 04 April 2014, a group of settlers from “Sidi
‘Eizer” outpost established on the Palestinian lands confiscated from the
southwestern area in al-Khader Village, south of Bethlehem, uprooted 350 grape
vines aged between 1 to 4 years and stole a number of them in addition to
stealing steel corners.  Settlers also
destroyed parts of walls of a 12-square-meter old room used by civilians to
store their agricultural tools in al-Shaghaf area, west of al-Khader village. 

 

On 05 April 2014, settlers from
“Daniel” settlement and “Sidi Bou’ez” outpost uprooted 300 grape vines
belonging to the heirs of Shawqi Mohammed Salah in Thaher al-Zayyah, southwest
of al-Khader village, south of Bethlehem.

 

On 06 April 2014, a group of settlers from “Beit Eil”
settlement, north of al-Bireh, threw stones at the Palestinian cars on the main
road adjacent to the aforementioned settlement. 
As a result, the rear windshield of a car belonging to Zaher Abu Hussein
(46), a journalist, was completely smashed.

 

On 07 April 2014, settlers from “Sousia” settlement
established on the Palestinian lands confiscated from east of Yata, south of
Hebron, entered their herds of sheep into the agricultural lands around the
settlement.  As a result, areas of the
lands planted with winter crops were damaged.

 

 

 

Israeli Violations
Documented during the Reporting Period (03 – 09 April 2014)

   

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

Thursday, 03 April 2014

 

At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces backed by four military
vehicles moved into al-Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron. They patrolled the
streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

  

At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into
Sourif village, northwest 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
Halhoul town, north of Hebron. They patrolled the streets and raided and
searched a house belonging to the family of Sa’ed Abed Mahmoud Zama’ra (24).  Israeli forces withdrew later, and no arrests
were reported.  

 

At approximately 15:00, Israeli navy forces confiscated
a boat belonging to Methqal Mohammed Ghazi Fares Baker (40), from al-Shati’
refugee camp in Gaza City, while he was sailing 4 nautical miles off
al-Sudaniya shore, west of Jabalia, in the northern Gaza Strip. The confiscated
boat has no engine. His owner left it with some torches on it to make the fish
gather around it to be fished. It should be noted this period witnesses a
remarkable increase in the quantity of Sardines, but Israeli navy forces
dragged them away.  Methqal Baker said to
a PCHR fieldworker that he received a phone call at approximately 15:00 on
Thursday, 03 April 2014, from the Palestinian navy police at Gaza seaport,
telling him they had seen an Israeli gunboat confiscating his boat. He added that
on board of the boat were 4 torches and 2 electrical generators and that he
left the boat in the sea on Tuesday, 01 April 2014. Baker said that he sails
everyday by another boat to fish and is used to leaving his boat within the
allowed area, especially as Israeli forces allowed the Palestinian fishermen to
sail up to 6 nautical miles.    

    

At approximately 16:30, Israeli forces moved into
‘Awarta village, southeast of Nablus. They patrolled the streets for some time
and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.

 

Friday, 04 April 2014

At approximately 01:15, an Israeli warplane fired 3
missiles at a forging workshop inside a barrack in al-Sekka Street in Jabalia
in the northern Gaza Strip. The workshop belongs to Mohammed Hassan Ali ‘Ouda.
As a result of the attack, the workshop and 2 vehicles belonging to the same
person sustained damage. In addition, another workshop belonging to Ahmed
Abdullah Mohammed Samour (62), from al-Saftawi neighbourhood in Jabalia,
sustained damage. Windows of 2 neighbouring houses were damaged as well, but no
casualties were reported.   

 

 

Around the
same time, an Israeli warplane fired 2 missiles at Bader training site
belonging to the Izziddin al-Qassam Brigades (the armed wing of Hamas
movement), south of Gaza City. No casualties were reported, but residents of
the area were frightened.  

 

At
approximately 01:20, an Israeli warplane fired 3 missiles at al-Salam car
workshop belonging to Mostafa ‘Awda Salim al-Hamrani (40) in Jabalia, in the
northern Gaza Strip. As a result, the workshop and 5 vehicles inside sustained
extensive damage. Of the damaged vehicles, 2 belong to the owner and the other
3 ones belong to other persons. The workshop caught fire and the Civil Defence
arrived to extinguish it. The damaged vehicles were:

1. A white Mitsubishi belonging to Naji Abu al-Qumbuz;

2. A white Daewoo belonging to Yusef al-‘Azzazi;

3. A gray Mercedes belonging to Mohammed Abu Za’bal; and

4. A white and a gray Mitsubishi vehicles belonging to
the workshop’s owner.

 

In addition,
a nearby aluminium workshop belonging to Khaled Khalil Mohammed Hejazi (52),
from Jabalia, sustained damage and windows of nearby houses were smashed, but
no casualties were reported.  

 

Around the
same time, an Israeli warplane fired 2 missiles at a training site belonging to
the National Security Forces near al-Shuhada’ intersection, south of Gaza City,
but no casualties were reported.

 

At
approximately 01:40, an Israeli warplane raided a piece of land in al-Mughraqa
village, in the central Gaza Strip. As a result, a baby and his uncle were
wounded while they were sleeping their house, as the windows smashed and
scattered over them. The wounded were taken to Shifa hospital in Gaza City to
receive the necessary medical treatment. Their wounds were minor. Moreover,
around 20 houses in the area sustained damage in their windows and doors.

The wounded were:

1. Mohammed Tamer Ramdan al-Tatar (5 months), wounded to
the head; and

2. Shadi Ramadan Yunis al-Tatar (31), wounded to the head
and shoulders.

 

At
approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into al-Zababda village, southeast of
Jenin. They raided a college housing and arrested Obaida Hamdi Abdul Samee’
al-Za’tari (22), from Hebron. They then raided a house belonging to the family
of Taha Najeh Lotfi Sharqawi (27). They questioned him and his brother Mahdi
(27) on the spot. Israeli forces withdrew later taking al-Za’tari to an unknown
destination.

 

At
approximately 03:30, Israeli forces moved into al-Hejrah village, east of
Doura, southwest of Hebron. They patrolled the streets for some time and
withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.  

 

At
approximately 14:30, Israeli forces moved into Ya’bas village, southwest of
Jenin. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither
house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At
approximately 15:00, Israeli forces moved into Ejja village, south of Jenin.
They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house
raids nor arrests were eported.

 

At
approximately 16:00, Israeli forces moved into Bab al-Zawiya area, in the
centre of Hebron. They deployed between the houses, where a number of
youngsters gathered and threw stones and empty bottles at Israeli soldiers, who
fired sound bombs, tear gas canisters and rubber-coated metal bullets in
response. As a result, a number of civilians suffered tear gas inhalation.
Israeli forces withdrew later, but no arrests were reported.

 

At
approximately 21:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Samou’ village, south of
Hebron. 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 Ethna village, west 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 Beit ‘Awwa village, west of Doura,
southwest of Hebron. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew
later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

Saturday, 05
April 2014

 

At
approximately 00:30, Israeli forces moved into Nouba village, west 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 ‘Ouja village, northeast of Jericho. They
patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. No arrests were
reported.

 

At
approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into a number of neighbourhoods in
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 Bitounia village, west of Hebron. They
patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor
arrests were reported.

 

At
approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Tafouh village, west of Hebron.
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 Sa’ir 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 Senjal village, north of Ramallah. They
patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor
arrests were reported.

 

In the
morning, Israeli gunboats confiscated 12 pieces of fishing nets within 3
nautical miles off Khan Yunis shore, in the southern Gaza Strip. These pieces
belong to the fisherman Hatem Jom’a Abu Salima (42), from the Swedish village,
in Rafah.

 

At
approximately 08:00, Israeli forces stationed at the border fence, east of Khan
Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip, opened fire at agricultural lands in Khuza’a
and Abassan. Fire was opened sporadically for an hour, but no casualties were
reported.

 

At
approximately 09:00, Israeli gunboats stationed northwest off Beit Lahia
village, in the northern Gaza Strip opened fire at fishing boats, sailing
within 3 nautical miles. As a result, the fishermen were frightened and sailed
back fearing of being of wounded or arrested.  Neither casualties nor material damage were
reported.

 

At
approximately 13:00, Israeli forces 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 15:00, Israeli forces moved into Hebron’s old town. They deployed
between the houses, where a number of youngsters threw stones at Israeli
soldiers who fired sound bombs in response. As a result,  a number of civilians suffered tear gas
inhalation, but no arrests were reported.

 

At
approximately 16:00, Israeli forces moved into Mothallath al-‘Aqaba area, south
of Doura, southwest of Hebron. They patrolled the streets and stationed in
al-Raj’i woodland. They also deployed in agricultural lands between al-Tabaqa
and Oyoun Abu Saif areas, where a number of youngsters 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, but no arrests were reported.

 

At
approximately 20:30, Israeli forces moved into Madama village, south of Nablus.
They raided and searched a number of houses, but no arrests were reported.

 

At
approximately 23:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Daheriya village, south of Hebron.
They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house
raids nor arrests were reported.

 

  Sunday, 06
April 2014

At
approximately 00:05, an Israeli warplane fired 2 missiles at an olive farmland
at the entrance of the industrial zone, southeast of Beit Hanoun, in the
northern Gaza Strip, belonging to the heirs of Ghazi Jamil Mohammed al-Shawwa,
from Gaza City. As a result, the explosion resulted in 2 big craters and
damaged 3 dunums of farmlands, olive trees and a water well.  

 

At approximately 00:25, an Israeli warplane
raided for the second time the abovementioned piece of land with 2 missiles. As
a result, about 1,000 square meters of agricultural lands were damaged and 100
olive trees were cut off. In addition, an abandoned storehouse and an asbestos-roofed
house sustained damage. The asbestos house is resided by a family consisting of
14 members, including 9 children, but no casualties were reported. Moreover,
the electricity cables were damaged causing a power outage in the northern Gaza
Strip.    

 

At approximately 00:35, an Israeli warplane
fired 2 missiles at an empty greenhouse, northwest of Khan Yunis, in the
southern Gaza Strip. The attack resulted in a big crater and some damage in the
place, but no casualties were reported.

 

At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces
moved into ‘Awarta village, southeast of Nablus. They raided houses belonging
to Mohammed Hekmat ‘Awwad;  Mojahed Derar
‘Awwad and Abdul Salam ‘Awwad. They handed them summonses to refer to the
Israeli intelligence service in Hawwara detention facility, south of the city.
Israeli forces withdrew later, but no arrests were reported.

 

Around the same time, Israeli forces moved
into Hebron. They patrolled the streets and raided and searched a house
belonging to the family of Odai Abdul Ra’ouf Abu Shkhaidem (20). They arrested
the aforementioned person and took him to an unknown destination.

 

Also around the same time, Israeli forces
moved into al-‘Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron. They patrolled the streets
for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

At approximately 05:00, Israeli gunboats
stationed northwest off Beit Lahia shore, in the northern Gaza Strip, opened
fire at fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles for about 40 minutes. As
a result, the fishermen were frightened and sailed back fearing of being
wounded or arrested. Neither casualties nor material damage were reported. It
should be noted that Israeli attacks against fishermen escalate especially
during the sardines season.

 

At approximately 07:00, Israeli forces
stationed along the border fence, east of Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza
Strip, opened fire at lands to the west and south of the fence, but no
casualties were reported.

 

Around the same time, Israeli forces
stationed along the border fence, west of Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing,
northwest of Beit Hanoun village, in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at
stone collectors in the destroyed industrial zone. They also fired a gas
canister at them, due to which the workers fled away, but no casualties were
reported. It should be noted those workers collect stones and aggregate to sell
them to traders in order to be re-manufactured especially following the Israeli
decision to deny the entry of construction materials into the Gaza Strip.

 

At approximately 08:30, Israeli forces
moved into Salfit. They patrolled the streets and fired sound bombs and tear
gas canisters at schools. At approximately 00:30, Israeli forces withdrew
later, but no casualties were reported.

 

At approximately 10:30, Israeli forces
moved into Jenin. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.
No arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 11:30, Israeli forces
moved into Shabtin village, west of Ramallah. They patrolled the streets for
some time and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 15:30, Israeli forces
moved into ‘Ayda refugee camp, north of Bethlehem. A number of youngsters
gathered and threw stones and empty bottles at Israeli soldiers, who fired
sound bombs, tear gas canisters and rubber-coated metal bullets in response. As
a result, a number of civilians suffered tear gas inhalation and a 17-year-old
male was hit by a gas canister to the face. The boy was taken by a PRCS
ambulance to al-Hussein governmental hospital to receive the necessary medical
treatment.

 

At approximately 17:00, Israeli gunboats
confiscated 10 pieces of fishing nets that were within 3 nautical miles off
Khan Yunis shore, in the southern Gaza Strip, belonging to the fisherman Ahmed
Mohammed al-Najjar (30), from the Swedish village, in Rafah.

 

In the evening, a Palestinian civilian
sustained a bullet wound after he threw a Molotov cocktail at a military
vehicle on the main road in the centre of Hawwar village, south of Nablus.

 

According to investigations conducted by
PCHR, at approximately 20:30 on the abovementioned day, a Palestinian civilian
threw a Molotov cocktail at a military vehicle on the main road in the centre
of Hawwara village. A number of soldiers stepped immediately out of the
vehicle, chased him and opened fire at him. Soon after, Israeli forces closed
the area, called an ambulance and took the wounded to an Israeli hospital. The
wounded was later identified as Ashraf Moheeb Ibrahim Abu al-Hoda (35), from
Nablus. The nature of his injury has not been identified so far.

 

At approximately 21:30, Israeli forces
moved into al-Tabaqa village, south of Doura, 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 moved
into Kherbatha al-Musbah village, southwest of Ramallah. They patrolled the
streets for some time and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 23:00, 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.

 

Monday, 07 April 2014

 

At
approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Zbaidat village, north of Jericho.
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 Nour Shams refugee camp, east of
Tulkarm. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Nihad
Ahmed Yusef Abu Harb (28). Israeli forces arrested the aforementioned person
and took him to an unknown destination.    

 

Around the
same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Daheriya village, south of Hebron. They
patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor
arrests were reported.

 

Also around
the same time, Israeli forces moved into Tulkarm refugee camp, adjacent to
Tulkarm. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Jamil
Ahmed Mansour Shraim (21) and arrested him. They then raided another house
belonging to the family of Nibras Jamal Abdullah Hadayda (20). They arrested
him too. Moreover, Israeli forces raided houses belonging to the families of
Mohammed ‘Ammar Abdullah Hussein (20) and Tha’er Sobhi Mohammed Salem (19) and
handed them summonses to refer to the Israeli intelligence service in the
Israeli liaison office, west of Tulkarm. On the following day, when Tha’er went
to the Israeli liaison office, he was arrested and taken to an unknown
destination.  

 

At
approximately 03:30, Israeli forces moved into Fasayel village, north of Jericho.
They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house
raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At
approximately 04:30, Israeli forces moved into Beit Ommar village, north of
Hebron. They patrolled the streets and raided 2 houses from which they arrested
Jehad Mahmoud al-‘Allami (19) and Laith Ahmed al-‘Allami (19). They were taken
to an unknown destination.

 

At
approximately 05:00, Israeli gunboats stationed off Gaza port, west of Gaza
City, chased Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 4 nautical miles. They
opened fire at them for about 20 minutes, due to which the fishermen were
frightened and sailed back fearing of being wounded or arrested. Neither
casualties nor material damage were reported.     

 

At
approximately 05:30, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence moved
about 100 meters into the east of Deir al-Balah, in the central Gaza Strip.
They fired an artillery shell at agricultural lands and then levelled lands
along the border fence. Israeli forces withdrew at approximately 13:00, and no
casualties were reported.

 

At
approximately 07:30, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence, west of
Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at stone
collectors in the destroyed industrial zone. They also fired a gas canister at
them, due to which the workers fled away, but no casualties were reported. It
should be noted those workers collect stones and aggregate to sell them to
traders in order to be re-manufactured especially following the Israeli decision
to deny the entry of construction materials into the Gaza Strip.

 

At
approximately 07:45, Israeli forces moved about 150 meters into the east of
al-Shuja’iya neighbourhood, east of Gaza City. They levelled lands and withdrew
at approximately 12:00. Neither casualties nor material damage were reported.

 

At
approximately 08:00, Israeli forces moved about 50 meters into the east of Johr
al-Deek village. They levelled lands and withdrew at approximately 16:00.

 

At
approximately 10:00, Israeli forces moved into Hebron. They patrolled the
streets and stationed in front of Hebron University. They stopped a number of
students and checked their IDs. Israeli forces withdrew later, AND no arrests
were reported.

 

At
approximately 10:30, Israeli forces moved into Beit ‘Our al-Tahta, southwest of
Ramallah. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. No
arrests were reported.

 

At
approximately 10:40, Israeli forces moved into Kofur Ne’ma village, southwest
of Ramallah. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. No
arrests were reported.

 

At
approximately 17:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Zawiya village, west of
Salfit. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither
house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately
18:20, Israeli forces moved into Jayous village, northeast of Qalqilia. They
patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor
arrests were reported.

 

At
approximately 18:25, Israeli forces moved into Qalqilia. They patrolled the
streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

At
approximately 18:30, Israeli forces moved into the eastern side of Ethna
village, west of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to the
family of Tareq Abdul Rahman Tmaizi (31). In the meantime, Israeli forces
raided a house belonging to the family of Jaber Abdul Rahman Tmaizi (39). They
confiscated NIS 150,000, cheques and 200 grams of jewellery. Israeli soldiers
took the wife of the aforementioned person, Mona Essa Tmaizi (33) to an unknown
destination, but released her 2.5 hours later. Moreover, Israeli soldiers
raided storehouses for the storage of eggs belonging to Jaber and damaged the
content of the storehouse.

 

Mona Tmaizi (33) said to PCHR’s fieldworker:

"… I
was sitting with my children in my brother Abdul Rahman’S house, 300 meters to
the east of our house. We were having dinner. I heard from the neighbours that
Israeli forces deployed around the house. I looked out of the window and saw
Israeli soldiers standing in front of storehouses under the house of my husband’s
brother Tareq. They were trying to open them. I also saw Israeli soldiers in
front of my house, so I went there with my sister Intisar. A soldier ordered me
to open the door. I responded, but a soldier asked me about Jaber’s wife. I
told him it was me. 10 soldiers, 8 of whom were masked, raided the house with a
female soldier who was photographing the house. They took me to my bedroom and
ordered me to bring my jewellery. I went towards the closet and got 200 grams
of jewellery out of it. Few moments later, the soldier entered my bedroom and
damaged its contents. They also confiscated NIS 150,000 and cheques. I saw the
female soldier photographing the money and cheques."

 

At approximately 20:00, Israeli forces
moved into Hares village, north of Salfit. They patrolled the streets for some
time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.  

Tuesday, 08 April 2014

 

At
approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Selwad village, northeast of
Ramallah. They patrolled the streets and raided a number of houses. They handed
Mo’athe Saleh al-Najjar Hamed (25) a summons to refer to the Israeli
intelligence service. They also arrested 7 civilians, including a child:

1. Ayoub Abdul Ra’ouf Khader Ayyad (23);

2. Mostafa Abdul Ra’fou Hamed (23);

3. Yasser Ali Nemer Hamed (16);

4. Mohammed Lotfi Nemer Hamed (19);

5. Tareq Zaid Hamed (18);

6. Salah Abdul Hamid al-Natour Hamed (19); and

7. Ramzi Basem Zaghloul Hamed (18).

 

Around the
same time, Israeli forces moved into Mas’ha village, west of Salfit. They
patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor
arrests were reported.

 

At
approximately 01:15, Israeli forces moved into Hejja village, east of Qalqilia.
They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house
raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At
approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Bethlehem. They patrolled the
streets and raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Khalil
Mahmoud Zawahra (46). They arrested the aforementioned person. At approximately
03:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Madbasa area, in the centre of the city.
Israeli forces raided the Friendship Medical Centre. They confiscated 3 PC sets
and financial and administrative documents. Israeli forces withdrew later and
took the arrested person to an unknown destination.

 

Around the
same time, Israeli forces moved into Beit Sahour. They raided a house belonging
to the family of Ziad Ahmed Shu’aibat (50). They handed him a summons to refer
to the Israeli intelligence service in "Gosh Etzion" settlement,
south of Bethlehem.

 

 At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved
into Tal village, south of Nablus. They raided and searched a number of houses.
They arrested Malek Belal Mohammed Ishtaya (23), a student at al-Najah National
University. It should be noted that the aforementioned student was arrested few
hours after he had been released from Jneid prison in Nablus by Palestinian
security services.

 

Around the
same time, Israeli forces moved into Haram al-Ramah, east of Hebron. They
patrolled the streets and raided and searched 2 houses from which they arrested
Khalil Abdul Razeq Fraijat (21) and Ramzi Fakhri al-Ja’bari (25).

 

At
approximately 03:00, Israeli gunboats stationed off Gaza port, west of Gaza
City, off al-Sudaniya area, west of Jabalia, and northwest off Beit Lahia shore,
chased Palestinian fishing boats within 5 nautical miles. They opened fire at
them, due to which the fishermen were frightened. They were obliged to sail
back fearing of being wounded or arrested. 
Neither casualties nor material damage were reported.

 

Around the
same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Daheriya village, south of Hebron. They
patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor
arrests were reported.

 

At
approximately 07:00, Israeli forces moved about 150 meters into the east of
al-Qarara village, east of Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip. They
levelled lands and withdrew later.

 

At
approximately 20:00, Israeli gunboats stationed off Khan Yunis shore, in the
southern Gaza Strip, opened fire at fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical
miles. The fishermen were obliged to sail back.

 

 

Wednesday, 09 April 2014

At
approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Aroub refugee camp, north of
Hebron. They deployed between the houses and fired sound bombs and tear gas
canisters. As a result, a number of civilians suffered tear gas inhalation and
were treated on the spot.

 

At
approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into al-Tabaqa village, southwest of
Doura, southwest of Hebron. They patrolled the streets and raided and searched
a house belonging to the family of Hakam Abdul Latif (50). They arrested his
son Mahmoud (16) and took him to an unknown destination.

 

At
approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Samou’ village, south of
Hebron. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.

 

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.

 

At
approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Hebron. They patrolled the
streets and raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Emad Nemer
Ibrahim Dawood (28). They arrested the aforementioned person and took him to an
unknown destination. 

 

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 number of demonstrators suffered tear gas inhalation and others
sustained bruises as they were beaten up by Israeli soldiers.

 

In the same context, 12 Palestinian civilians,
including 2 children, were wounded during demonstrations in the vicinity of Ofer
detention facility, southwest of Ramallah, and at the western entrance of
Selwad village, northeast of the city.

    

 

(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, 04 April 2014, Palestinian
civilians and international activists organised a peaceful demonstration in the
centre of Kufor Qaddoum village, northwest of Qalqilia, and headed towards the eastern
entrance of the village. Clashes erupted between the demonstrators and Israeli
forces that fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters. As a result, dozens of
civilians suffered tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises as they
were beaten up by Israeli soldiers.

 

 

Following the Friday prayer, dozens of Palestinian
civilians and international and Israeli human rights defenders organised a
peaceful demonstration in Ma’assara village, in protest at the construction of
the annexation wall and settlement activities. The demonstration started in front
of the Candles Cultural Centre in the centre of the village. Demonstrators
moved in the streets raising the Palestinian flag. When they arrived at the
area where the annexation wall is established, Israeli forces started firing
tear gas canisters in attempt to disperse them and prevented them reaching the
annexation wall. A number of demonstrators suffered tear gas inhalation, but no
arrests were reported. 

 

Other Demonstrations

 

At approximately 12:00 on Friday, 04 April 2014, hundreds
of Palestinian young men gathered in the vicinity of Ofer detention facility,
southwest of Ramallah. They organized the demonstration to support the fourth
group of the Palestinian prisoners who should be released. The Israeli soldiers
closed the gate of the prison and deployed around the prison. They also fired
live ammunition, rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas
canisters. As a result, 10 civilians, including 2 children, were wounded. In
addition, dozens of civilians suffered tear gas inhalation and others sustained
bruises as they were beaten up by Israeli forces. 6 of these civilians sustained
bullet wounds. Moreover, Mohammed Basman Mohammed Yassin (21), journalist of
the popular committee to resist the annexation wall and settlement activities, sustained
four shrapnel wounds to the liver, right kidney and right sides of the chest
and nose. The aforementioned person underwent an urgent surgery as his health
condition was serious. He was admitted to the intensive care unit in the
medical centre. The other five civilians sustained bullet wounds.

  

On the same day, dozens of Palestinian young men
gathered at the western entrance of Selwad village, northeast of Ramallah on
the road between Selwad village and Yabrod village near Street (60) to throw
stones at the aforementioned street.  As
a result, Israeli soldiers attempted to raid houses overlooking the clashes
area to turn them into military sites, but residents of the houses denied them
access to their houses. As a result, two civilians were wounded and then taken
to Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah to receive the necessary medical
treatment. The first 23-year-old male sustained 4 bullet wounds to the back and
right leg and the second 23-year-old male sustained a bullet wound to the left
leg. Moreover, dozens of civilians suffered tear gas inhalation and others
sustained bruises as they were beaten up by Israeli soldiers.  

 

 

3. Continued closure of the oPt

 

Israel continued to impose a tight
closure on the oPt, imposing severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian
civilians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including occupied East
Jerusalem.

 

Gaza
Strip

 

Israeli
forces continuously tighten the closure of the Gaza Strip and close all
commercial crossings, making the Karm Abu Salem crossing the sole commercial
crossing of the Gaza Strip, although it is not suitable for commercial purposes
in terms of its operational capacity and distance from markets.

 

Israeli
forces have continued to apply the policy, which is aimed to tighten the
closure on all commercial crossings, by imposing total control over the flow of
imports and exports.

 

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

 

Israeli
forces have continued to impose a total ban on the delivery of raw materials to
the Gaza Strip, except for very limited items and quantities. The limited quantities
of raw materials allowed into Gaza do not meet the minimal needs of the
civilian population of the Gaza Strip.

 

The
cooking gas crisis has fluctuated 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 tonnes of cooking gas into Gaza per day.  This limited quantity is less than half of
the daily needs, which is 200 tonnes 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
benzine led to the aggravation of the crisis as a result of using the gas
cylinder for cars or as an alternative for benzine 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

01 – 03 April 2014

 

Date

Imports

Category

Amount

Tons

Number

Litres

01 April 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foodstuffs

1,338

 

 

Agricultural materials

2,368

 

 

Various goods

Cartons of clothes

Electricity poles

Marble boards

Cartons of brooms

Electricity bases

Boxes of communication equipments

Cartons of shoes

photocopiers

591

 

 

330

400

207

2,150

15

148

833

59

 

Humanitarian aid

1,359

 

 

Benzene

 

 

108,010

Diesel

 

 

426,970

Industrial diesel

 

 

292,000

02 April 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foodstuffs

1,102

 

 

Agricultural materials

2,224

 

 

Various goods

Cartons of clothes

Cartons of cell phone accessories

Marble boards

Refrigerators

Cartons of brooms

Pieces of furniture

Televisions

Cows

625

 

 

560

576

581

187

2,048

504

323

213

 

Humanitarian aid

658

 

 

Cooking gas

 

 

272,070

Benzene

 

 

183,000

Diesel

 

 

361,006

Industrial diesel

 

 

324,961

Diesel

 

 

212,541

(UNRWA)

03 April 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foodstuffs

955

 

 

Agricultural materials

2,170

 

 

Various goods

Cartons of clothes

Cartons of aluminum accessories

Cows

Sheep

Marble boards

Refrigerators

Toilet parts

Cartons of cheer parts

Cartons of cell phone accessories

Generators

Packaging machines

Gas cylinders

744

 

 

200

910

286

40

110

84

119

405

928

420

1

1,400

 

Humanitarian aid

531

 

 

Cooking gas

265,620

 

 

Benzene

 

 

146,019

Diesel

 

 

356,023

Industrial diesel

 

 

107, 980

Diesel

 

 

108,231

(UNRWA)

Exports:

Tuesday,
01 April 2014, Israeli forces allowed the exportation of 28 tonnes of
furniture.

Other Imports:

On
Tuesday, 01 April 2014, Israeli forces allowed the entry of 490 tonnes of
construction aggregate, 238 tonnes of cement and 27 tonnees of construction
steel for the UNRWA; and 420 tonnes of construction aggregate for the UNDP.  They also allowed the entry of 1326 tonnes of
wheat and 702 tonnes of fodders.

On
Wednesday, 02 April 2014, Israeli forces allowed the entry of 1,365 tonnes of
fodders and 546 tonnes of wheat.

On
Thursday, 03 April 2014, Israeli forces allowed the entry of 1131 tonnes of
fodders and 585 tonnes of wheat.

 

Empty Plastic
Containers Returned to Israel via Karm Abu Salem

 

On
Tuesday, 01 April 2014, Israeli forces allowed 5 truckloads of empty plastic
containers and a truckload of oxygen pipes to be returned via Karm Abu Salem.

On
Wednesday, 02 April 2014, Israeli forces allowed 3 truckloads of empty plastic
containers and truckload of cartons of wood to be returned via Karm Abu Salem.

On
Thursday, 03 April 2014, Israeli forces allowed 3 truckloads of empty plastic
containers to be returned via Karm Abu Salem.

Note: 
On 06 April 2014, Israeli authorities started to work on a computerized
system at Karm Abu Salem Crossing, and there is no data about the movement on
the crossing since then.

 

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

01 – 08 April 2014

 

Category

01
April

02
April

03
April

04
April

05 April

06
April

07
April

08
April

Patients

78

47

45

2

89

74

80

Companions

72

47

45

2

84

68

72

Personal
needs

44

45

42

10

60

55

59

Families of
prisoners

86

Arabs from
Israel

4

8

12

3

13

18

4

Diplomats

20

1

International
journalists

2

International
workers

13

18

51

7

7

32

22

Deceased

Travelers
abroad

4

2

21

4

3

Businesspeople

119

123

118

4

3

Business meetings

Security
interviews

3

1

3

4

4

7

VIPs

1

3

Ambulances to
Israel

1

3

1

1

3

3

 

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 07:30 on Thursday,
03
April 2014
, Israeli
forces established a checkpoint at the northern entrance of Hebron.  Around the same time, they established
another checkpoint at the entrance of Bani Na’im, east of the city.  The two checkpoints were removed later, and
no arrests were reported.

 

At
approximately 08:00 on Friday,
04 April 2014, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at
the southern entrance of Halhoul (Joret Bohlos), north of the city.  At approximately 17:00, another checkpoint
was established at the entrance of al-Tabaqah, southwest of Dura, southwest of
the city.  The two checkpoints were removed
later, and no arrests were reported.

 

At
approximately 15:00 on Saturday, 05 April 2014, Israeli forces established a
checkpoint at the northern entrance of Taramah village, south of Dura,
southwest of the city.  At approximately
17:00, they established another checkpoint at the entrance of Kharsa village,
south of Dura, southwest of the city.  At
approximately 20:00, another checkpoint was established on Tarousa Road between
Dura and its western villages.  All checkpoints
were removed later, and no arrests were reported.

 

At
approximately 15:30 on Sunday, 06 April 2014, Israeli forces established a
checkpoint at the northern entrance of Hebron. 
At approximately 16:00, another checkpoint was established at the
entrance of Sa’ir village, east of Hebron. 
At approximately 17:00, another checkpoint was established at the
entrance of al-Fawwar refugee camp, south of the city.  All checkpoints were removed later, and no
arrests were reported.

 

At
approximately 15:00 on Monday, 07 April 2014, Israeli forces established a
checkpoint at the entrance of Ezna village, west of Hebron.  The checkpoint was removed later, and no
arrests were reported.

 

At
approximately 14:00 on Tuesday, 08 April 2014, Israeli forces detained ‘Issa
Hasan al-‘Alami (24) and ‘Alaa’ Hasan al-Tit (25) in al-Arba’in area adjacent
to Bypass Road (60) near Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron, and later
released them.  At approximately 17:00,
they established a checkpoint at the entrance of Beit ‘Aynoun village, east of
the city.  The checkpoint was removed
later, and no arrests were reported.

 

At
approximately 08:00 on Wednesday, 09 April 2014, Israeli forces established a
checkpoint at the northern entrance of Halhoul (al-Hawawer intersection), north
of Hebron.  At approximately 15:00,
another checkpoint was established at the entrance of Beit Kahel village, east
of the city.  The two checkpoints were removed
later, and no arrests were reported.

 

· Ramallah: 
Israeli forces have continued to impose severe restrictions on the
movement of Palestinian civilians.  On
Thursday early morning, 03 April 2014, Israeli forces closed a dirt road near
the western entrance of Selwad village, northeast of Ramallah with cement
cubes.  At approximately 13:30, another
checkpoint was established at the entrance of Ni’lin village, west of
Ramallah.  At approximately 18:30, a
similar checkpoint was established under the bridge of Kherbtha al-Mesbah
village, southwest of the city.  The two
checkpoints were removed later, and no arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 10:30 on Friday, 04 April 2014, Israeli forces established
a checkpoint near the entrance of al-Nabi Saleh village, northwest of
Ramallah.  The checkpoint was removed
later, and no arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 18:00 on Saturday, 05 April 2014, Israeli forces
established a checkpoint near the intersection of Beit ‘Aor al-Foqa village,
southwest of the city.  At approximately
20:30, another checkpoint was established
under
the bridge of Kherbtha al-Mesbah village, southwest of the city.  The
two checkpoints were removed later, and no arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 10:30 on Sunday, 06 April 2014, Israeli forces re-established
at ‘Atara checkpoint at the northern entrance of Birzeit, north of the city.
They later withdrew, and no arrests were reported.  The checkpoint was removed later, and no
arrests were reported.  At approximately
15:00, Israeli forces established another checkpoint under the bridge of
Kherbtha al-Mesbah village, southwest of Ramallah.  At approximately 17:30, a similar checkpoint
was established near the intersection of Beit ‘Aor al-Foqa village, southwest
of the city.  At approximately 22:00,
they established another checkpoint near the entrance of Beit Loqaya village,
southwest of the city.  All checkpoints
were removed later, and no arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 09:00 on Monday, 07 April 2014, Israeli forces
established a checkpoint near the entrance of Ni’lin village, west of
Ramallah.  At approximately 18:00,
another checkpoint was established between the villages of Termes’aayah and
al-Moghir, northeast of the city.  At
approximately 23:30, a similar checkpoint was established on the road between
the villages of Beit Loqaya and Beit Nuba, southwest of the city.  All checkpoints were removed later, and no
arrests were reported.

 

· Nablus: Israeli forces have continued to
impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.  At approximately 05:00 on Thursday, 03 April
2014, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the western entrance of Madmah
village, south of Nablus.  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 Thursday, 03 April
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, 05 April 2014, Israeli forces established a
checkpoint near the southern entrance of Jericho.  They prevented civilians from entering or
leaving through the aforementioned entrance. 
They later withdrew, and no arrests were reported.

 

At
approximately 22:00 on Saturday, 05 April 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 09:00 on Sunday, 06 April 2014, Israeli forces established a
checkpoint near the entrance of al-Zbeidat village, north of Jericho.  At approximately 09:30, another checkpoint
was established near the entrance of Fasayel village, north of the city.  at approximately 18:30, a similar checkpoint
was established near the southern entrance of Jericho.  All checkpoints were removed later, and no
arrests were reported.

· Tulkarm: Israeli
forces have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of
Palestinian civilians.  At approximately
13:00 on Friday, 04 April 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 through the
checkpoint.  Half an hour later, they
closed the checkpoint and prevented movement through it for around 2 hours
causing traffic congestion on both sides. 
The tightening later ended, and no arrests were reported.

 

· Jenin: 
Israeli forces have continued to impose severe restrictions on the
movement of Palestinian civilians.  At
approximately 14:00 on Friday, 04 April 2014, Israeli forces stationed at
“Movidetan” checkpoint established on the main road between Jenin and the
northern villages of Tulkarm, southwest of Jenin, closed the checkpoint and
obstructed their movement through the checkpoint.  The tightening later ended, and no arrests
were reported.  It should be mentioned
that this closure us under the pretext of throwing Molotov Cocktails at a bus
of settlements.

 

At
approximately 22:00 on Monday, 07 April 2014, Israeli forces established a
checkpoint at the entrance of Deir Abu Da’if village, southeast 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 11:15 on Sunday, 06 April 2014, Israeli forces established a
checkpoint at the entrance of al-Fondoq village, east of Qalqilya.  At approximately 15:00, they established a
checkpoint at the entrance of ‘Azoun village, east of Qalqilya.    The
two checkpoints were removed later, and no arrests were reported.

 

At
approximately 16:50 on Monday, 07 April 2014, Israeli forces established a checkpoint
under the bridge of ‘Azoun village on the Qalqilya-Nablus main street.  At approximately 17:50, another checkpoint
was established between the villages of ‘Ezbet Salman and ‘Azoun ‘Etmah, east
of the city.  At approximately 18:20,
another checkpoint was established at the entrance of ‘Azoun village, east of
Qalqilya.  All checkpoints were removed
later, and no arrests were reported.

 

· Salfit: 
Israeli forces have continued to impose severe restrictions on the
movement of Palestinian civilians.  At
approximately 11:20 on Thursday, 03 April 2014, Israeli forces established a
checkpoint between the villages of Kafl Haris and Haris, northwest of
Salfit.  They detained ‘Abdel Rahim ‘Eid
Shamalwi from Haris village for a while and then released him.  At approximately 14:20, the checkpoint was
removed, and no arrests were reported.

At approximately 09:45 on Friday, 04 April 2014,
Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the northern entrance of
Salfit.  At approximately 12:00, the
checkpoint was removed, and no arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 16:30 on Monday, 07 April
2014.  At approximately 17:00, they
established a similar checkpoint at the northern entrance of Salfit.  At approximately 17:15, another checkpoint
was established at the entrance of Qarawet Bani Hasan village, northwest of the
city.  All checkpoints were removed later,
and no arrests were reported.

 

Arrests and Maltreatment at military
checkpoints

 

At approximately
11:00 on Thursday, 03 April 2014, Israeli forces stationed at al-Jelmah
checkpoint between Jenin and Israel, northeast of Jenin, closed the checkpoint
to the movement of Palestinian civilians. 
Meanwhile, Israeli forces stationed in the vicinity of al-Ma’abar area arrested
Salim Mahmoud “’Abdullah Abu Salamah” (27) from Faqou’ah village, north of the
city.  Local sources said to a PCHR
fieldworker that Israeli forces arrested the aforementioned civilian and
confiscated his car when he was near the checkpoint area.  They took him to an unknown destination.

 

At approximately
12:45 on Friday, 04 April 2014, Israeli forces stationed at “Movidotan”
checkpoint established on the main bypass road Jenin and the northern villages
of Tulkarm, southwest of Jenin, arrested Bader Ibrahim Mohammed Hamarshah (52)
from Ya’bad village, southwest of the city, while passing the checkpoint

He was then taken to an unknown destination.

 

At approximately 13:00 on Saturday, 05 April 2014, Israeli forces stationat the
electronic gates of al-Ibrahimi Mosque in the centre of the Old City in Central
Hebron, arrested Mohyie al-Deen ‘Ezz al-Din ‘Arafat al-Ragabi (13) under the
pretext of not obeying the Israeli soldiers’ orders.  The child was taken to “Ja’abrah” police
station and after a couple of hours he was released. 

 

At approximately 17:15
on Monday, 07 April 2014, Israeli forces established a checkpoint between the
villages of Deir Ballut and Kafr al-Deek, west of Salfit.  They arrested Mohammed Maged Mustafa ‘Ali
Ahmed (23) from Kafr al-Deek village and then took him to an unknown
destination.

 

At approximately
16:00 on Tuesday, 08 April 2014, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the
entrance of al-‘Arroub refugee camp, north of Hebron.  They arrested Walid Hasan al-Muzayen (38)
from the camp and took him to an unknown destination.

 

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

 

Bulldozing Houses and Civilian Objects

 

On Thursday morning, 03 April 2014, Israeli forces
bulldozed residential barracks and others to graze sheep belonging to al-Jahalin
Bedouin tribe in “al-Baba Mountain”, east of al-‘Izariyah village, east of
Occupied Jerusalem.

 

According to the information obtained by PCHR from
local sources in the area, 3 residential barracks made of wood and tin
belonging to the family of Mahmoud Ibrahim Jahalin and Salem Kayed
Jahalin.  The barracks are of areas
ranging between 120 square meters and 150 square meters.  It should be mentioned that al-Baba Mountain
is within the Israeli settlement project (E1).

 

The New Settlement Projects

 

On 03 April 2014, “the Israeli Municipality’s District
Planning and Construction Committee” approved the “Kidem Complex” settlement
plan in the Old City in Occupied Jerusalem, which in al-Magharbah Gate yard at
the entrance of Silwan, south of al-Aqsa Mosque.  Helwah Valley neighbourhood committee in
Silwan village said that this settlement project is funded and run by the
Israeli government and municipality as well as “Elad Settlement Association”.  The committee added that this project will
isolate the resdents of Silwan village from its natural surrounding and the Old
City in Jerusalem and will change the historic and archaeological features of
the village. 

 

The committee explained that the settlement project is
to be built on a land used for cultivation till Jerusalem was occupied in 1967
and belonging to Silwan residents.  After
it was occupied, the Israeli municipality confiscated it and destroyed two
rooms belonging to the family of ‘Abdoh and then became a car park in
2003.  Elad settlement Association
illegally seized it and started since then planning to build a settlement
project.

 

The committee said that Elad Association will dedicate
the so-called “Kedem” building to be used by the Israeli archaeologists and Department
of Antiquities in addition to conference and educational rooms and car parks
for tourists and settlers.  Moreover,
tracts will be used for tourism purposes, commercial stores and offices for
Elad Association.  The committee said
that Elad Association has been since 2003 digging in “al-Magharbah Gate yard”,
the project area, and destroyed a 1200-year-old Islamic cemetery in addition to
destroying Umayyad and Ottoman, Byzantine and Roman remnants, including rooms,
poles and arcs.  However, they kept a
number of them claiming that they are “remnants of the Second Temple” as part
of the plan will be allocated for viewing these alleged remnants.

 

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

 

Attacks carried out by Israeli forces

At approximately
10:30 on Friday, 04 April 2014, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles and
a bulldozer moved into Shweikah suburb, north of Tulkarm.   They stationed in al-Mahawdah neighborhood,
west of the suburb, 20 meters away from the annexation wall.  The bulldozers then demolished a room
belonging to Ayman Jamil Rashid Mahdawi (28), who had received to halt
construction work on 05 October 2013.

 

At approximately 09:00
on Saturday, 05 April 2014, Israeli forces moved into the pastoral areas in
al-Mosafer and Hathaline areas, east of Yata, south of Hebron.  They prevented the Palestinian shepherds from
grazing their sheep in the area and insulted them with bad words.  They then declared the areas as a closed
military zone.

 

At approximately
04:30 on Monday, 08 April 2014, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles and
a bulldozer moved into eastern Bart’aah village, which is isolated from it
surrounding due to the annexation wall, west of Jenin.  They stationed in front of a barrack
belonging to Mohammed Ibrahim Qassem Qobha (44) used as a stone cutting
workshop.  Israeli forces then destroyed
the aforementioned barrack under the pretext of building it without
construction permit.  Israeli forces
later withdrew, and no further incidents were reported.

 

At approximately 04:30
on Tuesday, 08 April 2014, Israeli forces backed by 5 military vehicles and
accompanied by a vehicle belonging to the construction and organization
department in the Israeli Civil Administration and a GCB bulldozer moved into the
agricultural lands in Farsh al-Hawah area, west of Hebron.  The bulldozer demolished two arbors of steel
poles and roofed with a shader under the pretext of no construction permit.

They bulldozed the
following:

  1.  A 20-square-meter arbor comprised of
    steel poles and roofed with a shade and a 2-square-meter toilet built of
    tin belonging to Bassam al-Dweik; and
  2.  A 16-square-meter arbor comprised of
    steel poles and roofed with shade belonging to the family of al-Yazowi.

 

Attacks carried out by settlers

 

On Friday morning, 04 April 2014, a group of
settlers from “Sidi ‘Eizer” outpost established on the Palestinian lands
confiscated from the southwestern area in al-Khader Village, south of
Bethlehem, uprooted 350 grape vines aged between 1 to 4 years and stole a
number of them in addition to stealing steel corners.  Settlers also destroyed parts of walls of a
12-square-meter old room used by civilians to store their agricultural tools in
al-Shaghaf area, west of al-Khader village. 
The land which was targeted by settlers belongs to the heirs of Ibrahim
Mohammed Subeih.

 

On Saturday morning, 05 April 2014,
settlers from “Daniel” settlement and “Sidi Bou’ez” outpost uprooted 300 grape
vines belonging to the heirs of Shawqi Mohammed Salah in Thaher al-Zayyah,
southwest of al-Khader village, south of Bethlehem.  After calling the police who arrived at the
area in the next day accompanied with Israeli forces and the Israeli Civil
Administration, a complaint was filed to the Israeli police in “Gush Etzion”
settlement by one of the owners as the investigator informed Rami Shawqi Salah
(34) that he will undergo a polygraph to verify the complaint filed against
settlers.

 

 

At approximately 19:00 on Sunday, 06 April 2014, a
group of settlers from “Beit Eil” settlement, north of al-Bireh, threw stones
at the Palestinian cars on the main road adjacent to the aforementioned
settlement.  As a result, the rear
windshield of a car belonging to Zaher Abu Hussein (46), a journalist, was
completely smashed.  This happened under
the Israeli forces’ guard as they did not intervene to distance settlers from
the area.  It should be mentioned that
the aforementioned journalist works in the Fatah Office of National Relations
and was on his way from al-Jalazone refugee camp to Ramallah when his car was
attacked.

 

At approximately 09:00 on Monday, 07
April 2014, settlers from “Sousia” settlement established on the Palestinian
lands confiscated from east of Yata, south of Hebron, entered their herds of
sheep surrounding into the agricultural lands around the settlement.  As a result, areas of the lands planted with
winter crops were damaged.  The attacked
land belongs to ‘Ezz Mohammed Khalil Ghaith.

 

 

 

 

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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