Israeli
soldiers arrest a Palestinian in the West Bank

 

Israeli
Occupation Forces (IOF) Continue Systematic Attacks against Palestinian
Civilians and Property in the Occupied Palestinian Territory
(OPT)

      

IOF extra-judicially
executed two members of the Palestinian resistance and wounded a third one in
the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah.

 

IOF used
force to disperse peaceful protest organized by Palestinian civilians in the
West Bank.

A
Palestinian child and an Israeli human rights defender were wounded.

Dozens
of protesters suffered from tear gas inhalation.

 

IOF
conducted 23 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 3
limited ones into the Gaza Strip.   

A
Palestinian child was wounded during an Israeli incursion into al-Fawar refugee
camp, south of Hebron. 

IOF
arrested 7 Palestinians, including a university professor, in the West Bank.

IOF
arrested 3 Palestinian children from the Gaza Strip who attempted to enter
Israel.   

 

Israeli
gunboats fired at Palestinian fishing boats in the Gaza Strip.

 

Israel
has continued to impose a total closure on the OPT and has isolated the Gaza
Strip from the outside world.

IOF
arrested at least 3 Palestinian children at military checkpoints in the West
Bank. 

 

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

IOF
prevented Palestinian farmers from working on their lands to the south of
Hebron. 

IOF
ordered a Palestinian civilian from al-Khader village, south of Bethlehem, to
evacuate his land. 

Israeli
settlers uprooted 15 olive trees in Yatta village, south of Hebron. 

7
Palestinian civilians, including a woman, were injured as a result of 3 attacks
by Israeli settlers.

 

Summary

 

Israeli
violations of international law and humanitarian law in the OPT continued
during the reporting period (13 – 19 September 2012):

 

Shooting:

 

In the Gaza Strip, on 19 September
2012, IOF extra-judicially executed two members of the Palestinian resistance
and wounded a third one in Rafah.  An
Israeli warplane fired a missile at the vehicle in which the three members were
traveling.  IOF admitted responsibility
for the attack and claimed that the targeted persons are members of “Al-Aqsa
Guards Group,” which is close to Hamas.

 

IOF continued to fire at Palestinian
fishing boats in the Gaza Strip.  On 17
September 2012, Israeli gunboats opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats in
the northern and southern Gaza Strip.  No
casualties were reported. 

 

During the reporting period, IOF
used force to disperse peaceful demonstrations organized in protest to the
construction of the annexation wall, settlement activities and other Israeli
practices in the West Bank.  As a result, a Palestinian child and an
Israeli human rights defender were wounded, and dozens of demonstrators
suffered from tear gas inhalation.

 

Incursions:

 

During
the reporting period, IOF conducted at least 23 military incursions into
Palestinian communities in the West Bank. 
During these incursions, IOF arrested 7 Palestinians.  During house raids, a Palestinian child was
injured, and IOF harassed Palestinian civilians. 

 

During
the reporting period, IOF positioned at the border between the Gaza Strip and
Israel arrested a Palestinian civilian when he attempted to cross the border to
find a job in Israel. 

 

Restrictions
on Movement:

 

Israel had continued to impose a tightened
siege on the OPT and imposed severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian
civilians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.

 

The illegal Israeli-imposed 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 illegal closure has caused not only a humanitarian crisis but a crisis of
human rights and human dignity for the population of the Gaza Strip.  Measures
declared recently to ease the blockade are vague, purely cosmetic and fail to
deal with the root causes of the crisis, which can only be addressed by an
immediate and complete lifting of the closure, including lifting the travel ban
into and out of the Gaza Strip and the ban on exports. Palestinians in Gaza may no longer suffer
from the same shortage of goods, but they will remain economically dependent
and unable to care for themselves, and socially, culturally and academically
isolated from the rest of the world.

 

IOF 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.

 

Settlement
Activities:
 

 

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

 

On
13 September 2012, three Palestinian civilians were admitted into Rafidya
Hospital in Nablus, as they were injured by fragments of glass from the window
of a car they had rented.  Israeli
settlers threw stones at the car while the three civilians were traveling on
Nablus-Ramallah road near “Shilo” settlement. 
The car was also heavily damaged. 

 

On
the same day, the Israeli Central Court in occupied Jerusalem ordered handing
over al-Rajabi building in the center of Hebron to Israeli settlers.  The settlers had been evacuated from the
building in 2008 by an order issued by the same court. 

 

On
14 September 2012, a number of Israeli settlers from “Ma’oun” settlement
attacked Khirbat al-Hamra area, south of Hebron, and uprooted at least 15 olive
trees.

 

On
the same day, at least 200 Israeli settlers from “Beit Hagai” settlement to the
east of Dura village, south of Hebron, stormed Wad Abu al-Qamra area near the
settlement.  They remained in the area
until approximately 09:30. 

 

On
15 September 2012, a number of Israeli settlers from “Yish Kodesh” settlement
outpost in the southeast of Qasra village, southeast of Nablus, attacked a
Palestinian family while working on their land. 
As a result, a member of the family was seriously injured as he was
attacked by an Israeli settler using a sharp tool. 

 

On
the same day, IOF positioned in al-Mussafer area to the southeast of Yatta
village, south of Hebron, prevented Palestinian farmers and international
solidarity activists from reaching the area to work on agricultural land,
claiming that it was a closed military zone. 
IOF and Israeli settlers attempt to seize this land in order to expand
the nearby “Ma’oun” settlement, which stands on Palestinian land.

 

On
16 September 2012, IOF issued a notice to ‘Abdullah Mohammed Ghunaim, 75, from
al-Khader village south of Bethlehem, ordering him to evacuate his land and
destroy what he has planted within 15 days on his own expenses.  The land is located near Israeli settlements.

 

On 17
September 2012, 6 Israeli settlers from “Eitamar” settlement, which stands on
the lands of ‘Aqraba village, southeast of Nablus, attacked 3 Palestinian
civilians when they were on their way back to the village from their land in
Karama area, nearly 700 meters away from the village.  As a result, the three civilians sustained
bruises throughout their bodies. 

 

On 19
September 2012, IOF delivered two notices to Sabri Rashad Manasra and Jom’a
Yousef ‘Assaf, confiscating 75 dunums[1]
of their agricultural lands at the entrance of Wadi Foukin village, west of
Bethlehem.  The notices were accompanied
by maps and a decision to replant the lands. 

 

On
the same day, a number of Israeli settlers from “Abraham Avino” settlement
outpost in the center of Hebron raided a house belonging to Nidal al-‘Owaiwi,
42, in the old town.  They beat his
daughter and his son.  They also broke
windows and damaged water tanks in house. 
Israeli soldiers were present in the area, but did not intervene to stop
this attack.  

 

  

Israeli
Violations Documented during the Reporting Period (13 – 19 September 2012)

 

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

 

Thursday, 13 September 2012

 

At approximately 02:00, IOF moved
into Talfit village, southeast of Nablus. 
They raided and searched a number of houses and arrested two Palestinian
civilians:

 

1- Ahmed
‘Abdul Rahman Ahmed, 26, an engineer working in the United Arab Emirates who
came to visit his family; and

2- ‘Abdul
Rahman Mohammed Hajj Mohammed, 24, a university student.

 

At approximately 03:00, IOF moved
into al-Zahiriya village, south of Hebron. 
They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 04:00, IOF moved
into Gizoun area at Beit ‘Einoun road, east of Hebron.  They raided and searched a house belonging to
Mo’taz Shareef al-Ja’bari, 52, a professor in Hebron University.  They forces residents of the house to take
their clothes off for checking, and al-Ja’bari’s child, Yazan, 16,
fainted.  Before leaving the house, IOF
arrested al-Ja’bari.

 

Also at approximately 04:00, IOF
moved into Khirbat Sikka village, south of Hebron.  They patrolled in the streets for some time
and withdrew later.  Neither house raids
nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 11:00, IOF moved
into Kharabtha al-Misbah village, southwest of Ramallah.  They patrolled in the streets for some time
and withdrew later.  Neither house raids
nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 14:10, IOF moved
into Jeet village, northeast of Qalqilya. 
They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

At approximately 18:20, IOF moved
into Kufor Qaddoum village, northeast of Qalqilya.  They patrolled in the streets for some time
and withdrew later.  Neither house raids
nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 19:00, IOF moved
into Khirbat Abu Falah village, northeast of Ramallah.  They patrolled in the streets for some time
and withdrew later.  Neither house raids
nor arrests were reported.

 

Friday, 14 September 2012

 

At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into al-Khader village, south of
Bethlehem.  They raided and searched a
house belonging to the family of Khalil ‘Aaref Salah and arrested him.

 

At approximately 11:00, IOF positioned at the border between the
Gaza Strip and Israel to the east of al-Boreij refugee camp in the central Gaza
Strip arrested Mohammed Hussein Abu Humaisa, 15, from al-Boreij refugee camp,
when attempted to cross the border into Israel. 
The child’s mother, Hikmat Shihda Abu Humaisa, stated to PCHR that she
received a phone call from the Israeli police informing her that her child was
arrested because he attempted to cross the border and he would be prosecuted.

 

At approximately 11:30, IOF moved into Kufor Qaddoum village,
northeast of Qalqilya.  They patrolled in
the streets for some time and withdrew later. 
Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

Saturday, 15 September 2012

 

At approximately 13:00, IOF positioned at the border between the
Gaza Strip and Israel to the east of al-Boreij refugee camp arrested two
Palestinian children who attempted to cross the border into Israel: Sofian
Hassan Abu Jari, 15; and Waleed Khaled So’ud, 15.  The father of one of the children, Khaled
Salem So’ud, stated to PCHR that he received a phone call from the Israeli
police indicating that his child and another one were arrested and they would
be prosecuted because of their attempt to cross the border. 

 

At approximately 21:00, IOF moved into Turmos’iya village, north of
Ramallah.  They patrolled in the streets
for some time and withdrew later. 
Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

Also at approximately 21:00, IOF moved into Faqqou’a village,
northeast of Jenin.  They patrolled in
the streets for some time and withdrew later. 
Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 23:00, IOF moved into Kufor Ne’ma village, west of
Ramallah.  They patrolled in the streets
for some time and withdrew later. 
Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

Sunday, 16 September 2012

 

At approximately 08:00, IOF moved
into al-‘Ouja village, north of Jericho. 
They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

At approximately 09:00, IOF moved
into Burqa village, northeast of Ramallah. 
They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

At approximately 19:30, IOF moved
into Fassayel village, north of Jericho. 
They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

At approximately 21:30, IOF moved
into Dura al-Qare’ village, northeast of Ramallah.  They patrolled in the streets for some time
and withdrew later.  Neither house raids
nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 22:00, IOF moved
into Beit ‘Aur al-Fouqa village, southwest of Ramallah.  They patrolled in the streets for some time
and withdrew later.  Neither house raids
nor arrests were reported.

 

Monday, 17 September 2012

 

At approximately 03:00, Israeli gunboats stationed opposite to Khan
Yunis seashore in the southern Gaza Strip opened fire at Palestinian fishing
boats.  Palestinian fishermen were forced
to sail back to the beach and no casualties were reported.

 

Also at approximately 03:00, IOF moved into Khirbat al-Koum
village, south of Hebron.  They patrolled
in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

At approximately 06:30, Israeli gunboats stationed opposite to Beit
Lahia seashore in the northern Gaza Strip opened fire at Palestinian fishing
boats.  Palestinian fishermen were forced
to sail back to the beach and no casualties were reported.

 

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

 

At approximately 03:30, IOF moved into Ethna village, west of
Hebron.  They raided and searched a house
belonging to the family of al-Mutawakel ‘Ala Allah Mohammed Abu Juhaisha, 20,
and arrested him. 

 

At approximately 18:00, IOF moved into ‘Arrana village, north of
Jenin.  They patrolled in the streets for
some time and withdrew later.  Neither
house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

 

At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into al-Fawar refugee camp, south
of Hebron.  They patrolled in the streets
provoking Palestinian civilians.  A
number of Palestinian boys gathered and threw stones at Israeli military vehicles.  Immediately, Israeli soldiers fired tear gas
canisters at the boys.  As a result,
‘Alaa’ Mustafa al-Ballassi, 17, was hit by a tear gas canister to the
back.  IOF then raided and searched a
house belonging to the family of Ahmed ‘Atiya Abu Warda, 30, and arrested him.

 

Also at approximately 03:00, IOF moved into Taffouh village, west
of Hebron.  They raided and searched two
houses belonging to the al-Tarda family and arrested ‘Abdul Karim Khalil
al-Tarda, 21.

 

1. Use of
Excessive Force against Peaceful Demonstrations Protesting Settlement
Activities and the Construction of the Annexation Wall

 

During
the reporting period, IOF used force against peaceful demonstrations organized
by Palestinian civilians and international and Israeli human rights defenders
in protest to the construction of the Wall and settlement activities in the
West Bank.  As a result, an Israeli human
rights defender and a Palestinian child were wounded, and dozens of
demonstrators suffered from tear gas inhalation. 

 

Following the Friday Prayer on 14 September 2012, dozens of
Palestinian civilians and international and Israeli human rights defenders organized
a peaceful demonstration in Bil’ein village, west of Ramallah, in protest to
the construction of the annexation wall. 
They called through megaphones on Israeli settlers in “Mitityahu”
settlement to leave Palestinian land. 
Israeli soldiers stationed in the area fired rubber-coated metal
bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the demonstrators.  As a result, Dr. Rubeh, 39, and Israeli human
rights defender, was hit by a tear gas canister to the head, and a number of
demonstrators suffered from tear gas inhalation.

 

Also following the Friday Prayer on 14 September 2012, dozens of
Palestinian civilians and international and Israeli human rights defenders
organized a peaceful demonstration in Ne’lin village, west of Ramallah, in
protest to the construction of the annexation wall and settlement
activities.  The demonstrators moved
towards areas of the annexation wall.  
Immediately, Israeli soldiers stationed in the area fired rubber-coated
metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the demonstrators.   As a result, some demonstrators suffered from
tear gas inhalation.

 

Also following the Friday Prayer on 14 August 2012, dozens of
Palestinian civilians and Israeli and international human rights defenders
gathered in the center of Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah, to start
the weekly peaceful protest against the construction of the annexation wall and
settlement activities.  The protesters walked towards the gate erected by
IOF near the entrance of the village and leading to Palestinian lands that
Israeli settlers from the nearby "Halmish" settlement are trying to
seize.  Israeli soldiers who had been extensively deployed in the area and
near all the entrances of the village since the morning, began to confront the
protesters who wanted to walk towards the affected lands.  Israeli
soldiers fired live and rubber-coated bullets, sound bombs and tear gas
canisters at the protesters.  As a
result, a 16-year-old child was wounded by a rubber-coated metal bullet to the
left hand, and some demonstrators suffered from tear gas inhalation.

At approximately 13:15 on Friday, 14 August 2012, Palestinian
civilians and international and Israeli human rights defenders organized a
peaceful demonstration in the center of Kufor Qaddoum village, northeast of
Qalqilya, in protest to the continued closure of the eastern entrance of the
village since the beginning of the al-Aqsa Intifada.  Once they moved towards the entrance, IOF
fired rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs at
them.  A number of demonstrators suffered
from tear gas inhalation.  IOF also
arrested 3 brothers from the Ali family, including a child, and two Israeli
human rights defenders, but released them at 17:00 on the following day.

 

Also on Friday afternoon, Palestinian civilians and international
human rights defenders organized a peaceful demonstration in the center of
al-Ma’sara village, south of Bethlehem, in protest to the construction of the
annexation wall.  They moved towards the
entrance of the village.  Immediately,
IOF fired rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs at
them.  Dozens of demonstrators suffered
from tear gas inhalation.    

 

2- Extra-Judicial
Execution

 

On
Wednesday evening, IOF extra-judicially executed two members of the Palestinian
resistance and wounded a third one in the southern Gaza Strip town of
Rafah. 

 

According
to investigations conducted by PCHR, at approximately 22:30, an Israeli
warplane fired a missile at a vehicle (a White Toyota Hilux) that was traveling
near Abu Taha fuel station in al-Salam neighborhood in the south of Rafah.  Three members of “Al-Aqsa Guards Group,”
which is close to Hamas, who work in the Ministry of Interior and National
Security of the Gaza government, were traveling in the vehicle.  The missile hit the car directly.  As a result, two members of the group were
instantly killed: Anees Mohammed Abu al-‘Einain, 36; and Ashraf Mahmoud Saleh,
33, both from Rafah.  The third one was
seriously wounded (PCHR keeps his name). 
According to Israeli media sources, the Israeli military admitted
responsibility for the attack.  They
reported that an Israeli military source stated that the targeted persons are
members of “Al-Aqsa Guards Group,” which is close to Hamas and active in
Gaza.  The source further claimed that
the group “receives financial support from the Minister of Interior in Gaza
government, Fathi Hammad.”  According to
the same sources, one of the targeted persons, Anees Abu al-‘Einain, “was
planning for an attack inside Israel, and that he was involved in several
attacks against Israelis, smuggling explosives from Gaza to Israel through
Egypt and attempting to carry out terrorist attacks in several areas, including
the West Bank and Jerusalem.”  The source
further claimed that Saleh, a former activist of the Popular Resistance
Committees had been arrested and he “confessed that he had transported two
terrorists to Egypt to carry out a suicide attack,” and that “he was involved
in smuggling weapons to Sinai from Gaza.” 

 

The
Israeli military had already admitted in an official statement its
responsibility for the attack, and indicated that was carried out in
coordination with the Israeli General Security Service (Shabak).  It further stated that it “will not be
tolerant towards any attempt to harm citizens of the State of Israel, and will
continue to act firmly against any attempts to launch terrorist attacks against
Israel.”  The Israeli military further
held Hamas responsible for any attempts to launch attacks from the Gaza
Strip. 

      

3- Continued
Closure of the OPT

 

Israel has
continued to impose a tightened closure of the OPT and imposed severe
restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip and the
West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.

 

Gaza
Strip

 

Israel has
continuously closed all border crossings to the Gaza Strip for nearly 5 years.
The illegal Israeli-imposed 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.  

 

IOF
have tightened the closure of the Gaza Strip and practically made Karm Abu
Salem crossing as the sole commercial crossing of the Gaza Strip although it is
not proper for commercial purposes in terms of its distance and operational
capacity.

 

IOF
have continued to apply their policy aimed at tightening the strangulation of
the commercial movement in the Gaza Strip, including imposing total control
over the flow of imports and exports.

 

The
total closure of al-Mentar "Karni" crossing on 02 March 2011 has
created a bitter situation that has seriously affected the Gaza Strip.  Following this closure, all the economic and
commercial establishments in 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 operational capacity to
absorb the flow of imports and exports. 
The decision of al-Mentar crossing was the culmination of a series of
decisions to totally close Sofa crossing, east of the Gaza Strip, in the
beginning of 2009, and Nahal Oz crossing, east of Gaza City, which was
dedicated for the delivery of fuel and cooking gas to the Gaza Strip, in the
beginning of 2010.

 

IOF
have continued to impose 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 in the Gaza Strip.

 

The
cooking gas crisis which has erupted last November has continued to affect the
Gaza Strip.  This crisis was created when
the Israeli occupation authorities totally closed, on 04 January 2010, Nahal Oz
crossing, which used to be dedicated for the delivery of fuel and cooking gas
supplies to Gaza, and shifted fuel and cooking gas supplies to Karm Abu Salem
crossing which is not technically equipped to receive Gaza’s needs of fuel.
 Karm Abu Salem crossing, with its maximum absorptive capacity, can
receive only 200 tons of cooking gas per day.

 

Approximately
80% of Gaza civilians have continued to depend on alimentary aid provided by
UNRWA and other relief agencies, rates of families who are living below poverty
line have continued to be on the rise and approximately 40% of Gaza’s manpower
has continued to suffer from permanent unemployment as a result of shutting
down the majority of Gaza’s economic establishments.

 

IOF
have continued to impose a total ban on the exportation of Gaza‘s products, especially industrial products,
leading to undermining any real chances to rerun economic establishments.  The situation has been aggravated especially
after making Karm Abu Salem crossing as Gaza sole commercial crossing and the
repeated closure of this crossing which negatively affected the quantity of
Gazan products which were allowed to be exported during last April.

 

For approximately six consecutive years, IOF have continued to ban
the delivery of construction materials to Gaza. During the reporting period,
IOF approved the delivery of limited quantities of construction materials for a
number of international organizations.

 

Israel has
continued to close Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing for Palestinian civilians from
the Gaza Strip.  IOF only allow the
movement of limited groups amidst severe restrictions, including long hours of
waiting in the majority of cases.  IOF
have also continued to adopt a policy aimed at reducing the number of
Palestinian patients allowed to move via Beit Hanoun crossing to receive
medical treatment in hospitals in Israel
or in the West Bank and Jerusalem.  IOF denied new categories of Gazan patient
permission to have access to hospitals via the crossing.

 

Israel has imposed additional access restrictions on traders,
international diplomats, journalists and humanitarian workers seeking to enter
the Gaza Strip. 

 

Movement
at Border Crossings during the Reporting Period:

 

Movement
at Rafah International Crossing Point

12 –
18 September 2012

 

Day

Date

Traveling abroad

Coming into Gaza

Returned into Gaza

Wednesday

12 September 2012

902

594 and a corpse

51

Thursday

13 September 2012

1,032

990

51

Friday

14 September 2012

Saturday

15 September 2012

1,117

1,008

46

Sunday

16 September 2012

1,040

712

59

Monday

17 September 2012

866

630 and a corpse

62

Tuesday

18 September 2012

679

631

60

 

 

Movement
at Karm Abu Salem
(Kerem Shalom) Crossing

11 –
18 September 2012

 

Imports:

 


 

Date

Imports

 

Category

Amount

 

Tons

Number

Liters

 

11 September 2012

Foodstuffs

1,440

 

 

 

Agricultural materials

Cows

945

460

 

 

 

Various goods

Cartons of clothes

Refrigerators

Car tires   

945

 

690

180

765

 

 

Humanitarian aid

6,231

 

 

 

Cooking gas

90.690

 

 

12 September 2012

Foodstuffs

1,436

 

 

 

Agricultural materials

Cows

819

475

 

 

 

Various goods

Refrigerators

Cartons of clothes  

Cartons of shoes

Cars 

886

 

669

1,243

1,320

30

 

 

Humanitarian aid

6,366

 

 

 

Cooking gas

67.060

 

 

 

13 September 2012

Foodstuffs

1,923

 

 

 

Agricultural materials

Cows

1,572

399

 

 

 

Various goods

 Refrigerators

Cartons of clothes

Cartons of shoes

Packing machines

Washing machines  

Cars

871

 

237

709

705

6

324

30

 

 

Humanitarian aid

6,392

 

 

 

Cooking gas

182.180

 

 

 

 

Notes:

 

On Tuesday, 11 September 2012, IOF allowed the entry of 600 tons of
cement, 2,170 tons of construction aggregates, 1,190 tons of base course and 16
tons of chocolate for UNRWA; 196 tons of flour for WFP; 146 tons of cement,
1,820 tons of construction aggregates, 36 tons of stuccos and 19 tons of
construction steel for the Coastal Municipalities Water Utility; and 38 tons of
construction steel for ANERA.  They also
allowed the entry of 663 tons of fodders and 234 tons of wheat.

 

On Wednesday, 12 September 2012, IOF allowed the entry of 3608 tons
of cement, 3,570 tons of construction aggregates, 92 tons of construction
steel, 45 tons of marbles, 28 tons of chocolate, 43 tons of biscuits and 69
tons of cooking oil for UNRWA; 141 tons of flour and 43 tons of peas for WFP; 120
tons of cement, 1,680 tons of construction aggregates and 70 tons of
construction steel for the Costal Municipalities Water Utility; and 80 tons of
cement for ANERA.   They also allowed the entry of 546 tons of
fodders and 273 tons of wheat.

 

On Thursday, 13 September 2012, IOF allowed the entry of 336 tons
of cement, 5,250 tons of construction aggregates, 571 tons of construction
steel, 36 tons of cooking oil, 350 tons of base course and 29 tons of biscuits for
UNRWA; 140 tons of cement for the Palestinian Water Authority; 76 tons of peas
and 118 tons of flour for WFP.  They also
allowed the entry of 819 tons of fodders, 312 tons of wheat and 392 tons of
straws. 

 

IOF
closed the crossing on 16, 17 and 18 September 2012 because of Jewish
holidays. 

 

Movement
at Beit Hanoun (Erez) Crossing

12 –
18 September 2012

 

Date

12 September

13 September

14 September

15 September

16 September

17 September

18 September

Patients

35

32

2

Nil

36

Nil

Nil

Companions

34

31

3

Nil

32

Nil

Nil

Personal needs

29

35

22

Nil

4

Nil

Nil

Arabs from Israel

12

12

24

Nil

20

Nil

Nil

Diplomats

Nil

12

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

International Journalists

Nil

1

2

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

International Workers

21

73

5

Nil

8

Nil

Nil

UN Workers

Nil

15

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Travelers abroad

Nil

4

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Business People

78

65

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Economic Meetings

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Security Interviews

1

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

VIP’s

1

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Ambulances to Israel

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Ambulances from Israel

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IOF closed the crossing partially on Sunday, 16 September 2012, and
completely on Monday and Tuesday, 17 and 18 September 2012.     

 

The West Bank

 

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

 

There are approximately hundreds of permanent roadblocks, and
manned and unmanned checkpoints across the West Bank.

 

When complete, the illegal annexation wall will stretch for 724 kilometers
around the West Bank, further isolating the
entire population. 350
kilometers
of the wall have already been constructed.
Approximately 99% of the wall has been constructed inside the West
Bank
itself, confiscating more Palestinian land.

Many of the main roads that lead to Palestinian communities in the West Bank are closed or fully controlled by IOF.

 

IOF have continued to restrict access of Palestinian civilians from
the West Bank to East Jerusalem, through a
strict system of permits and a network of checkpoints.

 

IOF have completed controlled access to the Jordan Valley
through 4 permanent checkpoints established at its entrances.  Palestinians living outside the area are not
allowed to enter it without permits.

 

Settlement activities and expansion of settlements impose
additional restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians. 

 

IOF have continued to restrict access to gunfire areas and natural
reserves, which constitute about 26% of the total area of the West
Bank
.

 

Israeli military checkpoints restrict the movement of goods
throughout the West Bank.

 

Palestinian civilians continue to be harassed by IOF in Jerusalem, and across the West Bank,
including being regularly stopped, searched and even arrested in the streets by
IOF.

 

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

 

Ramallah and al-Bireh: 
IOF have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of
Palestinian civilians.  At approximately 21:40
on Friday, 13 September 2012, IOF re-established their presence at ‘Attara
checkpoint, north of Ramallah.  At
approximately 15:00 on Friday, 14 September 2012, IOF re-established their
presence at ‘Attara checkpoint, north of Ramallah.  At approximately 18:00, IOF established a
checkpoint at the entrance of Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah.   At approximately 10:30 on Saturday, 15
September 2012, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance of Beit ‘Aur
al-Fouqa village, southwest of Ramallah. 
At approximately 18:00, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance of
Sinjel village, north of Ramallah.  At
approximately 15:30 on Monday, 17 September 2012, IOF re-established their
presence at ‘Attara checkpoint, north of Ramallah.  At approximately 18:30, IOF established a
checkpoint at the entrance of  Beit ‘Aur
al-Fouqa village, southwest of Ramallah. 
At approximately 11:00 on Tuesday, 18 September 2012, IOF established a
checkpoint under Khrabtha al-Misbah Bridge, southwest of Ramallah.                

  

Jericho: IOF have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement
of Palestinian civilians.  At
approximately 08:30 on Thursday, 13 September 2012, IOF established a
checkpoint at the entrance of Marj Na’ja village, north of Jericho.  At approximately 19:00, IOF established a
checkpoint at the southern entrance of Jericho. 
At approximately 18:30 on Saturday, 15 September 2012, IOF established a
checkpoint at the entrance of al-‘Ouja village, north of Jericho.  At approximately 20:00, IOF established a
checkpoint at the southern entrance of Jericho. 
      

Jenin: IOF have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement
of Palestinian civilians.  At
approximately 14:00 on Thursday, 13 September 2012, IOF established a
checkpoint at the entrance of Jalboun village, northeast of Jenin.  At approximately 21:00 on Saturday, 15
September 2012, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance of Faqqou’a
village, northeast of Jenin.    

 

Tulkarm: IOF have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement
of Palestinian civilians.  At
approximately 13:00 on Friday, 14 September 2012, IOF established a checkpoint
at Bazaria intersection on Tulkram-Nablus road, east of Tulkarm.  At approximately 14:30, IOF established a
checkpoint at Beit Leed intersection, east of Tulkarm.  At approximately 18:40, IOF established a
checkpoint at the entrance of Shoufa village, southeast of Tulkarm.  At approximately 17:00 on Tuesday, 18
September 2012, IOF established a checkpoint at Beit Leed intersection, east of
Tulkarm. 

 

Hebron: IOF have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement
of Palestinian civilians.  At
approximately 18:00 on Saturday, 15 September 2012, IOF established a
checkpoint in Muthallath al-‘Aqaba area, south of Hebron.   At the same time, IOF closed the main gate
leading to al-Fawar refugee camp, south of Hebron, but reopened it at
approximately 08:00.  At approximately
08:00 on Sunday, 16 September 2012, IOF established a checkpoint in Tarousa
area, south of Hebron.  At approximately
05:00, IOF established a checkpoint on Halhoul – Hebron road.  At approximately 03:00 on Monday, 17
September 2012, IOF established a checkpoint on Tarousa road, south of
Hebron.  At approximately 04:00, IOF
established a checkpoint at the entrance of Karma village, south of
Hebron.  At approximately 06:00, IOF
established a checkpoint at the entrance of Khirbat Aizoun village, north of
Hebron.    

 

Harassment at Military Checkpoints

 

At approximately 07:30 on Sunday, 16 August 2012, IOF positioned in
the east of Yatta village, south of Hebron, detained teachers of Janba
School.  They released them several hours
later. 

 

Arrests at Military Checkpoints

 

At approximately 13:40 on Friday, 14 September
2012, IOF arrested 3 Palestinian brothers from ‘Azzoun village east of
Qalqilya, after they had participated in a sit-in in the nearby ‘Izbat al-Tabib
village, in protest to an Israeli decision to demolish the service building in
the village.  The detainees are: Bahaa’,
As’ad and Mohammed Hussein Shbaita, 20, 23 an 26 respectively.    

 

 

4- Settlement
Activities and Attacks by Settlers against Palestinian Civilians and Property

 

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

 

At
approximately 03:05 on Thursday, 13 September 2012, Nidal Ahmed Nazzal, 25,
Tha’er ‘Abdul Ra’ouf Nazzal, 26, and Salam Khaled Nazzal, 19, all from
Qalqilya, were admitted into Rafidya Hospital in Nablus, as they were injured
by fragments of glass from the window of a car they had rented.  Israeli settlers threw stones at the car
while the three civilians were traveling on Nablus-Ramallah road near “Shilo”
settlement.  The car was also heavily
damaged. 

 

At
approximately 10:00 on Thursday, 13 September 2012, the Israeli Central Court
in occupied Jerusalem ordered handing over al-Rajabi building in the center of
Hebron to Israeli settlers.  The settlers
had been evacuated from the building in 2008 by an order issued by the same
court.  In it decision, the court claimed
that evidence documents presented by the plaintiff were not sufficient, and
order him to pay 50,000 NIS as court fees. 
It is worth noting that Israeli settlers had seized the house in 2007,
and the court ordered their evacuation in 2008.

 

At approximately
06:00 on Friday, 14 September 2012, a number of Israeli settlers from “Ma’oun”
settlement attacked Khirbat al-Hamra area, south of Hebron, and uprooted at
least 15 olive trees belonging to the Reb’ei family.  Israeli settlers attempts to seize lands in
the area to expand “Ma’oun” settlement. 

 

At
approximately 08:00 on Friday, 14 September 2012, at least 200 Israeli settlers
from “Beit Hagai” settlement to the east of Dura village, south of Hebron,
stormed Wad Abu al-Qamra area near the settlement.  They remained in the area until approximately
09:30. 

 

At
approximately 18:00 on Saturday, 15 September 2012, a number of Israeli
settlers from “Yish Kodesh” settlement outpost in the southeast of Qasra
village, southeast of Nablus, attacked a Palestinian family while working on
their land.  As a result, a member of the
family, Akram Tayseer ‘Ouda, 40, was seriously injured as he was attacked by an
Israeli settler using a sharp tool.  In
his testimony to PCHR,  Akram Tayseer
‘Ouda stated: 

 

“At
approximately 18:00 on Saturday, 15 September 2012, my family and I went to our
land in the south of Qasra village to take out woods and levers from the land
after we had established a well on the land. 
Half an hour later, I hear members of my family talking and looking at
‘Yish Kodesh’ settlement outpost, nearly two kilometers away from our
land.  I looked there and I could see 3
Israeli settlers wearing white clothes coming towards us.  They were nearly 150 meters away from
us.  They threw stones at us and ordered
us to leave our land.  I told them that
this my land and they must leave.  I
contacted some people in my village to come to help us, and dozens of them came.  They continued to throw stones at us and we
did the same against them.  Soon, and
Israeli military jeep arrived at the area and Israeli soldiers fired tear gas
canisters at us, so we fled.  As I
suffered from asthma, I ran away from other people to avoid inhaling tear
gas.  Soon, an Israeli settler caught
me.  He hit me with a sharp tool and I
lost consciousness.  The ringing of my
mobile phone awoke me.  When I picked up
the phone, I told the caller that I was injured and described my location to him.  Soon, a number of young men arrived and
evacuated me in a civilian car to Rafidya Hospital in Nablus.  There, I knew that the sustained a fracture
to my left hand and bruises and cuts to the right eye and ear.”  

 

At
approximately 09:00 on Saturday, 15 August 2012, IOF positioned in al-Mussafer
area to the southeast of Yatta village, south of Hebron, prevented Palestinian
farmers and international solidarity activists from reaching the area to work
on agricultural land, claiming that it was a closed military zone.  IOF and Israeli settlers attempt to seize
this land in order to expand the nearby “Ma’oun” settlement, which stands on
Palestinian land.

 

On
Sunday, 16 September 2012, IOF issued a notice to ‘Abdullah Mohammed Ghunaim,
75, from al-Khader village south of Bethlehem, ordering him to evacuate his
land and destroy what he has planted within 15 days on his own expenses.  The land is located near Israeli settlements.

 

At
approximately 18:30 on Monday, 17 September 2012, 6 Israeli settlers from
“Eitamar” settlement, which stands on the lands of ‘Aqraba village, southeast
of Nablus, attacked 3 Palestinian civilians when they were on their way back to
the village from their land in Karama area, nearly 700 meters away from the
village.  These civilians are:  Maher Hashem Bani Jaber, 37; ‘Omar Hashem
Bani Jaber, 28; and Hafez Nazem ‘Otaiwi, 24. 
The settlers beat them for more than half an hour.  As a result, the three civilians sustained
bruises throughout their bodies. 

 

On
Wednesday, 19 September 2012, IOF delivered two notices to Sabri Rashad Manasra
and Jom’a Yousef ‘Assaf, confiscating 75 dunums of their agricultural lands at
the entrance of Wadi Foukin village, west of Bethlehem.  The notices were accompanied by maps and a
decision to replant the lands.  According
to the chairman of the local council of the village, Ahmed Sukkar, since the
beginning of 2012, IOF have confiscated at least 200 dunums of lands in the
village for the purpose of settlement expansion. 

 

At
approximately 11:00 on Wednesday, 19 September 2012, a number of Israeli
settlers from “Abraham Avino” settlement outpost in the center of Hebron raided
a house belonging to Nidal al-‘Owaiwi, 42, in the old town.  They beat al-‘Owaiwi’s child, Sally, 8, and
his son, Sa’id, 20.  They also broke
windows and damaged water tanks in house. 
Israeli soldiers were present in the area, but did not intervene to stop
this attack.   

 

 

 

Recommendations to the International
Community

 

 

1. PCHR calls upon
the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention to fulfill their
legal and moral obligations under Article 1 of the Convention to ensure Israel‘s respect for the Convention in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.  PCHR believes that the conspiracy of silence
practiced by the international community has encouraged Israel to act as if it
is above the law and encourages Israel continue to violate international human
rights and humanitarian law.

 

2. PCHR calls upon
the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention to convene a
conference to take effective steps to ensure Israel’s respect of the Convention
in the OPT and to provide immediate protection for Palestinian civilians.

 

3. PCHR calls upon
the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention to comply with
their legal obligations detailed in Article 146 of the Convention to search for
and prosecute those responsible for grave breaches, namely war crimes.

 

4. PCHR calls for
the immediate implementation of the Advisory Opinion issued by the
International Court of Justice, which considers the construction of the
Annexation Wall inside the West Bank illegal.

 

5. PCHR recommends
that international civil society organizations, including human rights
organizations, bar associations and NGOs, participate in the process of
exposing those accused of grave breaches of international law and urge their
governments to bring the perpetrators to justice.

 

6. PCHR calls upon
the European Union to activate Article 2 of the Euro-Israel Association
Agreement, which provides that Israel
must respect human rights as a precondition for economic cooperation between
the EU states and Israel.  PCHR further calls upon the EU states to
prohibit import of goods produced in illegal Israeli settlements in the OPT.

 

7. PCHR calls on
the international community to recognize the Gaza disengagement plan, which was
implemented in September 2005, for what it is – not an end to occupation but a
compounding of the occupation and the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza
Strip. 

 

8. In recognition
of ICRC as the guardian of the Fourth Geneva Convention, PCHR calls upon the
ICRC to increase its staff and activities in the OPT, including the
facilitation of family visitations to Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.

 

9. PCHR
appreciates the efforts of international civil society, including human rights
organizations, bar associations, unions and NGOs, and urges them to continue
their role in pressuring their governments to secure Israel’s respect for human
rights in the OPT and to demand Israel end its attacks on Palestinian
civilians.

 

10. PCHR calls upon the international community to pressure Israel
to lift the severe restrictions imposed by the Israeli government and its
occupation forces on access for international organizations to the OPT.

 

11. PCHR reiterates that any political settlement not based on
international human rights law and humanitarian law cannot lead to a peaceful
and just solution of the Palestinian question. 
Rather, such an arrangement can only lead to further suffering and
instability in the region.  Any peace
process or agreement must be based on respect for international law, including
international human rights and humanitarian law.

 

 

 

 

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Public Document

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