The annexation wall cuts off occupied Jerusalem
from the West Bank


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

 

IOF
continued to fire at Palestinian communities and agricultural areas in the Gaza
Strip.

 

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

Dozens
of demonstrators suffered from tear gas inhalation.

 

IOF
conducted 43 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and two
limited ones into the Gaza Strip.   

IOF
arrested 18 Palestinian civilians, including 4 children, in the West Bank.

IOF
razed 43 dunums[1] of
agricultural land and destroyed irrigation networks and agricultural pools in
the Gaza Strip.

 

IOF
continued to attack Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip.

IOF launched
6 Palestinian fishermen.

 

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

IOF
arrested a Palestinian civilians at a checkpoint in the West Bank.

 

IOF
have continued efforts to create a Jewish demographic majority in East
Jerusalem.

The
Israeli municipality of Jerusalem approved the construction of 2,500 housing
units in “Gilo” settlement in the south of Jerusalem.

IOF
razed houses and barnyards in Jabal al-Mukabber neighborhood and ‘Anata
village.

 

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

IOF
closed 6 wells in Jenin.

IOF
handed dozens of demolitions orders in the south of Hebron.

Israeli
settlers uprooted 35 olive trees in the south of Hebron. 

 

 

Summary

 

Israeli
violations of international law and humanitarian law in the OPT continued
during the reporting period (07 – 13 June 2012):

 

Shooting:

 

During the reporting period, IOF used
force to disperse peaceful demonstrations organized in protest to the
construction of the annexation wall and settlement activities in the West Bank
and in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.  As a result, dozens of demonstrators also
suffered from tear gas inhalation. 

 

During the reporting period, Israeli
gunboats attacked opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats in the northern and
central Gaza Strip on 6 occasions.  No
casualties were reported. 

 

IOF positioned at the border between
the Gaza Strip and Israeli opened fire at Palestinian communities and
agricultural land, but no casualties were reported. 

 

Incursions:

 

During
the reporting period, IOF conducted at least 43 military incursions into
Palestinian communities in the West Bank. 
During these incursions, IOF arrested 18 Palestinian civilians,
including 4 children.  

 

In
the Gaza Strip, IOF conducted two limited incursions into Palestinian areas,
during which they razed 43 dunums of agricultural land and destroyed irrigation
networks and agricultural pools.

 

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.

 

Efforts to
Create a Jewish Demographic Majority in East Jerusalem:

 

On
07 June 2012, the Israeli municipality of Jerusalem approved a plan to build
2,500 housing units in “Gilo” settlement on Abu Ghumain Mount in the south of
Jerusalem. 

 

On
the same day, IOF, accompanied by bulldozers, stormed the community of Arab
al-Jahalin near ‘Anata village, east of occupied Jerusalem, and closed the
area.  They tore down 5 tents and 5 sheds
belonging to 5 families.  IOF claimed
that military exercises would be conducted in the area.  According to eyewitnesses, the bulldozers
tore down the tents and the sheds without prior warning.  

 

On
12 June 2012, IOF, accompanied by bulldozers, moved into al-Sal’a area in Jbal
al-Mukabber neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem.  They demolished a number of sheds that are
used as barnyards, established on a 700-square-meter area of land.  IOF also destroyed 20 tons of barleys,
imposed on the owner of the barnyards a demolition fee of 50,000 ILS and
obligated him to remove the debris. 

 

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
07 June 2012, IOF moved into agricultural plains located near Beit Qad village,
east of Jenin.  They closed 6 wells after
destroying their electricity cables, water pipelines and motors. 

  

On
the same day, IOF moved into Far’oun village, south of Tulkarm.  They handed a notice to Bassam and Hussam
Hassan Suleiman ordering demolition of their 75-square-meter, two-storey house,
which is located nearly 75 meters away from the annexation wall. 

 

On
the same day, a number of Israeli settlers from “Eliazer” settlement, south of
Bethlehem, stole iron bars and barbwire surrounding fields belonging to a
number of Palestinian farmers from the Salah family in al-Khader village.  The farmers stated that they found leaflets
on their lands, which indicate that this attack was launched by an Israeli
organization known as “Green Helmets.”

 

On
08 June 2012, IOF stormed Khirbat al-Mafqara area to the east of Yatta village,
south of Hebron. They surrounded a site of the construction of a mosque and
forced the workers to stop building the mosque. 

 

On
11 June 2012, Israeli settlers from “Ma’oun” settlement, south of Hebron,
uprooted 30 olive trees in al-Tawani village, south of Hebron.

 

On
11 June 2012, a number of Israeli settlers from “Karmi Tsur” settlement, which
stands on the lands of Beit Ummar town, north of Hebron, attacked a Palestinian
farmer, Hamdi Abu Maria, when he was working on his land.  When a number of Palestinian civilians and
international human rights defenders intervened to protect the farmer, IOF
intervened and violently beat Mousa ‘Abdul Hamid Abu Maria, 35, a member of the
Public Committee, and arrested him.  He
was injured in the head as an Israeli soldier hit him using the gun butt. 

 

On
12 June 2012, IOF moved into Sousia village, south of Hebon.  They handed notices to a number of
Palestinian civilians ordering demolition of 52 houses and civilian facilities,
including a clinic and a kindergarten. 

 

 

Israeli
Violations Documented during the Reporting Period (07 – 13 June 2012)

 

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

 

Thursday, 07 2012

 

At approximately 01:00, IOF moved
into al-Dyouk village, northwest of Jericho. 
They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

At approximately 01:30, IOF moved
into al-Yamoun village, west of Jenin. 
They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Mo’ayad
Ahmed Jaradat, 27, and arrested him.

 

At approximately 03:30, IOF moved
into Bitounia town, west of Ramallah.  They
patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

At approximately 08:00, IOF moved
into Kufor al-Dik village, west of Salfit. 
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 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 09:30, IOF moved
into Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah. 
They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

At approximately 10:00, IOF moved
into Qibya village, west of Ramallah.  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 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 14:55, IOF moved
into Qalqilya.  They patrolled in the
streets for some time and withdrew later. 
Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 15:30, IOF moved
into al-Janya village, northwest of Ramallah. 
They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

At approximately 20:00, IOF moved
into al-Jiftlek village, north of Jericho. 
They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

At approximately 20:40, 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 21:30, IOF moved
into Jalboun village, east 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 Beit ‘Aur al-Tahta village, west of Ramallah.  They patrolled in the streets for some time
and withdrew later.  Neither house raids
nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 23:30, IOF moved
into Ras ‘Atiya village, southeast of Qalqilya. 
They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

Friday,
08 June 2012

 

At approximately 09:30, IOF moved
into Sinjel village, north of Ramallah.  They
patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

At approximately 11:30, 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 17:00, IOF moved
into ‘Izbat Shoufa village, southeast of Tulkarm.  They patrolled in the streets for some time
and withdrew later.  Neither house raids
nor arrests were reported.

 

Saturday, 09 June 2012  

 

At approximately 00:30, IOF moved
into ‘Aanin village, northwest of Jenin. 
They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

At approximately 01:00, IOF moved
into ‘Obwin village, northwest of Ramallah. 
They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

At approximately 06:00, Israeli
gunboats stationed opposite to Deir al-Balah seashore in the central Gaza Strip
opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats that were sailing 3 nautical miles
from the shore.  Palestinian fishermen
were forced to sail back to the beach and no casualties were reported.

 

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

 

Also at approximately 09:00, 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 10:30, 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 14:00, IOF moved
into Deir Qeddis village, northwest of Ramallah.  They patrolled in the streets for some time
and withdrew later.  Neither house raids
nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately15:30, IOF moved
into Deir Jarir village, northeast of Ramallah. 
They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

At approximately 19:00, IOF moved
into Toura al-Gharbiya village, southwest of Jenin.  They patrolled in the streets for some time
and withdrew later.  Neither house raids
nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 21:40, IOF moved
into ‘Ein al-Sultan refugee camp, west of Jericho.  They patrolled in the streets for some time
and withdrew later.  Neither house raids
nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 23:30, IOF moved
into Beit ‘Aur al-Tahta village, southwest of Ramallah.  They patrolled in the streets for some time
and withdrew later.  Neither house raids
nor arrests were reported.

 

Sunday, 10 June 2012

 

At approximately 01:00, IOF moved
into Beit ‘Awa village, southwest of Hebon. 
They raided and searched a number of houses and arrested two Palestinian
civilians:

 

1. Mohammed Ibrahim al-Swaiti, 35; and

2. Mohammed ‘Aadel al-Swaiti, 20.

 

At approximately 02:00, IOF moved
into Deir al-Ghossoun village, north of Tulkjarm.  They raided and searched a house belonging to
the family of Bilal Fathallah Zaidan, 39, and arrested him.  They also confiscated a number of computer
hard disks.  They then raided and
searched a house belonging to the family of Khaled Mahmoud Khalil, 45, and
arrested him.  They also raided and
searched a house belonging to the family of Mohammed Saleh Qe’dan, 23, and
arrested him. 

 

At approximately 07:30, IOF moved
into Deir al-Ghossoun village, north of Tulkarm.  They patrolled in the streets for some time
and withdrew later.  Neither house raids
nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 08:00, Israeli
gunboats stationed opposite to Deir al-Balah seashore in the central Gaza Strip
opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats that were sailing 3 nautical miles
from the shore.  Palestinian fishermen
were forced to sail back to the beach and no casualties were reported.

 

Also at approximately 08:00, IOF
moved into Qarawat Bani Hassan village, northwest of Salfit.  They patrolled in the streets for some time
and withdrew later.  Neither house raids
nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 09:55, IOF moved
into Kufor Qaddoum village, north of Qalqilya. 
They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

At approximately 14:30, IOF moved
into Jaba’ village, south of Jenin.  They
patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

At approximately 21:40, IOF moved
into Nabi Elias village, east of Qalqilya. 
They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 23:30, IOF moved
into Artah suburb, south of Tulkarm.  They
patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

Also at approximately 23:30, IOF
moved into ‘Azzoun village, east of Qalqilya. 
They raided and searched a number of houses and arrested 3 Palestinian
civilians, including two children:

 

1. Mansour Bassim Saleem, 18;

2. Ahmed Bassim Saleem, 17; and

3. ‘Abdul Jaber Jamal Saleem, 17.

 

They also held Ismail Saleh Swaidan,
44, for a few hours.

 

Monday, 11 June 2012

 

At approximately 01:00, IOF moved
into Beit Ummar town, north of Hebron. 
They raided and searched a number of houses and arrested two Palestinian
children:

 

1. Mohammed Jamal Abu Hashem, 16; and

2. Malek Jawad ‘Awadh, 15. 

 

IOF also fired tear gas canisters
and sound bombs at a number of houses and a mosque in the town.

 

At approximately 02:00, IOF moved
into Kufor Dan village, northwest of Jenin. 
They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

At approximately 04:45, IOF
positioned at the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel to the east of Khan
Yunis opened fire at Palestinian communities and agricultural areas in
al-Qarara and al-Fukhari villages.  No
casualties were reported.

 

At approximately 06:00, Israeli
gunboats opened fire at 17 Palestinian fishing boats that were sailing nearly 3
nautical miles from al-Zawaida seashore in the central Gaza Strip.  Palestinian fishermen were forced to sail
back to the beach and no casualties were reported.

 

At approximately 08:30, Israeli
gunboats stopped a Palestinian fishing boats opposite to Beit Lahia seashore in
the northern Gaza Strip.  Israeli naval
troops forced Jihad and Mohammed Bashir Abu Riala, 22 and 18 respectively, who
were on board the boat to take their clothes off.  They then chased and fired at the two
fishermen.  No casualties were reported,
but the two fishermen lost their fishing nets.

 

At approximately 15:00, IOF moved
into Tulkarm.  They raided an
under-construction building belonging to the al-Shaf’ei family at Shwaika
Street in the north of the town.  They arrested
the owners of the buildings, engineers and workers.  Later, they released all detainees, excluding
3 brothers: ‘Eid, Mazen and Hameed ‘Olayan al-Shaf’ei, 32, 30 and 28
respectively.  The detainees’ uncle
stated to PCHR that IOF raided the building one a person who was known to be
wanted by IOF entered the building, and arrested him together with the three
brothers.

 

At approximately 21:00, 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, 12 June 2012

 

At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Bethlehem.  They raided and searched a house belonging to
the family of Mahmoud ‘Abdul Rahman al-Hajj, 26, and arrested him. 

 

At approximately 02:30, IOF moved into Til village, southwest of
Nablus.  They raided and searched a
number of houses and arrested 3 Palestinian civilians:

 

1. Firas Ibrahim
Ramadan, 24;

2. Ibrahim Mustafa
Ghannam, 24; and

3. Bashar Nayef
Silwadi, 25.

 

At approximately 06:00, 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.

 

At approximately 08:30, IOF moved nearly 700 meters into the
central Gaza Strip.  They razed areas of
Palestinian agricultural land.  During
this incursion, IOF fired a number of incendiary bombs, which burnt some wheat
fields.  IOF moved back to the border
between the Gaza Strip and Israel at approximately 16:15 after having razed 43
dunums of agricultural land planted with olives, palms, grapes, vegetables,
wheat and corns, belonging to the families of Abu Mughassib and Abu
Muhareb.  They had also destroyed a
number irrigation networks and agricultural pools.   

 

At approximately 08:40, IOF moved nearly 300 meters into al-Qarara
village, northeast of the southern Gaza Strip of Khan Yunis.  They leveled areas of Palestinian land which
they had already razed.

 

At approximately 13:00, Israeli helicopter gunships opened fire at
agricultural areas in al-Qarara and ‘Abassan villages, east of Khan Yunis.  No casualties were reported. 

 

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

 

At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Balata refugee camp, east of
Nablus.  They raided and searched a
number of houses and arrested 3 Palestinian civilians:

 

1. ‘Ameed Mohammed
Hashash, 18;

2. Salah Jom’a Abu
Rwais, 18; and

3. Mohammed Bilal
Abu Zaytoun, 20.

 

They also summoned Khaled Mohammed Abu ‘Arab and Bahaa’ Jameel
Badrasawi for interrogation. 

 

At approximately 09:15, Israeli soldiers stationed on observation
towers at the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel to the northwest of Beit
Hanoun opened fire at a number of Palestinian workers who were collecting
scraps of construction materials from the destroyed industrial zone, nearly 250
meters away from the border.   No
casualties were reported.

 

2. 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, dozens of demonstrators
suffered from tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises.

 

Following the Friday Prayer on 08 June 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 and. 
They raised the Palestinian flag and called for ending political
division. They then moved towards areas of 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, a number of
demonstrators suffered from tear gas inhalation.

 

Also following the Friday Prayer on 08 June 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, dozens of demonstrators suffered
from tear gas inhalation.

 

Also following the Friday Prayer on 08 June 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, some demonstrators suffered from tear gas inhalation. 

 

Other Peaceful Demonstrations:

 

At approximately 15:00 on Saturday, 09 June 2012, dozens of
Palestinian civilians and Israeli and international human rights defenders
gathered in the center of Nouba village, southwest of Ramallah.  They organized a peaceful demonstration,
which they called the march of return to the evacuated Latroun villages.  Dr. Leila Ghanem, Governor of Ramallah and
al-Bireh, and Dr. Wassel Abu Yousef, Member of the Executive Committee of
Palestine Liberation Organization, participated in the demonstration.  They moved towards the annexation wall near
the village.  Israeli soldiers positioned
in the area immediately fired rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas canisters
and sound bombs at them.  As a result, a
number of demonstrators suffered from tear gas inhalation, and fire broke out in
some agricultural areas near the annexation wall.

 

On Monday noon, 11 June 2012, dozens of Palestinian civilians,
peacefully demonstrated in front of Oufar Prison, southwest of Ramallah, in
solidarity with Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, especially Mahmoud
al-Sarasak, who has been on hunger strike for 90 days.  They raised the Palestinian flag and portraits
of Mahmoud al-Sarska, Akram al-Rakhawi and Samer al-Barq, Palestinian detainees
who have been on hunger strike.  They
played football to express solidarity with Mahmoud al-Sarsak, who is a member
of the Palestinian national football team. 
Israeli soldiers fired rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas canisters
and sound bombs at the demonstrators.  As
a result, a number of demonstrators suffered from tear gas inhalation.     

 

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 five 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.  On Wednesday evening, 14 March
2012, IOF arrested Ahmed Subhi al-Kahlout, 40, a trader from Gaza City, when he
was traveling via Beit Hanoun crossing.

 

For approximately 59 months, IOF have continued to deny approximately
700 Palestinian prisoners from Gaza detained in Israeli jails their visitation
rights without providing any justification to this measure, which violates the
rules of the international humanitarian law.

 

Movement
at Border Crossings during the Reporting Period:

 

Movement
at Rafah International Crossing Point

06 –
12 June 2012

 

Day

Date

Traveling abroad

Coming into Gaza

Returned into Gaza

Wednesday

06 June 2012

919

509

21

Thursday

07 June 2012

936

800

76

Friday

08 June 2012

One traveler and a corpse

Saturday

09 June 2012

697

837

250

Sunday

10 June 2012

498

863

12

Monday

11 June 2012

475

680

15

Tuesday

12 June 2012

856

769

37

 

 

Movement
at Karm Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) Crossing

06 –
10 June 2012

 

Imports:

 

Date

Imports

Category

Amount

Tons

Number

Liters

06 June 2012

Foodstuffs

778

Agricultural materials

1,431

Various goods

Cartons of clothes

Refrigerators

Cartons of shoes

Water tanks

Gas ovens

Fans

Cars

1,172

 

1,076

251

980

240

1,044

828

20

Humanitarian aid

3,877

Cooking gas

226.330

07 June 2012

Foodstuffs

652

Agricultural materials

2,367

Various goods

Cartons of clothes

Refrigerators

Machines

Car tires  

1,092

1,440

90

12

359

Humanitarian aid

3,420

Cooking gas

156.800

Industrial fuel from Israel

74,599

Industrial fuel from Qatar

151,739

08 June 2012

Industrial fuel from Qatar

200,000

10 June 2012

Foodstuffs

812

Agricultural materials

1,996

Various goods

Cartons of clothes

Refrigerators

Water tanks

Cars

Fans

Air conditioners

Car tires 

892

 

1,059

108

585

30

528

80

1,140

Humanitarian aid

4,493

Cooking gas

133.330

Industrial fuel from Israel

216,120

Industrial fuel from Qatar

173,950

 

Notes:

 

On Wednesday, 06 June 2012, IOF allowed the entry of 112 tons of
cement, 1,400 tons of construction aggregates and 110 tons of construction
steel for UNRWA; and 2,100 tons of construction aggregates for the Palestinian
Water Authority.  They also allowed the
entry of 741 tons of fodders and 507 tons of wheat.

 

On Thursday, 07 June 2012, IOF allowed the entry 40 tons of cement and
32 tons of construction steel for UNDP; and 3,010 tons of construction
aggregates for the Palestinian Water Authority. 
They also allowed the entry of 936 tons of fodders and 468 tons of
wheat. 

 

On Sunday, 10 June 2012, IOF allowed the entry of 140 tons
of cement and 3,220 tons of construction aggregates for UNRWA; and 700 tons of construction
aggregates for the Palestinian Water Authority. 
They also allowed the entry of 741 tons of fodders and 351 tons of wheat.

 

Movement
at Beit Hanoun (Erez) Crossing

06 –
12 June 2012

 

Date

06 June

07 June

08 June

09 June

10 June

11 June

12 June

Patients

25

34

2

Nil

56

32

67

Companions

24

37

1

Nil

54

32

47

Arabs from Israel

6

1

Nil

Nil

35

7

2

Diplomats

14

6

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

International Journalists

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

2

2

2

International Workers

35

59

12

Nil

25

15

27

Travelers abroad

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

1

Business People

82

67

28

Nil

108

104

85

Economic Meetings

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Security Interviews

1

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

1

3

VIP’s

1

Nil

Nil

Nil

2

9

1

Ambulances to Israel

1

2

1

1

2

2

2

Ambulances from Israel

1

1

Nil

Nil

2

1

Nil

 

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:

 

Jerusalem: IOF
have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian
civilians to and from the city. Thousands of Palestinian civilians from the West Bank and the Gaza Strip have been denied access to
the city. IOF have established many checkpoints around and inside the
city.  Restrictions of the movement of
Palestinian civilians often escalate on Fridays, preventing young Muslim
Palestinians from praying at al-Aqsa Mosque.

 

Ramallah:  IOF have continued to impose severe
restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.  At approximately 10:30 on Thursday, 07 June
2012, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance of Beit Liqya villahe, west
of Ramallah.  At approximately 13:00, IOF
established a checkpoint at Beit ‘Aur al-Fouqa intersection, southwest of Ramallah.  At approximately 16:00, IOF established a
checkpoint under Kharabtha al-Misbah Bridge, southwest of Ramallah.  At approximately 18:30, IOF re-established
their presence at ‘Attara checkpoint, north of Ramallah.  At approximately 09:00 on Friday, 08 June
2012, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance of Nabi Saleh village,
northwest of Ramallah.  At approximately
11:30, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance of Kharabtha Bani Hareth
village, west of Ramallah.  At
approximately 19:00, IOF established a checkpoint at Beit ‘Aur al-Fouqa
intersection, southwest of Ramallah.  At
approximately 10:00 on Saturday, IOF established a checkpoint between Beit
Liqya and Kharabtha al-Misbah villages, southwest of Ramallah.  At approximately 16:00, IOF re-established
their presence at ‘Attara checkpoint, north of Ramallah.  At approximately 09:30 on Sunday, 10 June
2012, IOF established a checkpoint under Kharabtha al-Misbah Bridge, west of
Ramallah.  At approximately 10:40, IOF
established a checkpoint at the entrance of al-Lubban al-Gharbi village,
northwest of Ramallah. 

 

Qalqilya:  IOF have continued to
impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.  At approximately 13:30 on Thursday, 07 June
2012, IOF established a checkpoint near Jainsafout village, on Wadi Qana road between
Qalqilya and Salfit.  At approximately
16:55, IOF established a checkpoint between Jainsafout and Kufor Laqef villages
on Qalqilya-Nablus road.  On Sunday, 10
June 2012, IOF established 3 checkpoints around Qalqilya.  At approximately17:00 on Monday, 11 June
2012, IOF established a checkpoint at the eastern entrance of Qalqilya.  At approximately 22:15 on the same day, IOF
established a checkpoint near Jainsafout village.         

 

Jenin: IOF have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement
of Palestinian civilians.  At
approximately 09:30 on Sunday, 10 June 2012, IOF established a checkpoint
between Qabatya and al-Zababda villages, south of Jenin.  At approximately 16:00, IOF established a
checkpoint at Jaba’ intersection, southeast of Jenin.  At approximately 10:00 on Monday, 11 June
2012, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance of Sanour village, southeast
of Jenin.        

 

Tulkarm:  IOF have continued to
impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.  At approximately 08:00 on Saturday, 09 June 2012,
IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance of Qiffin village, north of
Tulkarm.  At approximately 15:30, Israeli
soldiers positioned at Ennab checkpoint, east of Tulkarm, imposed additional
restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.   At approximately 08:00 on Sunday, 10 June
2012, IOF established a checkpoint between al-Jaroushiya and Deir al-Ghoussoun
villages, north of Tulkarm. 

 

Jericho: IOF have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement
of Palestinian civilians.  At
approximately 09:40 on Thursday, 07 June 2012, IOF established a checkpoint at
the southern entrance of Jericho.  At
approximately 11:00 on Saturday, 09 June 2012, IOF established a checkpoint at
the entrance of ‘Ein al-Dyouk village, north of Jericho.  At approximately 11:30, IOF established a
checkpoint at the southern entrance of Jericho. 
At approximately 16:30, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance of
Fassayel village, north of Jericho.  At
approximately 10:00 on Sunday, 10 June 2012, IOF established a checkpoint at
the entrance of al-Jiftlek village, north of Jericho.  At approximately 21:30, IOF established a
checkpoint at the entrance of al-Zbaidat village, north of Jericho. 

 

Salfit: IOF have continued to impose severe restrictions on the
movement of Palestinian civilians.  At
approximately 07:20 on Friday, 08 June 2012, IOF established a checkpoint
between al-Zawia and Rafat villages, west of Salfit.    

 

4. Efforts
to Create a Jewish Demographic Majority in East Jerusalem

 

Israeli
occupation authorities have continued efforts aimed at creating a Jewish
demographic majority in East Jerusalem.

 

On
Thursday, 07 June 2012, the Israeli municipality of Jerusalem approved a plan
to build 2,500 housing units in “Gilo” settlement on Abu Ghumain Mount.  The “Walla” website in Hebrew reported that
the engineer of the municipality approved the plan which was referred to the
district committee for construction and organization for final approval.  A Jewish businessman presented the plan to
the municipality to approve the construction, and the municipality approved
it.  A spokesman of the municipality
confirmed the municipality’s approval of the plan, and stressed that the
municipality would continue to build housing units throughout Jerusalem.

 

On
Thursday evening, 07 June 2012, IOF, accompanied by bulldozers, stormed the
community of Arab al-Jahalin near ‘Anata village, east of occupied Jerusalem,
and closed the area.  They tore down 5
tents and 5 sheds belonging to 5 families. 
IOF claimed that military exercises would be conducted in the area.  According to eyewitnesses, the bulldozers
tore down the tents and the sheds without prior warning.   

 

At
approximately 07:30 on Tuesday, 12 June 2012, IOF, accompanied by bulldozers,
moved into al-Sal’a area in Jbal al-Mukabber neighborhood in occupied East
Jerusalem.  They demolished a number of
sheds that are used as barnyards, established on a 700-square-meter area of
land, belonging to ‘Aziz Jameel Ja’abis. 
According to Ja’abis, IOF forced him to take his sheep out, destroyed 20
tons of barleys, imposed on him a demolition fee of 50,000 ILS and obligated
him to remove the debris.  

 

5. 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 07:00 on Thursday, 07 June 2012, IOF moved into agricultural
plains located near Beit Qad village, east of Jenin.  They closed 6 wells after destroying their
electricity cables, water pipelines and motors. 
These wells belong to ‘Essam ‘Ezzat Yassin, Mahmoud Shareef Yassin, ‘Ali
Mohammed al-Qadi, Mahmoud al-Hasnawi and ‘Abdul Mon’em Ahmed Daraghma.  According to Darghma, the reparation of each
well costs at least 20,000 ILS. 

  

At
approximately 10:0 also on Thursday, 07 June 2012, IOF moved into Far’oun
village, south of Tulkarm.  They handed notices
to Bassam and Hussam Hassan Suleiman ordering demolition of their
75-square-meter, two-storey house, which is located nearly 75 meters away from
the annexation wall.  According to the
two brothers, they had received several similar notices since 1999, and the
case is being considered by Israeli courts.

 

On
Thursday morning, 07 June 2012, a number of Israeli settlers from “Eliazer”
settlement, south of Bethlehem, stole iron bars and barbwire surrounding fields
belonging to a number of Palestinian farmers from the Salah family in al-Khader
village.  The farmers stated that they
found leaflets on their lands, which indicate that this attack was launched by
an Israeli organization known as “Green Helmets.”

 

On
Friday morning, 08 June 2012, IOF stormed Khirbat al-Mafqara area to the east
of Yatta village, south of Hebron. They surrounded a site of the construction
of a mosque and forced the workers to stop building the mosque. 

 

On
Sunday morning, 11 June 2012, Israeli settlers from “Ma’oun” settlement, south
of Hebron, uprooted 30 olive trees belonging to Fadel and Jebrik Reb’ei in
al-Tawani village, south of Hebron.

 

On
Monday noon, 11 June 2012, a number of Israeli settlers from “Karmi Tsur”
settlement, which stands on the lands of Beit Ummar town, north of Hebron,
attacked a Palestinian farmer, Hamdi Abu Maria, when he was working on his
land.  According to Yousef Abu Maria, the
spokesman of the Public Committee against the Wall and Settlements in Beit
Ummar town, Israeli settlers threw stones at the farmer and prevented him from
working on his land.  When a number of
Palestinian civilians and international human rights defenders intervened to
protect the farmer, IOF intervened and violently beat Mousa ‘Abdul Hamid Abu
Maria, 35, a member of the Public Committee, and arrested him.  He was injured in the head as an Israeli
soldier hit him using the gun butt.  IOF
fired tear gas canisters and sound bombs at Palestinian civilians and international
human rights defenders and ordered them to leave the area.

 

On
Tuesday, 12 June 2012, IOF moved into Sousia village, south of Hebon.  They handed notices to a number of
Palestinian civilians ordering demolition of 52 houses and civilian facilities,
including a clinic and a kindergarten. 
The Israeli Haaretz daily reported that IOF would demolish the houses
and civilian facilities within 3 days and that Rabbis for Human Rights would
file a petition against these demolition order, which were issued following a
decision by the Israeli Supreme Court issued in response to a petition filed by
an Israeli settlement organization to accelerate the demolition of these houses
and civilian facilities.  

 

 

…………………………………………………

 

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.

 

 

 

 

…………………………………………………………

 

Public Document

For further information please visit
our website (www.pchrgaza.org) or contact
PCHR’s office in Gaza City, Gaza Strip by email (pchr@pchrgaza.org) or telephone (+972 (0)8
282 4776 – 282 5893).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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