Ongoing
construction works in “Armon Hanatsin” settlement in Jerusalem

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

 

IOF have continued to
use force against peaceful protests in the West Bank.

A Palestinian
civilian was wounded.

Dozens of protesters and
3 diplomats suffered from tear gas inhalation.

 

IOF conducted 65 incursions
into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and a limited one into the Gaza
Strip.  

3 Palestinian
civilians were wounded during an Israeli incursion into Rammoun village,
northeast of Ramallah.

IOF arrested 19 Palestinians,
including a child, two women and a patient.

A Palestinian child
was wounded by the explosion of a suspicious object left by IOF near Nablus.

 

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

 

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

Israeli settlers
attacked 3 Palestinian shepherds and wounded a Palestinian civilian in
Ramallah.

Israeli settlers
uprooted dozens of trees and stole agricultural tools in Bethlehem.

Israeli settlers
attacked Palestinian farmers in Nablus and injured one of them.

IOF demolished 4
tents, 6 barnyards and 3 barracks in the northern Jordan Valley.

 

 

Summary

 

Israeli violations of
international law and humanitarian law in the OPT continued during the
reporting period (22 – 28 March 2012):

 

Shooting:

 

During the reporting period, IOF wounded 3 Palestinian
civilians and arrested them during an incursion into Rammoun village, northeast
of Ramallah.  A child was also wounded by
the explosion of a mysterious object near Nablus.    

 

During the reporting period, IOF used
excessive force to disperse peaceful demonstrations organized in protest to
Israeli settlement activities and the construction of the annexation wall in
the West Bank.  As a result, a
Palestinian civilian was wounded, and dozens of Palestinian civilians and
international human rights defenders suffered from tear gas inhalation. 

 

Additionally, a Palestinian civilian was
wounded by Israeli settlers who attacked Palestinian shepherds near Ramallah.

 

Incursions:

 

During the reporting
period, IOF conducted at least 65 military incursions into Palestinian
communities in the West Bank, during which they arrested 19 Palestinian
civilians, including a child, two women and a patient.    

 

In the Gaza Strip,
IOF conducted one limited incursion into the central Gaza Strip.

 

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. 

 

During
the reporting period, IOF demolished 4 tents, 6 barnyards and 3 barracks in the
northern Jordan Valley.

 

On 24 March 2012, a
number of Israeli settlers from “Kfar Etzion” settlement, southwest of
Bethlehem, uprooted 85 olive trees and confiscated agricultural tools in the
west of al-Khader village.

 

On the same day
Israeli settlers from “Givad Assaf” settlement outpost in Burqa village,
northeast of Ramallah, attacked 3 Palestinian shepherds in the northwest of the
village.  Palestinian civilians made
calls through loudspeakers of mosques to protect the shepherds.  Dozens of civilians gathered in the area and
clashed with the settlers.  Immediately,
one of the settlers fired at these civilians. 
As a result, Hassan Balqawi Ma’tan, 40, was wounded by a bullet to the
right shoulder. 

 

On 26 March 2012,
following coordination with IOF, Palestinian civilians from Bourin village,
southeast of Nablus, headed to their agricultural land located near “Brakha”
settlement to farm it.  Half an hour
later, dozens of Israeli settlers arrived at the area and threw stones at
Palestinian farmers in the presence of IOF. 
As a result, Ayman Lu’ai al-Najjar, 27, was injured by a stone to the
forehead.

 

 

Israeli Violations
Documented during the Reporting Period (22 – 28 March 2012)

 

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

 

Thursday, 22 March 2012

 

At approximately 01:30, 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 09:00, IOF moved into ‘Ein
Yabroud village, northeast of Ramallah. 
They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

At approximately 09:40, IOF moved into Marj
Na’ja village, north of Jericho.  They
patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

At approximately 10:00, IOF moved into
Tulkarm.  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
al-Fundoqawmiya village, southwest of Jenin. 
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 Kufor
‘Ein village, northwest of Ramallah. 
They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

At approximately 11:40, IOF moved into Seilat
al-Zaher village, south of Jenin.  They
patrolled in the streets for some time and stopped and questioned a number of
Palestinian civilians.  They withdrew
later and neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 16:00, IOF moved into
Zabbouba village, northwest of Jenin. 
They patrolled in the streets.  A
number of Palestinian boys gathered and threw stones at Israeli military
vehicles.  Israeli soldiers fired sound
bombs at the boys.  IOF withdrew later
and no arrests were reported.

 

Also at approximately 16:00, IOF moved into
Ya’bad village, southwest of Jenin.  They
patrolled in the streets and arrested a Palestinian boy.  They questioned him for some time and then
released him. 

 

At approximately 21:00, IOF moved into
‘Aqabet Jaber refugee camp, south of Jericho. 
They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

At approximately 22:30, 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 23:30, 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.

 

Friday, 23 March 2012

 

At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into
al-‘Arroub refugee camp, north of Hebron. 
They raided and searched a number of houses and arrested two Palestinian
civilians:

 

1. Shamekh Jabbar al-Titi, 21; and

2. Tariq Mohammed al-Hour, 20.

 

At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Beit
Ummar town, north of Hebron.  They raided
and searched a house belonging to the family of Isma’il ‘Eissa al-Slaibi, 31,
and arrested him.

 

At approximately 08:15, Yaman Mohammed
‘Aazem, 8, from Nablus, sustained burns to the abdomen, when a suspicious
object left by IOF exploded.  The child
found the object on an olive field, when he was accompanying his father to
their land located in Saloun village near “Shilo” settlement, southeast of
Nablus. 

 

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 Shaqba
village, northwest of Ramallah.  They
patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

At approximately 10:30, 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.

 

At approximately 11:15, 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 13:30, IOF moved into
Zabbouba village, northwest of Jenin. 
They patrolled in the streets.  A
number of Palestinian boys gathered and threw stones at Israeli military
vehicles.  Immediately, Israeli soldiers
fired sound bombs at the boys.  IOF
withdrew later and no arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 18:00, IOF moved into Deir
Abu Da’if village, southeast of Jenin. 
They patrolled in the streets and stopped and questioned a number of
Palestinian boys.  IOF withdrew later and
neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 21:35, IOF moved into Bidya
village, west of Salfit.  They patrolled
in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

At approximately 22:35, IOF moved into Kufol
Hares village, north of Salfit.  They
patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

Saturday, 24 March 2012  

 

At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Wadi
al-Qadi neighborhood, south of Hebron. 
They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Fadel Jamal
Karaki, 25, and arrested him.

 

At approximately 01:30, 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 02:00, IOF moved into
al-‘Ouja village, northeast of Jericho. 
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
Shwaika suburb, north of Tulkarm.  They
patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

At approximately 08:30, IOF moved into
al-Jiftelk village, north of Jericho. 
They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

At approximately 09:30, IOF moved into
Far’oun village, south of Tulkarm.  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 Ne’lin
village, west of Ramallah.  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 Kufor
Sour village, south of Tulkarm.  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 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 11:40, IOF moved into Silwad
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 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 23:30, IOF moved into
Khirbat Seir village, northeast of Qalqilya. 
They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

Sunday, 25 March 2012

 

At approximately 01:30, IOF moved into
Nablus.  They raided and searched a
number of houses and arrested 3 Palestinian civilians:

 

1. Rami Subhi Khwaira, 24;

2. Ahmed Subhi Khwaira, 23; and

3. Yousef ‘Abdul Rahman al-Halabi, 36.

 

At approximately 02:30, IOF moved into Nabi
Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah. 
They raided and searched a number of houses and arrested Taher Farah
Tamimi, 21.

 

At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into
al-Burj area in the northwest of Halhoul town, north of Hebron.  They raided a house belonging to the family
of So’ud Ahmed Zama’ra, 33, and summoned him for interrogation.

 

At approximately 04:00, IOF moved into
Jericho.  They patrolled in the streets
for some time and withdrew later. 
Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 08:30, IOF moved into Burham
village, northwest of Ramallah.  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
Shwaika suburb, north of Tulkarm.  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 Beit Liqya
village, southwest 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
al-Teera village, southwest of Ramallah. 
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 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 12:00, IOF moved into
Khirbat Sousia village, southeast of Hebron. 
They handed notices to some Palestinian civilians livening in the area
to vacate their houses.  Palestinian
civilians were provoked and a debate erupted between them and IOF, following
which IOF arrested Ahmed Jaber Nawaj’a, 22.

 

At approximately 13:00, IOF moved into
‘Arraba village, southwest of Jenin. 
They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 15:00, IOF moved into
Qalqilya.  They patrolled in the streets
for some time and withdrew later. 
Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 15:10, IOF moved into Beit
Ameen village, southeast of 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
‘Anabta village, east of Tulkarm.  They
patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

Also at approximately 15:30, IOF moved into
Zabbouba village, northwest of Jenin. 
They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

At approximately 16:00, IOF moved into Snirya
village, southeast of Qalqilya.  They
patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

Monday, 26 March 2012

 

At
approximately 00:30, IOF moved into ‘Azzoun village, east of Qalqilya.  They raided and searched a number of houses
and arrested two Palestinian civilians, including a child:

 

1.
Lafi Mo’tassem Radwan, 17; and

2.
Ahmed Bassim Radwan, 29.

 

They
also summoned Ahmed Saber Radwan, 16, for interrogation.

 

At
approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Ya’bad village, southwest of Jenin.  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-Balou’ neighborhood in al-Bireh.  They raided and searched a house belonging to
the family of ‘Ola Waleed Haniya, 22, and arrested her.  They also confiscated her laptop.

 

At
approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Salfit. 
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 the east of al-Boreij refugee camp in the
central Gaza Strip.  They opened fire and
detonated a smoke bomb.  They withdrew
later and no casualties were reported.

 

At
approximately 08:30, IOF moved into Beit Siera village, southwest of
Ramallah.  They patrolled in the streets
for some time and withdrew later. 
Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At
approximately 14:50, IOF moved into Hijja village, east of Qalqilya.  They patrolled in the streets for some time
and withdrew later.  Neither house raids
nor arrests were reported.

 

At
approximately 20:30, IOF moved into Beit Liqya village, southwest of
Ramallah.  They patrolled in the streets
for some time and withdrew later. 
Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

 

At
approximately 00:10, IOF moved into ‘Azzoun village, east of Qalqilya.  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 al-Hawouz neighborhood in the southwest of
Hebron.  They raided and searched a house
belonging to the family of ‘Eissa Mahmoud ‘Amru, 25, and arrested him.

 

At
approximately 01:30, IOF moved into Abu Esnaina neighborhood in the south of
Hebron.  They raided and searched a house
belonging to Hussein ‘Abdul ‘Aziz Abu Hadid, 65, and arrested him.  Abu Hadid suffers from a heart disease,
hypertension and diabetes.  According to
Attorney ‘Ola Khalil, Abu Hadid was taken to a detention facility on a
stretcher, and he was also transferred to an Israeli hospital before he was
taken to Oufar detention facility. 

 

At
approximately 01:30, IOF moved into al-Joura area in the east of Rammoun
village, northeast of Ramallah.  They
surrounded a house belonging to Deeb Hassan Shoukha and fired at 3 of his sons
and wounded them: Akram, 35; Anwar, 36; and Rashad, 28.  They also arrested the three sons and
evacuated them to an Israeli hospital. 
IOF claimed that a soldier was stabled by a Palestinian during a routine
operation in the area, so other soldiers fired at the three Palestinians.  IOF did not allow Palestinian medical crews
to attend the three Palestinians, and evacuated them in an Israeli ambulance to
an Israeli hospital.  The three victims’
wives were able to visit them at the hospital, but they were not allowed to
talk with them.

 

At
approximately 03:00, IOF moved into Housan village, west of Bethlehem.  They raided and searched a house belonging to
the family of Rateb Nasser Sabatin, 21, and arrested him.

 

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

 

At
approximately 11:00, the Israeli police arrested Wasfiya Mohammed Jaber, 50,
from Hebron, when she went to visit her brother who is detained in Eishel
Prison inside Israel.  They claimed that
she attempted to smuggle a cell phone SIM card. 
The woman is married and has two daughters.  According to her family, IOF deliberately
planned the incident to deprive her of visiting her brother.   

 

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 other sustained bruises.

 

Following
the Friday Prayer on 23 March 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 in solidarity with Palestinian
prisoners in Israeli jails, especially Hanaa’ Shalabi and Kifah Hattab who have
been on a hunger strike.  They raised the
Palestinian flag and a portrait of Marawn al-Barghouthi, Member of the
Palestinian Legislative Council who has been detained by IOF, and called for
ending the political split. 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, dozens of
demonstrators suffered from tear gas inhalation.

 

Also
following the Friday Prayer on 23 March 2012, dozens of Palestinian civilians
and international and Israeli human rights defenders organized a peaceful
demonstration in al-Ma’sara village, south of Bethlehem, in protest to the
construction of the annexation wall and in solidarity with Hana Shalabi, a
Palestinian prisoner who has been on a hunger strike.  They moved towards the area of the annexation
wall.  IOF stopped and prevented them
from moving towards the wall.  They also
beat a number of demonstrators.  As a result,
3 women sustained bruises:

 

1.
Haitham ‘Arar, Member of Fatah Revolutionary Council;

2.
Fatima Braijiya, Director of the Women Center in al-Ma’sara village; and

3.
Mona Kharyoush.

 

Also
following the Friday Prayer on 23 March 2012, dozens of Palestinian civilians
and international human rights defenders organized a peaceful demonstration in
Kufor Qaddoum village, northeast of Qalqilya, in protest to continued closure
of the eastern entrance of the village by IOF. 
They moved towards the entrance, and there, IOF fired tear gas canisters
and sound bombs at them.  As a result,
‘Alaa’ Fahim Jom’a, 23, was hit by a tear gas canister to the foot.  At least 22 demonstrators also suffered from
tear gas inhalation.

 

On
Saturday noon, 24 March 2012, IOF used force to disperse a peaceful
demonstration organized by Palestinian civilians and international human rights
defenders near the fence of “Karmi Tsur” settlement to the south of Beit Ummar
town, north of Hebron.  The demonstration
was organized in protest to the expansion of the settlement.  Israeli soldiers attacked the demonstrators
and violently beat a number of them using gun butts.  As a result, ‘Emad Ahmed Abu Hashem, 24, and
3 international human rights defenders sustained bruises throughout the
body.      

 

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 four 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 57 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

21 – 27 March 2012

 

Day

Date

Traveling abroad

Coming into Gaza

Returned into Gaza

Wednesday

21
March 2012

637

527

43

Thursday

22March
2012

604

626

34

Friday

23
March 2012

Saturday

24
March 2012

549

821

27

Sunday

25
March 2012

459

516

33

Monday

26
March 2012

414

456

26

Tuesday

27
March 2012

571

635

22

 

Movement at Karm Abu
Salem (Kerem Shalom) Crossing

21 – 27 March 2012

 

Imports:

 

Date

Imports

Category

Amount

Tons

Number

Liters

20 March 2012

Foodstuffs

680

Agricultural
materials

1,303

Various
goods

Cows

Washing
machines

Refrigerators

Water
tanks

Cars

Carpentry
machines

Printers

993

 

347

152

217

241

20

14

8

Humanitarian
aid

Electricity
towers

2,587

192

Cooking
gas

96.470

Benzene
(for UNRWA)

35,000

Diesel
(for UNRWA)

149,004

21 March 2012

Foodstuffs

791

Agricultural
materials

802

Various
goods

Cartons
of clothes

Refrigerators

Electricity
towers

Cartoons
of shoes

Coffee
machines

Projectors

Electricity
generators

952

718

252

226

826

12

207

85

Humanitarian
aid

2,029

Cooking
gas

48.880

Benzene

35,000

Diesel

36,600

22 March 2012

Foodstuffs

952

Agricultural
materials

1,296

Various
goods

Cartons
of clothes

Cartons
of shoes

Refrigerators

Washing
machines

Cars

Electricity
generators

Glass
boards 

Cows

Electricity
towers

Car
tires

Water
pumps

Water
tanks

982

 

1,906

233

213

200

20

10

520

424

226

861

6

130

Humanitarian
aid

4,066

Cooking
gas

94.570

Benzene

46,000

25 March 2012

Foodstuffs

1,044

Agricultural
materials

612

Various
goods

Cartons
of clothes

Refrigerators

Cartons
of shoes  

853

1,163

235

560

Humanitarian
aid

2,494

Cooking
gas

160.050

Benzene

42,000

26 March 2012

Foodstuffs

1,090

Agricultural
materials

898

Various
goods

Air
conditioners

Cartons
of clothes

Refrigerators

Water
tanks

Cars

Car
tires

Electricity
towers

891

 

420

416

300

120

20

760

80

Humanitarian
aid

2,237

Cooking
gas

82.830

Benzene

36,600

Diesel

73,000

27 March 2012

Foodstuffs

691

Agricultural
materials

1,078

Various
goods

Cartons
of clothes

Refrigerators

Electricity
towers

Car
tires

Glass
boards

Water
tanks

1,294

624

368

226

1,100

520

284

Humanitarian
aid

2,788

Cooking
gas

185.630

 

Exports:

 

On
Tuesday, 20 March 2012, IOF allowed the exportation of 30 tons of biscuits and
154,000 flowers.

On
Wednesday, 21 March 2012, IOF allowed the exportation of 16 tons of tomatoes.

On
Thursday, 22 March 2012, IOF allowed the exportation of 153,000 flowers.

On
Sunday, 25 March 2012, IOF allowed the exportation of 167,000 flowers.

On
Tuesday, 27 March 2012, IOF allowed the exportation of 140,000 flowers.

 

Notes:

 

IOF
exceptionally opened the crossing on Friday, 23 March 2012, and allowed the
entry of 430,000 liters of industrial fuel for Gaza Power Plant.

 

On
Tuesday, 20 March 2012, IOF allowed the entry of 80 tons of cement and 2,310
tons of construction aggregate for UNRAW. 
They also allowed the entry of 234 tons of wheat and 975 tons of
fodders.

 

On
Wednesday, 21 March 2012, IOF allowed the entry of 400 tons of cement and 980
tons of construction aggregate for UNRWA; and 39 tons of construction steel and
490 tons of construction aggregate for the French Cultural Center.  They also allowed the entry of 741 tons of fodders.

 

On
Thursday, 22 March 2012, IOF allowed the entry of 3,080 tons of construction
aggregate and 460 tons of cement UNRWA.  They
also allowed the entry of 780 tons of fodders and 273 tons of wheat.

 

On
Sunday, 25 March 2012, IOF allowed the entry of 442 tons of cement, 1,400 tons
of construction aggregate and 40 tons of construction steel for UNRWA.  They also allowed the entry of 507 tons of
fodders.

 

On
Monday, 26 March 2012, IOF allowed the entry of 1,680 tons of construction
aggregate and 492 tons of cement for UNRWA. 
They also allowed the entry of 546 tons of fodders and 234 tons of wheat.

 

On
Tuesday, 27 March 2012, IOF allowed the entry of 160 tons of cement, 38 tons of
construction steel and 2,520 tons of construction aggregate for UNRWA; and 70
tons of construction aggregate for UNDP. 
They also allowed the entry of 741 tons of fodders and 234 tons of
wheat.

 

Movement at Beit
Hanoun (Erez) Crossing

21 – 27 March 2012

 

Date

21
March

22
March

23
March

24
March

25
March

26
March

27
March

Patients

31

24

1

Nil

33

35

33

Companions

28

24

1

Nil

33

35

34

Arabs from Israel

8

9

Nil

Nil

14

8

5

Diplomats

4

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

5

International Journalists

3

1

Nil

Nil

1

1

1

International Workers

31

43

4

Nil

9

14

52

Travelers abroad

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

2

Nil

Business People

64

55

33

Nil

87

85

81

Economic Meetings

10

2

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

8

Security Interviews

2

2

Nil

Nil

3

1

1

VIP’s

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Ambulances to Israel

1

2

1

Nil

1

2

4

Ambulances from Israel

Nil

1

Nil

Nil

2

2

2

 

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 09:00 on Thursday, 22 March
2012, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance of Beit ‘Aur al-Fouqa
village, southwest of Ramallah.  At
approximately 15:00 on the same day, IOF established a checkpoint at the
entrance of Budros village, northwest of Ramallah.  At approximately 17:00, IOF re-established
their presence at ‘Attara checkpoint, north of Ramallah.  At approximately 09:00 on Friday, 23 March
2012, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance of Bil’ein village, west of
Ramallah.  At approximately 09:30 on the
same day, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance of Nabi Saleh village,
northwest of Ramallah.  At approximately
14:30 on Saturday, 24 March 2012, IOF re-established their presence at ‘Attara
checkpoint, north of Ramallah.  At
approximately 15:30 on the same day, IOF established a checkpoint at the
entrance of Beit ‘Aur al-Fouqa village, southwest of Ramallah.  At approximately 20:30, IOF established a
checkpoint at ‘Oyoun al-Haramiya intersection, northeast of Ramallah.  At approximately 10:30 on Sunday, 25 March
2012, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance of Silwad village, northeast
of Ramallah.  At approximately 11:20 on
the same day, IOF established a checkpoint under Kharabtha al-Misbah Bridge,
west of Ramallah, and another one at the entrance of Beit ‘Aur al-Fouqa
village, southwest of the town.  At
approximately 10:00 on Monday, 26 March 2012, IOF established a checkpoint at
the entrance of Deir Jareer village, northeast of Ramallah, and another one at
the eastern entrance of al-Taibeh village, northeast of the town.  At approximately 11:00 on the same day, IOF
established a checkpoint under ‘Ein Yabroud Bridge, northeast of Ramallah. 

 

Qaqlqilya:  IOF have continued to impose severe
restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.  On Thursday, 22 March 2012, IOF established
two checkpoints around the town.  On
Friday, 23 March 2012, IOF established 5 checkpoints around the town.  On Saturday, 24 March 2012, IOF established 4
checkpoints around the town.  On Sunday, 25
March 2012, IOF established 3 checkpoints around the town.  On Monday, 26 March 2012, IOF established 3
checkpoints around the town. 

 

Jenin: IOF have continued
to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.  At approximately 07:30 on Saturday, 24 March
2012, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance of Ya’bad village, southwest
of Jenin.  At approximately 10:00 on
Sunday, 25 March 2012, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance of Ya’bad
village, southwest of Jenin.  At
approximately 13:00 on the same day, IOF established a checkpoint at the
entrance of ‘Arraba village, south of Jenin. 
    

 

Tulkarm:  IOF have continued to impose severe
restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.  At approximately 20:00 on Saturday, 24 March
2012, IOF established a checkpoint at al-Jaroushiya intersection, north of
Tulkarm.  At approximately 10:30 on
Sunday, 25 March 2012, IOF established a checkpoint at al-Jaroushiya
intersection, north of Tulkarm.  At
approximately 11:00 on the same day, IOF established a checkpoint at the
entrance of Shwaika suburb, north of Tulkarm. 
At approximately 11:30, IOF imposed additional restrictions on the
movement of Palestinian civilians through Ennab checkpoint on Tulkarm-Nablus
road, east of Tulkarm. 

 

Salfit: IOF have continued
to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.  At approximately 09:00 on Thursday, 22 March
2012, IOF established a checkpoint at the western entrance of Hares village,
north of Salfit.  At approximately 09:20
on Friday, 23 March 2012, IOF established a checkpoint at the southern entrance
of Kuforl Hares village, north of Salfit. 
At approximately 18:00 on the same day, IOF established a checkpoint at
the western entrance of Hares village, north of Salfit.  At approximately 01:30 on Sunday, 25 March
2012, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance of Salfit.  They stopped and searched Palestinian
civilian vehicles, and summoned Ahmed Khalil Zbaidiya, 22, for
interrogation.  At approximately 10:40 on
the same day, IOF established a checkpoint near Eskaka Bridge, east of
Salfit.  At approximately 16:25 on the
same day, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance of Deir Estia village,
northeast of Salfit.  at approximately
09:40 on Monday, 26 March 2012, IOF established a checkpoint near Eskaka
Bridge, east of Salfit.  At approximately
18:50 on the same day, IOF established a checkpoint at the western entrance of
Hares village, northeast of Salfit.

 

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
09:00 on Saturday, 24 March 2012, a number of Israeli settlers from “Kfar
Etzion” settlement, southwest of Bethlehem, uprooted 85 olive trees and
confiscated agricultural tools belonging to Khader ‘Ali Abu GHalyoun in the
west of al-Khader village.

 

At approximately
11:00 on the same day, 11 Israeli settlers from “Givad Assaf” settlement
outpost in Burqa village, northeast of Ramallah, attacked 3 Palestinian
shepherds in the northwest of the village. 
Palestinian civilians made calls through loudspeakers of mosques to
protect the shepherds.  Dozens of
civilians gathered in the area and clashed with the settlers.  Immediately, one of the settlers fired at
these civilians.  As a result, Hassan
Balqawi Ma’tan, 40, was wounded by a bullet to the right shoulder.  Soon after, IOF arrived at the area and fired
tear gas canisters to disperse Palestinian civilians.  Later, the Israeli police summoned Ahmed
No’man Ma’tan, 68, one of the shepherds, and questioned him about the
incident.  They also summoned the man who
was wounded.

 

On Sunday noon, 25
March 2012, IOF notified Palestinian civilians livening in Khirbat Sousia area
to the southeast of Yatta village, south of Hebron, to vacate their area of
residence, claiming that it is close to “Sousia” settlement.  According to information available to PCHR, officers
from the Israeli “Civil Administration,” accompanied Israeli soldiers moved
into the area.  They verbally notified
residents of the area to vacate it.  It
should be noted that at least 30 families live in the area, which have a school
also.  Israeli settlers livening in the
aforementioned settlement requested IOF to vacate the area, claiming that they
caused damage to the settlement. 

 

At approximately
06:30 on Monday, 26 March 2012, IOF, accompanied by two bulldozers, moved into
al-Maleh area in the northern Jordan Valley. 
They demolished 4 tenets, 3 barnyards and 3 barracks as follows:

 

1. An 80-square-meter
tent belonging to Mahmoud ‘Awad ‘Araisha;

2. Two tents and 3
barnyards belonging to ‘Abed Rabbu Suleiman Bani ‘Ouda;

3. A 120-square-meter
tent and a 70-square-meter barrack belonging to Naji Ahmed Dabak; and 

4. Two barracks
belonging to Majed Hmaid Daraghma.

 

At approximately
08:30 on the same day, following coordination with IOF, Palestinian civilians
from Bourin village, southeast of Nablus, headed to their agricultural land located
near “Brakha” settlement to farm it. 
Half an hour later, dozens of Israeli settlers arrived at the area and
threw stones at Palestinian farmers in the presence of IOF.  As a result, Ayman Lu’ai al-Najjar, 27, was
injured by a stone to the forehead.

 

At approximately
09:20 also on Monday, Israeli settlers, escorted by IOF, brought at least 25
workers to dig into Palestinian agricultural land in Kufor Laqef village, east
of Qalqilya.  The workers dug into the
land. Palestinian civilians gathered and protested this attack.  IOF informed these civilians that there was a
decision to establish an industrial zone in the area.  Following a long debate between the two
sides, IOF stopped the digging, but forced Palestinian civilians to leave the
area.

 

At approximately
11:00 also on Monday, IOF moved into al-Farsiya area to the northeast of
Tubas.  They demolished two barnyards
belonging to ‘Ali and Hussein Zhudi Abu Mohsen. 

 

At approximately
13:00 on the same day, IOF moved into al-Himma area to the northeast of
Tubas.  They demolished a
170-square-meter barnyard belonging to Suleiman ‘Abdullah Bisharat.

 

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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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