Israeli settlers from "Yesh
Koudesh" settlement uprooting fruitful trees in Palestinian farms in Qasra
village in Nablus.

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

 

IOF
continued to attack Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip.

Two
fishermen were wounded.

IOF
arrested and interrogated 8 fishermen, including two children, but released
later.

 

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

Dozens
of demonstrators suffered from tear gas inhalation.

 

IOF
conducted 51 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank.  

IOF
arrested 23 Palestinians, including 10 children.

IOF
arrested and interrogated 3 Palestinian children in the Gaza Strip, but
released them later.

 

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

IOF
arrested at least 3 Palestinian civilians at military checkpoints and border
crossings in the West Bank.

 

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

IOF
demolished an under-construction house and shop of car parts in Beit Ummar
town, north of Hebron.

IOF
handed notices to 8 Palestinian families ordering them to evacuate their farms
in Hebron.

Israeli
settlers attacked Palestinian civilian vehicles traveling on the main roads,
and a Palestinian civilian was injured.

Israeli
settlers uprooted 222 trees.

Israeli
settlers attempted to burn two cars in Burqa village, east of Ramallah.

 

 

Summary

 

Israeli
violations of international law and humanitarian law in the OPT continued
during the reporting period (08 – 14 September 2011):

 

Shooting:

 

During the reporting period, IOF wounded
two Palestinian fishermen and arrested them together with another 6 fishermen
in the Gaza Strip, but released them later. 

 

On 11 September 2011, two Israeli gunboats surrounded two
Palestinian fishing boats, on board of which were 8 Palestinian fishermen,
including two children, opposite to Beit Lahia beach in the northern Gaza
Strip. Israeli naval troops opened fire
at the boats wounding two fishermen lightly. Israeli naval troop then arrested the eight fishermen, but released them
several hours later.

 

During the reporting period, Israeli
gunboats fired at Palestinian fishing boats in the northern Gaza Strip, but no
casualties were reported. 

 

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

 

On 10 September 2011, IOF arrested 3
Palestinian children from the Gaza Strip who attempted to infiltrate into
Israel to search for jobs. They
interrogated the children and released them several hours later.

 

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, dozens of
Palestinian civilians and international human rights defenders suffered from
tear gas inhalation.  

 

Incursions:

 

During
the reporting period, IOF conducted at least 51 military incursions into
Palestinian communities in the West Bank, during which they arrested 23 Palestinian
civilians, including 10 children and two members of the Palestinian Legislative
Council.   

 

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.

 

Gaza
Strip

 

Israel has continuously closed all
border crossings to the Gaza Strip for over three 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 Soafa 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.

 

These statistics which were made available to
PCHR by the Border and Crossings Department indicate a continued drop in the
number of truckloads of Gaza imports and exports.

 

IOF have continued to impose total ban on the
delivery of raw materials to the Gaza Stri, 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.

 

IOF have continued to prolong the implementation
of their decision to allow 60 cars into Gaza weekly although more than 11
months have passed since they announced this decision after three years of ban
imposed on the delivery of cars to Gaza. As a result, the prices of cars in Gaza have been on the rise and local
markets experience serious shortage in spare parts.

 

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 international diplomats, journalists and humanitarian workers
seeking to enter the Gaza Strip.

 

For approximately 51 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.

 

West
Bank

 

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.

 

IOF have established checkpoints in
and around Jerusalem, severely restricting Palestinian access to the city.
Civilians are frequently prevented from praying in the al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.

 

There are approximately 585
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.

 

At least 65% of the main roads that
lead to 18 Palestinian communities in the West Bank are closed or fully
controlled by IOF.

 

There are approximately 500 kilometers of
restricted roads across the West Bank. In addition, approximately one third of
the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, is inaccessible to
Palestinians without permits issued by IOF. Such permits are extremely
difficult to obtain.

 

IOF continue to harass and assault
demonstrators who hold peaceful protests against the construction of the
annexation wall.

 

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

 

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 08 September 2011, a number of
Israeli settlers from “Rachel” settlement to the south of Yatma village, south
of Nablus, wrote slogans in Hebrew meaning “cultivation of fruits” on the door
and walls of Yatma Mosque. 

 

On the same day, a number of Israeli
settlers from “Yits’har” settlement, south of Nablus, uprooted 17 olive trees
in a plot belonging to Ahmed ‘Awadh ‘Ouda al-Lahaf area nearly one kilometer
away from Hawara village.

 

On 09 September 2011, a number of
Israeli settlers from “Yish Kodesh” settlement to the southeast of Qasra
village, southeast of Nablus, uprooted and cut 45 trees in Ras al-Nakhil
area. 

 

On 12 September 2011, many armed
Israeli settlers from “Maghroun” settlement, which stands on the lands of Burqa
and Mikhmas villages, southeast of Ramallah, moved into Burqa village. They set fire to two Palestinian civilians
vehicles belonging to Sayel Ibrahim Canaan . Members of the Canaan family were able to extinguish fire. The settlers also attempted to break into
Canaan’s house and broke its windows.

 

On the same day, IOF handed notices
to 8 Palestinian civilians in Beit Oula village, northwest of Hebron, ordering
them to evacuate their farms located to the east of the annexation wall, under
security claims. 

 

On the same day, at least 1,000
Israeli settlers gathered in “Gilad” settlement, east of Qalqilya, to organize
a demonstration in the area. They threw
stones at Palestinian civilian vehicles traveling on Qalqilya-Nablus road near
Jeet intersection. They then moved
towards the bypass road near “Yits’har” settlement and threw stones at
Palestinian civilian vehicles there. Immediately,
IOF closed the road for nearly 5 hours.

 

On the same day, a number of Israeli
settlers from “Karmi Tsur” settlement, north of Hebron, uprooted 160 grape
trees belonging to Ahmed Mahmoud ‘Aqel, from Haloul, nearly 170 meters away
from the settlement’s fence. 

 

On 13 September 2011, IOF,
accompanied by a bulldozer, surrounded an 80-square-meter, under-construction
house belonging to ‘Eissa Nasser Ekhlil at Hebron-Bethlehem road. They demolished the house. It should be noted that Ekhlil obtained a
license to build the house 16 years ago, but IOF later ordered him to stop the
construction. 

 

On the same day, IOF demolished a
car parts shop belonging to Saber Zamel Abu Maria in the same area. According to Abu Maria, his loss is estimated
at about 25,000 ILS.

 

On the same day, a number of Israeli
settlers set an ambush for Palestinian civilian vehicles near “Gliad”
settlement at the bypass road linking Nablus-Qalqilya road with Nablus-Ramallah
road. An armed settler stood in the
street. When he saw Palestinian civilian
vehicles coming, he pointed to the other settlers who immediately threw stones
at the vehicles. As a result of this
attack, a Palestinian civilian was injured below the right eye.

 

 

Israeli
Violations Documented during the Reporting Period (08 – 14 September 2011)

 

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

 

Thursday, 08 September 2011

 

At approximately 03:00, IOF moved
into Jayous village, northeast of Qalqilya. They raided and searched a number of houses and arrested 3 Palestinian
civilians:

 

1- Murad Waleed Qaddoumi, 24;

2- Mohammed Radhi Abu Sa’da, 24; and

3- Rassem Sameer al-Sheikh, 24.

 

At approximately 04:30, IOF moved
into Jaba’ village, south of Jenin. They
raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Fadi Mohammed Balsha,
27, and arrested him. A few hours
later, he was presented as an evidence witness in the case of a Palestinian
detainee. He was released at 14:30 on
the same day.

 

At approximately 05:30, IOF moved
into Jericho. They patrolled in the
streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 08:00, 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 08:45, IOF moved
into Bedya village, northwest of Salfit. 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 Kharbtha 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 10:25, 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 15:00, 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 16:20, IOF moved
into Habla village, south of Qalqilya. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

Also at approximately 16:20, IOF
moved into Ras ‘Atiya village, south of Qalqilya. They patrolled in the streets for some time
and withdrew later. Neither house raids
nor arrests were reported.

 

Also at approximately 16:20, IOF
moved into ‘Izbat Salman village, south 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
positioned at the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel to the east of Khan
Yunis opened fire at al-Qarara village, northeast of Khan Yunis. No casualties were reported.

 

At approximately 21:00, 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 23:00, 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 23:00, IOF
moved into Kufor al-Labad 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 23:00, IOF
moved into Ramin village, northeast of Tulkarm. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported. 

 

Friday,
09 September 2011

 

At approximately 01:00, IOF moved
into Zeita village, north of Tulkarm. 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 Kharbtha 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 10:00, 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 12:40, IOF moved
into Deir Estia village, northwest of Salfit. 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 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 16:00, IOF moved
into Nabi Elisa village, east of Qalqilya. They arrested 4 Palestinian children claiming they threw stones at
Israeli vehicles traveling on Qalqilya – Nablus road:

 

1- Saleh Majd Mustafa, 16;

2- Ayham Ra’fat Saleh, 16;

3- Wissam Akram Radwan, 14; and

4- Yazan Akram Radwan, 15.

 

At
approximately 19:30, IOF moved into the east of ‘Azzoun village, east of
Qalqilya. They fired flash bombs in the
area. They withdrew later and neither
house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At
approximately 23:00, IOF moved into Beit Reema cillage, northwest of
Ramallah. They patrolled in the streets
and provoked Palestinian civilians. A
number of Palestinian children gathered and threw stones at Israeli military
vehicles. Immediately, Israeli soldiers
fired rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs at the
children. As a result, a number of
Palestinian civilian suffered from tear gas inhalation.

 

Also
at approximately 23:00, IOF moved into Seilat al-Zaher village, south of
Jenin. They patrolled in the streets for
some time and withdrew later. Neither
house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

Saturday, 10 September 2011

 

At approximately 00:30, IOF moved
into Beit Ummar town, north of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Moneeb Jahed
‘Alqam, 19, and arrested him.

 

At approximately 16:00, IOF
positioned at the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel to the east of Khan
Yunis opened fire at ‘Abassan village, east of Khan Yunis. No casualties were reported.

 

At approximately 17:30, 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 19:30, IOF
positioned at the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel to the east of Khan
Yunis opened fire at 3 Palestinian children who infiltrated through the border. Israeli soldiers ordered the children to stop
with their hands up and arrested them. The children were interrogated and they said that they infiltrated
through the border to search for jobs in Israel. They were released on the following day
morning:

 

1- Mohammed Nabeel Abu Halib, 17;

2- Mousa Ghazi Abu Lihya, 17; and

3- Ahmed Younis Abu Lihya, 14.

 

At approximately 20:00, IOF moved
into Deir Abu Mash’al 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 20:00, IOF
moved into Kufel Hares village, north of Salfit. 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 Deir Estia village, north of Slafit. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

At approximately 22:00, IOF moved
into al-Jiftlek village, north of Jericho. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

Sunday, 11 September 2011

 

At approximately 02:00, IOF moved
into Be’r al-Mahjar neighborhood in the north of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to
the family of Fares Yasser al-‘Owaiwi, 25, and arrested him.

 

At approximately 02:30, IOF moved
into Beit Ummar town, north of Hebron. They raided and searched a number of houses and arrested two Palestinian
civilians:

 

1- ‘Ali Bassam Ekhlil, 17; and

2- Nadim Rassem Ekhlil, 20.

 

At approximately 06:15, two Israeli
gunboats surrounded two Palestinian fishing boats, on board of which were 8
Palestinian fishermen, including two children, opposite to Beit Lahia beach in
the northern Gaza Strip. Israeli naval
troops opened fire at the boats wounding two fishermen lightly:

 

1- Khader Hassan Bakr, 29, wounded by shrapnel to the left hand;
and

2- Mohammed Suhail Bakr, 17, wounded by shrapnel to the right
thigh.

 

Israeli naval troop then arrested the eight fishermen, but released
them at approximately 18:00:

 

Hassan Khader Bakr, 53;

Khader Hassan Bakr, 29;

Ja’far Hassan Bakr, 27;

Mohammed Hassan Bakr, 21;

‘Allam Nasser Bakr, 16;

Khalil Jouhar Bakr, 21;

Mohammed Majed Bakr, 19; and

Mohammed Suhail Bakr, 17.

 

At approximately 08:00, 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 09:30, IOF moved
into Khirbat Abu Falah village, northeast of Ramallah. They patrolled in the streets for some time
and withdrew later. Neither house raids
nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 11:00, IOF moved
into Deir Qiddis village, west of Ramallah. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

At approximately 11:15, 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 11:30, IOF moved
into al-Fundoq village, east of Qalqilya. 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 ‘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 17:30, 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 17:50, IOF moved
into Kufor Thuluth village, southeast of Qalqilya. 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 Brouqin village, west of Salfit. They
patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

Also at approximately 19:30, IOF
moved into Beit ‘Aur al-Fouqa village, west of Ramallah. They patrolled in the streets for some time
and withdrew later. Neither house raids
nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 21:25, IOF
positioned at the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel fired two artillery
shells at a space area to the north of the Bedouin village in the northern Gaza
Strip. No casualties were reported.

 

Monday, 12 September 2011

 

At approximately 02:00, IOF moved
into al-Fawar refugee camp, south of Hebron. They raided and searched a number of houses and arrested 6 Palestinian
civilians, including 3 schoolchildren:

 

Ghassan Ibrahim Abu Hashash, 17;

Mo’ayad Ibrahim Barakat, 17;

Mohammed ‘Abdul Jawad Selmi, 15;

‘Abdullah Tayseer al-Hassanat, 24;

Akram Mohammed Abu Shamiya, 22; and

Mohammed ‘Abdul Fattah Shawabka, 46.

 

At approximately 03:00, IOF moved
into Abu Ektaila neighborhood in the northwest of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to
the family of Nidal ‘Omran al-Qawasmi, 26.

 

Also at approximately 03:00, IOF
moved into Sa’ir village, northeast of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to ‘Aassef Nayef Jaradat, 20,
and arrested him.

 

At approximately 07:45, IOF
positioned at the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel to the east of Juhor
al-Din village in the central Gaza Strip opened fire at the east of the village. A number of bullets hit a house belonging to
Jaber Abu Sa’id, in which 14 individuals live, but no casualties were reported.

 

At approximately 18:00, 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 18:10, IOF moved
into Baqat al-Hatab village, east of Qalqilya. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

 

At approximately 00:40, IOF moved into ‘Azzoun village, east of
Qalqilya. They raided two houses
belonging to the families of Naji Mofeed Radwan, 17, and Jihad Riadh Hussein,
17, and summoned the two children for interrogation.

 

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

 

At approximately 07:15, Israeli gunboats opened fire at Palestinian
fishing boats opposite to Beit Lahia beach in the northern Gaza Strip. Palestinian fishermen were forced sail back
to the beach, but no casualties were reported.

 

At approximately 20:30, IOF moved into Deir Estia village,
northwest of Salfit. They patrolled in
the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

 

At approximately 00:00, 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- Mohammed Bassim Radwan, 20;

2- ‘Abdul Rahman Muhannad Dahbour,
15; and

3- Maher Sameer Abu Haniya, 14.

 

They also summoned 3 civilians, including a child, for
interrogation: Jihad ‘Abdul Rahman Hussein, 17; ‘Abdul Halim Muthanna Hussein,
22; and Qussai Hamza Hussein, 23.

 

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 Palestinian
civilians and human rights defenders suffered from tear gas inhalation and
others sustained bruises. 

   

Following
the Friday Prayer on 09 September 2011, dozens of Palestinian civilians and
international and Israeli human rights defenders organized a peaceful
demonstration in Bil’ein village, west of Ramallah, in protest to the
construction of the annexation wall. They moved towards areas of Palestinian land, which the Israeli High
Court ordered to be returned to their Palestinian owners. The demonstrators also used megaphones to
call on Israeli settlers living in “Mitityaho Mizrach” settlement to leave
it. 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 09 September 2011, dozens of Palestinian
civilians and international and human rights defenders organized a peaceful
demonstration in Ne’lin village, west of Ramallah, in protest against the
construction of the annexation wall. They clashed with Israeli troops positioned near the annexation wall. Israeli soldiers fired rubber-coated metal
bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at demonstrators. As a result, a number of demonstrators
suffered from tear gas inhalation. 

 

Also
following the Friday Prayer on 09 September 2011, dozens of Palestinian
civilians and international and Israeli human rights defenders organized a
peaceful demonstration in Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah, in protest
against land confiscations in the Wad al-Raya area between the villages of Nabi
Saleh and Deir Nizam. When the
demonstrators attempted to reach areas of land seized by Israeli settlers near
"Halmish" settlement, Israeli troops fired rubber-coated metal
bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. 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 over three 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. 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. PCHR is concerned that the new Israeli policy is simply
shifting Gaza to another form of illegal blockade, one that may become
internationally accepted and institutionalized. 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.

 

Movement
at Border Crossings during the Reporting Period:

 

Movement
at Rafah International Crossing Point

07 –
13 September 2011

 

Day

Date

Traveling abroad

Coming into Gaza

Returned into Gaza

Wednesday

07 September 2011

849

424

10

Thursday

08 September 2011

758

921

13

Friday

09 September 2011

Saturday

10 September 2011

736

560

14

Sunday

11 September 2011

861

638

14

Monday

12 September 2011

834

957

19

Tuesday

13 September 2011

820

863

10

 

Movement
at Karm Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) Crossing

06 –
13 September 2011

 

Imports:

 

Date

Imports

Category

Amount

Tons

Number

Liters

06 September 2011

Foodstuffs

1,151

Agricultural materials

Cows

1,370

542

Various goods

Cartons of clothes

Cartons of shoes

Car tires

Glass boards

Printing machines

1,152

664

525

2,898

1,040

6

Humanitarian aid

4,241

cooking gas

183.340

07 September 2011

Foodstuffs

1,074

Agricultural materials

1,151

Various goods

Cartons of clothes

Cartons of shoes

Refrigerators

Washing machines

Water tanks

Glass boards

Electricity generators 

718

600

1,576

309

122

126

520

2

Humanitarian aid

3,346

cooking gas

181.280

08 September 2011

Foodstuffs

1,323

Agricultural materials

Cows

1,067

702

Various goods

Cartoons of clothes

Cartoons of shoes

Glass boards 

Refrigerators

Washing machines

Printing machines

948

 

 

 

 

 

 

470

1,940

520

356

72

2

Humanitarian aid

2,167

Cooking gas

179.710

11 September 2011

Foodstuffs

1,322

Agricultural materials  

1,717

Various goods

Cartoons of shoes

Washing machines

Electricity generators  

973

 

 

1,458

132

10

Humanitarian aid

3,893

cooking gas

158.210

12 September 2011

Foodstuffs

1,161

Agricultural materials

Cows

2,416

480

Various goods

Refrigerators

Cartons of clothes

Cartons of shoes

Washing machines

Gas ovens

Electricity towers

Cars

1,012

150

1,396

1,400

220

672

67

30

Humanitarian aid

4,107

cooking gas

182.000

13 September 2011

Foodstuffs

1,014

Agricultural materials

Cows

1,021

477

Various goods

Cartons of clothes

Cartons of shoes

Refrigerators

Car tires

Electricity generators  

1,184

480

1,350

80

2,602

10

Humanitarian aid

3,727

cooking gas

158.690

 

Notes:

 

On Tuesday, 06 September 2011, IOF allowed
the entry of 240 tons of cement, 3,570 tons of construction aggregate and 140
tons of construction steel for UNRWA, and 240 tons of cement for ANERA. They also allowed the entry of 1,326 of
fodders.

 

On Wednesday, 07 September 2011, IOF
allowed the entry of 352 tons of cement and 23 tons of construction steel for
UNRWA, and 80 tons of cement and 2,660 tons of construction aggregate for UNDP. They also allowed the entry of 195 tons of
fodders, 780 tons of wheat and 406 tons of straws.

 

On Thursday, 08 September 2011, IOF
allowed the entry of 80 tons of cement and 1,960 tons of construction aggregate
for UNDP. They also allowed the entry of
1,053 tons of fodders.

 

On Sunday, 11 September 2011, IOF
allowed the entry of 600 tons of cement, 2,520 tons of construction aggregate
and 142 tons of construction steel for UNRWA. They also allowed the entry of 1,560 tons of fodders.

 

On Monday, 12 September 2011, IOF
allowed the entry of 402 tons of cement, 3,360 tons of construction aggregate
and 120 tons of construction steel for UNRWA. They also allowed the entry of 2,340 tons of fodders.

 

On Tuesday, 13September 2011, IOF
allowed the entry of 1,260 tons of cement, 1,890 tons of construction aggregate
and 167 tons of construction steel for UNRWA, and 106 tons of cement for UNDP.

 

Beit Hanoun (Erez) Crossing: Israel
has continued to close Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing for the movement of
Palestinian civilians. IOF have allowed only diplomats, a number of
international journalists, employees of international agencies and a limited
number of patients who suffer from serious diseases to pass through the
crossing. They have continued to prevent Palestinian civilians from visiting
their relatives who are detained in Israeli jails. The small number of patients
permitted to pass through the crossing is only able to do so under severe
restrictions that include prolonged checking. 

 

Movement
at Beit Hanoun (Erez) Crossing

07 –
13 September 2011

 

Date

07 September

08 September

09 September

10 September

11 September

12 September

13 September

Patients

23

28

4

Nil

46

42

39

Companions

24

25

4

Nil

43

39

39

Arabs from Israel

1

12

7

Nil

14

29

2

Diplomats

4

5

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

8

International Journalists

Nil

5

4

Nil

1

2

4

International Workers

27

56

10

Nil

18

16

36

Travelers abroad

Nil

5

4

Nil

1

2

4

Business People

89

85

Nil

Nil

88

87

92

Economic Meetings

2

2

Nil

Nil

Nil

1

7

Security Interviews

Nil

3

Nil

Nil

2

Nil

3

VIP’s

Nil

2

Nil

Nil

Nil

2

Nil

Ambulances to Israel

3

Nil

1

Nil

1

1

2

Ambulances from Israel

1

Nil

1

Nil

2

2

1

 

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.

 

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 Muslim
Palestinians from praying at al-Aqsa Mosque. 

 

Ramallah: IOF have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement
of the Palestinian civilians in Ramallah. At approximately 09:00 on Thursday, 08 September 2011, IOF established a
checkpoint under Kharabtha al-Misbah Bridge, west of Ramallah. At approximately 11:00 on the same day, IOF
established a checkpoint on Bitounia – Beit ‘Aur al-Fouqa road, west of
Ramallah. At approximately 15:40, they
established a checkpoint on ‘Obwin-‘Aaroura road, northwest of Ramallah. At approximately 16:30, IOF established a
checkpoint near Silwan intersection, northeast of Ramallah. At approximately 09:30, IOF established a
checkpoint near the entrance of Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah. At approximately 11:00, they established a
checkpoint near Rantis village, west of Ramallah. At approximately 20:30, IOF re-established
their presence at ‘Attara checkpoint, north of Ramallah. At approximately 11:30 on Saturday, 10
September 2011, IOF established a checkpoint near the entrance of Kufor Malek
village, northeast of Ramallah. At
approximately 17:00, IOF established a checkpoint near the entrance of Beit
‘Aur al-Tahta village, southwest of Ramallah. At approximately 20:00, they established a checkpoint near ‘Oyoun
al-Haramiya intersection on Ramallah-Nablus road. At approximately 09:30 on Sunday, 11
September 2011, IOF established a checkpoint near Beit ‘Aur al-Fouqa intersection,
southwest of Ramallah. At approximately
10:10, they established a checkpoint under Kharabtha al-Misbah Bridge,
southwest of Ramallah.   

 

Qalqilya: IOF have continued to
impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.  On Saturday, 10 September 2011, IOF
established 5 checkpoints on Qalqilya Nablus road. They stopped and searched Palestinian
civilian vehicles.    

 

Tulkarm: IOF have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement
of Palestinian civilians. At
approximately 09:00 on Thursday, 08 September 2011, Israeli soldiers positioned
at Ennab checkpoint, east of Tulkarm, imposed additional restrictions on the
movement of Palestinian civilians. They
stopped and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles. At approximately 14:00 on the same day, IOF
established a checkpoint on Tulkarm-Qalqilya road, south of Tulkarm. At approximately 18:00, IOF established
another checkpoint on Tulkarm-Qalqilya road. At approximately 21:30, IOF established a checkpoint at Bzaria
intersection, northeast of Qalqilya. At
approximately 10:00 on Sunday, 11 September 2011, IOF established a checkpoint
on Tulkarm-Nablus road, east of Tulkarm. At approximately 11:00 on the same day, IOF established a checkpint near
Thinnaba suburb, east of Tulkarm. At
approximately 21:15, they established a checkpoint on Tulkarm-Qalqilya road,
south of Tulkarm. At midnight, they
established a checkpoint at Qiffin intersection, north of Tulkarm, and another
checkpoint at Beit Leed intersection, east of the town. 

 

Jenin: IOF have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement
of Palestinian civilians.  At
approximately 09:30 on Thursday, 08 September 2011, IOF established a
checkpoint Kfiret intersection, southwest of Jenin. They stopped and searched Palestinian
civilian vehicles. At approximately
17:30 on Saturday, 10 September 2011, IOF established a checkpoint at al-‘Araqa
intersection, west of Jenin. They
stopped and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles.

 

Jericho: IOF have continued to
impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians. At approximately 07:50 on Friday, 09
September 2011, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance of Fassayel
village, north of Jericho. At
approximately 20:00 on the same day, they established a checkpoint near at the
southern entrance of Jericho.  

 

Salfit: IOF have continued to
impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians. At approximately 09:00 on Friday, 09
September 2011, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance of Kufor al-Dik
village, west of Salfit. At
approximately 15:20 on the same day, they established a checkpoint at the
entrance of Deir Estia village, northwest of Salfit. At approximately 18:55, they established a checkpoint
at the entrance of Qarawat Bani Hassan village, west of Salfit. At approximately 09:30 on Saturday, 10
September 2011, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance of Eskaka village,
east of Salfit. At approximately 10:00
on the same day, they established a checkpoint on the road linking between
Kufor al-Dik and Deir Ballout villages, west of Salfit. At approximately 15:30, IOF established a
checkpoint at the entrance of Qarawat Bank Hassan village, northwest of
Salfit. At approximately 19:00, IOF
established a checkpoint between Brouqin and Qarawat Bani Zaid villages, west
of Salfit.

 

Arrests at Military Checkpoints

 

On Monday morning, 12 September 2011, IOF positioned at al-Karama
International Crossing Point on the Jordanian border arrested two Palestinian
university students who were traveling from the West Bank towards Yemen: Fu’ad
Bader Qar’ish, 21; and Wa’d Mohammed Qar’ish, 20, both from Yatta village south
of Hebron.

 

At approximately 14:00 on Tuesday, 13 September 2011, Israeli soldiers
positioned in the southern part of Hebron arrested Zain al-Din ‘Abdul Jabbar
Karaki, 49.

 

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.

 

On
Thursday morning, 08 September 2011, a number of Israeli settlers from “Rachel”
settlement to the south of Yatma village, south of Nablus, wrote slogans in
Hebrew meaning “cultivation of fruits” on the door and walls of Yatma
Mosque. 

 

Also
on Thursday morning, a number of Israeli settlers from “Yits’har” settlement,
south of Nablus, uprooted 17 olive trees in a plot belonging to Ahmed ‘Awadh
‘Ouda al-Lahaf area nearly one kilometer away from Hawara village.

 

On
Friday noon, 09 September 2011, a number of Israeli settlers from “Yish Kodesh”
settlement to the southeast of Qasra village, southeast of Nablus, uprooted and
cut 45 trees belonging to Mohammed Shukri ‘Ouda in Ras al-Nakhil area. 

 

At
approximately 03:00 on Monday, 12 September 2011, many armed Israeli settlers
from “Maghroun” settlement, which stands on the lands of Burqa and Mikhmas
villages, southeast of Ramallah, moved into Burqa village. They set fire to two Palestinian civilians
vehicles belonging to Sayel Ibrahim Canaan . Members of the Canaan family were able to extinguish fire. The settlers also attempted to break into
Canaan’s house and broke its windows.

 

On
Monday morning, 12 September 2011, IOF handed notices to 8 Palestinian
civilians in Beit Oula village, northwest of Hebron, ordering them to evacuate
their farms located to the east of the annexation wall, under security
claims. These civilians are: As’ad ‘Abdul
Rahman al-‘Amla; ‘Abdul Rahim ‘Amru al-‘Amla; ‘Eissa ‘Abdul Hafez al-‘Amla;
Yousef Khaled al-‘Amla; Murad Ahmed al-‘Amla; Mohammed ‘Ouda al-‘Amla; Sameer
Ahmed al-‘Amla; and Fayez ‘Abdul Ghani al-‘Amla.

 

At
approximately 17:00 also on Monday, at least 1,000 Israeli settlers gathered in
“Gilad” settlement, east of Qalqilya, to organize a demonstration in the
area. They threw stones at Palestinian
civilian vehicles traveling on Qalqilya-Nablus road near Jeet intersection. They then moved towards the bypass road near
“Yits’har” settlement and threw stones at Palestinian civilian vehicles
there. Immediately, IOF closed the road
for nearly 5 hours.

 

On
Monday noon, a number of Israeli settlers from “Karmi Tsur” settlement, north
of Hebron, uprooted 160 grape trees belonging to Ahmed Mahmoud ‘Aqel, from
Haloul, nearly 170 meters away from the settlement’s fence. 

 

At
approximately 03:00 on Tuesday, 13 September 2011, IOF, accompanied by a
bulldozer, surrounded an 80-square-meter, under-construction house belonging to
‘Eissa Nasser Ekhlil at Hebron-Bethlehem road. They demolished the house. It
should be noted that Ekhlil obtained a license to build the house 16 years ago,
but IOF later ordered him to stop the construction. 

 

At
approximately 04:30 on the same day, IOF demolished a car parts shop belonging
to Saber Zamel Abu Maria in the same area. According to Abu Maria, his loss is estimated at about 25,000 ILS.

 

At
approximately 20:00 on the same day, a number of Israeli settlers set an ambush
for Palestinian civilian vehicles near “Gliad” settlement at the bypass road
linking Nablus-Qalqilya road with Nablus-Ramallah road. An armed settler stood in the street. When he saw Palestinian civilian vehicles
coming, he pointed to the other settlers who immediately threw stones at the
vehicles. As a result of this attack, a
Palestinian civilian, Eyad Mohammed Sanaqra, 40, was injured below the right
eye.

 

 

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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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