A woman provides first medical aid to an
international human rights defender who was wounded by Israeli soldiers in Nabi
Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah

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

 

 

· An activist of
the Izziddin al-Qassam Brigades died of Wounds that he had sustained earlier in
the Gaza Strip.

 

· IOF continued to
fire at Palestinian civilians in border areas in the Gaza Strip

IOF
opened fire at a peaceful demonstration in the northern Gaza Strip, but no
casualties were reported.

 

· IOF continued
to target Palestinian fishermen in Gaza sea.

IOF
fired at Palestinian fishing boats, but no casualties were reported.

 

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

 Three
demonstrators, including a child, a woman and an international human rights
defender, were wounded in Nabi Saleh and Bil’ein peaceful protests in
Ramallah. 

 IOF arrested a
child in Bil’ein’s weekly protest.

 

· IOF conducted 45
incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank. 

 IOF arrested 18
Palestinian civilians, including 5 children.

 The arrested
Palestinians include four leaders of Hamas and the Islamic Jihad in Jenin.

 IOF destroyed
the furniture and the windows in 2 houses in Azzoun village, east of Qalqilya.

 

· IOF continued
settlement activities and Israeli settlers continued their attacks in the West
Bank.

 IOF bulldozed
four brick and tin houses and 12 tents in Kherbet Um Nir, south of Hebron.

 

· Israel has
continued to impose a total siege on the Gaza Strip and tightened the siege on
the West Bank.

 IOF arrested at
least 12 Palestinians at military checkpoints in the West Bank.

 IOF imposed
total closure on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

 

Summary

 

Israeli violations of international law and humanitarian law in the
OPT continued during the reporting period (05 – 11 May 2011):

 

Shooting:

 

During the reporting period, a Palestinian activist died of wounds
that he had sustained earlier.  In
addition, IOF wounded a Palestinian woman, a child and an international human
rights defender in peaceful demonstrations against settlement activities and
the construction of the annexation wall.

 

Late on Wednesday, 04 May 2011, medical sources at Naser Institute
Hospital in Cairo announced the death of Shadi Mahmoud al-Zatma, 29, and
activist of the Izziddin al-Qassam Brigades from Tal al-Sultan neighborhood in
Rafah. Al-Zatma sustained serious wounds
when an Israeli drone fired two missiles at him as he was with another two
activists of the Izziddin al-Qassam Brigades. The three activists were near Kamal Odwan Boys’ Secondary School Tal
al-Sultan neighborhood, west of Rafah. The bombardment which took place at approximately 00:50 on 09 April 2011
resulted in the immediate deaths of the other two activists, while al-Zatma’s
legs were amputated and he sustained shrapnel wounds throughout the body.

 

In the West Bank, 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 woman, a child and
an international human rights defender were wounded.  The child was wounded on 06 May 2001 in
Bil’ein’s peaceful protest, west of Ramallah, while the woman and the
international human rights defender were wounded in Nabi Saleh’s protest, northwest
of Ramallah, also on 06 May 2011.

 

In addition, dozens of Palestinian civilians and international
human rights defenders participating in peaceful protests in the West Bank
suffered from tear gas inhalation and bruises as they were beaten by IOF. Further, on 07 May 2011, IOF intentioanllyattacked
and severely beat activists from the Public Wall Against the Wall and
Settlement in Beit Ummar town, north of Hebron. Some of these activists sustained fractures as a result.

 

In
the Gaza Strip, on 10 and 11 May 2011, IOF gunboats positioning at sea
off al-Waha resort, wet of Beit Lahia in the north of the Gaza Strip,
intensively fired shells and bullets at Palestinian fishing boats. Palestinian fishermen fled the area in fear
of being wounded or arrested. No
casualties or damages to fishing boats were reported.

 

On
10 May 2011, IOF positioning on observation towers near
Beit Hanoun "Erez" crossing in the north of Beit Hanountown in the northern
Gaza Strip, opened intensive fire at a group of demonstrators and Palestinian
and international solidarity activists who were near the landfill in the north
of Beit Hanoun Agricultural School of al-Azhar University in Gaza in the north
of Beit Hanoun town. This demonstration
was organized in protest against the imposition of the buffer zone in Palestinians’
lands.

 

Incursions:

 

During the reporting period, IOF conducted at
least 45 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank,
during which they arrested 18 Palestinian civilians, including 5 children.

 

Most prominent arrested persons during this
week were:

  1. Sheikh
    Bassam Ragheb Abdul Rahman al-Saadi, 51, who is one of the most prominent
    leaders of the Islamic Jihad in the West Bank and he was released from
    Israeli jails just less than two months ago after spending seven years and
    a half in jail. He was arrested
    from his house in Jenin;
  2. Tareq
    Hussein Awad Qaadan, 40, who is a leader of the Islamic Jihad. He was arrested from his house in Arraba
    village;
  3. Khaled
    Mohammed Amin al-Haj, 45, who is Hamas spokesman in Jenin. He was arrested at a checkpoint erected
    near the entrance of Arraba village, southwest of Jenin; and
  4. Bassam
    Nabil Said Dyab, 28, a leader of the Islamic Jihad from Kafr Ra’ei
    village, southwest of Jenin. He was
    arrested at a checkpoint erected near the crossroads connecting Zeita and
    Allar villages, north of Tulkarm.

 

IOF have continued to use checkpoints and
border crossings as traps to capture allegedly wanted Palestinian
civilians. During the reporting period,
IOF arrested at least 12 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children, at
checkpoints and border crossings.

 

IOF have continued to attempt to crush peaceful
protests and to prevent international human rights defenders from participating
in peaceful assemblies against settlement activities and the construction of
the annexation wall. As part of these
attempts, IOF arrested a Palestinian child in Bil’ein peaceful protest and
drove him to "Ofer" investigation center, southwest of Ramallah.

 

Also during the reporting period, PCHR
fieldworker in Qaqilya documented two incidents in which IOF destroyed the
contents of two Palestinian houses in Azzoun village, east of Qalqilya. On 05 May 2011, IOF raided the house of
Yousef Saqr Ibrahim Salim, 15, in Azzoun village. They destroyed the furniture, beds, home tools,
windows and doors. On 07 May 2011, IOF
raided the house of Imran Abdullah Hussein, 17. They destroyed the windows and furniture.

 

Settlement
Activities and Attacks by Israeli settlers:

 

On Thursday, 05 May 2011, IOF demolished many
Palestinian houses and property in Kherbat Um Nir, east of Yatta in the south
of Hebron under the pretext of the lack of licenses from the Israeli occupation
authorities. Four brick and tin houses
and 12 tents belonging to 8 families composed of 50 members, including a large
number of children and women, were destroyed. IOF also uprooted approximately 600 olive seedlings which were
cultivated in the proximity of the targeted houses and tents belong to extended
families including Issa Hussein Mohammed al-Jbour, Mohammed Rateb Hussein
al-Jbour and Fouad Ali al-Nawajaa.

 

Israeli settlers living in the OPT in violation
of the international humanitarian law have continued to commit systematic
crimes against Palestinian civilians and Palestinian property with full protection
provided by IOF that ignore conducting investigations into complaints submitted
by Palestinian civilians against settlers.

 

On Tuesday, 10 May 2011, a number of settlers
gathered on the road connecting Tulkarm and Nablus near Beit Leed crossroads in
Abu Martin area. Eyewitnesses told a PCHR
fieldworker that the settlers obstructed the traffic. IOF vehicles deployed in the area to provide
protection to the settlers who withdrew later. No further incidents were reported.

 

Also on Tuesday, 10 May 2011, a group of
settlers gathered on the site of the ex-settlement of “Homish” which was
established on Palestinians’ lands in Burqa village, northwest of Nablus, and Seilet
al-Zhaher village, south of Jenin. Eyewitnesses told a PCHR fieldworker that settlers arrived at the site
to perform religious rituals under intensive protection provided by IOF who
deployed in the area.

 

Restrictions
on Movement:

 

Israel
has continued to impose a tightened siege on the OPT and has 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 been steadily tightened since June 2007, has had a disastrous
impact on the humanitarian and economic situation 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.

 

It should be noted that the Israeli occupation
authorities have worked over the past three years to make Karm Abu Salem
crossing, which is not appropriate for commercial purposes, as Gaza’s major and
sole crossing. 

 

In the beginning of 2010, the Israeli
occupation authorities closed Nahal Oz crossing which was dedicated for the
supplies of fuel and cooking gas to Gaza, and shifted fuel supplies to Karm Abu
Salem crossing. these authorities
totally closed Sofa crossing, southeast of Khan Younis, and shifted
humanitarian aid and food items which used to be delivered via Sofa crossing to
Karm Abu Salem crossing. Lately, they
exceptionally opened Sofa crossing for four consecutive days in the end of
March 2011 and on 17 April 2011 to allow the delivery of construction aggregate
for UNRWA.

 

· 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. Facts on the ground refute IOF’s allegation
that they daily allow the export of 10 truckloads of agricultural products.

· Recently, IOF allowed the exportation of very
limited quantities of Gaza’s agricultural products, including flowers and
tomatoes, to European markers.

· 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 46 months, IOF have
continued to deny approximately 710 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.



 

Israeli Violations Documented during
the Reporting Period (05 – 11 May 2011)

 

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

 

Thursday,
05 May 2011

 

· At
approximately 00:00, IOF moved into Tubas. They provocatively patrolled in the streets and stopped in front of
Yaser Restaurent, opposite to Tubas Municipality on the main street. An IOF member called Jamal Addin Fawzi
Daraghma, 23, who was near the restaurant and who responded to IOF and walked
to them. Five minutes later, IF chained
him and took him to an unknown destination.

 

· At
approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Beit Leqia village, west of Ramllah. They provocatively patrolled in the streets and
claxoned now and then to bother Palestinians. They raided and searched a house belonging to Najib Ahmed Mafarja,
26. They withdrew at approximately 01:40
and arrested Mafarja and drove him to "Ofer" interrogation center in
the west of Ramallah.

 

· At
approximately 02:00, IOF moved Azzoun village, east of Qalqilia.  They patrolled in the streets and raided and
searched many houses. They arrested 5
Palestinians, including 4 children, and withdrew at approximately 06:00. The arrested Palestinians are:

 

1. Sinan Ahmed
Mujahed Radwan, 15;

2. Lafi Mutasem
Mujahed Radwan, 15;

3. Mahmoud Nedal
Ibrahim Salim, 15;

4. Yousef Sqer
Ibrahim Salim, 15; and

5. Mumen Farouq
Abu Haneya, 18.

 

The father of Yousef Salim, one of the arrested children, told a PCHR
fieldworker that:

 

"At approximately 02:00 on Thursday, 05
May 2011, the Israeli occupation soldiers raided my house. They entered the garden via the external gate
and they then knocked at the internal door. My wife opened the door but they brutally raided the house. All of my family woke up. They then held us in the garden. My children and my grandchildren who are
between one and three years old were held with us. The children kept crying out of panic till
the morning. When they forced us to stay
in the garden, they ordered Yousef to stay alone. We could hear them while destroying the
house. I even could see them destroying
the doors. I told them ‘let me open the
doors for you instead of destroying them,’ but they refused and just said ‘shut
up.’ As they finished, they came to us
and took my son Yousef and said ‘we will take him with us’. Then they let us to enter the house. We found that they destroyed all the
furniture including beds, closets, tools, windows and doors. It was the second time that they raided my
house within one week. They remained in
the garden till the morning and withdrew then."

 

· At
approximately 02:15, IOF undercover unit arrived at Arraba village, southwest
of Jenin. They were using a white Mercedes
412 truck. They stopped the truck near a
house belonging to Tareq Hussein Awad Dar Hussein "Qaadan", 40. Fifteen soldiers stepped down from the truck and
raided the Dar Hussein’s house. They
left shortly later with Dar Hussein who was handcuffed and blindfolded. It should be noted that Dar Hussein is a
leader of the Islamic Jihad.

 

· Also at
approximately 02:15, IOF moved into Siris village, south of Jenin.  They stationed near the entrance of the
village and infantry soldiers moved to the center of the village. They surrounded the house of Tareq Nazih
Sadeq Faqha, 22. They fired several
sound bombs in the vicinity of the house and called the men in the house to get
out to the street. They checked the ID
cards of these men and arrested Faqha. They
withdrew and no further incidents were reported.

 

· At
approximately 09:40, IOF moved into Beit Our al-Tahta village, west of Ramallah. They patrolled in the streets for some
time. They withdrew later and no arrests
were reported.

 

· At
approximately 10:00, IOF moved into Fasayel village, north of Jericho. They patrolled in the streets for some
time. They withdrew later and no arrests
were reported.

 

· At
approximately 22:00, IOF moved into al-Ouja village, northeast of Jericho. They patrolled in the streets for some
time. They withdrew later and no arrests
were reported.

 

· At
approximately 23:30, IOF moved into Arraba village, southwest of Jenin. They patrolled in the streets for some
time. Neither house raids nor arrests
were reported.

 

· At approximately
23:40, IOF moved into Beit Leqia village, West of Ramallah. They patrolled in the streets for some
time. They withdrew later and no arrests
were reported.

 

Friday, 06 May 2011

 

· At
approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Jenin town refugee camp. They drove in the streets. They stationed in al-Zahraa Street near the
entrance of Jenin refugee camp. Soldiers
stepped down from the vehicles and surrounded the house of Bassam Ragheb Abdul
Rahman al-Saadi, 51. They infiltrated onto
the roof and raided the house. They
arrested al-Saadi and drove him to an unknown destination. It should be noted that al-Saadi is one of
the most prominent leaders of the Islamic Jihad in the West Bank. He was released from Israeli jails just less
than two months ago after spending more than seven years and a half in jail.

 

Izziddin,
al-Saadi’s son, told the PCHR fieldworker that:

 

"At approximately 02:30 on 06 May 2011, I
was in our two-storey house in al-Zahraa Street in Jenin refugee camp. I was awake and my family were sleeping. I could hear steps on the roof and on the
stairs. I opened the internal door of
the second floor and was surprised to find soldiers coming down on stairs from
the roof. They entered the house and
arrested my father. They held me and my
brothers in one room and held my mother and sisters in another room. They searched the house. In the meanwhile, soldiers were forcing us to
remain standing, hold our hands up and keep our faces against the wall. Nearly fifteen minutes later, the search was concluded
and an officer who said his name is ‘Shlomo’ called me and my brothers. He questioned us separately and warned us of
what he called ‘implementing any activities.’ They withdrew nearly one hour after the raid. They took my father to an unknown destination."

 

· At
approximately 03:00, IOF moved into Qabatya village, south of Jenin. They patrolled in the streets for some
time. Neither house raids nor arrests
were reported.

 

· At
approximately 04:00, IOF moved into al-Yamoun village, northwest of Jenin. They patrolled in the streets for some
time. Neither house raids nor arrests
were reported.

 

· Also at
approximately 04:00, IOF moved into Bourqin village, west of Jenin. They patrolled in the streets for some
time. Neither house raids nor arrests
were reported.

 

· At
approximately 11:00, IOF moved into Kharabtha al-Mesbah village, west of Ramallah. They patrolled in the streets for some
time. They withdrew later and no arrests
were reported. 

 

· At
approximately 13:00, IOF moved into Bir Zeit village, north of Ramallah. They patrolled in the streets for some
time. They withdrew later and no arrests
were reported. 

 

· At
approximately 14:00, IOF moved into Silat al-Hartheyeh village, northwest of Jenin. They drove in the streets and stationed in al-Jaradat
neighborhood in the northern part of Silat al-Hartheyeh village. They raided the house of Hussein Rafiq Anis
Jaradat, 37, and the house of Muntaser Ahmed Yasin Jaradat, 23, and arrested
both of them. They then raided the house
of Hussein Ahmed Hussein Jaradat, 24, after destroying the main door, and
forced Hussein’s family to leave to the house courtyard. They kept Hussein inside because he has
fractures in his right leg and cannot move without help. Nearly half an hour later, IOF ordered Hussein’s
family to enter the house and held them in one room. They pointed their guns at them and then
conducted thorough search in the house. Iman Mustafa Asaad Jaradat, 43, who is the housewife, told a PCHR
fieldworker that IOF inflicted heavy damages to her house while searching it.  They also damaged the walls of the house as
they were using a wall screening device. IOF withdrew later taking Hussein with them.

 

After withdrawing from Hussein’s house, IOF surrounded the house of
Mustafa Hassan Jaradat, 52, and fired two sound bombs at the house. The first bomb hit the garden while the
second penetrated the window of the kitchen. Residents of the house woke up and IOF called on the men in the house to
get out to the street.  They checked
their ID cards and arrested the house owner’s son, Hassan Mustafa Hassan
Jaradat, 28. They handcuffed and
blindfolded Hassan and forced him to stand aside. They then handcuffed his father and his
brothers: Hussein, 25; Samer, 23; and Ibrahim, 15. IOF led Samer into the house. Samer told the PCHR fieldworker that IOF
asked them to give them all the mobile phones in the house. They confiscated the eight mobile phones
which Samer gave them. IOF then took
Hassan to an adjacent house belonging to his brother Hussein. They also asked him to give them all the
mobile phones in the house. He gave them
three mobile phones. They then took
Hussein to his own house and asked him to give them more mobile phones. Hussein told the PCHR fieldworker that when
he told them that he does not have any more mobile phones, they beat him
severely using their hands and gun butts and fractured a rib of his chest. IOF withdrew after searching and damaging
the two houses and after threatening the Jaradat family of executing their son
Hassan whom they arrested and led to an unknown destination.

 

It should be noted that in line with the arrests implemented by IOF
in Silat al-Hartheyeh village, IOF arrested, in Jerusalem, Mohammed Mustafa
Hassan Jaradat, 24, and Mutaz Ahmed Hussein Jaradat, who are the brothers of
Hassan and Hussein who were arrested in Silat al-Hartheyeh village. 

 

· Also at
approximately 14:00, IOF moved into Shwaika suburb, north of Tulkarm, and
patrolled in the streets. In the
meanwhile, Palestinian boys gathered and stoned IOF. IOF immediately responded by firing bullets
and smoke bombs to disperse the boys. IOF withdrew later and no house raids, arrests or casualties were
reported.

 

· At
approximately 23: 40, IOF moved into al-Bireh. They patrolled in the streets for some time. They withdrew later and no arrests were
reported.

 

Saturday, 07 May 2011

 

· At
approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Tubas. They drove in the streets amidst intensive firing of sound bombs. They raided and searched many houses. They withdrew at approximately 05:00 after
arresting Mutasem Zeyad Qusah.

 

· At
approximately 04:00, IOF moved into Azzoun village, east of Qalqilya.  They drove in the streets and raided, searched
and damaged two houses. Before
withdrawing at approximately 05:30, they arrested two civilians, including a
child:

 

  1. Louay Hamza Abdul Halim Hussein, 19; and
  2. Imran Abdullah Hussein,17.

 

Abdullah
Hussein, who is the father of Imran, told a PCHR fieldworker the following:

 

"At approximately 04:00 on Saturday, 07
May 2011, we heard stones being thrown from all the directions at our house’s
windows which were broken as a result. Stones
were even thrown at the doors. One of my
children was sleeping near a window. We
did not know it was the Israeli occupation army who were throwing stones until
they used megaphones to call us to get to the courtyard. We were eight people, including two
children. We left the house and walked
towards the courtyard. They immediately
blindfolded us and held us. They then
raided the house and damaged the furniture, doors and windows. They damaged everything. They then arrested my son Abdullah who was
previously held in detention by the Israeli occupation army. They said they would take him with them. They took him to an unknown destination and
withdrew at approximately 05:30."

 

· At
approximately 14:00, IOF moved into Shwaika suburb, north of Tulkarm. They patrolled in the streets for some
time. Neither house raids nor arrests
were reported.

 

· At
approximately 15:30, IOF moved into Tulkarm. They patrolled in the streets and withdrew later. Two hours later, they moved into the town
again. They patrolled in the streets for
some time. Neither house raids nor
arrests were reported.

 

· Also at
approximately 15:30, IOF moved into Kafr al-Labad village, east of Tulkarm. They patrolled in the streets for some
time. Neither house raids nor arrests
were reported.

 

· At
approximately 21:30, IOF moved into Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah. They provocatively patrolled in the streets
and fired bullets, rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound
bombs in the streets. They occupied the
local council in the village and transformed it into military barracks. They withdrew at approximately 23:30 and no
arrests were reported.

 

Sunday,
08 May 2011

 

· At
approximately 02:30, IOF moved into Muthallath al-Shuhada village, south of Jenin.
They patrolled in the streets for some time. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

· At
approximately 11:25, IOF moved into Azzoun village, east of Qaqilya. They patrolled in the streets for some time
and searched a number of barracks in al-Safha area in the north of the village. They withdrew later and no arrests were
reported.

 

· At
approximately 18:00, IOF moved into Ya’bad village, southwest of Jenin. They patrolled in the streets for some
time. Neither house raids nor arrests
were reported.

 

Monday,
09 May 2011

 

· At
approximately 00:30, IOF moved into Qalqilya. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew at
approximately 02:30. Neither house raids
nor arrests were reported.

 

· At
approximately 11:00, IOF moved into Kharabtha al-Mesbah village, west of
Ramallah. They patrolled in the streets
for some time. They withdrew later and
no arrests were reported.

 

· Also at
approximately 12:00, IOF moved into Izbat al-Jarad village, east of Tulkarm. They patrolled in the streets for some time. Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

· At
approximately 13:00, IOF moved into Kafa village, southeast of Tulkarm. They patrolled in the streets for some time. Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

· At
approximately 17:00, IOF moved into Ramin village, east of Tulkarm. They patrolled in the streets for some
time. Neither house raids nor arrests
were reported.

 

· At
approximately 19:30, IOF moved into Beit Leed village, east of Toulkarm. They patrolled in the streets and erected a
checkpoint near the northern entrance of the village. They stopped vehicles moving from and to the
village and checked passengers’ ID cards. They withdrew later and neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

· At
approximately 20:00, IOF moved into Jericho. They patrolled in the streets for some time. They withdrew later and no arrests were
reported.

 

· At
approximately 21:00, IOF moved again into Izbat al-Jarad village, east of Tulkarm. They patrolled in the streets for some time. Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

· At
approximately 20:00, IOF moved into al-Bireh. They patrolled in the streets for some time. They withdrew later and no arrests were
reported.

 

· At
approximately 10:00, IOF moved into Kufor Qaddoum village, northeast of
Qalqilya. They patrolled in the streets
for some time. In the meanwhile, they
held two members of the Palestinian police; Mohammed Reyad Shteiwi, 35, and
Awni Abdul Qader Shteiwi, 29, who were released later after intervention from
the Palestinian Military Liaison Office. IOF withdrew later and neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

· At
approximately 22:30, IOF moved into Beit Leqia village, west of Ramallah. They patrolled in the streets for some
time. They withdrew later and no arrests
were reported.

 

Tuesday,
10 May 2011

 

· At
approximately 07:30, IOF gunboats positioning at sea off al-Waha resort, wet of
Beit Lahia in the north of the Gaza Strip, intensively fired shells and bullets
at Palestinian fishing boats. Palestinian fishermen fled the area in fear of being wounded or
arrested. No casualties or damages to
fishing boats were reported.

 

· At
approximately 09:00, IOF moved into Jefna village, north of Ramallah. They patrolled in the streets for some
time. They withdrew later and no arrests
were reported.

 

· At
approximately 11:40, IOF positioned on observation towers near
Beit Hanoun "Erez" crossing in the north of Beit Hanoun town in the northern
Gaza Strip, opened intensive fire at a group of demonstrators and Palestinian
and international solidarity activists who were near the landfill in the north
of Beit Hanoun Agricultural School of
al-Azhar University in Gaza in the north of Beit Hanoun town. There were approximately 80 demonstrators
including 4 international solidarity activists. IOF opened fire as the demonstrators who were approximately 80 meters
far from the border fence. No casualties
were reported.

 

Saber al-Zaanin, coordinator for the Local Initiative in Beit
Hanoun and coordinator of such demonstrations in border areas in protest
against the imposition of a buffer zone in Palestinians’ lands, said that at
approximately 11:10 on Tuesday, 10 May 2011, the demonstration started near
Beit Hanoun Agricultural School and demonstrators walked northwards to the
border area. As demonstrators were
approximately 80 meters far from the border fence and as they were trying to
put the Palestinian flag on sand dunes, a number of soldiers positioning on observation
towers called the demonstrators via megaphones to go away, but the demonstrators
did not respond. At approximately 11:40,
IOF soldiers sporadically fired in the air in an attempt to cause panic to the
demonstrators and then fired intensively. The demonstrators were panicked and fled the area especially as IOF
soldiers began to fire directly at them. IOF continuingly fired for 10 minutes. After IOF stopped firing, the demonstrators left the area and no
casualties were reported.

 

· At
approximately 20:00, IOF moved into Faroun village, south of Tulkarm. They patrolled in the streets for some
time. Neither house raids nor arrests
were reported.

 

· Also at
approximately 20:00, IOF moved into Tulkarm. They patrolled in the streets for some time. Neither house raids nor arrests were
reported.

 

· At
approximately 21:30, IOF moved into Bitounia town, west of Ramallah. They provocatively patrolled in the streets
for some time. They withdrew later and
no arrests were reported.

 

 

Wednesday,
04 May 2011

 

· At
approximately 02:30, IOF moved into Bir Zeit village, north of Ramallah. They patrolled in the streets for some
time. They withdrew later and no arrests
were reported.

 

·  At approximately 08:30, IOF gunboats
positioning at sea off al-Waha resort, wet of Beit Lahia in the north of the
Gaza Strip, intensively fired shells and bullets at Palestinian fishing
boats. Palestinian fishermen fled the
area in fear of being wounded or arrested. No casualties or damages to fishing boats were reported.

 

· At
approximately 09:30, IOF moved into Beit Our al-Tahta village, west of Ramallah. They patrolled in the streets for some
time. They withdrew later and no arrests
were reported.

 

Activist from the Izz Addin al-Qaasam Died of
Wounds He Sustained Earlier:

· At
approximately 11:30 on Wednesday, 04 May 2011, medical sources at Naser
Institute Hospital in Cairo announced the death of Shadi Mahmoud al-Zatma, 29,
and activist of the Izziddin al-Qassam Brigades from Tal al-Sultan neighborhood
in Rafah. Al-Zatma sustained serious
wounds when an Israeli drone fired two missile at him as he was with Tayseer
Said Abu Sneima, 27, and Mohammed Ali Awaja, 28, who are also activists of the
Izziddin al-Qassam Brigades from Tal al-Sultan neighborhood in Rafah. The three activists were near Kamal Odwan
Boys’ Secondary School Tal al-Sultan neighborhood, west of Rafah. The bombardment which was implemented at
approximately 00:50 on 09 April 2011 resulted in the immediate deaths of Abu
Sneima and Awaja, while al-Zatma’s legs were amputated and he sustained
shrapnel wounds throughout the body.

 

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, 3 demonstrators, including a
woman and an international human rights defender, were wounded, while dozens of
Palestinian civilians and human rights defenders suffered from tear gas
inhalation and others sustained bruises.

   

· Following the
Friday Prayer on 06 May 2011, dozens of Palestinian civilians and international
and Israeli human rights defenders organized a peaceful demonstration in Bil’in
village, west of Ramallah, in protest to the construction of the annexation
wall. 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 and sustained bruises, in
addition, Mohammed Nabeel Ahmed Abu Rahma, 18, was hit by a tear gas canister
in the right leg. Besides, Iyad Ra’ed
Fadel al-Khateeb, 15, was arrested and transported to "Ofer"
detention center, southeast of Ramallah.

 

· Also following
the Friday Prayer on the same day, 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 Wall. Israeli troops
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. 

 

· At the same
time, 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. 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, 2
Palestinians were wounded, in addition, a number of demonstrators suffered from
tear gas inhalation. IOF occupied the
cultural center in the center of the village and turned it into a military
position, however, they withdrew at approximately 16:00 and no arrests were
reported.  The wounded are:

 

1. Wafa’ Wajeeh Mohammed Tamimi, 23. She was hit by a gas canister in the right
leg; and

2. Yaniv Vinic, 24, an international activist. He was hit by a gas canister in the left leg.

 

· On Saturday, 07
May 2011, IOF used force against dozens of Palestinians, international
solidarity activists and human rights defenders in Beit Ummar TOWN, north of
Hebron, who were participating in the weekly demonstration against settlement
activities and confiscation of lands. As
a result, 4 demonstrators sustained fractures and bruises.

 

According to investigations conducted by PCHR, at approximately
13:00, on 07 May 2011, a weekly demonstration was organized in central Beit Ummar
town, heading to the lands closed around "Karmi Tsur" settlement,
south of the village. Before the
demonstrators reached the area, IOF started firing sound bombs at them, chased
and beat some of them. as As a result, 4
demonstrators sustained bruises and fractures throughout the body; 2 of whom
were transported to Hebron Public Hospital for their serious conditions, while
the 2 others received the necessary medical treatment on the spot:

 

1. Ahmed Khalil Abu Hashem, 44;

2. His son Hamza, 12;

3. Mosa Abdul Hamid Abu Maria, 33; and

4. Yusef Abdul Hamid Abu Maria,38, who sustained 2 fractures in the
left arm and hand. As a result, he was
transported to the hospital, where he stayed for 2 days. Yusef Abu Maria is the head of the committee
against settlement in the village.

 

In his testimony to PCHR, Abu Hashem said that once the
demonstration reached the northern gate of the settlement at approximately
13:30, IOF started attacking the demonstrators and pushing them at gun point,
as they are activists against settlement. IOF chased the rest of the demonstrators and dispersed them. Abu Hashem pointed out that the Israeli
soldiers pushed Abu Maria onto the ground before he was handcuffed and severely
beaten.

 

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.

 

· Expanding the
list of items allowed into Gaza does not change the illegality of this policy,
which is inconsistent with Israel’s legal obligations both as an Occupying
Power and under international human rights treaties to which it is party, such
as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. 

 

· Facts on the
ground refute Israeli claims with respect to the easing of the closure imposed
on the Gaza Strip and the reduction of restrictions imposed on the entry of
goods.

 

· Israeli
declaration of allowing new goods to be entered into the Gaza Strip constitutes
an attempt to delude the international community, as such goods do not meet the
minimal needs of the Gaza Strip. 

 

· IOF have continued
to ban the entry of raw construction materials into the Gaza Strip. 

 

· IOF have
imposed a ban on all exports from the Gaza Strip. 

 

· Israel had
continued to close Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing to Palestinian civilians wishing
to travel to the West Bank and Israeli for medical treatment, trade or social
visits.

 

· Israel has
imposed additional access restrictions on international diplomats, journalists
and humanitarian workers seeking to enter the Gaza Strip. They have prevented
representatives of several international humanitarian organizations from
entering the Gaza Strip.

 

· Living
conditions of the Palestinian civilian population have seriously deteriorated;
levels of poverty and unemployment have mounted sharply.

 

 

Movement at Border Crossings during
the Reporting Period:

 

Movement
at Rafah International Crossing Point

04-10
May 2011

 

Date

Details

04 May 2011

267 Palestinians were allowed to travel to Egypt, 352 others and the
body of a dead Palestinian were allowed into the Gaza Strip and 116 Palestinians
were returned.

05 May 2011

324 Palestinians were allowed to travel to Egypt, 999 others and
two bodies were allowed into the Gaza Strip and 26 Palestinians were
returned.

06 May 2011

7 Palestinians were allowed into the Gaza Strip.

07 May 2011

Closed.

08 May 2011

307 Palestinian were allowed to travel to Egypt, 369 others were
allowed into the Gaza Strip and 30 Palestinians were returned.

09 May 2011

232 Palestinians were allowed to travel to Egypt, 221 others were
allowed into the Gaza Strip and 30 Palestinians were returned.

10 May 2011

213 Palestinians were allowed to travel to Egypt, 262 others were
allowed into the Gaza Strip and 44 Palestinians were returned.

 

 

Movement
at Karm Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) Crossing

04-10
May 2011

 

Date

Imports

Category

Amount

Tons

Liters

04 May 2011

Foodstuffs

953

 

Agricultural materials

513

 

Various goods

1,351

 

Humanitarian aids

991

 

Cooking gas

44.740

 

05 May 2011

Foodstuffs

915

 

Agricultural materials

2,030

 

Various goods

1,323

 

Humanitarian aids

769

 

Cooking gas

66.330

 

08 May 2011

Foodstuffs

1,270

 

Agricultural materials

2,066

 

Various goods

1,084

 

Humanitarian aids

744

 

Cooking gas

66.330

 

 

Notes:

 

· On Wednesday, 04 May 2011, IOF allowed the entry of 104 tons of cement
for UNRWA and 236 tons of cement for UNDP. They also allowed the entry of 624 tons of fodders.

· On Thursday, 05 May 2011, IOF allowed the entry of 384 tons of
cement and 13 tons of iron for UNRWA, while they entered 18 tons of cement and
28 tons of iron for UNDP. They also allowed the entry of 1,833 tons of fodders.

· On Sunday, 08 May 2011, IOF allowed the entry of 240 tons of cement
and 74 tons of iron for UNRWA. They also
allowed the entry of 1,755 tons of wheat.

 

Exports  

· On Thursday, 05 May 2011, 52,000 flowers were exported.

 

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

04-10
May 2011

 

Date

04
May

05
May

06
May

07
May

07
May

08
May

09
May

Patients

35

18

1

Nil

54

4

Nil

Companions

31

19

1

Nil

47

4

Nil

Arabs from Israel

2

1

Nil

Nil

5

Nil

Nil

Diplomats

12

Nil

2

Nil

1

Nil

Nil

International Journalists

5

6

9

Nil

6

Nil

Nil

International Workers

22

20

21

Nil

13

Nil

Nil

Travelers abroad

Nil

Nil

15

Nil

2

Nil

Nil

Business People

64

61

1

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Economic Meetings

4

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Security Interviews

3

5

Nil

Nil

2

Nil

Nil 

VIP’s

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

1

Nil

Nil

Ambulances to Israel

2

4

Nil

Nil

3

2

1

Ambulances from Israel

1

4

Nil

Nil

2

Nil

Nil

 

IOF completely closed Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing on Monday, 09 May
2011, for the movement of persons, excluding 4 patients, 4 companions of them
and ambulances. Besides, on Tuesday, 10
May 2011, it was completely closed, excluding for an ambulance that was allowed
to pass, under the pretext of the Jewish feasts (Independence Day). However, it was reopened on Wednesday, 11 May
2011.

 

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.

 

On Friday morning, 06 May 2011, IOF imposed more restrictions on
the movement of Palestinians. Eyewitnesses said that IOF, including hundreds of police officers and special
units, patrolled in the area, particularly, in the main road adjacent to the
Old City’s walls. They established
checkpoints around the city, as a result, they hindered the movement of
persons, while a large number of persons were returned and others’ IDs were
held until the prayer finished. 

 

· Ramallah: IOF
have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of the Palestinian
civilians in Ramallah, particularly, "Jaba’ – Qalandia" checkpoint
that was established in the southeast of Ramallah. At approximately 18:30 on Thursday, 05 May
2011, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance of Silwad village, east of
Ramallah. However, no arrests were
reported. At approximately 09:00, IOF
re-established their presence at ‘Atarah checkpoint at the northern entrance of
Birzeit village, north of Ramallah.

 

At
approximately 08:00 on Friday, 06 May 2011, IOF established a checkpoint near
the entrance of Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah. No arrests were reported. At approximately 09:00 on the same day, IOF established
a similar checkpoint at Nabi Saleh village – Kafr Ein road. At approximately 09:40 on Monday, 09 May
2011, IOF established a checkpoint near the entrance of Beit Leqia village,
west of Ramallah. At approximately
10:00, IOF established a checkpoint on Beit Reema – Deir Ghassana road,
northeast of Ramallah. At approximately
11:00, IOF established a checkpoint at Kafr Ne’ma village, west of Ramallah.

 

At
approximately 08:30 on Tuesday, 10 May 2011, IOF established a checkpoint at
the entrance of Kafr Ein village, northwest of Ramallah. At approximately 15:30, IOF established a
checkpoint near the entrance of Ein Qanina village, west of Ramallah. At approximately 20:30, IOF re-established
their presence at Attarah checkpoint at the northern entrance of Birzeit
village, north of Ramallah.

 

· Hebron: IOF
have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian
civilians. On Thursday, 05 May 2011, IOF
established a checkpoint at the intersection of the bypass road (35) with the
northeastern entrance of Hebron. They
stopped and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles. On Friday, 06 May 2011, IOF stationed in
north of Beit Ummar town and Safa village, north of Hebron, forced the farmers
in the two areas to leave their farms located in "Wadi Abu Rish",
northwest of the village. They were
obliged to leave at gun point under the pretext of denial of access unless by
military permits.

 

According
to investigations conducted by PCHR, IOF accompanied by Israeli settlers, who
were singing and clapping, forced a number of Palestinian farmers to stop their
work and leave their farms forcibly. The
farmers included: Hamad Isma’il ‘Adi, Hussein Mohammed ‘Adi, Hammad Jaber
al-Salibi, Abdullah al-Salibi. It should
be noted that these targeted farms are part of a 1000-dunum area of land that
was announced by IOF as "State Property" and are not allowed to be
entered. The same incident repeatedly
took place on Saturday 07 May 2011. 

 

· Qalqilya: IOF have continued to impose severe
restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians. On Saturday, 07 May 2011, IOF established 5
checkpoints around the town. At
approximately 10:15 on Monday, 09 May 2011, IOF established a checkpoint near Iainsafout
village on Qalqilya – Nablus road. At
approximately 21:10, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance of Qalqilya.  They stopped and searched Palestinian
civilians vehicles.

 

· Tulkarm: IOF
have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian
civilians. At approximately 10:30 on
Thursday, 05 May 2011, IOF stationed at Ennab checkpoint on Tulkarm – Nablus
road, east of Tulkarm imposed more restrictions on the movement of
Palestinians. They stopped and searched
Palestinian civilians vehicles. At
approximately 23:50 on the same day, IOF established a checkpoint on Tulkarm –
Qalqilya road in "Mothallath Jbarah" area, south of Tulkarm. 

 

At approximately 23:30 on Friday, 06 May 2011, IOF established a
checkpoint at the entrance of al-Jaroushiya village, north of Tulkarm.

At approximately 11:00 on Saturday, 07 May 2011, IOF established a
checkpoint on Tulkarm – Qalqilya road in "Mothallath Jbarah" area,
south of Tulkarm. No arrests were
reported. At approximately 11:20, IOF
established a checkpoint at the entrance of al-Jaroushiya village, north of
Tulkarm. At approximately 11:30 on the
same day, IOF stationed at Ennab checkpoint on Tulkarm – Nablus road, east of
Tulkarm, imposed severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinians. At approximately 14:00, IOF established a
checkpoint at the northern entrance of Beit Leed village, east of Tulkarm. At approximately 23:30, IOF re-established
the same checkpoint in the same area.

 

At approximately 22:00 on Monday, 09 May 2011, IOF established a
checkpoint on Tulkarm – Qalqilya road in "Mothallath Jbarah" area,
south of Tulkarm. They stopped and
searched Palestinian civilian vehicles.

 

At approximately 11:00 on Tuesday, 10 May 2011, IOF stationed at
Ennab checkpoint on Tulkarm – Nablus road, east of Tulkarm, imposed severe
restrictions on the movement of persons. However, no arrests were reported. At approximately 11:30, IOF established a checkpoint at Tulkarm –
Qalqilya road near the entrance of Far’oun village, south of Tulkarm. At approximately 15:00, IOF established a
similar checkpoint on ‘Etil – Deir al-Ghsoun road, north of Tulkarm.

 

· Jenin: IOF have continued to impose severe
restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians. At approximately 07:00 on Friday, 29 April
2011, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance of Kafrit village, southwest
of Jenin.

 

· Jericho: IOF
have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian
civilians. At approximately 09:30 on
Sunday, 07 May 2011, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance of Fasayel
village, north of Jericho.  They stopped
and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles.

At approximately 17:30 on Monday, 09 May 2011, IOF established a
checkpoint near the entrance of al-Jiftlik, north of Jericho. 

 

Arrests at Military Checkpoints

 

· During the
reporting period, IOF arrested 10 Palestinians at least, including 2
children. Two of the persons arrested is
Khaled Mohammed Ameen al-Hajj, 45, the spokesperson of Hamas movement in Jenin,
who was arrested at a military checkpoint established at the entrance of
‘Arraba village, southwest of Jenin; and Bassam Nabil Sa’id Diab, 28, a leader
in Islamic Jihad movement, from Kafr Ra’ei village, who was arrested at a
checkpoint established at the intersection of Zita – ‘Alar road, north of
Tulkarm.

· At approximately
11:00 on Thursday, 05 May 2011, Israeli troops patrolled near the annexation
wall, south of Yatta in southern Hebron, arrested 3 workers from Burin village,
south of Nablus. The workers were
arrested while they were trying to cross the borders inside the "Green
Line" areas, looking for work at Beersheba. They were tortured for several hours during
detaining them in the open air. The
arrested workers: Maqsoud Ahmed Mohammed ‘Awwad, 22, ‘Adnan Bassam Ghaleb
Najjar, 20, Abdul Hakim Omar Yusef Najjar, 26.

According to investigations conducted by PCHR,
IOF chased the three workers. As a
result, the workers were arrested and detained in the open air after
handcuffing them. No food or any other
humanitarian services were offered to them until late night on the same day
before transporting them to the Israeli police station near "Kyriat
Arba" settlement, southeast of Hebron. The following morning, they were transported to "Kfar Etzion"
detention center, southwest of Bethlehem.

· At
approximately 14:00, on the same day, IOF stationed near "Halmish"
settlement, northwest of Ramallah, arrested 2 children from Deir Nezam village
while they were near the main road adjacent to the mentioned settlement. They were arrested under the pretext that
they were throwing stones and were transported to an interrogation center
inside "Halmish" settlement. IOF released them at approximately 20:30. The children: Ahmed Saleh Mostafa Mezher, 17;
and Rateb Marzouq Rateb ‘Assaf, 17.

· At
approximately 24:25 on Friday, 06 May 2011, IOF arrested 4 Palestinians while
they were in their farms near the annexation wall in the south of Sniria
village, southeast of Qalqilya. The
village council of Masha and village council of Sniria confirmed the arrest of
the 4 Palestinians: Khaled Sa’d Khaled Judy, 26; Belal Sami Isma’il Amer, 22,
from Masha village, northwest of Salfit; Sohaib Sedqi As’ad, 22; and his
brother Nezam As’ad, 22, from Sniria village, without knowing the reasons and
conditions of their arrest.

· At
approximately 20:00 on the same Friday, IOF established a checkpoint on Zita –
‘Alar road, north of Tulkarm. They
stopped the car of Bassam Nabil Sa’id Diab, 28, a leader in the Islamic Jihad
movement, from Kafr Ra’I village, southwest of Jenin, and arrested him. Diab’s brother said that his brother was
arrested while he was going home from a visit to a friend of him in the eastern
Baqa village, north of Tulkarm.

· At
approximately 15:30 on Saturday, 07 May 2011, IOF established a checkpoint at
the entrance of Arraba village, southwest of Jenin. Eyewitnesses said that IOF deployed many
vehicles surrounding the village. Before
they retreat, IOF arrested Khaled Mohamed Ameen al-Hajj, 45, the spokesperson
of Hamas movement in Jenin, at the checkpoint. Al-Hajj was transported to an unknown destination.

· On Tuesday, 10
May 2011, IOF stationed at Hawara checkpoint, south of Nablus, arrested Moti’
Odah Melhem, 38, from ‘Anin village, west of Jenin. His relatives said that he was arrested while
passing via the crossing, and transported to an unknown destination.

 

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, 05
May 2011, IOF demolished a big number of houses and property at Kherbet
"Um Nir" in the far east of Yatta, south of Hebron under the pretext
that "they are not licensed" by the Israeli authorities. According to investigations conducted by
PCHR, at approximately 08:00 on the same day, a large force of the Israeli Border
Guard Police supported by 2 military bulldozers broke into Kherbet "Um Nir". The Israeli force immediately evacuated the
targeted houses and property by force before demolishing them. The demolition process lasted for 6 hours and
targeted 4 houses of made of bricks and tin and 10 tents. Eight families consisting of 50 members,
including a lot of women and children, were living in these houses. Besides, the Israeli soldiers uprooted
approximately 600 olive saplings planted around the targeted houses.

 

Most of the houses demolished belong
to extended families, including Isa Hussein Mohammed al-Jbour, Mohammed Rateb
Hassan al-Jbour and Fo’ad Ali al-Nawaj’a.

· At
approximately 14:00 on Tuesday, 10 May 2011, a number of settlers gathered on
Tulkarm – Nablus road near the intersection of Beit Leed village, in the area
named "Abu Martein". Eyewitnesses said to a PCHR field workers that the settlers’ gathering
resulted in hindering the traffic on the road. It should be noted that an Israeli settler from "Shavei Shomron"
settlement, west of Nablus, was shot dead in the same area because of heavy
fire in December 2009. Since then, the
settlers have been establishing a memorial for him and breaking into the area
now and then to perform heir rituals near the memorial.

· At
approximately 16:00 on the same day, a number of settlers gathered in the
evacuated settlement of "Homesh", which was established on the lands
of Barqa village, northwest of Nablus, and Seilat al-Zhaher village, south of
Jenin. Eyewitnesses said that a large number
of settlers arrived at the area to perform their rituals under the protection
of IOF. Later, the settlers and Israeli
soldiers withdrew, however, no other incidents were reported. 

  

 

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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