IOF Continue
to Carry Out Expansion Works in Shvut Rachel Settlement Near Qaryout Village in
Southeast Nablus

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

 

· A Palestinian
activist was extra-judicially executed by IOF in the Gaza Strip.  

 

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

 7 Palestinian civilians
were wounded.

 IOF arrested 5
demonstrators, including two Israeli human rights defenders.  

 

· IOF continued
to fire at Palestinian workers, farmers and fishermen in border areas in the Gaza
Strip.

– 3  Palestinian workers and a mentally disabled
civilian  were wounded

 IOF
fired at Palestinian fishermen in the northern Gaza Strip.

 

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

 IOF arrested 16
Palestinian civilians, including 3 children.

 IOF raided
houses of a number of leaders of Hamas in Jenin.

 

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

 

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

 IOF confiscated 70 donums[1]
of Palestinian land in Beit Ummar village to expand "Karmi Tsur"
settlement, north of Hebron.

 IOF demolished a car washing shop, a tire
change workshop and two mobile rooms in Jerusalem. 

 Israeli settlers added 9 houses to "Shavot
Rachel" settlement, southeast of Jenin. 

 Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian civilian
vehicles traveling on the main roads in the West Bank.

 

 

Summary

 

Israeli violations of international law and humanitarian law in the
OPT continued during the reporting period (28 October – 03 November 2010):

 

Shooting:

 

During the reporting period, IOF killed a Palestinian activist in
the Gaza Strip, and wounded 11 civilians in the West Bank and the Gaza
Strip. 

 

In the Gaza Strip, on 03 November 2010, IOF extra-judicially
executed an activist of the Army of Islam in Gaza City. An IOF drone fired two missiles at the car in
which the activist was traveling. As a
result, he was killed and two civilian bystanders were wounded. IOF admitted responsibility for the attack,
claiming that the activist was involved in attacks against Israeli and US
targets in Sinai Peninsula.  

 

During the reporting period, IOF fired at Palestinian workers who
were collecting raw construction materials near the border between the Gaza
Strip and Israel. As a result, 3 workers
were wounded. 

 

On 02 November 2010, Israeli soldiers positioned at the border
between the Gaza Strip and Israel to the east of Khan Yunis wounded a mentally
disabled Palestinian civilian near the border. 

 

IOF also fired at Palestinian fishermen in the northern Gaza Strip,
but no casualties were reported.

 

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. As a result, 7 Palestinian civilians were wounded, and dozens of
Palestinian civilians and international human rights defenders suffered from
tear gas inhalation or sustained bruises. 

 

Incursions:

 

During the reporting period, IOF conducted at
least 29 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank,
during which they arrested 16 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children.  IOF also raided houses of a number of leaders
of Hamas in Jenin, and held discussions with them about the movement’s
activities and policies.

 

In the Gaza Strip, IOF conducted one limited
incursion into al-Boreij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip, during which
they leveled areas of Palestinian land, which they had already razed.  

 

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. 

 

· 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.

 

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
at 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, further confiscating 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 a permit issued by the IOF.
These 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 29 October 2010, Palestinian civilians living in Qaryout
village, southeast of Nablus, noticed that Israeli settlers had added 9 mobile
homes to the eastern part of "Shavot Rachel" settlement. The addition of such mobile homes followed
land leveling by Israeli settlers on 24 October 2010. The mobile homes were placed on Palestinian land
recently confiscated by IOF, whose area is estimated at 280 donums. 

 

On 31 October 2010, Israeli settlers from "Shilo"
settlement gathered at Nablus-Rmallah road and threw stones at Palestinian
civilian vehicles. No injuries or
damages were reported.

 

On 01 November 2010, Israeli settlers from "Karmi Tsur"
settlement to the south of Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron, escorted by
IOF, resumed leaving Palestinian land near the settlement for the 3rd
consecutive week. By that time, the
settlers had leveled at least 70 donums of land belonging to Palestinian
families, in order to expand the settlement. These areas of land were planted with grapes and almonds.

 

On 02 November 2010, IOF, accompanied by bulldozers of the
Municipality of Jerusalem, moved into Tal’et Hazma area in Beit Hanina
village. They demolished a car washing
shop, a tire change workshop and two mobile rooms belonging to Amjad Salhab and
Hammoud Salhab, claiming that they were built without licenses.

 

Israeli Violations Documented during
the Reporting Period (28 October – 03 November 2010)

 

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

 

Thursday, 28 October 2010

 

· At
approximately 00:30, IOF moved into Beit Liqya village, west of Ramallah. They patrolled in the streets for some time
and withdrew later. No arrests were
reported.

 

· At
approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron. They raided two houses belonging to the
families of Mohammed Samir Abu Maria, 21, and Mohammed Ibrahim Abu Maria, 15,
and arrested the two individuals.

 

· Also at
approximately 01:00, IOF moved into al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of
Ramallah. They raided and searched two
houses belonging to the families of Majdi ‘Ali Haddad, 16, and Mohammed Yousef
Ghannam, 18, and arrested the two individuals. 

 

· At
approximately 01:30, IOF moved into al-Yamoun village, northwest of Jenin. They raided and searched a house belonging to
Sa’id Mohammed Sha’ban, 58, and arrested him.

 

· Also at
approximately 01:30, IOF moved into Taqqou’ village, southeast of
Bethlehem. They raided and searched a
house belonging to Nayef Jadallah Abu Mifreh, but no arrests were reported.

 

· At
approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Jenin. They patrolled in the streets. They then headed towards the Palestinian Housing Suburb. There, they raided a house belonging to Wasfi
‘Izzat Qabaha, 51, a former minister and a leader of Hamas. Qabaha stated to a PCHR field worker that IOF
raided his house at approximately 02:15, and ordered his family to gather in
one room. An officer, who introduced
himself as the commander of the area, asked Qabaha to sit and have a discussion
with him in the presence of an Israeli intelligence officer. The discussion focused on the
Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, the Palestinian reconciliation and peace
prospects. At the end of the discussion,
Israeli officers demanded Qabaha to convey a warning message to Hamas not to
carry out any activity and that the situation is under Israeli control. Qabaha was also informed that he is banned
from entering his home village, East Barta’a, which has been isolated by the
annexation wall, southwest of Jenin.  

 

At approximately 04:15, IOF raided a house belonging to the family
of Ghassan ‘Abdul Wahab al-Zughaibi, 37, a leader of Hamas. They informed him that they came to the house
in a visit, and not to arrest him. A
similar discussion took place between al-Zughaibi and Israeli officers, at the
end of which the Israeli military commander warned him of carrying out any
activity.

 

Soon after, IOF raided a house belonging to Khaled Mohammed
al-Hajj, 45, the spokesman of Hamas in Jenin. They informed him that they did not come to the house to arrest him,
rather to have a discussion with him. He
sat with the Israeli military commander of Jenin. The discussion between him and them was
focused on the relations between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas, dismissal
of Hamas’ members from public jobs and the financial and political ban imposed
on Hamas. 

 

IOF withdrew from the area later and no arrests were reported.

 

· Also at
approximately 02:00, IOF moved into ‘Arraba village, southwest of Jenin. They raided a house belonging to ‘Adnan
Mohammed Mousa. Following a debate
between them and Mousa, IOF broke into the house and interrogated Mousa’s
son, 33-yeaar-old Khader, a leader of
Islamic Jihad. They threatened to arrest
the son, and warned him that he was under observation.

 

· At
approximately 02:15, IOF moved into ‘Aanin village, northwest of Jenin. They raided and searched a house belonging to
the family of Mohammed Rebhi Yassin, 21, and arrested him.

 

· At
approximately 18:30, IOF moved into ‘Ein al-Dyouk village, north of
Jericho. They patrolled in the streets
for some time and withdrew later. No
arrests were reported.

 

· At
approximately 21:30, IOF moved into Koubar village, northwest of Ramallah. They patrolled in the streets for some time
and withdrew later. No arrests were
reported.

 

Friday, 29 October  2010

 

· At
approximately 09:45, Israeli soldiers stationed on observation towers at the
border between the Gaza Strip and Israel to the north of the Bedouin village in
the northern Gaza Strip opened fire at a number of Palestinian workers who were
collecting raw construction materials in Erez industrial zone. As a result, Mohammed Kamal ‘Olaiwa, 20, was
wounded by a bullet to the left leg, when he was about 450 meters away from the
border.

 

· At
approximately 10:50, IOF moved into Tulkarm and into Shwaika suburb, north of
the town. They patrolled in the streets
for some time and withdrew later. No
arrests were reported.

 

· At
approximately 19:15, IOF moved into Tulkarm. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.

 

Saturday, 30 October 2010

 

· At
approximately 09:30, IOF stormed an oil press plant in Jeet village, east of
Qalqilya. They attempted to attack the
owner, Anwar Ma’zouz al-Sidda, 28, and a human rights defender, Zakaria
al-Sidda, 32, Coordinator of Rabbis for Human Rights in Israel.  Following a debate between the two sides, and
communications made by the human rights defender, the Israeli police came and
confiscated a bulldozer that was parked near the oil press. They also arrested the owner, but released
him later on a bail of 1,000 NIS (approximately US$ 280). 

 

In his testimony to PCHR, Zakria al-Sidda, stated:

 

"At approximately 09:30 on Saturday, 30
October 2010, I received a phone call on my mobile phone from my cousin, Anwar
Ma’zouz al-Sidda, 28, the owner of Jeet Modern Oil Press in Jeet village, east
of Qalqilya. He informed me that IOF
came to the press and asked for the documents of a bulldozer parked near
it. When Anwar told them that the
bulldozer is old, that there were no documents for it and that the Israeli
police confiscated and checked it last year, IOF insisted to confiscate it and
ordered him to drive it. He refused and
told them that the bulldoze was not eligible to be driven on the main road. However, they ordered him to drive the
bulldozer behind them. He again
refused. I arrived the scene. I saw 6 Israeli soldiers attempting to attack
Anwar and his brother. I immediately
stood between the two sides and told Israeli soldier that I am the Coordinator
of Rabbis for Human Rights and that their action was illegal. An officer listened to me and prevented the
attack. A debate erupted between me and
other Israeli soldiers who threatened to attack me. Ten minutes later, I contacted the governor
of Nablus, the Israeli military liaison department in Qalqilya and the
Palestinian civil liaison to stop the attack. Another 10 minutes later, the Israeli officer left the area threatening
to take action against me if I did not leave the area. Later, the Israeli police and an Israeli
military liaison officer arrived at the area. The Israeli officer came back to the area and a debate erupted between
us. Later, the Israeli police demanded
Anwar to sign documents related to the confiscation of the bulldozer for
checking. They also arrested him."

 

Sunday, 31 October 2010

 

· In the early
morning, IOF raided and searched a house belonging to ‘Ali Sarhan, 38, in
al-Bustan quarter in Silwan village to the south of the old town of
Jerusalem. They arrested him and his son
Mohammed.

 

· At
approximately 08:15, Israeli soldiers stationed on a hill at the border between
the Gaza Strip and Israel to the northwest of Beit Lahia town in the northern
Gaza Strip opened fire at a number of Palestinian workers who were collecting
raw construction materials from a site where the evacuated Israeli settlement
of "Elli Sinai" used to stand. As a result, Nazmi Salim Tanboura, 50, from Beit Lahia, was wounded by a
bullet to the thighs, when he was nearly 500 meters away from the border.

 

· At
approximately 09:30, IOF moved into al-Jalama village, north of Jenin. They patrolled in the streets for some time
and withdrew later. No arrests were
reported.

 

· At
approximately 09:50, IOF moved into Fassayel village, north of Jericho. They patrolled in the streets for some time
and withdrew later. No arrests were
reported.

 

· At
approximately 22:20, IOF moved into Southern Mazra’a village, north of
Ramallah. They patrolled in the
streets. A number of Palestinian boys
gathered and threw stones at IOF. Immediately, IOF fired rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas canisters
and sound bombs at the boys. As a
result, a number of Palestinian civilians suffered from tear gas
inhalation. IOF withdrew later and no
arrests were reported.

 

· At
approximately 23:00, IOF moved into Ya’bad village, southwest of Jenin. They patrolled in the streets. At approximately 23:15, they raided a
3-storey apartment building belonging to ‘Izziddin Ahmd ‘Amarna, 39, a leader
of Hamas. Two Israeli intelligence
officer introduced themselves to ‘Amarna, and asked him for talking. They discussed with him Israeli-Palestinian
negotiations and peace prospects. During
the discussion, an Israeli officer was photographing the house. At approximately 01:00 on the following day,
they left the house and moved to a house belonging to ‘Adnan Yassin Hamarsha,
45, a leader of Hamas. They gathered the
family in one room, and asked to talk with Hamarsha. During their talk, an Israeli intelligence
officer threatened Hamarsha of detention. In the meantime, an Israeli soldier was photographing the house. At approximately 03:45, IOF withdrew from the
village, and no arrests were reported. 

 

Monday, 01 November 2010

 

· At
approximately 00:30, IOF moved into Abu Ktaila area in the center of
Hebron. They raided two houses belonging
to the families of Tha’er Bassam Ayoub, 25, and Bahaa’ Ibrahim Bassal, 18, and
summoned the two individuals for interrogation.  

 

· At
approximately 01:30, IOF moved into Nablus, and the nearby ‘Askar refugee
camp. They raided and searched a number
of houses and arrested Ibrahim Jamal Sa’ad, 22.

 

· At
approximately 02:30, IOF moved into Kufor al-Dik village, west of Salfit. They raided and searched a house belonging to
the family of Majdi Rateb al-Dik, 26, and arrested him.

 

· At
approximately 07:40, Israeli gunboats stationed opposite to Beit Lahia beach in
the northern Gaza Strip opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats. Palestinian fishermen fled from the area and
no casualties were reported.

 

· At
approximately 08:45, Israeli soldiers stationed at the border between the Gaza
Strip and Israel to the north of Beit Lahia town in the northern Gaza Strip
opened fire at a number of Palestinian workers who were collecting raw
construction materials from the evacuated Israeli settlements of "Elli
Sinai" and "Dogit." The
workers fled from the area and no casualties were reported.

 

· At
approximately 10:00, IOF moved into Tulkarm and into Ektaba suburb, east of the
town. They established a checkpoint, and
stopped and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles. They withdrew later, and no arrests were
reported.

 

· At
approximately 13:50, IOF moved into Qarawat Bani Hassan village, northwest of
Salfit. They raided a carpentry workshop
and arrested Suhaib Ahmed Mar’ei, 30.

 

· At
approximately 19:00, IOF moved into Madama village, south of Nablus, and
imposed a curfew. They ordered closure
of shops. They then raided and searched
a number of houses. They withdrew from
the village at approximately 22:00. No
arrests were reported.

 

Tuesday,
02 November 2010

 

· At
approximately 00:00, IOF moved into Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron. They raided and searched a number of houses
and arrested two Palestinian civilians, including a child:

 

1. Ayham
Khalil Sabarna, 117; and

2. Nidal
Husni Za’aqiq, 20.

 

· At
approximately 09:00, IOF moved into Tulkarm. They patrolled in the streets and took position in front of the main
entrance of Palestine Technical College (Khadouri). Israeli soldiers stepped down from military
vehicles. They photographed the campus
and stopped, checked and interrogated a number of young men. Later, they patrolled in the streets of the
town. They stopped and interrogated
Mohammed ‘Eissa alp-Ashqar, 37, correspondent of Ma’an news agency and al-Salam
Television, claiming that he photographed the Israeli incursion into the
town. Shortly after releasing him, an
Israeli soldier called him and took his identity card. IOF ordered al-Ashqar to follow them towards
the District Liaison Office. While IOF
were withdrawing from the town, they threw the identity card on the ground.

 

· At approximately
11:00, Israeli soldiers stationed at the border between the Gaza Strip and
Israel to the northeast of Gaza Valley village in the central Gaza Strip fired
at a number of Palestinian civilians who were collecting plastics, iron and
aluminum from a garbage plant, nearly 300 meters away from the border. As a result, Hussam ‘Abdul Hafez al-Khaldi,
34, was wounded by a bullet to the right shoulder.

 

· At
approximately 16:00, Palestinian ambulances were able to evacuate Mahmoud
Mohammed Shirrir, 34, from ‘Abassan village, east of Khan Yunis, to the
European Gaza Hospital, as he was wounded by a bullet to the left ankle. According to investigations conducted by
PCHR, Israeli soldiers stationed at the border between the Gaza Strip and
Israel to the east of ‘Abassan village fired at Shirrir, who is mentally
disabled, when he was a few meters away from the border.

 

Wednesday, 03 November 2010

 

· At
approximately 03:30, IOF moved into Kour village, south of Tulkarm. They raided and searched a house belonging to
Bilal Hussein Jayoussi, and arrested two of his sons: Fadi, 22; and Shadi,
20. Soon after, they raided and searched
two houses belonging to another two sons of Jayoussi and arrested them: Hassib,
27; and Ahmed, 23.  

 

· At
approximately 17:30, IOF moved into al-Yamoun village, northwest of Jenin. They
patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.

 

· At
approximately 19:30, IOF moved nearly 200 meters into the east of al-Boreij
refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip. They leveled areas of Palestinian land. During the incursion, an Israeli tank fired a shell at a space area, but
no casualties were reported. .

 

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

 

During the reporting period, IOF
used force against peaceful demonstrations organized by Palestinian civilians
and international and Israeli human rights defenders in protest to the
construction of the Wall and settlement activities in the West Bank. As a result, 7 Palestinian civilians were
wounded. Dozens of civilians and human
rights defenders also suffered from tear gas inhalation and others sustained
bruises.  

   

· Following the
Friday Prayer on 29 October 2010, dozens of Palestinian civilians and
international and Israeli human rights defenders, including Westen Rinneth, Member
of the Norwegian Parliament, and Thoron Hovick, Member of the Norwegian Labor
Party, organized a peaceful demonstration in protest to the construction of the
Annexation Wall in Bil’ein village, west of Ramallah. They moved towards 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, Samir Suleiman
Bernat, 34, was hit by a tear gas canister to the right shoulder, and a number
of demonstrators suffered from tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises
as they were beaten by Israeli soldiers.  

 

· Also following
the Friday Prayer on 29 October 2010, 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, several demonstrators suffered from tear gas inhalation, and others
sustained bruises.  

 

· Also following
the Friday Prayer on 29 October 2010, 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, 6 demonstrators were wounded:

 

1. Helmi
Muneer Tamimi, 26, wounded by a rubber-coated metal bullet to the right hand;

2. Mohammed
‘Atiya Tamimi, 28, wounded by a rubber-coated metal bullet to the right leg;

3. ‘Atallah
Tamim Tamimi, 60, hit by a tear gas canister to the left leg;

4. Eyas
Mohammed Tamimi, 24, wounded by a rubber-coated metal bullet to the chest;

5. Arsulan
Saleh Tamimi,22, hit by a tear gas canister to the right leg; and

6. ‘Odai
‘Abdul Raziq Tamimi, 18, wounded by a rubber-coated metal bullet to the right
leg.

 

A number of demonstrators also suffered from tear gas
inhalation. 

 

3. Extra-Judicial
Execution

 

During the reporting period, IOF
extra-judicially executed an activist of the Army of Islam in the Gaza
Strip. 

 

According to investigations conducted by PCHR,
at approximately 11:35 on Wednesday, 03 November 2010, an Israeli drone fired a
missile at a civilian car (a silver Daewoo) that was traveling near the western
gate of Arafat police town in the west of Gaza City. As a result, Mohammed Jamal Fares al-Nemnem,
29, an activist of the Army of Islam, from al-Shati refugee camp west of Gaza
City, who was traveling in the car, was killed as the car was completely
destroyed. Two civilian bystanders were
also wounded:

 

1. Yahia
Fayez al-Yazji, 25, from Sheikh Radwan neighborhood in Gaza City, sustained
bruises throughout the body as he was traveling in his car behind the targeted
car; and

2. Suha
al-Shoubaki, 18, from al-Tuffah neighborhood in Gaza City, lightly injured by
glass fragments throughout the body.

 

In the evening, IOF admitted responsibility for
the attack, claiming that "al-Nemnem was a senior leader of the Army of
Islam, who was involved in attack against Israeli and US targets in Sinai
Peninsula."

 

4. 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:

 

At approximately 13:00 on Tuesday, 01 June
2010, the Egyptian authorities decided to open Rafah International Crossing
Point on the Egyptian border in both directions without specifying a date for
its closure. The Egyptian decisions came
following the Israeli attack on the Gaza-aid flotilla in international
water. On the following morning, the
crossing point was effectively opened and restricted categories of Palestinian
civilians were allowed to travel through it.

Movement
at Rafah International Crossing Point

27 October-
02 November 2010

 

Date

Details

27 October 2010

217 Palestinians were allowed to travel to Egypt and 171
others were allowed into the Gaza Strip.

28 October 2010

321 Palestinians were allowed to travel to Egypt and 265
others were allowed into the Gaza Strip.

29 October 2010

170 Palestinians were allowed to travel to Egypt and 219
others were allowed into the Gaza Strip.

30 October 2010

250 Palestinians were allowed to travel to Egypt and 181
others were allowed into the Gaza Strip.

31 October 2010

256 Palestinians were allowed to travel to Egypt and 183
others were allowed into the Gaza Strip.

01 November 2010

256 Palestinians were allowed to travel to Egypt and 194
others were allowed into the Gaza Strip.

02 November 2010

396 Palestinians were allowed to travel to Egypt and 253
others were allowed into the Gaza Strip.

 

Movement
at Karm Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) Crossing

27 October
– 02 November 2010

 

Date

Imports

Category

Amount

Tons

Liters

27 October 2010

Foodstuffs

933

 

Agricultural materials

169

 

Various goods

1,767

 

Humanitarian aids

129

 

Cooking gas

111

 

Industrial fuel

 

500,000

28 October 2010

Foodstuffs

983

 

Agricultural materials

258

 

Various goods

1,140

 

Humanitarian aids

186

 

Cooking gas

111

 

Industrial fuel

 

501,020

31  October 2010

Foodstuffs

879

 

Agricultural materials

290

 

Various goods

849

 

Humanitarian aids

163

 

Cooking gas

173

 

Industrial fuel

 

184,014

01 November  2010

Foodstuffs

890

 

Agricultural materials

141

 

Various goods

1,637

 

Humanitarian aids

135

 

Cooking gas

89.350

 

Industrial fuel

 

137,009

02 November 2010

Foodstuffs

1,060

 

Agricultural materials

383

 

Various goods

1,289

 

Humanitarian aids

365

 

Industrial fuel

 

137,009

 

Al-Mentar (Karni) Crossing: During the
reporting period, IOF partially opened the crossing on Thursday, 28 October
2010, and allowed the entry of 780 tons of wheat, 2,590 tons of construction
aggregate and 1,820 tons of fodders. They
opened it again on Monday, 01 November 2010, and allowed the entry of 2,106
tons of wheat, and 2,691 tons of fodders.  

 

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

27 October
– 02 November 2010

 

Date

27
October

28
October

29
October

30
October

31
October

01
November

02
November

Patients

21

25

Nil

Nil

29

28

26

Companions

21

28

Nil

Nil

34

24

26

Palestinians from Israel

2

7

3

Nil

12

10

4

Diplomats

6

2

4

Nil

Nil

4

2

International Journalists

3

2

5

Nil

Nil

2

3

International Workers

29

69

24

Nil

11

22

29

Travelers abroad

3

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

16

1

Traders

22

28

Nil

Nil

15

9

17

Business People

13

Nil

Nil

Nil

8

7

16

Meetings

9

6

Nil

Nil

Nil

6

Nil

Ambulances to Israel

3

3

Nil

Nil

6

3

2

Ambulances from Israel

4

Nil

Nil

Nil

6

6

Nil

 

The West Bank

 

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

 

· 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, 01 October 2010, IOF
imposed severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians. They reinforced their presence throughout the
city. They stopped and checked
Palestinian civilians.   

 

· Hebron: IOF have continued to impose severe
restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians. During the reporting period, Israeli soldiers
stationed at the entrances of Tal al-Rumaida neighborhood in the center of
Hebron imposed additional restrictions on the movement of Palestinian
civilians. They held some civilians at
military checkpoints established at the entrances of the neighborhood. On Saturday afternoon, 30 October 2010, IOF
established several checkpoints inside the town, on roads leading to the town
and at the entrances of neighboring villages and refugee camps. They stopped and searched Palestinian
civilian vehicles. 

 

· Bethlehem: IOF have continued to impose severe
restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians. They have maintained their presence at 41
checkpoints around the town. The town
has been also impacted by the construction of the annexation wall to the north
and west, and large areas of Palestinian land have been isolated by the
wall. During the reporting period,
Israeli troops stationed at the 300 checkpoint (Rachel Toms), north of
Bethlehem, continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of
Palestinian civilians wishing to travel to Jerusalem. Palestinian civilians are forced to wait in
queues on two routes outside the checkpoint. They are then checked by Israeli soldiers using electronic checking
machines. Such checking is often
prolonged and humiliating. During the
reporting period, only Palestinians who have permits were allowed to travel to
Jerusalem.    

 

· Ramallah: IOF
have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of the Palestinian
civilians in Ramallah. IOF troops
positioned at the Jaba’ and Qalandiya checkpoints, southeast of Ramallah, have
imposed additional restrictions on movement and conducted prolonged checks of
Palestinian civilians. During the
reporting period, IOF erected a number of temporary checkpoints, and stopped
and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles. At approximately 08:00 on Friday, 15 October 2010, IOF re-established
their presence at ‘Attara checkpoint, north of Ramallah. They stopped and searched Palestinian
civilian vehicles. At approximately 22:00
on Thursday, 28 October 2010, IOF established a checkpoint under Kharabtha
al-Misbah Bridge, west of Ramallah. They
stopped and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles. At approximately 08:00 on Friday, 29 October
2010, IOF re-established their presence at ‘Attara checkpoint, north of
Ramallah. They stopped and searched
Palestinian civilian vehicles.     

 

· Qalqilya: IOF have continued to impose severe
restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians. On Thursday, 28 October 2010, IOF established
7 checkpoints around the town. They
stopped and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles. On Friday, 29 October 2010, IOF established
two checkpoints at the entrances of Ematin and Jainsafout villages, east of
Qalqilya. They stopped and searched
Palestinian civilians vehicles. On
Saturday, 30 October 2010, IOF established 9 checkpoints around Qalqilya. They stopped and searched Palestinian
civilian vehicles.  On Sunday, 31 October 2010, IOF established 5
checkpoints around Qalqilya. They
stopped and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles.

 

· Tulkarm: IOF have continued to impose severe
restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians. At approximately 12:00 on Thursday, 28
October 2010, IOF established a checkpoint at Beit Leed intersection, east of
Tulkarm. They stopped and searched
Palestinian civilian vehicles. At
approximately 09:10 on Sunday, 31 October 2010, IOF established a checkpoint at
the southern entrance of Deir al-Ghossoun village, north of Tulkarm. They stopped and searched Palestinian
civilian vehicles traveling to and from the village. At approximately 23:00 on Monday, 01 November
2010, IOF established a checkpoint on ‘Allar-Kufor Ra’ei road, north of
Tulkarm. They stopped and searched
Palestinian civilian vehicles.     

 

· Jenin: IOF
have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian
civilians. On Friday evening, 29 October
2010, Israeli soldiers positioned at a checkpoint established on the main road
linking Jenin with the northern villages of Tulkarm imposed additional
restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians. At approximately 18:00, they stopped and
searched Palestinian civilian vehicles. On Sunday morning, 31 October 2010, Israeli soldiers positioned at the
same checkpoint stopped and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles. At approximately 09:10, they held a
Palestinian civilian vehicle for some time. At approximately 20:30 on Monday, 01 November 2010, IOF established a
checkpoint at Sanour intersection, south of Jenin. They stopped and searched Palestinian

civilian vehicles.   

 

· Salfit: IOF have continued to impose severe
restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians. IOF have continued to close the northern entrance
of Salfit with cement blocks and sand barriers since 2000. They have also continued to close two roads
linking Marda village with agricultural land belonging to it.  At approximately 18:00 on Tuesday, 19 October
2010, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance of Hares village, northwest
of Salfit. They stopped and searched
Palestinian civilian vehicles.  

 

· Jericho: IOF have continued to
impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians. At approximately 19:30 on Thursday, 28 October
2010, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance of Fassayel village, north
of Jericho. They stopped and searched
Palestinian civilian vehicles. At
approximately 17:30 on Friday, 29 October 2010, IOF established a checkpoint at
the entrance of ‘Ein al-Dyouk village, north of Jericho. They stopped and searched Palestinian
civilian vehicles.       

 

5. Settlement
Activities and Attacks by Settlers against Palestinian Civilians and Property

 

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

 

· On Friday morning, 29 October 2010, Palestinian
civilians living in Qaryout village, southeast of Nablus, noticed that Israeli
settlers had added 9 mobile homes to the eastern part of "Shavot
Rachel" settlement. The addition of
such mobile homes followed land leveling by Israeli settlers on 24 October
2010. The mobile homes were placed on
Palestinian land recently confiscated by IOF, whose area is estimated at 280
donums. The settlement stands on a
1,026-donum area of land in the villages of Qaryout and Jaloud. It is worth noting that the settlement is
less than 150 meters away from Palestinian houses.

 

· At approximately 17:00 on Sunday, 31 October
2010, Israeli settlers from "Shilo" settlement gathered at
Nablus-Rmallah road and threw stones at Palestinian civilian vehicles. No injuries or damages were reported.

 

· On Monday noon, 01 November 2010, Israeli
settlers from "Karmi Tsur" settlement to the south of Beit Ummar
village, north of Hebron, escorted by IOF, resumed leaving Palestinian land
near the settlement for the 3rd consecutive week. By that time, the settlers had leveled at
least 70 donums of land belonging to Palestinian families, in order to expand
the settlement. These areas of land were
planted with grapes and almonds.

 

· At approximately 08:00 on Tuesday, 02 November
2010, IOF, accompanied by bulldozers of the Municipality of Jerusalem, moved
into Tal’et Hazma area in Beit Hanina village. They demolished a car washing shop, a tire change workshop and two
mobile rooms belonging to Amjad Salhab and Hammoud Salhab, claiming that they
were built without licenses.

 

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