Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF)
Continue Systematic Attacks against Palestinian Civilians and Property in the
Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) and Continue to Impose a Total Blockade on
the Gaza Strip

 

· 4 civilians were wounded when IOF used force against
peaceful demonstrations organized to protest the construction of the Annexation
Wall in the West Bank.

 

· IOF denied Palestinian farmers access to their lands, which
are isolated by the Wall, to cultivate olives.

 

· IOF conducted 19 incursions into Palestinian communities in
the West Bank.

 

· IOF arrested 25 Palestinian civilians, including two
children.

 

· Israeli naval troops continued to attack Palestinian fishers
and boats in the Gaza Strip.

 

· IOF have continued to impose a total blockade on the OPT and
have isolated the Gaza Strip from the outside world.

 

· IOF troops positioned at military checkpoints and border
crossings in the West Bank arrested one Palestinian civilian.

 

· IOF have continued measures aimed at establishing a Jewish
majority in annexed east Jerusalem.

 

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

 

 

 

Summary

 

Israeli violations of international
law and humanitarian law in the OPT continued during the reporting period (15 –
21 October 2009):

 

Shooting: IOF used force against peaceful
demonstrations organized by Palestinian civilians and international and Israeli
human rights defenders to protest the construction of the Annexation Wall in
the West Bank. As a result, two
Palestinian civilians, a French human rights defender and a Canadian journalist
were wounded.

 

Incursions: During the reporting period, IOF
conducted at least 19 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the
West Bank.  IOF arrested 25 Palestinian
civilians, including two children.  

 

Restrictions on Movement: IOF have continued to impose a tightened bloacked 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

 

IOF have continued to close all border crossings to the Gaza
Strip for more than two years. The illegal IOF blockade 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.

 

· 1.5 million people are being denied their basic rights,
including freedom of movement, and their rights to appropriate living
conditions, work, health and education.

 

· The main concern of
1.5 million people living in the Gaza Strip is to obtain their basic needs of
food, medicines, water and electricity supplies.

 

· IOF have continued to
prevent the entry of raw construction materials into the Gaza Strip for more
than two years.

 

· IOF have not allowed
fuel supplies into the Gaza Strip, excluding limited amounts of cooking gas,
since 10 December 2008.

 

· The Rafah
International Crossing Point has been opened for a few days for a number of
patients who received medical treatment abroad and needed to return home to the
Gaza Strip.

 

· IOF have 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.

 

· Poverty and
unemployment rates stand at approximately 80% and 60% respectively in the Gaza
Strip.

 

· IOF have continued to
prevent the entry of spare parts form water networks and sewage systems. Losses
incurred to this sector are estimated at US$ 6 million.

 

· IOF have 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 are among the highest in the world.

 

· At least 900
Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails have been denied family visitation rights
for more than three years. 

 

· IOF have continued to
attack Palestinian fishers along the Gaza Strip coast.

 

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 the al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.

 

· There are approximately permanent 630 roadblocks, and manned
and unmanned checkpoints across the West Bank. In addition, there are some
60-80 ‘flying’ or temporary checkpoints erected across the West Bank by IOF
every week.

 

· 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 has 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 leads to 18 Palestinian
communities in the West Bank are closed or fully controlled by IOF (47 out of
72 roads).

 

· There are around 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: IOF have continued settlement
activities in the OPT in violation of international humanitarian law and Israeli
settlers living have continued to attack Palestinian civilians and
property. IOF have continued
construction works in dozens of settlements in the West Bank. According to Israeli media sources, extensive
construction works have been started in 11 settlements in the past three weeks. In this context, the Israeli daily
"Ha’aretz" reported on Friday, 16 October 2009, that such
construction "is not part of stages of the construction of 2,500 housing
unit agreed on between the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu and the
US administration." They also do
not include 492 new housing units whose construction has been approved by the
Israeli Ministry of Defense. Additionally, construction has continued in another 20 settlements. Settlement construction is being implemented
on large areas of Palestinian land in the West Bank. Last week, the Israeli Peace Now pointed out
that construction works in 34 settlements aim at building 800 housing units.

 

 

Israeli Violations
Documented during the Reporting Period (15 – 21 October 2009)

 

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