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

 

 

· A Palestinian civilian and a member of the Palestinian
Presidential Guard were killed by IOF in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank
respectively.

 

· 3 Palestinian civilians were wounded by IOF gunfire in the
West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

 

· A French solidarity activist was wounded by IOF gunfire in
Bal’ein village, west of Ramallah.

 

· IOF conducted 28 incursions into Palestinian communities in
the West Bank.

 

· IOF arrested 56 Palestinian civilians, including 6 children
and a woman.

 

· IOF arrested a Palestinian civilian in the Gaza Strip.

 

· IOF have continued to impose a total siege on the OPT.

 

· IOF have isolated the Gaza Strip from the outside world.

 

· IOF positioned at various checkpoints and border crossings in
the West Bank arrested 13 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children.

 

· IOF have continued to confiscate Palestinian land for the
purpose of the construction of the Annexation Wall in the West Bank.

 

· IOF have continued settlement activities in the West Bank.

 

· Israeli settlers have continued to occupy a house in Hebron
for the 6th consecutive week.

 

· Israeli settlers attacked a family in Hebron.

 

 

 

Summary

 

Israeli violations of
international law and humanitarian law continued in the OPT during the reporting
period (26 April – 2 May 2007):

 

Shooting: During the reporting period, IOF
killed 2 Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. They also wounded 3
Palestinian civilians and a French solidarity activist.

 

On Thursday evening,
26 April 2007, IOF shot dead a member of the Palestinian Presidential Guard
(Force 17) and wounded 2 of his colleagues in al-Bireh town in the West Bank.
Those security men were chasing a suspicious vehicle when IOF soldiers
positioned in the vicinity of “Pssigot” settlement fired at them. On Wednesday,
2 May 2007, IOF shot dead a Palestinian civilian and arrested his brother in
the northern Gaza Strip. IOF fired at the two brothers when they were
collecting metals.

 

During the reporting
period, a French solidarity activist was wounded when IOF used force to
disperse a peaceful demonstration against the construction of the Wall in
Bal’ein village, west of Ramallah. Additionally, a Palestinian civilian was
wounded by IOF soldiers positioned at Tarqoumia crossing near Hebron.

 

Incursions: During the reporting period, IOF
conducted at least 28 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the
West Bank. During those incursions, IOF arrested 56 Palestinian civilians,
including 6 children and a woman. Thus, the number of Palestinians arrested by
IOF in the West Bank since the beginning of this year has mounted to 1,063. IOF
also transformed the roof of a building in Hawara village, south of Nablus,
into a military site.

 

Restrictions on Movement: IOF have 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

 

IOF
have imposed a strict siege on the Gaza Strip. They have imposed severe
restrictions at its border crossings as a form of collective punishment against
Palestinian civilians.

 

IOF have
closed Rafah International Crossing Point since 25 June 2006, even though they
do not directly control it. During the reporting period, the crossing point was
reopened only for 3 separate days.
IOF have partially reopened
commercial crossings, especially al-Mentar (Karni) crossing, but many goods and
medical supplies have been lacked in markets in the Gaza Strip. The crossing
was closed on 27 April 2007. IOF have also continued to close Erez crossing in
the northern Gaza Strip.
Hundreds
of thousands of Palestinians from the Gaza Strip have been prevented from
traveling through this crossing. IOF have allowed international workers to
pass through the crossing.  With this closure, only few Palestinian
patients have been able to travel to hospitals in Israel and the West
Bank. 
In addition, IOF have continued to prevent Palestinian
fishermen from fishing for more than 10 months.

 

West Bank

 

IOF have tightened the
siege imposed on Palestinian communities in the West Bank. They have
isolated Jerusalem from the rest of the West Bank. IOF positioned at various
checkpoints in the West Bank have continued to impose severe restrictions on
the movement of Palestinian civilians. IOF also erected more checkpoints on the
main roads and intersections in the West Bank. During the reporting period, IOF
soldiers positioned at various checkpoints and border crossings in the West
Bank arrested at least 13 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children.

 

Annexation Wall: IOF have continued to construct
the Annexation Wall inside the West Bank. For this purpose, they have confiscated
more areas of Palestinian land. On 26 April 2007, IOF issued a military order
confiscating 239 donums[1] of
agricultural land in Bardala village in the northern Jordan Valley for the
purpose of the construction of a new section of the Wall. According to local
sources, the construction of the new section would also isolate at least 5000
donums of agricultural land. On the same day, IOF issued a military order
confiscating at least 60 donums of agricultural land in Jalboun and Faqqou’a
villages, east of Jenin, for alleged security purposes. This latest military
order complemented another one from 2003 to reroute the Wall in Jenin district.

 

 

Settlement
Activities:
Israeli
settlers living in the OPT in violation of international humanitarian law have
continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property, especially in Hebron. On
27 April 2007, an Israeli settlers from “Kiryat Arba” settlement, southeast of
Hebron, opened fire at Palestinian house opposite to the settlement. Soon
after, IOF raided the house, beat members of the family and arrested two of
them because they confronted the settler who attacked their houses.  

 

Israeli
Violations Documented during the Reporting Period (26 April – 2 May 2007)

The
full report is available PDF format.

 



[1] 1 donum is
equal to 1000
square meters
.