Israeli
Occupation Forces (IOF) Continue to Commit War Crimes in the Occupied
Palestinian Territory (OPT)

 

  • 2 Palestinian, including a child, killed by IOF
    in the West Bank.

 

  • 13 Palestinian civilians, including 7 children
    were wounded by IOF.

 

  • 8 of these civilians were wounded in Bal’ein
    village, west of Ramallah; 4 were injured by IOF gunfire at checkpoints.

 

  • IOF conducted 31 incursions into Palestinian
    communities in the OPT, including a minor incursion into the Central Gaza
    Strip.

 

  • IOF arrested 61 Palestinians, including 6
    children, in the West Bank.

 

  • 4 civilians, including 2 fishermen, arrested
    from the Gaza Strip.  

 

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

 

  • IOF positioned at a checkpoint in the West Bank
    arrested 1 Palestinian civilian.

 

  • The Gaza Strip has suffered from shortages in
    fuels and basic goods.

 

  • IOF have continued settlement activities in the
    West Bank.

 

  • 3 houses were demolished by IOF in Sour Baher
    village, southwest of Jerusalem.

 

  • Israeli settlers launched several attacks on
    Palestinian civilians and property in Hebron.

 

 

Summary

 

Israeli violations of international
law and humanitarian law continued in the OPT during the reporting period (15 –
21 March 2007):

 

Shooting: During the reporting period, IOF
killed 2 Palestinians on Wednesday, 21 March 2007. One of the victims was a
child. In the early morning hours of that day, IOF killed an armed resistance
activist in the Old Askar refugee camp, northeast of Nablus, when he resisted
the IOF incursion into the refugee camp. The activist is Fadi Akram Abu Keshek
(24). He was killed by a bullet to the heart. And in an incident showing
excessive use of force, IOF shot and killed a Palestinian child in the village
of Aboud, north of Ramallah. The child was killed when youth threw stones at an
IOF patrol in the area.

 

IOF wounded 13 Palestinians,
including 7 children. Four of the injured were wounded at two IOF checkpoints.
In the first on Sunday (18 March), IOF troops at Beit Eiba checkpoint fired
sound bombs at Palestinian civilians attempting to pass through. Two civilians
were injured. The second incident took place in the vicinity of Tarqoumia
checkpoint on Monday (19 March), where IOF shot at Palestinian workers and
injured two of them with bullets in the legs. And in the Gaza Strip, a
Palestinian child was wounded by IOF gunfire directed at civilians scavenging
for metals in the abandoned industrial zone in the north of the Gaza Strip.
Furthermore, 8 Palestinians were injured by tear gas grenades and rubber-coated
metal bullets in the weekly demonstration against the Annexation Wall in Bal’ein,
west of Ramallah.

 

And in the Gaza Strip, IOF troops
fired at sheep herders near border east of Wadi Gaza village in the center of
the Gaza Strip. No injuries were reported. However, the shootings hindered the
herders work. 

 

 

Incursions: During the reporting period, IOF
conducted at least 31 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the OPT.
During those incursions, IOF arrested 63 Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza
Strip. Thus, the number of Palestinians arrested by IOF in the West Bank since
the beginning of this year has mounted to 806. It is noted that IOF raids and
searches systematically include destruction of property and ransacking houses.
In addition, police dogs are occasionally used. The residents of targeted
houses are also systematically abused.

 

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 closed 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 on 15, 19, and 21 March
2007, and hundreds of Palestinians were able to travel through it. It was also
supposed to be open on 20 March 2007, but IOF prevented EU observers from
reaching the crossing point.

 

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. 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.  On Friday, 16 February 2007, IOF opened the new Erez International
Crossing Point under new procedures. Palestinians from the Gaza Strip and the
West Bank have to obtain permits from the IOF Civil Administration as it was
the case before. However, Palestinians living in East Jerusalem have to hand
their identity cards the Israeli Ministry of Interior to get travel documents.
In the past, they had to hand identity cards to IOF at Erez crossing. This
includes 800-1000 women from East Jerusalem married to men in the Gaza Strip.
According to Palestinians who traveled through the new crossing point, IOF
imposed the same restrictions on their movement as in the past.
In
addition, IOF have continued to prevent Palestinian fishermen from fishing for
more than 9 months. During the reporting period, 50 Palestinian fishermen were detained
by IOF and taken to Ashdod port for interrogation. All except two were released
after several hours.

 

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. Contrary to Israeli claims, IOF
positioned at various checkpoints in the West Bank have continued to impose
severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians. During the
reporting period, IOF troops at Ennab checkpoint east of Tulkarm and Za’tara
checkpoint south of Nablus bared Jenin residents from passing these
checkpoints. In addition, one Palestinian was arrested at an IOF checkpoint in
the West Bank. 


Settlement Activities: During the reporting period,
Israeli settlers living in the West Bank in violation of international law
continued their systematic attacks on Palestinian civilians and property, and
IOF continued settlement expansion activities. IOF demolished three houses in occupied
Jerusalem, the town of Halhoul, and village of Jeet. In addition, settlers from
the outpost of Havat Ma’on east of Yatta in Hebron razed 10 dunums of
agricultural land. Settlers from the settlement of Kiryat Arba southeast of
Hebron prevented Muslim worshippers from accessing El-Ras Mosque for several
hours. And about 50 settlers from the same settlement took over a residential
building in El-Ras area.

 

Israeli
Violations Documented during the Reporting Period (15 – 21 March 2007)

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