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

 

 

· A Palestinian was extra-judicially executed in Jenin.

 

· 12 Palestinian civilians, including two journalists and 5
children, and an Israeli solidarity activist, were wounded by IOF gunfire.

 

· IOF conducted 40 incursions into Palestinian communities in
the West Bank.

 

· IOF arrested 46 Palestinian civilians, including 7 children.

 

· Israeli settlers have continued attacks Palestinian
civilians and property in the OPT.

 

· IOF demolished 12 houses in Hebron and a 13th
one in Jerusalem.

 

· IOF confiscated 22 donums[1]
of agricultural land in Hebron and Tulkarm.

 

· Israeli soldiers launched at least 5 attacks on Palestinian
civilians and property, including an attempt to demolished the fence of a
mosque in Hebron.

 

· 3 Palestinian civilians (an old man and two children) were
injured by those attacks.

 

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

 

· IOF have operated Erez crossing as an international
crossing point.

 

· Two Palestinians died as IOF positioned at checkpoint
obstructed their evacuation to hospitals.

 

· IOF positioned at various checkpoints in the West Bank
arrested one Palestinian civilian.

 

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

 

 

 

Summary

 

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

 

Shooting: On Wednesday morning, 21 February
2007, IOF extra-judicially executed a member of the al-Quds Brigades (the armed
wing of the Islamic Jihad) on Jenin.

 

 

During the reporting
period, 12 Palestinian civilians, including two journalists and 5 children, and
an Israeli solidarity activist, were wounded by the IOF gunfire in the West
Bank and the Gaza Strip.

 

In the West Bank, 11
Palestinian civilians, including 5 children and two journalists, were wounded by
the IOF gunfire. On 15 February 2007,
a
Palestinian civilian was wounded when IOF fired at a
number of Palestinian demonstrators. On the same day, a Palestinian child was
wounded in ‘Azzoun village in similar circumstances. On 16 February 2007, a Palestinian
civilian and a journalist were wounded when IOF fired at demonstrations
organized in Hebron and the neighboring Beit Ummar village in protest to
excavations in the vicinity of the al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem. In
addition, 7 Palestinian civilians, including 4 children and a journalist, and
an Israeli solidarity activist were wounded when IOF fired at a peaceful
demonstration organized in Bal’ein village, west of Ramallah, in protest to the
construction of the Annexation Wall.

 

In the Gaza Strip, a
Palestinian civilian was wounded in Beit Lahia town in the north, when IOF
fired at a number of Palestinian civilians who were gathering metals near the
border between the Gaza Strip and Israel.

 

Incursions: During
the reporting period, IOF conducted at least 40 military incursions into
Palestinian communities in the West Bank. During these incursions, IOF raided
houses and arrested 46 Palestinian civilians, including 7 children. Thus, the
number of Palestinians arrested by IOF in the West Bank since the beginning of
this year has mounted to 509. IOF also raided and searched offices of a number
of institutions in Hebron and Qalqilya.  

 

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, IOF reopened the
crossing point for one.
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 nearly 8 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. 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. Two Palestinian
civilians died as IOF soldiers at checkpoint obstructed their evacuation to
hospitals. During the reporting period, IOF soldiers positioned at various
checkpoints in the West Bank arrested one Palestinian civilian.

 

Annexation Wall: IOF have continued to construct
the Annexation Wall inside the West Bank. During the reporting period, IOF
issued a new military order seizing 44600 square meters
of land in Brouqin and Kufor al-Dik, southwest of Nablus, for alleged military
purposes to establish a security fence. IOF plan to initiate a new stage of the
construction of the Wall in the area. The construction of this section of the
Wall will isolate large areas of land in the two villages, and will deprive
them of their need for expansion. Additionally, IOF issued 17 military orders concerning
areas of land isolated by the Wall to the west of Ethna village, west of
Hebron. According to the orders, 11 Palestinian families would be forced to
leave their houses and not to build any structure in the area.

 

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. IOF also continued to destroy
civilian property for the purpose of settlement expansion. During the reporting
period, IOF demolished 12 houses and a number of animal farms, claiming that
they were built without licenses. IOF also demolished a house in Qutna village,
northwest of Jerusalem, for the same reason. Additionally, IOF confiscated 21
donums of land in Tulkarm, and 665 square meters
in Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron. Israeli settlers launched 5 attacks on
Palestinian civilians, which injured 3 Palestinian civilians (two children and
an old man).

  

The outcome of crimes committed by IOF since 25 June 2006:

 

o 505 Palestinians, 320 of whom are civilians, including 96
children and 30 women, have been killed by IOF. In the Gaza Strip alone, 411
Palestinians, 246 of whom are civilians, including 85 children, 28 women and 4
paramedics, have been killed by IOF.

o At least 1731 Palestinians, mostly civilians, including 374
children, 111 women. In the Gaza Strip alone, 1298 Palestinians, mostly
civilians, including 351 children, 104 women, 4 paramedics and 7 journalists, have
been wounded by the IOF gunfire.

o At least 329 air-to-surface missiles and hundreds of
artillery shells have been fired at Palestinian civilian and military targets
in the Gaza Strip.

o Buildings of the Palestinian Ministry of Interior, the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of National economy, the office of
the Palestinian Prime Minister and a number of educational institutions have
been destroyed. 

o The electricity generation plant, providing 45% of the
electricity of the Gaza Strip, was destroyed, and electricity networks and
transmitters have been repeatedly attacked.

o 6 bridges linking Gaza City with the central Gaza Strip and
a number of roads have been destroyed. 

o Hundreds of donums of agricultural land and dozens of
houses have been destroyed. 

o Hundreds of Palestinian civilians, including 10 ministers
and 31 members of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), including the
Speaker, Deputy Speaker and Secretary, have been arrested. Minster of
Prisoners’ Affairs, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Labor and Second Deputy
Speaker of the PLC were released.

o The Palestinian governmental compound in Nablus has been
destroyed.

o Many families in Rafah, Beit Hanoun and Beit Lahia have
been forced to leave their houses.

o IOF intelligence has warned some Palestinian civilians in
the Gaza Strip by phone to evacuate their houses, which would be attacked.

o 73 houses belonging to activists of Palestinian factions have
been destroyed by IOF warplanes.

o IOF have imposed a strict siege on the OPT, and have
isolated the Gaza Strip from the outside world.

 

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

 

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full report is available PDF format.

 



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