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

 

· 9 Palestinians, including a child and an elderly farmer, were
killed by IOF in the Gaza Strip.

 

· 33 Palestinians, including 21 civilians, were wounded by IOF
in the Gaza Strip.

 

· A Palestinian child was wounded by IOF in Jenin refugee
camp.

 

· IOF conducted 34 incursions into Palestinian communities in
the West Bank, and 8 into the Gaza Strip.

 

· IOF razed 606 donums[1]
of agricultural in the central and southern Gaza Strip.  

 

· IOF demolished 10
houses, 5 bird farms, 5 stores, a slaughterhouse, a brick factory and a stone
factory in the Gaza Strip.

 

· IOF arrested 41
Palestinian civilians, including 12 children, in the West Bank, and arrested 16
others in the Gaza Strip.

 

· IOF raided schools and
mosques, destroyed 4 cars and confiscated a number of computers during a
military operation in Qalqilya.

 

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

 

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

 

· 3 Palestinian civilian
were arrested by IOF at military checkpoints in the West Bank.

 

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

 

· IOF ordered the
demolition of 10 houses in Bethlehem districts.

 

· Israeli settlers
attacked schoolchildren in Hebron.  

 

 

 

Summary

 

Israeli violations of
international law and humanitarian law seriously escalated in the OPT,
especially in the Gaza Strip, during the reporting period (22 – 28 May 2008):

 

Shooting: During the reporting period, IOF
killed 9 Palestinians, including a child and an elderly farmer, and wounded 33
others, including 7 children, in the Gaza Strip. A child was also wounded by
IOF in the West Bank.

 

On 22 May, IOF killed
an elderly Palestinian during an incursion into Gaza Valley village in the
central Gaza Strip. They left him bleeding to death. On the same day, IOF
killed a Palestinian child and wounded 16 civilians, including 6 children, when
they used excessive force against a demonstration organized near al-Mentar
(Karni) crossing, east of Gaza City, in protest at the siege imposed on the
Gaza Strip.

 

On 23 May, IOF killed 3
activists of the Palestinian resistance and wounded a fourth during an
incursion into al-Fukhari village, southeast of Khan Yunis. On the same day,
IOF shot dead a Palestinian farmer in the northern Gaza Strip. Also on the same
day, IOF killed 2 activists of the Palestinian resistance during an incursion
into al-Maghazi refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip.

 

On 24 May, IOF wounded
8 activists of the Palestinian resistance in al-Qarara village, northeast of
Khan Yunis, and al-Sha’af neighborhood in the east of Gaza City.

 

On 27 May, IOF wounded
a Palestinian child in the east of Gaza City. On 28 May 2007, IOF killed 2
activists of the Palestinian resistance and wounded 6 Palestinians, including 3
civilian, during an incursion into al-Shouka village, northeast of Rafah, and
al-Fukhari village, southeast of Khan Yunis.

 

In the West Bank, a
Palestinian child was wounded by IOF gunfire during an incursion into Jenin
refugee camp.   

 

Incursions: During
the reporting period, IOF conducted at least 34 military incursions into
Palestinian communities in the West Bank. IOF arrested 38 Palestinian civilians,
including 12 children. Thus, the number of Palestinian civilians arrested by
IOF in the West Bank since the beginning of 2008 has mounted to 1,224. The
widest of those incursions was into Qalqilya town and continued for 24 hours.
During that incursion, IOF arrested 10 Palestinian civilians, raided schools
and mosques, destroyed 4 cars and confiscated a number of computer sets.  

 

In the Gaza Strip, IOF
conducted 8 incursions into Palestinian communities. During these incursions,
IOF razed at least 606 donums of agricultural land, demolished 10 houses, 5
bird farms, 5 stores, a slaughterhouse, a brick factory and a paving stone
factory. They also arrested 16 Palestinian civilians.

 

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 continued to close all
border crossings to the Gaza Strip for almost two years. The IOF siege of Gaza
which has tightened since June 2007 has had a disastrous impact on the
humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip, and has violated the human, economic
and social rights of the approximately 1.5 million Palestinian civilian
population, particularly their rights to appropriate living conditions, health
and education. The siege has also paralyzed the Gazan economy. In addition, the
siege has severely impacted the flow of food, medical supplies and other
necessities such as fuel, construction materials and raw materials for various
economic sectors. IOF have continued to prevent the entry of raw materials into
the Gaza Strip, and many factories have been forced to close. Severe restrictions
have been imposed on the movement of the entire Palestinian civilian
population. Regarding civilian movements, IOF permit very few Palestinian
civilians to pass through Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing in order to travel to the
West Bank or Israel.
Rafah International Crossing Point in the southern Gaza
Strip is the sole outlet for the Gaza Strip to the outside world via a country
other than Israel. IOF have closed Rafah International Crossing Point, even
though they do not directly control it. They have prevented European observers
working at the crossing point from reaching it. IOF also imposes restrictions
on the access of fishermen to sea, using force to impose severe restrictions on
their rights to fish on their own coastline.

 

West Bank

 

Contrary to Israeli
claims of easing restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians, IOF
have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinians throughout
the West Bank. Thousands of Palestinian civilians from the West Bank and the
Gaza Strip have been denied access to Jerusalem. IOF have established many
checkpoints around and inside the city. Restrictions of the movement of
Palestinian civilians often escalate on Fridays to prevent them from praying at
the al-Aqsa Mosque. IOF often violently assault Palestinian civilians who
attempt to bypass checkpoints and enter the city. IOF have also tightened the
siege imposed on Palestinian communities in 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 troops positioned at various checkpoints in the West Bank
arrested 2 Palestinian civilians.

 

Settlement Activities: IOF have continued settlement
activities and Israeli settlers living in the OPT have, in violation of
international humanitarian law, continued to attack Palestinian civilians and
property. During the reporting period, IOF handed notices to a number of
civilians in Bethlehem district informing them that 9 houses, 3 stores and
water tank would be demolished under the pretext of the lack of licenses. On 22
May 2008, Israeli settlers attacked a school in the old town of Hebron. A
teacher and a child were injured.

 

 

 

Israeli Violations Documented during
the Reporting Period (22 – 28 May 2008)

 

The full report is available PDF format.

 



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