Continued Israeli Violations in the Occupied
Palestinian Territories This Week

 

 

· Intensive shelling of Nablus, killing two Palestinian
civilians;

 

· An incursion into Jenin and a Palestinian civilian
killed;

 

· A continued strict siege and thousands of Christians
barred from attending Christmas celebrations;

 

· Dozens of Palestinians arrested;

 

· Continued shelling of Palestinian residential areas
and dozens of civilians injured; and

 

· A Palestinian civilian dies from a pervious
injury. 

 

 

 

Introduction

 

 

This report covers human rights violations perpetrated by Israeli
occupation forces in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) in the period
20-26 December 2001, the period of Christmas celebrations. According to PCHR’s documentation, this week,
4 Palestinians were killed by Israeli occupation forces as a result of
excessive use of force against demonstrators, shelling of Palestinian
residential areas, and willful killing.

 

These
crimes are perpetrated under international silence and double standards in
dealing with the Palestinian question, which was clearly demonstrated by the US
veto in the UN Security Council against a resolution calling for international
protection for the Palestinian people. These crimes are also perpetrated despite near-complete quiet throughout
the OPT.

 

Israeli
violations even affected Palestinian President Yasser Arafat, who was prevented
from traveling from Ramallah to Bethlehem to attend the Christmas
celebrations. Thousands of Palestinian
Christians were also denied access to Jerusalem and Bethlehem to attend these
celebrations.

 

Israeli
occupation forces continue to shell and invade Palestinian residential
areas. On 20 December, Israeli
occupation forces intensively shelled Nablus, killing two Palestinian civilians
who were inside their houses.

 

On 26 December, Israeli occupation forces, supported
by Apache combat helicopters, invaded Palestinian-controlled areas in
Jenin. A Palestinian civilian was killed
and several others were injured.

 

Despite
near-complete quiet in the OPT this week, Israeli occupation forces raided
Palestinian residential areas an arrested dozens of Palestinians, especially in
Tammoun and ‘Azzoun villages in the West Bank.

 

In Jerusalem, Israeli occupation forces raided
Palestinian properties and imposed excessive taxes.

 

 1.  Shooting at
Palestinian Civilians

 

Friday, 21
December 2001

 

At
approximately 13:50, Israeli occupation forces near Khaled Hospital in Al-Ersal
Street in Ramallah fired at a number of Palestinian civilians demonstrating
peacefully in protest to the invasion of parts of Ramallah and Al-Bireh. Two civilians were wounded:

1) Fadi ‘Ali ‘Oudeh, 24, wounded by a rubber-coated metal
bullet in the right thigh; and

2) Yousef ‘Adnan Ibrahim, 19, wounded by two rubber-coated
metal bullets in the face and the right leg.

 

In
addition some medical personnel and two journalists suffered from tear gas
inhalation. 

 

Saturday, 22
December 2001

 

At approximately 15:00, after the funeral procession
of Wiassam Majdi Muhareb, who was pronounced dead in the morning from a
previous wound, a number of Palestinian civilians threw stones towards Israeli
occupation forces at “Neve Dekalim” settlement, west of Khan Yunis. Israeli forces fired at the stone throwers,
wounding 17-year-old Mohammed Ahmed ‘Awadh with a live bullet in the chest.

 

Sunday, 23
December 2001

 

At
approximately 15:45, after a peaceful demonstration by Palestinian civilians,
in which delegations of French, Belgian and German NGOs participated, in
protest to against the Israeli invasion of parts of Ramallah and Al-Bireh,
Israeli occupation forces fired at the demonstrators, wounding six:

1) Maher Sadiq Dureidi, 25, from Tulkarm, wounded by a
rubber-coated metal bullet in the left leg;

2) Ussama Farah Sha’bana, 21, from Al-Jib village northwest of
Jerusalem, wounded by a rubber-coated metal bullet in the left leg;

3) Khalil Ragheb Sarsour, 25, from Al-Bireh, wounded by a
rubber-coated metal bullet in the left foot;

4) Fadi ‘Abdel-Dayem Karakra, 23, from Al-Bireh, wounded by a
rubber-coated metal bullet in the right shoulder;

5) Mahmoud Mustafa Younis, 20, from Mazare’ Al-Noubani village,
wounded by a rubber-coated metal bullet in the face; and

6) Ibrahim ‘Abdel-Fattah, 18, from Bal’in village, wounded by
two rubber-coated metal bullets in the left shoulder and leg.

 

Monday, 24
December 2001

 

At approximately 09:15, Israeli occupation forces at
the entrance to Halhoul town, north of Hebron, fired at Palestinian civilians
who were crossing a military roadblock on both sides. Na’im Mahmoud El-Zir, 28, from Beit Sahour,
was wounded by two rubber-coated metal bullets in the back.

 

Wednesday, 26
December 2001

 

At approximately 14:00, Israeli occupation forces in
the vicinity of “Nissanit” settlement, north of Beit Lahia, fired at a number
of Palestinian children who were collecting firewood in the Bedouin Village,
approximately 300m away. Maliha ‘Ali Abu
Quleiq, 8, was moderately wounded by a live bullet in the head.

 

 

 2. Shelling of, and Incursions into Palestinian
Residential and Controlled Areas

 

Thursday, 20
December 2001

 

In the evening, Dhib As’ad ‘Abdel-Hadi El-Sarrawi,
37, from Nablus, was killed by a heavy caliber bullet in the head and shrapnel
throughout the body. According to an
investigation carried out by LAW – the Palestinian Society for the Protection
of Human Rights and the Environment, at approximately 18:30, Israeli armored
personnel carriers, positioned at Tel junction, for no apparent reason, fired
heavy caliber bullets at Palestinian houses, including El-Sarrawi’s house, who
was preparing to eat with his family in the kitchen. Several bullets hit the house, and El-Sarrawi
was killed by a heavy caliber bullet in the head and shrapnel throughout the
body. His wife, Amani Talal ‘Anbous, 32,
was wounded by shrapnel in the neck, the back and the left hand, and his
daughter, Fadwa, was wounded by shrapnel in the left hand. The family was also extremely terrified.

 

At approximately 19:00, Mohammed Sa’id ‘Abdu Salim
Hawash, 58, from Nablus, died from a heart attack, when he was terrified by
shelling of New Nablus neighborhood, where he used to live, by Israeli
occupation forces. He also saw the
evacuation of El-Sarrawi into an ambulance. The victim left his work at 17:00 and was in good health and did not
suffer from any illness. He drove his
car himself.

 

Saturday, 22
December 2001

 

In the morning, Wissam Majdi Muhareb, 24, from Khan
Yunis was pronounced dead from a wound he received by Israeli occupation forces
on 11 December. According to PCHR’s
investigation, Muhareb was critically wounded when Israeli combat helicopter
attacked Khan Yunis, killing four and injuring 8. 

 

At approximately 11:00, an Israeli tank positioned on
a hill in the south of Jenin opened fire on a roadblock of the Palestinian
National Security Forces at the western entrance of Jenin refugee camp for no
apparent reason. A security man, Walid
‘Aayed Salah, was critically wounded by 8 live bullets in the legs, the abdomen
and the pelvis, and 15-year-old Bassam Tawfiq Mallouh, who was passing near the
roadblock, was wounded by two live bullets in the back. 

 

Sunday, 23
December 2001

 

In the morning, Israeli occupation forces, positioned
in the vicinity of “Netzarim” settlement, south of Gaza City fired heavy and
medium caliber bullets at nearby Palestinian farms and houses for no apparent
reason. A number of houses were severely
damaged and people were terrified, but no casualties were reported.

 

At approximately 19:00, Israeli occupation forces,
positioned in the vicinity of Jewish settlements west of Rafah, opened fire on
Palestinian houses in Tal Al-Sultan neighborhood in the west of the city for no
apparent reason, and fired flare shells in the air. A number of houses were damaged.

 

At approximately 19:30, Israeli occupation forces in
Tal Zo’rob area, southwest of Rafah, opened fire on nearby Palestinian houses
and civilian facilities. An electric
transmitter was severely damaged and electricity was cut from the city.

 

At approximately 22:00, Israeli occupation forces in
the vicinity of “Netzarim” settlement, south of Gaza City, fired heavy and
medium caliber bullets at Al-Zahra’ town and Sheikh ‘Ejlin neighborhood for no
apparent reason. A number of houses were
damaged.

 

At approximately 22:30, Israeli occupation forces in
the vicinity of “Neve Dekalim” settlement, west of Khan Yunis fired at
Palestinian houses in Khan Yunis refugee camp for no apparent reason. A number of houses were damaged, but no
casualties were reported.

 

Monday, 24
December 20001

 

At
approximately 07:00, Israeli occupation forces in the vicinity of “Neve Dekalim”
settlement, west of Khan Yunis, fired heavy and medium caliber bullets at
Palestinian houses and civilian facilities in Al-Nemsawi neighborhood in the
west of the city. A number of houses and
an elementary school were damaged. 

 

At approximately 19:00, Israeli occupation forces in
the vicinity of “Gani Tal” settlement, northwest of Khan Yunis, opened fire on
Palestinian houses in Al-Amal neighborhood. A 5-story house, in which 37 persons of the Mukheirez family live, was
severely damaged.

 

Tuesday, 25
December 2001

 

At approximately 02:00, Israeli occupation forces,
reinforced with 10 armored personnel carriers, some military jeeps and two
helicopters, moved into Tammoun village, east of Jenin. They besieged three houses and arrested 7
Palestinians. According to villagers,
the Israeli forces forced two Palestinians, Yazid and Ra’ed Bisharat, to take
their clothes off and then they arrested them.

 

At approximately 18:00, Israeli gunboats fired heavy
and medium caliber bullets at Palestinian fishing boats at Rafah seashore and
forced fishermen to leave the sea. The
Israeli forces informed fishermen through loudspeakers that they are allowed to
fish only between 06:00 and 16:00.

 

At approximately 20:00, Israeli occupation forces at
the Egyptian border, south of Rafah, opened fire on Palestinian houses in Block
“O” area. Two brothers were wounded:

1) Ahmed Mohammed Abu Saleh, 15, wounded by shrapnel in
the feet; and

2) Mohammed Mohammed Abu Saleh, 20, wounded by shrapnel
in the left ear.

 

PCHR’s field officer in Rafah reported that the
shelling continued sporadically until midnight and took place for no apparent
reason.

 

Wednesday, 26
December 2001

 

At approximately 14:00, Israeli occupation forces
shelled Al-Almaneya neighborhood the western area in Jenin. Then, three Israeli tanks, supported by 4
US-made Apache helicopters, moved approximately 500m into the two areas, under
full control of the Palestinian National Authority. They imposed a curfew. Two Palestinians were injured:

1) Rabi’ Wajih El-‘Eissa, 26, from Sanour village,
injured by shrapnel in the back; and

2) Mahmoud Dhib Nazzal, 25, from Jenin, a member of the
Palestinian National Security Forces, injured by shrapnel throughout the body.

 

In addition, an under-construction mosque was
partially destroyed and a house was burnt. The Israeli forces also seized a 5-story house owned by Mahmoud Mohammed
Abu El-Boul.

 

At approximately 15:45, one of two Israeli combat
helicopter that were flying over Jenin flew down over Al-Sahel area and opened
fire on some Palestinian civilians who were near a foodstuffs factory. Walid Kamal Mahmoud El-Sa’di, 53, was killed
by 5 heavy caliber bullets in the left side and the left hand and
shoulder. In addition, two other
civilians were injured:

1) Hassan ‘Ali Hourani, 30, injured by 3 heavy caliber
bullets in the legs; and

2) Jamal ‘Abdel-Latif El-Sa’di, 53, injured by shrapnel
in the back, the left thigh and the testicles.

 

 3. Arrests

 

This week, Israeli occupation forces arrested
many Palestinians. The arrests took
place in the following circumstances:

1. At international border crossings, under the control
of Israeli occupation forces.

2. At Israeli military roadblocks on main and branch
roads at the entrances to Palestinian cities and villages.

3. In Palestinian towns and villages, often during house
raids.

 

The following table lists significant arrests that
took place this week:

 

No.

Name

Age

Place of Residence

Date of Arrest

Manner of Arrest

1.  

Farid Salem El-Akhras

19

Rafah

20 December

Arrested at Rafah Border Crossing

2.  

Nazhir Mohammed Faleh

21

Qarawat Bani Zeid, Ramallah

20 December

Arrested at his house

3.  

‘Abdel-Hadi Mohammed Faleh

23

Qarawat Bani Zeid, Ramallah

20 December

Arrested at his house

4.  

Zaher
Jom’a Nasser El-Din

23

Hebron

20 December

Arrested at his house

5.  

Ziad Mohammed Ghuneim

23

Al-Khader, Bethlehem

20 December

Arrested at his house

6.  

‘Alla’ Fathi ‘Eissa

23

Al-Khader, Bethlehem

20 December

Arrested at his house

7.  

Fadi Hassan Abu Hatab

18

Al-Khader, Bethlehem

20 December

Arrested at his house

8.  

Hamza Mansour Zureiq

22

Al-Khader, Bethlehem

20 December

Arrested at his house

9.  

Biha’
El-Din Sadiq El-Khatib

20

Rafah

21 December

Arrested at a military roadblock north of Khan
Yunis

10.  

‘Alla’ Ahmed Timraz

22

Rafah

21 December

Arrested at a military roadblock north of Khan
Yunis

11.  

‘Abdel-Hamid Mohammed El-Khatib

21

Deor Estia, Salfit

24 December

Arrested at a military roadblock at the entrance of
Salfit

12.  

Nizar Suleiman El-‘Asafra

21

Beit Kahel, Hebron

24 December

Arrested at his house

13.  

Ahmed Mohammed Bisharat

65

Tammoun, Jenin

25 December

Arrested at his house

14.  

Yazid Ahmed Bisharat

22

Tammoun, Jenin

25 December

Arrested at his house

15.  

R’ed Ahmed Bisharat

18

Tammoun, Jenin

25 December

Arrested at his house

16.  

Mohammed Sa’id Bisharat

50

Tammoun, Jenin

25 December

Arrested at his house

17.  

Lout Mohammed Bisharat

19

Tammoun, Jenin

25 December

Arrested at his house

18.  

Bilal Mohammed Bisharat

22

Tammoun, Jenin

25 December

Arrested at his house

19.  

Ghazi Mustafa Bisharat

28

Tammoun, Jenin

25 December

Arrested at his house

20.  

Mohammed ‘Abdullah Towam

40

Jaba’, Jerusalem

25 December

Arrested at his house

21.  

Shadi Mohammed Towam

20

Jaba’, Jerusalem

25 December

Arrested at his house

22.  

Marwan Mohammed Shellu

25

Jaba’, Jerusalem

25 December

Arrested at his house

23.  

Jamil Mustafa ‘Ennaba

26

‘Azzoun, Qalqilya

25 December

Arrested at his house

24.  

Samer Ahmed Abu Hania

28

‘Azzoun, Qalqilya

25 December

Arrested at his house

25.  

Khaldoun Mohammed Radwan

24

‘Azzoun, Qalqilya

25 December

Arrested at his house

26.  

‘Aahed Mohammed Radwan

22

‘Azzoun, Qalqilya

25 December

Arrested at his house

27.  

‘Aaref Ahmed Salim

24

‘Azzoun, Qalqilya

25 December

Arrested at his house

 

4. Other Attacks by Israeli Occupation Forces and Jewish
Settlers on Palestinian Civilians

 

Saturday, 22 December 2001

 

At
approximately 09:00, while Mahmoud Shehadeh Mara’ba, 60, from Ras ‘Atteya
village in Qalqilya, was crossing Habla-Qalqilya, a Jewish settler ran over him
by his car. As a result, Mara’ba
suffered fom bruises and fractures in the head and the shoulders.

 

At
approximately 23:00, Israeli occupation soldiers, accompanied by a dog, raided
the house of Suleiman ‘Ali El-Dirawi, southwest of Al-Shuhada’ junction, south
of Gaza City. They detained the family,
comprised of 21 persons, including 15 children, in the hall. They took the identity cards of adults,
including women, and searched the three-story house using the dog. Then, they took the owner’s son, ‘Ali, 21,
300m away from the house. For more than
one hour, Israeli soldiers put a knife on his ear and repeatedly asked him
about names of activists of Hamas and the Islamic Jihad. Then, they released him. When he was 40m away from them, they fired a
stun grenade towards him, but he was not injured.

 

Monday, 24 December 2001

 

In
the morning, a number of Jewish settlers from “Elli” and “Shilu” settlements,
south of Nablus, moved towards the Nablus-Ramallah road and attacked
Palestinian property. According to
Hassan Hussein Ballouta, 35, from Lubban village, south of Nablus, settlers
completely burnt his truck, which stopped at a fuel station. 

 

*****

PCHR calls:

1. Upon governments that participated in the World
Conference Against Racism in Durban in South Africa to adopt crucial decisions
condemning practices by Israel in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, which
can only be described as apartheid against the Palestinian people.

2. Upon the international community to provide immediate
and independent international protection for the Palestinian people in the
Occupied Palestinian Territories.

3. Upon the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth
Geneva Convention of 1949 to reconvene in order to take effective measures to
protect Palestinian civilians in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, in
accordance with their obligations under Article 1, to ensure the respect of the
Convention.

4.  Upon the
international community to investigate and prosecute those believed to have
committed war crimes in the Occupied Palestinian Territories before
international courts.

5. Upon the ICRC to enhance its presence, expand its
activities, and intensify its field observations throughout the Occupied
Palestinian Territories.

6. Upon the European Union to activate Article 2 of the
Euro-Israeli Association Agreement, which provides that Israel must respect
human rights.

7. Upon the international community to provide
humanitarian and medical assistance for the Palestinian people, whose living
conditions are continuing to deteriorate as a result of the continued siege
imposed by Israeli occupation forces on the entire Occupied Palestinian
Territories.