Continued
Israeli Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories This Week

 

 

· An incursion into Beit Hanoun: four Palestinians
killed and dozens arrested;

 

· An incursion into Khan Yunis refugee camp and 36
houses demolished;

 

 

· An incursion into Salfit: six Palestinians killed and
dozens arrested;

 

· Attacks on Palestinian security and civilian
facilities by Israeli F-16 fighter jets and combat helicopters;

 

· A handicapped Palestinian civilian killed in Rafah;
and

 

· Six Palestinians, including three children, killed by
Israeli occupation forces either in willful killing or shelling.

 

 

Introduction

 

This report covers human rights
violations perpetrated by Israeli occupation forces in the Occupied Palestinian
Territories (OPT) in the period 13-19 December 2001. According to PCHR’s documentation, this week,
20 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.

 

In a series of large-scale
incursions into Palestinian-controlled areas, Israeli occupation forces
encroached into Salfit in the northern West Bank and killed six
Palestinians. They also invaded the Khan
Yunis refugee camp in the southern Gaza Strip and demolished 36 Palestinian
houses. The third incursion, which was
the widest, targeted Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip. Israeli occupation forces remained in the
town for 48 hours, during which they killed four Palestinians and arrested
dozens and caused severe damage to numerous buildings.

 

On Monday, 17 December, the
second day of the Islamic feast of Eid, Israeli occupation forces assassinated
a Palestinian in Hebron as part of its ongoing policy of targeting Intifada
activists.

 

This week, Israeli F-16 fighter
jets and combat helicopters attacked many Palestinian security and civilian
facilities in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.

 

On 14 December, a handicapped
Palestinian civilian died after being shot by Israeli occupation forces in
Rafah.

 

Israeli occupation forces
continue to shell and invade Palestinian residential areas. Two Palestinians, including a child, were
killed in Rafah and Nablus.

 

Israeli occupation forces have maintained a total
siege on the Occupied Palestinian Territories. They also restricted the passage of Palestinian civilians through
military roadblocks.

 

This week, Israeli
occupation forces arrested more Palestinians. At Al-Matahen and Abu Houli junctions, north of Khan Yunis, Israeli
occupation forces arrested some Palestinians during the Islamic feast, forcing
them to take off their clothes and remain in the rain.



 1. A New Assassination

 

On Monday, 17 December 2001, Israeli occupation
forces assassinated Ya’qoub Fathi Rabi’ Edkeik, 27, father of one child, from
Hebron.  According to investigations
carried out by LAW – the Palestinian Society for the Protection of Human Rights
and the Environment – at approximately 03:00, an undercover Israeli unit
entered on foot into ‘Eissi area in the west of Hebron, under full control of
the Palestinian National Authority. They
besieged Edkeik’s house and knocked the door, calling the victim by name. He got out of his house to check what was
going on. Immediately, Israeli soldiers
fired at him, wounding him first in the right thigh. When he tried to move away from the house to
escape, the Israeli soldiers opened fire on him. He was killed by several live bullets
throughout the body, when he was only 15m away from home. According to Palestinian medical sources, the
victim received 6 explosive live bullets in the heart, the abdomen, the pelvis,
and the right thigh. Then Israeli
soldiers forces made the victim’s father and brothers to get out of the
house. They handcuffed, blindfolded, and
detained them. They were released two
hours later. Other members of the family
were held in the house. 

 

 2. Shooting at Palestinian Civilians

 

Thursday, 13 December 2001

 

At approximately 15:00,
Israeli occupation forces in the vicinity of “Neve Dekalim” settlement, west of
Khan Yunis, fired on Palestinian civilians who threw stones after the funeral
procession of two Palestinians killed previously by these forces. Ahmed Khamis El-Masri, 17, was killed by 3
live bullets in the chest and the left shoulder and leg. In addition, 7 civilians were wounded:

 1) Nidhal ‘Abdel-Hakim Sadiq, 15, wounded by a live
bullet in the foot;

 2) Samih Kamal Mu’ammar, 15, wounded by a live bullet in
the right knee;

 3) Yusri Shukri ‘Aashour, 15, wounded by a live bullet
in the left knee;

 4) Hassan Nayef Abu Shammala, 15, wounded by a live
bullet in the right hand;

 5) Nassim ‘Awadh Abu Saqer, 17, wounded by a live bullet
in the right knee;

 6) Khaled Jamil El-Masri, 20, wounded by a live bullet
in the right leg; and

 7) Mohammed Mustafa Jadallah, 41, wounded by a live
bullet in the right thigh.

 

Friday, 14 December 2001

 

At approximately 16:10,
Israeli occupation forces opened fire on three Palestinian men in Abu ‘Araka
area near the demarcation lines in Hebron. As’ad Mustafa Abu Turki Abu Sneineh, 21, was killed by two live bullets
in the chest and the back, and ‘Abdel-Basset Ahmed Abu Hussein Abu Sneineh, 28,
was killed by three live bullets in the neck and the back. The third man was wounded by a live bullet in
the left thigh. Israeli occupation
forces claimed that the three young men fired at them, but eyewitnesses denied
this.

 

In the evening, Israeli
occupation forces in the vicinity of “Slao” settlement, west of Rafah, shot
dead Mus’ad ‘Abed-Rabbu Mohammed Daoud, 21, physically handicapped, from
Al-Brazil neighborhood in Rafah, with 5 live bullets in the chest. They kept his body until the following
evening. According to Palestinian
medical sources, signs of a sharp tool and burns were found on his head and other
parts of the body.

 

Sunday, 16 December 2001

 

In the morning, 11-year-old
Yasser Sami ‘Ali El-Kusba, from Qalandya refugee camp, north of Jerusalem, was
pronounced dead from a wound he received on 8 December. The child was then wounded in the head by a
rubber-coated metal bullet fired by Israeli occupation forces from a very short
distance. On that day, clashes erupted
between a number of Palestinian children and Israeli occupation forces near the
western entrance to the refugee camp. The Israeli forces fired at these children. When the Israeli forces chased the children,
the victim fell into a hole of water. Then, Israeli soldiers fired at his head from a very short distance.

 

In the evening, 15-year-old
Mohammed Jam’an Huneideq, from Khan Yunis refugee camp, was killed by a live
bullet in the chest fired by Israeli occupation forces. According to eyewitnesses, Israeli occupation
soldiers, positioned in the vicinity of “Neve Dekalim” settlement, west of Khan
Yunis, fired at the child for no apparent reason when he was playing with a toy
near his family’s house.

 

Tuesday, 18 December 2001

 

At approximately 07:00,
Israeli occupation forces in Hawara village, south of Nablus, fired at Samer
Marwan ‘Abdel-Latif El-Sameri, 27, from Al-Tour neighborhood in Nablus,
wounding him with a live bullet in the left hand. El-Sameri was passing by the village in his
car.

 

At approximately 13:00,
Israeli occupation forces, positioned in the vicinity of “Neve Dekalim”
settlement, west of Khan Yunis, fired at a number of Palestinian civilians who
threw stones towards them after the funeral procession of a civilian killed on
the previous day. Six Palestinian
civilian were wounded:

 1) Nidhal Yousef El-Seiqali, 14, wounded by a live
bullet in the left hand;

 2) Yahia Mohammed Hassanein, 21, wounded by a live
bullet in the right ear;

 3) Eyad Shawqi Abu Hammad, 16, wounded by a live bullet
in the left foot;

 4) ‘Aalla’ Ibrahim El-Ja’bari, 14, wounded by shrapnel
from a live bullet in the face;

 5) Farid Salem Abu Mousa, 24, wounded by shrapnel from a
live bullet in the right leg; and

 6) Mansour Suleiman Abu Shahmeh, 60, wounded by shrapnel
from a live bullet in the left foot.

 

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

 

Thursday, 13 December 2001

 

At approximately 01:30,
Israeli occupation forces, reinforced with tanks and bulldozers, encroached
into Ramallah and Al-Bireh, under the cover of intensive shelling that targeted
Palestinian houses and official security and civilian facilities. A member of the Palestinian National Security
Forces, Ahmed ‘Abdel-Hamid El-Dumeissi, 26, was killed by a heavy caliber
bullet in the head. The Israeli forces
entered the two cities from four directions. They seized the broadcasting station of the Palestinian official radio
and destroyed its antennas. A site of
the Palestinian Presidential Guard (Force 17) was also destroyed. The Israeli forces were 200m away from the
office of the Palestinian President. 

 

At approximately 03:00,
Israeli occupation forces thrust approximately 1000m into Palestinian
controlled areas in Tal Al-Sultan neighborhood in the west of Rafah. They damaged several buildings and razed
agricultural land:

 1) They razed a 5-donum area of agricultural land and
destroyed an irrigation network owned by Hafez Hubeis Abu Shallouf.

 2) They razed a 7-donum area of agricultural land
planted with olives and onions, owned by Mousa Khalil Zo’rob.

 3) They razed a 1.5-donum area of agricultural land
planted with garlic and destroyed an irrigation network owned by Jamal Mohammed
Abu Taha.

 4) They destroyed electricity, water and telephone
networks.

 5) They destroyed the main road liking the neighborhood
to other areas of the city.

 6) They destroyed a branch road in the north of the
neighborhood.

 

In addition, 6 Palestinian
civilians were wounded:

 1) Samir Suleiman Shallouf, 37, wounded by a live bullet
in the right shoulder;

 2) Mohammed Sa’id El-Soufi, 13, wounded by a live bullet
in the right shoulder;

 3) Ahmed Fayez Abu Hasna, 17, wounded by a live bullet
in the left forearm;

 4) Jihad ‘Abdel-Rahman El-‘Aajez, 11, wounded by
shrapnel from a live bullet in the head;

 5) Taqi El-Din Ismail ‘Arafat, 11, wounded by a live
bullet in the right forearm; and

 6) Mohammed Ibrahim Abu Shubeika, 12, wounded by
shrapnel from a live bullet in the lower jaw.

 

At approximately 15:10,
Israeli occupation forces opened fire from heavy and medium machine guns on
Palestinian houses in Tal Zo’rob area in Rafah. Rami Salah El-Din Zo’rob, 13, was killed by a live bullet in the heart.

 

At approximately 19:10,
three Israeli combat helicopters shelled Ramallah police station, Friends
School, and an electricity generating facility. According to eyewitnesses, the helicopters fired three rockets at the
police station and the Friends School, causing severe damage. A rocket also was fired at the electricity
generating facility, destroying it and cutting electricity from the
southwestern parts of the city.

 

At approximately 19:30, two
Israeli combat helicopters fired two rockets at the offices of the Fatah
Movement in Jenin. The offices were
completely destroyed.

 

At approximately 20:10,
Israeli F-16 fighter jets struck the headquarters of Palestinian Military
Intelligence in Tal Al-Hawa neighborhood in Gaza.

 

At the same time, Israeli
combat helicopters a site of the Palestinian Presidential Guard (Force 17) in
Al-Remal neighborhood in Gaza. The site
was partially destroyed and a number of security men were injured.

 

At approximately 20:20,
Israeli F-16 fighter jets struck the police headquarters compound in Gaza city,
causing severe damage.

 

At approximately 20:40,
Israeli F-16 fighter jets struck a police station in Gaza, causing severe
damage.

 

At approximately 23:00,
Israeli occupation forces, reinforced with 11 tanks and 4 armored personnel
carriers, thrust approximately 300m into the western part of Khan Yunis refugee
camp. They demolished 36 houses, in which
59 families comprised of 350 persons used to live. The incursion was accompanied by intensive
shelling that targeted the area. Salah
Fuad Zo’rob, 29, was wounded by a live bullet in the abdomen.



 

Following are details of
the houses that were demolished in Khan Yunis refugee camp:

 

No.

Owner

Number of residents

Area in square meters

 1.  

‘Omar Jaber Hejju

4

80, asbestos-roofed

 2.  

Jihad Khalil Abu Louz

12

200, asbestos-roofed

 3.  

Wa’el Jaber Hejju

6

80, asbestos-roofed

 4.  

Halima Salim Hejju

1

45, asbestos-roofed

 5.  

Kamel Khader ‘Aamer

9

125, asbestos-roofed

 6.  

Jamal Khader ‘Aamer

12

125, asbestos-roofed

 7.  

Mohammed Khader ‘Aamer

3

165, asbestos-roofed

 8.  

Jamil Sha’ban El-Batash

15

300, asbestos-roofed

 9.  

Houria Yousef El-Batash

7

200, asbestos-roofed

10.  

Amin Mohammed El-Mubasher

9 (2 families)

200, asbestos-roofed

11.  

Salim Mohammed
El-Mubasher

8 (2 families)

160, asbestos-roofed

12.  

Yahia Mohammed
El-Mubasher

7

100, asbestos-roofed

13.  

Hussein Hussein Bureis

7 (2 families)

250, asbestos-roofed

14.  

Ibrahim ‘Ali El-Batash

5

90, asbestos-roofed

15.  

‘Abdel-Rahman Hamza
‘Arqoub

6

120, asbestos-roofed

16.  

Eyad Khader ‘Aamer

8

125, asbestos-roofed

17.  

Manar Hamza Abu ‘Arqoub

14

120, asbestos-roofed

18.  

Ussama Hmza Abu ‘Arqoub

7

150, asbestos-roofed

19.  

Suleiman Ahmed Abu
Salameh

7

140, asbestos-roofed

20.  

Mustafa Wahba Miqdad

9

150, asbestos-roofed

21.  

Salma ‘Abdullah Abu ‘Aker

1

400, asbestos-roofed

22.  

‘Arafat ‘Ali Abu ‘Obeida

6

180

23.  

‘Abdel-Karim Zayed Abu ‘Obeida

29 (6 families)

400

24.  

Nayed ‘Ali Abu ‘Obeida

14 (2 families)

120

25.  

Zanqana Musallam Abu
‘Obeida

27 (6 families)

250

26.  

Shehdeh Salem Abu ‘Obeida

13 (3 families)

150

27.  

‘Atta Mohammed Abu ‘Awadh

20 (3 families)

160

28.  

Ibrahim ‘Ali Abu ‘Awadh

8

100

29.  

Nadia Salem Abu Zarqa

2

160

30.  

Mohammed ‘Ali Abu Zayed

11

160

31.  

Radhi Hussein Abu Zarqa

8

140

32.  

Maher Jaber Hejju

6

70

33.  

Ma’rouf ‘Ali Abu ‘Obeida

5

120

34.  

Khaled ‘Ali Abu Zayed

8

130

35.  

Insherah Mohammed Abu
‘Obeida

8

120

36.  

Ussama Hamza ‘Arqoub

7

150

 

At the same time, around
100 Israeli soldiers, reinforced with armored personnel carriers, thrust
approximately 700m into Al-Satar Al-Gharbi area in Khan Yunis, under full
control of the Palestinian National Authority. They raided dozens of Palestinian houses. They arrested a Palestinian, Kamel Abu
Meghassib and seized a 4-story house owned by Mousa Abu ‘Oweili.

 

Friday, 14 December 2001

 

At approximately 01:00,
Israeli occupation forces raided ‘Assira village in Nablus. Two men, Mohammed ‘Abdel-Rahim Jawabra and
Mousa Ahmed Sawalma, were wounded and arrested. The Israeli forces arrested also 6 young men and took them to an unknown
destination.

 

At approximately 02:00,
Israeli occupation forces, reinforced with tanks and armored vehicles, moved
into Salfit in the northern West Bank from the east and the west. They reoccupied it and imposed a curfew. Soon, they besieged an isolated house of
Rezeq Sha’ban Hrazallah Eslim, 25, a member of the Palestinian Military
Intelligence Service who had been wanted by the Israeli forces since the
beginning of the Intifada. They called
on him through loudspeakers to get out of the house. Eslim got out of the house and opened fire
from his gun. Immediately, Israeli
soldiers fired at him, killing him with a medium caliber bullet in the
neck. Then, Israeli occupation forces
shelled Palestinian security sites killing four security men and a civilian:

 1) Mohammed Mohammed ‘Abdel-‘Azziz ‘Aashour, 19, from
Gaza, killed by two live bullets in the chest and the right shoulder. An Israeli jeep chased him and ran over his
skull.

 2) Khaled Ya’qoub Sharif Abu Ya’qoub, 27, from Kufol
Hares village, killed by a live bullet in the head. An Israeli jeep chased him and ran over his
skull.

 3) Dhia’ Nabih Mahmoud Ebdah, 19, from Salfit, killed by
a live bullet in the head;

 4) As’ad Mohammed Hassan Abu ‘Ataya, 22, from Gaza,
killed by a live bullet in the chest.

 5) Jawad ‘Abdel-Latif Shahin, 20, a civilian from
Salfit, killed by two live bullets in the abdomen and the chest.

 

The Israeli forces also
demolished three Palestinian houses.

 

At approximately 03:00,
Israeli occupation forces, reinforced with five tanks and armored personnel
carriers and two helicopters, moved into Dura village, west of Hebron, under
full control of the Palestinian National Authority. They fired heavy and medium caliber bullets
at Palestinian houses and arrested three Palestinians and took them to an
unknown destination.

 

At the same time, Israeli
occupation forces raided Palestinian houses in the south of Abu Sneineh
neighborhood and the west of Jabal Al-Rahma neighborhood. They arrested 35-year-old Mahmoud Hamdi
Shabana, and took him to an unknown destination.

 

At approximately 17:30,
Israeli occupation forces, positioned in the vicinity of “Neve Dekalim”
settlement, west of Khan Yunis, opened fire on Palestinian houses in Khan Yunis
refugee camp and Al-Nemsawi neighborhood. ‘Abdel-Karim Mahran Zo’rob, 12, was wounded by shrapnel in the right leg
and a number of houses were severely damaged.

 

At approximately 18:15,
Israeli F-16 fighter jets struck a site of the Palestinian Presidential Guard
(Force 17) in Ansar Compound in Gaza. Rockets also hit the Gaza city police headquarters compound. According to Palestinian medical sources and
eyewitnesses, at least 10 people were injured.

 

Saturday, 15 December 2001

 

At approximately 01:00,
Israeli occupation forces, reinforced with around 40 tanks, bulldozers, jeeps
and armored personnel carriers, seized Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip
and imposed a curfew. They entered the
town under the cover of intensive shelling. During the incursion, a member of the Palestinian National Security
Forces, Ahmed Mahmoud El-Basiouni, 28, from Beit Hanoun, was killed by two live
bullets in the chest and the right thigh fired by Israeli occupation
forces. According to medical sources, his
injury was not lethal, but he was left bleeding for hours. In addition, more than 12 people were
injured, six of whom were in serious condition. Israeli forces shelled some
Palestinian houses, including the house of Salah Shehadeh, a Hamas leader. They also arrested several local residents.

 

At approximately 04:00,
Israeli occupation forces tightened its hold on the northern Gaza Strip. They took position near Jabalya refugee camp
and the entrance to Beit Lahia and also besieged two residential areas. At approximately 08:30, the Israeli forces
withdrew from these areas and took position at the entrance to Beit Hanoun.

 

PCHR’s field officer in the
northern Gaza Strip, who visited these areas after the withdrawal of the
Israeli forces, reported that these forces terrified residents during their
incursion into Palestinian areas. Also
during the incursion, the Israeli forces fired at a Palestinian ambulance,
wounding its driver, Walid Mohammed ‘Abdel-‘Aal, 35, and causing severe damage
to the ambulance.

 

During the incursion, three
Palestinian civilians were killed:

 1) Yousef Shawqi El-Najjar, 11, from Jabalya;

 2) ‘Ammar Mohammed El-Ghalith, 18, from Jabalya; and

 3) Mahmoud Mohammed Ahmed, 17, from Sheikh Radwan
neighborhood in Gaza, who was visiting his aunt in the area.

 

Monday, 17 December 2001

 

At approximately 13:00,
Israeli occupation forces in an armored personnel carrier in the south of
Nablus fired at a patrol of the Palestinian Marine Police, killing Munjed
Khaled Mohammed Salman, 18, from Qussin village, with a live bullet in the
chest, and wounding Muntasser Khalil Salameh Abu Mustafa, 21, from Balata
refugee camp, with shrapnel in the back. The shooting took place for no apparent reason and the area was crowded
with civilians who were celebrating the feast.

 

Tuesday, 18 December 2001

 

At approximately 22:00,
Israeli occupation forces in tanks positioned at Al-Shuhada’ junction, south of
Jenin, opened fire on the Martyrs Triangle area and at a site of the
Palestinian Presidential Guard (Force 17). A member of Force 17, Khaled Mahmoud Zakarna, was wounded by three live
bullets in the back.

 

 4. 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.  

Mohammed ‘Abdel-Rahim
Jawabra

20

‘Assira, Nablus

14 December

Arrested at his house

 2.  

Mousa Ahmed Sawalma

22

‘Assira, Nablus

14 December

Arrested at his house

 3.  

Nasser ‘Ayad Jarar’a

21

‘Assira, Nablus

14 December

Arrested at his house

 4.  

Faraj Mohammed Hamdan

23

‘Assira, Nablus

14 December

Arrested at his house

 5.  

Bilal Wajih El-Bourini

20

‘Assira, Nablus

14 December

Arrested at his house

 6.  

Mohammed Bassem Daghlas

22

‘Assira, Nablus

14 December

Arrested at his house

 7.  

Ahmed Younis El-Shouli

22

‘Assira, Nablus

14 December

Arrested at his house

 8.  

Hamdan Mohammed Hamadna

32

‘Assira, Nablus

14 December

Arrested at his house

 9.  

Hussam Jamal El-Dahdouh

22

Gaza

17 December

Arrested at Rafah Border
Crossing

10.  

Yasser Ibrahim El-Ghalban

23

Khan Yunis

17 December

Arrested at Rafah Border
Crossing

11.  

Khaled Ghanem Abu Shaqra

19

Khan Yunis

18 December

Arrested at Rafah Border
Crossing

 

 5. A Palestinian Boy Injured by a Landmine

 

At approximately 15:00, on Wednesday, 19 December,
16-year-old, ‘Aadel Yousef El-Turukman, from Bardala village, northwest of
Tubas, was injured when a landmine exploded while he was grazing sheep. His right foot had to be amputated. Israeli occupation forces claimed that they
had not been involved in the incident, although these forces often train in the
area. A number of Palestinian civilians
have been killed by landmines in the same area in recent years.

 

*****

 

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.