Introduction

 

This
report covers Israeli violations of human rights in the Occupied Palestinian
Territories (OPT) from June 21 – 27, 2001. This week, the Israeli occupation forces and armed settlers escalated
their attacks against Palestinian civilians and their property. During the week, the Israeli occupation
forces used excessive force against Palestinian civilians who organized
peaceful marches. They also maintained
their policy of assassinations and extra-judicial killings of Palestinian
activists.  This week witnessed a new
encroachment by the Israeli occupation forces on areas under full control of
the Palestinian National Authority. Furthermore, the Israeli occupation forces continued to shell
Palestinian residential areas. They also
arrested a number of Palestinians at border crossings, at military roadblocks
throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territories, or after they raided towns and
villages under their military control. In one of these cases, the Israeli occupation forces arrested a 16-year-old
Palestinian who was wounded by them, after they had intercepted the ambulance
that was evacuating him to hospital.

 

Moreover,
the Israeli occupation forces maintained a total siege on the Occupied
Palestinian Territories and continued to isolate Palestinian cities, villages
and refugee camps from one another.[1] On
the other hand, settlers launched more attacks against Palestinian civilians
and their properties. The Israeli occupation forces, which were present when
all the attacks against Palestinians took place, chose not to intervene in the
attacks by the settlers.

 

This
week, three Palestinians were killed, and dozens, mostly children, were wounded
with live ammunition and rubber-coated metal bullets fired by the Israeli
occupation forces. According to PCHR’s
investigations, Israeli occupation forces opened fire when no threat was posed
to their lives.

 

On Sunday, June 24, 2001, an activist of Fatah Movement, Ussama Fathi
Ibrahim Jawabreh, 29, from Nablus, was assassinated. Jawabreh went to a public phone to make a
phone call. As soon as he hung the
telephone receiver, a heavy explosion occurred. Jawabreh was instantly killed after he was hit in the head and the
chest. Two passing children were also
injured with shrapnel throughout the body. This incident was the second of its kind. In the first incident, Eyad Maohammed Hardan,
26, from ‘Arrabeh village near Jenin, was assassinated in the same way on April
5, 2001.

 

On the same day, Mohammed Walid Hamdan, 18,
from Khan Yunis refugee camp, was pronounced dead at Shifa’ Hospital in Gaza
City. Hamdan was seriously wounded on
June 8, 2001 by a live bullet in the abdomen fired by Israeli occupation
soldiers positioned in the vicinity of Neve Dekalim settlement, west of Khan
Yunis. He had been under medical care in
the intensive care unit at Shifa’ Hospital in Gaza City.

 

On Tuesday, June 26, 2001, Mahmoud
Mustafa Muttair, 17, from Qalandya refugee camp, north of Jerusalem, was
pronounced dead at the Islamic Hospital in Amman. Muttair had been wounded with a live bullet
in the head on December 22, 2000.

 

On Friday, June 22, 2001,
a 5-year-old child, ‘Amid Walid ‘Abdel-Latif Nejem, was wounded with a live
bullet in the back that lodged itself at the top of his vertebral column, when
he was near his family’s house in Nablus. He was evacuated to the Evangelical Hospital in Nablus and, on the
following day, to a Jordanian hospital when his condition remained serious.

 

This week witnessed one of
the gravest encroachments by the Israeli occupation forces on areas under full
control of the Palestinian National Authority. On Saturday morning, June 23, 2001,
Israeli occupation forces, reinforced with tanks and
bulldozers, penetrated 100m into Western Rafah, an area under full control of
the Palestinian National Authority, 400m north of the border with Egypt. They demolished 20 houses, home to more than
a hundred Palestinians, without any prior warning.
 

 

The Israeli occupation
forces have maintained a total siege on a Palestinian residential area, which
houses 27 families comprised of 160 people, between “Dogit” and “Elli Sinai”
settlements north of Beit Lahia since Friday, June 22, 2001. PCHR was informed
that residents of the area are suffering from a shortage of foodstuffs and
diesel fuel, which is used in electricity generation, since the area lacks an
electricity network and infrastructure. The Israeli occupation forces also finished surrounding the area with
sand barricades and barbwires. The
Israeli occupation forces started to establish a gate northwest of “Dogit”
settlement, apparently to be the sole entrance to the area, transforming the
area into a collective prison of sorts.

 

Settlers
escalated their attacks against Palestinian civilians and property. They set
fire to Palestinian agricultural lands, closed roads, threw stones at
Palestinian civilian cars and beat a number of Palestinian civilians. The Israeli occupation forces were present
during all these attacks by settlers.

 



 

 

1. Shooting at Palestinian
Civilians

 

Thursday,
June 21, 2001

 

At approximately
06:00 local time, Israeli occupation forces, positioned at the eastern entrance
to Seilat Al-Zhaher village, east of Jenin, fired at a number of Palestinian
civilians cars, claiming that they violated the curfew imposed by these forces
on the village. ‘Abdel-‘Azziz Shaker Abu
Diak, 40, was wounded with a live bullet in the left thigh. Israeli soldiers obstructed for several hours
the entry of an ambulance into the village to evacuate Abu Diak.

 

At
approximately 18:30 local time, Israeli occupation forces, positioned in the
vicinity of “Gani Tal” settlement, northwest of Khan Yunis, fired live
ammunition and tear gas at a number of Palestinian children who were throwing
stones. A 14-year-old child, Ibrahim Sabri
El-Qedra, received a fractured skull when he was hit by a tear gas canister in
the head. He was evacuated to Shifa’
Hospital in Gaza City.

 

It is
worth mentioning that such clashes erupt in the area daily. Some Palestinian children from Al-Amal
neighborhood in Khan Yunis always fly kites near the barbwires surrounding the
aforementioned settlement. Israeli
occupation soldiers often provoke and insult those children. Usually, the situation develops into clashes
between the two parties.

 

Friday,
June 22, 2001

 

At
approximately 11:00 local time, Israeli occupation soldiers fired at a number
of Palestinian young men and children who were demonstrating near demarcation
lines in Hebron. Mohammed Ishaq Nour
El-Din Abu Sneineh, 35, was wounded with a rubber-coated metal bullet in the
right hand without having participated in clashes.

 

In
the afternoon, Israeli occupation soldiers, positioned at the entrance of a
bypass road used by settlers east of Gaza City, fired at a number of
Palestinian children who were demonstrating approximately 15m away. A 16-year-old child, Mohammed Sa’id
El-Zahhar, was wounded by two live bullets in the right thigh and in the
groin. He was evacuated to Shifa’
Hospital in Gaza City.

 

After
the Friday prayer, Israeli occupation soldiers fired live ammunition and tear
gas at Palestinian civilians who organized a peaceful march at the northern
entrance to Al-Bireh. Ahmed Mohammed
Ahmed Khaled, 18, from Jalazoun refugee camp, was wounded with a rubber-coated
metal bullet in the hand, and dozens of civilians suffered from tear gas
inhalation.

 

At
approximately 13:00 local time, Israeli occupation forces positioned on ‘Eibal
Mount fired at Palestinian civilians and residential areas in Nablus. A 5-year-old child, ‘Amid Walid ‘Abdel-Latif
Nejem, was wounded with a live bullet in the back that lodged itself at the top
of the vertebral column, when he was near his family’s house in Tel Street,
opposite the Israeli military sites. He
was evacuated to the Evangelical Hospital in Nablus and transferred to a
Jordanian hospital the following day when he remained in serious condition.

 

In
the afternoon, Israeli occupation soldiers fired at a number of Palestinian
children who were demonstrating at the northern entrance to Nour Shams refugee
camp in Tulkarm. A 14-year-old child, Feras
Ziad Dabbour, was wounded by a rubber-coated metal bullet in the head.

 

At
approximately 15:00 local time, a number of Palestinian civilians demonstrated
near Al-Amal neighborhood, west of Khan Yunis. They threw stones at Israeli occupation patrols passing near the
aforementioned neighborhood. Israeli
occupation soldiers fired live ammunition and tear gas at demonstrators,
wounding:

1) Mohammed Sami Abu Sel, 18,
with a live bullet in the right leg; and

2) Ahmed Salah Abu ‘Oudeh,
18, with a live bullet in the right ear.

 

At approximately 20:00
local time, Israeli occupation forces fired at Palestinian houses in Safarin
village, near Tulkarm, wounding Zakia ‘Ali As’ad Noufal, 62, with a live bullet
in the right shoulder. Noufal was carrying
out house duties on the roof of her house when she was wounded. Before this, settlers fired at Palestinian
houses in the village indiscriminately. It is worth mentioning that on June 19, 2001, settlers established a new
settlement center at a bypass road leading to ‘Ennab settlement near the
village. Immediately, the Israeli
occupation forces established a military site in the area, preventing
Palestinians from using the road. They
also imposed a total siege on the villages of Beit Lid and Safarin.

 

Saturday, June 23, 2001

 

At approximately 12:00 local time, Israeli occupation
soldiers fired at a number of Palestinian civilians who attempted to open the
eastern entrance to ‘Aaboud village west of Ramallah, which the Israeli
occupation forces had closed with sand barricades. Eleven civilians were wounded as follows:

1) Mahmoud Mohammed Mahmoud Qassem, 17, from ‘Aaboud
village, wounded by a rubber-coated metal bullet in the right hand;

2) Ahmed Khaled Yousef, 25, from ‘Aaboud village,
wounded by a rubber-coated metal bullet in the left leg;

3) ‘Abdullah Sedqi Humeid El-Barghouthi, 16, from
‘Aaboud village, wounded by a rubber-coated metal bullet in the right thigh;

4) Ra’ed Nassim Salem ‘Aazer, 17, from ‘Aaboud village,
wounded by a rubber-coated metal bullet in the right thigh;

5) Rami Mus’ad Eskander Mus’ad, 21, from ‘Aaboud
village, wounded by a rubber-coated metal bullet in the right hand;

6) Suleiman Mustafa Mohammed Daoud, 13, from ‘Aaboud
village, wounded by a rubber-coated metal bullet in the right shoulder;

7) Salem Khalil Yousef El-Bai, 30, from ‘Aaboud village,
wounded by a rubber-coated metal bullet in the left side;

8) Amjas Salim Suleiman Mus’ad, 23, from ‘Aaboud
village, wounded by a rubber-coated metal bullet in the back;

9) Rafe’ Nabil Ibrahim El-Bai, 18, from ‘Aaboud village,
wounded by a rubber-coated metal bullet behind the left ear;

10) Ma’ath ‘Abdel-Mu’ti, 16, from Deir Nizham village,
wounded by a rubber-coated metal bullet in the right shoulder; and

11) Fawaz Mohammed Sa’id El-Barghouthi, 17, from Deir Abu
Mesh’al village, wounded by a rubber-coated metal bullet in the right thigh.

 

Sunday, June 24, 2001

 

At approximately 10:00
local time, Mohammed Walid Hamdan, 18, from Khan Yunis refugee camp, was
pronounced dead at Shifa’ Hospital in Gaza City. Hamdan was wounded in the abdomen, the aorta
and the intestines by a live bullet fired by Israeli occupation soldiers
positioned in the vicinity of Neve Dekalim settlement, west of Khan Yunis, on
June 8, 2001. He was treated in the
intensive care unit at Shifa’ Hospital in Gaza City.

 

Monday, June 25, 2001

 

At approximately 14:30
local time, after the funeral procession of Martyr Mohammed Walid Hamdan,
clashes erupted between Palestinian civilians and Israeli occupation forces
positioned in the vicinity of Neve Dekalim settlement, west of Khan Yunis. Israeli soldiers fired live ammunition and
tear gas at demonstrators, wounding:

1) Mohammed Hussein ‘Aashour,
11, with shrapnel in the head;

2) Mohammed ‘Adnan
El-Tarshawi, 15, with shrapnel in the right arm; and

3) Rami ‘Abdel-Qader
El-‘Athamneh, 19, with a live bullet in the left thigh.

 

At the western entrance to
‘Aqraba village near Nablus, Israeli occupation soldiers fired at Hamdallah
‘Aqab Hamed Deiria, 16, wounding him with a live bullet in the side. They also intercepted the ambulance that was
evacuating him to hospital, and they arrested him.

 

Tuesday, June 19, 2001

 

At approximately 18:15
local time, Mahmoud Mustafa Muttair, 17, from Qalandya refugee camp, north of
Jerusalem, was pronounced dead at the Islamic Hospital in Amman. Muttair had been wounded with a live bullet
in the head on December 22, 2000 when Israeli occupation soldiers fired at a
number of Palestinian civilians who demonstrated approximately 200m away from
them, near Qalandya airport. Muttair had
then been evacuated to Ramallah Hospital and later transferred to the Islamic
Hospital in the Jordanian capital when he remained in critical condition. He
succumbed to his injury on Tuesday evening.

 

Wednesday, June 20, 2001

 

2. Land Leveling and House
Demolition

 

Friday, June 22, 2001

 

In
the evening, the Israeli occupation forces imposed a strict siege on a
Palestinian residential area between “Dogit” and “Elli Sinai” settlements,
north of Beit Lahia. The Israeli forces
fired artillery shells and heavy and medium caliber bullets at the area and
razed areas of Palestinian agricultural land. According to medical sources at Shifa’ Hospital in Gaza City, a man and
his son from Jabalya, who were on their farm, were injured. The Israeli occupation forces also stopped a
Palestine Red Crescent Society ambulance for two hours. The injured were:

1) Nabil Salah Sha’ban Khader (the son), 35, seriously
injured by live bullets to the chest and neck; and

2) Salah Sha’ban Khader (the father), 62, injured by a
live bullet in the left upper arm.

 

The Israeli occupation
forces have maintained a total siege on the area, which houses 27 families
comprised of 160 people. PCHR’s field
officers have not been able to enter the area to check the damage to
Palestinian property. On Tuesday, June
26, 2001, the Israeli occupation forces allowed the entry of representatives of
the International Committee for the Red Cross into the area. PCHR was informed that residents of the area
suffer a shortage of foodstuffs and diesel fuel, which is used in electricity
generation, since the area lacks an electricity network and
infrastructure. The residents of the
area have also suffered from shortages of medicines and they have been denied
access to medical centres.

 

On Wednesday, June 27,
2001, the Israeli occupation forces finished surrounding the area with sand
barricades, approximately 2.5 high, above which barbwires 0.5m high were
placed. The Israeli occupation forces
initiated this action in the past weeks. All entrances to the area where closed, isolating it from its surroundings. In the meanwhile, the Israeli occupation
forces have started to establish a gate northwest of “Dogit” settlement,
apparently to be the sole entrance to the area, in a way similar to procedures
applied in Al-Mawasi area in Khan Yunis and Rafah. 

 

PCHR was also informed
that the Israeli occupation forces demolished a 60-square-meter building used
as a summer resort, owned by Salah Khader. 

 

On Friday evening, the Israeli occupation
forces demolished three Palestinian houses just south of “Netzarim” settlement,
which is located south of Gaza City. Two
of these houses were completely demolished, leaving their residents homeless,
and the third one was severely damaged.

 

According to PCHR’s investigations, at approximately
23:00 local time, Israeli occupation forces called over loudspeakers for
Palestinian civilians in Al-Moghraqa area to leave their homes, located south
of the road between Al-Shuhada’ junction and “Netzarim” settlement. Palestinian civilians evacuated their homes
in a panic. Within minutes, Israeli
bulldozers demolished three houses. Residents had no chance to remove any of their furniture or personal
effects from the buildings before they were destroyed. Details of these houses are as follows:

1) a 150-square-meter, asbestos-roofed house, in which
six people lived, owned by ‘Abdullah Ibrahim El-Hassanat – completely
demolished;

2) a 140-square-meter, asbestos-roofed house, in which
seven people lived, owned by ‘Abdullah Handal Mutawe’ – completely demolished;
and

3) a 160-square-meter, asbestos-roofed house, in which
five people lived, owned by Jaber Hassan El-Hassanat – a 16-square-meter room
was demolished.

 

Saturday, June 23, 2001

 

Early in the morning, Israeli occupation forces moved
into the southwestern part of Rafah, adjacent to the border with Egypt. They demolished 20 Palestinian houses and
swept areas of agricultural lands without any prior warning.

 

According to PCHR’s investigation, at approximately
03:20 local time, Israeli occupation forces, reinforced with tanks and bulldozers,
penetrated 100m into Western Rafah, an area under full control of the
Palestinian National Authority, 400m north of the border with Egypt. The Israeli forces fired dozens of artillery
shells at Palestinian homes in the area, wounding Yasser ‘Abdel-Rahim Abu
‘Obeid, 33, with shrapnel to the face and left foot.

 

The Israeli occupation forces, equipped with
loudspeakers, called upon residents of the area to leave their houses,
otherwise, the houses would be demolished with their inhabitants still inside. Panicked, residents had to abandon their
homes. There was no opportunity to
salvage furniture or personal belongings. Jamila ‘Ali Salameh Barhoum, 32, pregnant in her sixth month, had to be
evacuated to the European Hospital in Rafah, after she began bleeding heavily
from a fall on the ground while escaping from her house that was later
demolished.

 

During the Israeli penetration into
Palestinian-controlled territory, which continued until 05:00 local time, the
Israeli occupation forces destroyed 20 homes, leaving 110 Palestinian civilians
homeless, and razed areas of agricultural land planted with olives. They also destroyed five electricity towers,
interrupting the electricity supply to the area. Following are details of the houses that were
demolished in Rafah this morning:

 

No.

Owner

Area in square meters

Number of roofs

Number of residents

Damage

1.

‘Atta ‘Oudeh Salim Barhoum

350

1, asbestos -roofed

10

Completely demolished and US$ 15,000 was lost

2.

Suhaila Ahmed Salim Barhoum

150

1, asbestos -roofed

3

Completely demolished

3.

‘Abdel-Karim Suleiman Ismail Barhoum

200

1, asbestos -roofed

12

Completely demolished

4.

Mansour Ahmed Hammad Barhoum

140

1, asbestos –roofed

9

Completely demolished

5.

Jasser Ahmed Hammad Barhoum

100

1, asbestos –roofed

5

Completely demolished

6.

‘Atta Jasser Ahmed Barhoum

180

1, asbestos –roofed

5

Completely demolished

7.

Fathi Jasser Ahmed Barhoum

200

1, asbestos –roofed

9

Completely demolished

8.

Ghazi Jasser Ahmed Barhoum

200

1, asbestos –roofed

9

Completely demolished

9.

Nafez Jasser Ahmed Barhoum

200

1, asbestos –roofed

2

Completely demolished

10.

Fadhel Suleiman Salim Barhoum

200

1, asbestos –roofed

8

Completely demolished

11.

Fadheya Suleiman Ibrahim Barhoum

50

1, asbestos –roofed

1

Completely demolished

12.

Hamdan Khalil Mohammed El-Dabbas

350 built and 400 under construction

1, asbestos –roofed

9

Completely demolished

13.

Mahmoud Khalil Mohammed El-Dabbas

500

1, asbestos –roofed

11

Completely demolished

14.

‘Aamer
Mahmoud Khalil El-Dabbas

120

1, asbestos –roofed

3

Completely demolished

15.

Ayman
Mahmoud Khalil El-Dabbas

120

1, asbestos –roofed

2

Completely demolished

16.

Nidal
Mahmoud Khalil El-Dabbas

200

1, asbestos –roofed

3

Completely demolished

17.

Bilal
Mohammed Khalil El-Dabbas

200

1, asbestos –roofed

3

Completely demolished

18.

Hamed Mohammed Khalil El-Dabbas

200

1, asbestos –roofed

2

Completely demolished

19.

Mahrous Mohammed Khalil El-Dabbas

200

1, asbestos –roofed

2

Completely demolished

20.

Khalil Mohammed Khalil El-Dabbas

400

1, asbestos -roofed

3

Completely demolished

 

 

The Israeli occupation forces also razed areas of
Palestinian agricultural land and demolished agricultural facilities as
follows:

1) a 2.5-donum area of agricultural land planted with
olives, owned by ‘Atta ‘Oudeh Salim Barhoum;

2) a 3.5-donum area of agricultural land planted with
olives, owned by Fadhel Suleiman Salim Barhoum; and

3) a 30-square-meter room and a water pump for
irrigation purposes, owned by Samir ‘Awad Salim Barhoum.

 

Monday, June 25, 2001

 

At approximately 16:00
local time, the Israeli occupation forces fired artillery shells and heavy and
medium caliber bullets at Palestinian houses in Abu Sneineh, Al-Takrouri and
Al-Sheikh neighborhoods in Hebron. Six
Palestinian civilians were injured and more than 15 houses were severely
damaged. Later, the Israeli occupation
forces imposed a curfew on the part of Hebron under their control. The injured were:

1) Daoud Subhi El-Kababji,
35, seriously injured with shrapnel in the back;

2) ‘Emad Nabil Abu Mayala, 9,
injured with shrapnel in the limbs;

3) ‘Abdel-Mun’em ‘Adnan Abu
Sneineh, 10, injured with shrapnel in the left leg;

4) ‘Aadel Ramadan Sammouh,
31, injured with shrapnel in the face;

5) Samer Barakat Abu Sneineh,
28, injured with shrapnel in the limbs; and

6) ‘Aayed ‘Omran El-Haddad,
22, injured with shrapnel in the head.

 

3. An Assassination in Nablus

 

On Sunday, June 24, 2001, an activist of Fatah Movement, Ussama Fathi
Ibrahim Jawabreh was killed in what is believed to have been an extrajudicial
execution. At approximately 10:20 local
time, Jawabreh went to a public phone cabin in Al-Qarioun neighborhood in
Nablus to make a phone call. As soon as
he picked up the receiver there was a heavy explosion. Jawabreh was killed instantly, sustaining
massive wounds to the head and the chest. According to medical sources at Rafidya Hospital in Nablus, where the
body of Jawabreh was brought, his left shoulder and ear were completely
mangled, and there were burns to the face and injuries throughout the
body. Two children passing by, Malak
‘Abdel-Nasser Shabaru, 2, and her brother ‘Ammar, 4, sustained multiple
shrapnel wounds.
 

According to PCHR’s
documentation, this is the 16th suspected extrajudicial execution
committed by the Israeli occupation forces since the outbreak of Al-Aqsa Intifada
on September 29, 2001. As a result of
these assassinations, 16 Palestinian activists and 7 bystander civilians have
been killed. According to information
and reports received by PCHR, the Israeli security services have attempted
other assassinations, but these attempts either were failed by Palestinian
security services or resulted only in injury of those targeted. The latest in this pattern of extrajudicial
executions occurred on Wednesday, June 20, 2001, when a mobile phone brought to
him by a customer exploded in the hands of Ahmed ‘Abdullah El-M’ani, 45. El-M’ani, from Nablus, is a Fatah activist
and owns a mobile maintenance shop. He
sustained multiple shrapnel wounds in the incident and was treated at Rafidya
Hospital in Nablus.

 

4. Other Attacks and Arrests
by the Israeli Occupation Forces

 

This week, the Israeli occupation forces arrested a
number of Palestinians. PCHR also
documented a number of cases in which Israeli occupation soldiers beat or
insulted Palestinian civilians.

 

Thursday, June 21, 2001

 

In the morning, Yousef Nasser Khalil Abu Shawish,
17, from Al-Shaboura refugee camp in Rafah, was arrested by an Israeli patrol
passing at the border with Egypt near Al-Shouka area in Rafah.

 

At approximately 06:00 local time, Israeli occupation
soldiers positioned at the entrance to Seilat Al-Zhaher village near Jenin,
severely beat Haroun ‘Abdel-Rahman Ra’ouf Abu Diak, 20, claiming that he
violated the curfew imposed on the village. As a result, Abu Diak suffered from a fracture in the right hand and
other wounds and bruises throughout the body. The Israeli occupation forces also arrested Nash’at Salim Najib Abu
Diak, 35, when he was at his shop located near the edge of the village.

 

The Israeli occupation forces had imposed a curfew
on Seilat Al-Zahaer village on Wednesday, June 20, 2001, in the aftermath of
the killing of a settler there. Immediately following that incident, the Israeli occupation forces
raided the village and broke into two schools, destroying furniture and
occupying them as military bases. On
Thursday, June 21, 2001, students of the General Certificate of Education
(Tawjihi) were prevented from taking their final exams at the two schools, and
were forced to walk a distance of approximately 10km to join the exams at schools
in nearby villages.

 

Saturday, June 23, 2001

 

The Israeli occupation
forces imposed a total siege on a Palestinian residential area between
“Dogit” and “Elli Sinai”
settlements north of Beit Lahia,, in which 160 people live. 
At approximately 01:00 local
time,
the
Israeli occupation forces rounded up all Palestinian young men in the area and
detained them at Erez until 7:30 local time. All of the men were interrogated and eventually released, except for
Nasser Fares El-Ghoul, 31, and Shafiq Ahmed Hamdouna, 30, both of whom were
arrested.

 

At approximately 12:00 local time, Israeli
occupation soldiers stationed at Rafah Border Crossing arrested Ahmed Mahmoud
Mohammed El-Hawajri, 19, from Nusseirat refugee camp, who was returning to the
Gaza Strip from studying in Algeria.

 

Sunday, June 24, 2001

 

Israeli occupation soldiers at Rafah Border
Crossing arrested Hamdan Hassan Khalil Abu Rujeila, 65, from Khoza’a village in
Khan Yunis, as he was returning to the Gaza Strip from Egypt.

 

In the afternoon, Israeli occupation soldiers
severely beat two Palestinian civilians while they were returning from their
work in Israel. Fares Farhan Jar’aneh,
22, from Ektaba village in Tulkarm, suffered bruises throughout the body after
Israeli occupation soldiers beat him with guns, feet and hands at Taybeh
roadblock. He was evacuated to Tulkarm
Hospital. Mohammed Rasmi El-Khatib, 23,
from Qeffin village in Tulkarm, also suffered from bruises throughout the body
after Israeli occupation soldiers severely beat him with guns, feet and hands
at Western Baqa roadblock.

 

Tuesday, June 26, 2001

 

Early in the morning, the Israeli occupation forces
raided Zabbouba village west of Jenin and arrested Hussein Mohammed El-Zughol,
38, a teacher, from his house. 

 

Also in the morning, the Israeli occupation forces
raided Shweika neighborhood in Tulkarm and arrested:

1) Jawad ‘Atteya Hassan Kuleibi, 28;

2) Anas Walid ‘Abdel-Latif Musameh,
19;

3) ‘Abdullah ‘Atteya ‘Abdullah
Mahdawi, 25;

4) Ahmed Safi Rafiq Ghaleb, 22; and

5) Ahmed Mohammed ‘Abdel-Rahim
Ghanmeh, 25.

 

Wednesday, June 27, 2001

 

In the morning, Israeli occupation soldiers
arrested a Bir Zeit University student, ‘Abed Mohammed ‘Obeid, 20, from
‘Arrabeh village in Jenin. ‘Obeid was on
his way from Ramallah to Bir Zeit village, when Israeli occupation soldiers,
positioned at a military roadblock at the southern entrance to Sarda village
north of Ramallah, stopped and arrested him.

 

5. Attacks by Settlers
against Palestinian Civilians

 

Thursday, June 21, 2001

 

At approximately 08:00 local time, armed settlers
from “Kharsina” and “Keriat Arba” settlements northeast of Hebron set fire to
Palestinian agricultural land in the Ziff area, east of the city. Twenty donums planted with grains, owned by
Ziad and Ahmed Shaker Abu Mayala, were burnt.

 

At approximately 15:00 local time, a number of
settlers from “Ramat Yishai” settlement established in Tal Al-Rumeida
neighborhood inside Hebron set fire to Palestinian agricultural land near the
settlement. More than 20 olive and
almond trees owned by Zakaria El-Bakri and Hana Abu Haikal were destroyed in
the fire. 

 

Friday,
June 22, 2001

 

At approximately 07:30 local time, approximately 50
armed settlers moved rocks and boulders to block the northern entrance to
Halhoul north of Hebron. They attacked
Palestinian civilians who tried to cross the area. Settlers also blocked Jerusalem-Bethlehem
Street at the junctions of Al-Fawar refugee camp and “Kfar Etzion”
settlement. Two Palestinian civilians
were injured and their cars were damaged. Mohammed Rubin Abyu Rayan, 35, from Halhoul, received bruises and
injuries throughout the body, and Mohammed Nu’man El-Sa’id, 55, from Hebron,
was injured in the left hand. Settlers
also attacked two journalists from the Reuters news agency, Mazen Da’na, 35,
and Na’el Shioukhi, 28, both from Hebron, injuring them and damaging their
cameras.

 

At approximately 10:00 local time, a large number of
settlers from “Yitzhar” south of Nablus set fire to Palestinian agricultural
land near a bypass road between the settlement and Bourin village. More than 250 donums planted with more than
1,800 olive trees were destroyed in the fire. Settlers prevented residents of the village and fire engines from entering
the area to put out the blaze. They
attacked Palestinian firefighters and a fire engine, breaking the windows. They also stole fire-fighting equipment. The firefighters were injured as follows:

1) Ra’ed Hindeya, 27, from Nablus, suffered from a
fracture in the foot and bruises throughout the body; and

2) Khalil Nu’man Salim Dweikat, 26, from Balata refugee
camp in Nablus, suffered from bruises throughout the body.

 

Also at approximately 10:00 local time, dozens of
armed settlers closed the main roads between the villages of Al-Sammou’ and
Al-Zhahereya, and Hebron. Settlers fired
at Palestinian vehicles passing on a road adjacent to the main road, but no
injuries were reported.

 

At approximately 19:00 local time, a number of
settlers attacked ‘Ali Ibrahim ‘Ali ‘Awadh, 32, and his sister ‘Aalia, 20,
while they were on their way from their house in Yatta village in Hebron to
their agricultural land at Kherbat Al-Touba village. The two were traveling on a tractor when they
were attacked by settlers from ‘Ma’oun” settlement southeast of Hebron, breaking
the front glass of the tractor and hitting ‘Aalia in the back with a stone.

 

Saturday,
June 23, 2001

 

At approximately 10:00 local time, settlers from
“Shilo” settlement north of Ramallah, beat Halima Mohammed Saleh Shouman, 61,
from Abu Falah northeast of Ramallah. Shouman was farming her land when she was attacked by settlers, injuring
her in the head and the back.

 

Sunday, June 24, 2001

 

At approximately 10:30 local time, Faisal Ahmed
Rashid Abu Baker, 38, from Jit village in Qalqilya, was injured when a settler
threw a stone weighing approximately 6kg at his car. Abu Baker was traveling back home from his
work in Qalqilya when he was attacked near a junction leading to “Kerne’
Shomron” settlement east of Qalqilya.

 

Tuesday, June 26, 2001

 

At approximately 13:00 local time, a number of
settlers from “Allon Moreh” settlement east of Nablus severely beat Mustafa
Daraghmeh, 27, from Tubas, injuring him throughout the body. Daraghmeh was driving a truck on a road near
the settlement when he was stopped and attacked by the settlers.

 

Wednesday, June 27, 2001

 

At approximately 20:00 local time, a settler from
Homesh settlement, northeast of Nablus, fired at a Palestinian taxi in which
seven Palestinian laborers were travelling on their return journey to Nablus
after work. The taxi was travelling
along a rough track after the Israeli occupation forces had prevented its
passage through a roadblock established at the junction of Deir Sharaf
village. According to one of the
laborers, a settler opened fire on them from a distance of approximately
80m. Two of them were injured with
shrapnel from live bullets, and the others received bruises. The wounded were:

1) Majed Ahmed Nassar Dweikat, 32,
from Rujib village, wounded with shrapnel from a live bullet in the neck; and

2) Salah Suleiman Jebril, 31, from
Balata refugee camp, wounded with shrapnel from a live bullet in the left hand.

 

 

 

 

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PCHR calls upon the international community:

 

1) To provide immediate international protection for the
Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territories;

2) To ensure that the ICRC enhances its presence,
expands its activities and intensifies its field observations throughout the
Occupied Palestinian Territories.

3) To ensure that the High Contracting Parties to the
Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 reconvene in order to take effective measures
to protect Palestinian civilians in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

4) To prosecute those believed to have committed war
criminals before international courts.

5) To ensure that the European Union activates Article 2
of the Euro-Israeli Association Agreement, which provides that Israel must
respect human rights.

6) To ensure that the UN High Commissioner for Human
Rights visit the Occupied Palestinian Territories and that the Resolution
adopted by the UN High Commission on Human Rights in April 2001 is implemented.

7) To provide humanitarian and medical assistance for the Palestinian
people whose living conditions are increasingly deteriorating as a result of
the continued siege imposed by the Israeli occupation forces on the entire
occupied Palestinian territories.

 

 

For
more information on the Al-Aqsa Intifada see:

www.pchrgaza.org  

 

 

 

 



[1]
For more information about the siege and its impacts on the Occupied
Palestinian Territories, see PCHR’s Closure Update .