Israeli
Occupying Force Continue to Commit Violations of Human Rights in the Occupied
Palestinian Territories

 

· 11 Palestinians, mostly civilians, including a woman and
child were
killed by Israeli forces

· 4 of the victims were killed in two extra-judicial assassinations in Bethlehem and Khan Yunis

· On
International Labor Day, a settler killed a Palestinian worker in Jenin

· Israeli
forces conducted a series of incursions into Palestinian areas, accompanied by
indiscriminate shelling

· Large
areas of Palestinian agricultural land is razed in the Gaza Strip

· Indiscriminate
shelling of Palestinian residential areas continues

· The
Israeli retaliatory campaign continues against families of wanted Palestinians
and those who allegedly carried out armed attacks against Israeli targets,
resulting the destruction of 2 houses

· More
houses and civilian facilities were destroyed

· More
Palestinians were arrested

· Israeli
forces continued to use Palestinian civilians as human shields in military
operations

· Sieges
continued on Palestinian communities and a number of Palestinians were arrested
at Israeli military checkpoints
 

 

Introduction 

Israeli occupying forces have continued to conduct illegal actions and
human rights violations against Palestinian civilians, including collective
punishment, extra-judicial and
willful killings, shelling of and incursions into
Palestinian areas and agricultural land leveling
This week, 24-30 April 2003, 11 Palestinians, mostly civilians,
including a woman and a child, were killed by Israeli occupying forces.

 

In a continuation of the policy of extra-judicial
assassinations of Palestinian political and field activists, officially adopted
by the Israeli political and military establishments, 2 assassinations were
carried out in a three hour period on Tuesday, 29 April 2003. 4 Palestinians,
including a bystander, were killed in Bethlehem and Khan Yunis. 

 

Israeli occupying forces conducted a series of incursions into
Palestinian areas in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, during which they attacked
Palestinian civilians and property
This week,
Israeli occupying forces razed large areas of agricultural land; more than 500
donums in the Gaza Strip, concentrated in Khuza’a village in the
southern Gaza Strip and the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanoun.

As a result of the Israeli indiscriminate shelling of Palestinian
residential areas, 5 Palestinian civilians, including
a woman and child, were
killed in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. A sixth Palestinian civilian died from a previous injury he had
sustained during an Israeli incursion into Rafah refugee camp last week, which
left dead 5 other Palestinian civilians. 

On the eve of International Labor Day, an Israeli settlement guard in
the central Jordan Valley opened fire on two Palestinian workers, who were
returning from work, killing one of them
. 

In violation of international humanitarian law, which prohibits
collective punishment, Israeli forces took retaliatory measures against
families of Palestinians who are alleged to have carried out attacks against
Israeli targets in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and those wanted by
Israeli forces.  In this context, Israeli forces destroyed two houses in
the West Bank towns of Qalqilya and Bethlehem, one of which was destroyed after
the owner’s son has been assassinated by Israeli occupying forces.

Israeli occupying forces have maintained a total siege on the Occupied
Palestinian Territories and have isolated Palestinian communities. They have
partitioned the Gaza Strip into three separate zones, restricted the movement
of people and goods, and maintained curfews in parts of the West Bank. 
Since Saturday, 15 March 2003, Israeli occupying authorities prevented
Palestinians aged 16-35 from traveling abroad.  Since 16 April 2003, Israeli
occupying forces have maintained the closure of border crossings, particularly
commercial crossings, inflicting further losses to the Palestinian
economy. Also this week, Israeli forces
blocked cars between al-Matahen and Abu Houli military checkpoints, north of Khan
Yunis and checked Palestinian civilians traveling between the north and south
of the Gaza Strip. Israeli occupying
forces have continued to impose a strict siege on al-Mawasi area in the
southern Gaza Strip, restricting the movement of Palestinian civilians living
in the area.

 

Shelling and Encroachment
into Palestinian Areas

 

Thursday, 24 April 2003

 

At approximately 06:00, Israeli occupying forces
opened fire at Palestinian houses near a military location in the Tal Zo’rob
area in the southwest of Rafah. Two
Palestinian civilians, who were walking approximately 500m away from the
location, were wounded:

 

1. Mohammed
Yousef Abu Taha, 27, wounded by a live bullet in the thigh; and

2. Hamad
Mohammed ‘Olayan, 25, wounded by shrapnel in the back
. 

 

At approximately 08:00, Israeli occupying forces,
reinforced with heavy military vehicles, including a bulldozer, moved
approximately 300m into a Palestinian agricultural area in the east of
Rafah. They remained in the area until
17:00, razing agricultural land, including:

 

1. An 18-donum area of agricultural land
planted with fruits and destroyed two bird farms and 400 beehives owned by ‘Ali
‘Abdullah Ibrahim Jarghoon
.

2. A 12-donum area of agricultural land
planted with olives, watermelons and wheat owned by Fadel Mansour Suleiman Abu
Mo’ammar
. 

3. A 4-donum area of agricultural land
planted with olives, almonds and wheat owned by Ahmed Nadi Marzouq Abu Mo’ammar
.

4. Demolished a Palestinian customs
department mobile home.

 

At approximately 09:00, two military bulldozers and
an Israeli occupying forces tank moved approximately 2km into the east of the
northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanoun. They razed large areas of Palestinian agricultural land, including
:

 

1. A
40-donum area of agricultural land planted with olives, citrus, apples and
peaches and destroyed an irrigation network and three 50-square-meter,
iron-roofed rooms owned by heirs of Hassan Mustafa Hassan al-Bahri
.

2. A
12-donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus owned by Fisal Ghazi
al-Shawa
.

3. A
5-donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus owned by ‘Abdullah Salam
Suleiman Ghazal
. 

4. A
2-donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus owned by Zuhair Ibrahim
Abu Khater
.

5. A
6-donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus owned by Ghazi Jaber
Felfel
.

6. A
5-donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus owned by Isma’il
‘Awadallah Sa’adat
.

7. A
5.5-donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus owned by Shuraiqi
Shuraiqi Abu Hamad
.

8. A
5.5-donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus owned by ‘Atiya Abu
Hamad
.

9. A
9-donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus and destroyed an
irrigation network and a well owned by Mohammed Mohammed al-Basiouni
.

10. A
15-donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus and destroyed an
irrigation network owned by Mohammed Sayed Ahmed al-Basiouni and brothers
.

11. A
3-donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus owned by Nabil Mohammed
al-Za’anin and brothers
.

12. A
2.5-donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus owned by Sa’adi
Mohammed al-Za’anin and brothers
.

13. A
2.5-donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus owned by Fayez Mohammed
al-Za’anin
.

14. A
5-donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus owned by Musbah al-‘Arini
.

15. A
7-donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus owned by Tayseer Ibrahim
Abu Daya and brothers
.

16. A
14-donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus owned by Tayseer Rafiq
al-Za’anin
.

17. A
4-donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus owned by Mohammed and
Ahmed ‘Abdul ‘Aziz al-Za’anin
.

18. A
6-donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus owned by Isma’il Mohammed
al-Basiouni and brothers
.

19. A
2-donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus owned by Mohammed Habib
al-Debsi
.

20. They
razed a 3-donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus owned by ‘Abdul
Qader Ahmed Mustafa al-Za’anin
.

21. A
500-square-meter area of agricultural land planted with citrus owned by Ahmed
Mustafa al-Za’anin
.

22. A
500-square-meter area of agricultural land planted with citrus owned by Talal
Ahmed al-Za’anin
.

23. A
500-square-meter area of agricultural land planted with citrus owned by Fayez
Ahmed al-Za’anin
.

24. A
2-donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus and destroyed an
irrigation network owned by ‘Abdullah ‘Awadh Sa’adat
.

25. A
5-donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus owned by Isma’il
‘Awadallah Sa’adat
.

26. They
razed an 8-donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus owned by Sa’ada
‘Awadallah Sa’adat
. 

27. They
razed an 8-donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus owned by
Mohammed Ahmed Sa’ada
.

28. A
10-donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus owned by ‘Abdul Salam
Sa’ada Sa’adat
.

29. A
14-donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus owned by Hussein
Mohammed ‘Ouda
.

30. A
4-donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus owned by Hassan ‘Ali
‘Ouda
.

31. A
6-donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus owned by Motlaq Rashid
Abu ‘Ouda
.

32. A
4-donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus owned by Majdi Ibrahim
Shehada
.

33. A
4-donum area of agricultural land planted with olives and citrus owned by Majdi
Ibrahim Sa’ada
.

34. A
4-donum area of agricultural land planted with olives and citrus owned by
Mohammed Ibrahim Shehada
.

35. A
4-donum area of agricultural land planted with olives and citrus owned by
‘Abdul ‘Aati Ibrahim Sa’ada
.

36. A
4-donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus owned by Ibrahim Hassan
al-Masri
.

37. A
1-donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus owned by Jasser Hassan
Ibrahim al-Masri
.

38. A
4-donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus owned by Ishaq Mohammed
al-Za’anin
.

39. A
9-donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus owned by Mohammed Shafiq
al-Masri
.

40. A
3-donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus owned by Mousa Saqer Abu
‘Amsha
.

41. A
1-donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus owned by heirs of
Mohammed ‘Ali ‘Ouda
.

42. A
5-donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus owned by Samir Mousa
Hamad
.

43. A
2-donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus owned by Ziad Mousa Hamad
.

44. A
1-donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus owned by Samir Zuhair
‘Abdul Hadi
.

45. A
1-donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus owned by Zakiya Mousa
Hamad
.

46. A
3-donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus owned by Zaher Mousa
Hamad
.

47. A
7-donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus owned by the family of
Hamad
.

48. A
15-donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus and destroyed an
irrigation network owned by Mohammed Ahmed Kharawat and brothers
.

49. A
9-donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus owned by Jamil Yousef
Hamad and brothers
.

50. A
6-donum area of agricultural land planted with citrus owned by ‘Awadh Mohammed
Hamad
. 

51. Destroyed
a well owned by the families of al-Za’anin and al-Basiouni
. 

 

At approximately 10:30, two Israeli military jeeps
moved into Qarawat Bani Zaid village, northwest of Ramallah. They stopped at the entrance of a secondary
school, while the students were outside, on their break. A number of students gathered in the yard and
threw stones towards the jeeps and the Israeli soldiers immediately responded
by opening fire. At approximately 10:35,
Israeli soldiers moved into the school and opened fire and a student and
another civilian who was visiting the school were killed:

 

 

 

1. Faker
‘Aziz ‘Ezzat ‘Arar, 18, shot by a live bullet in the heart; and

2. Ussama Hamdallah al-Sharif ‘Arar, 22,
shot by a live bullet in the pelvis that caused an acute internal hemorrhage
. 

 

In addition, Mahdi Nidal ‘Ezziddin, 16, was
critically wounded by two live bullets in the chest and the pelvis
. 

 

At approximately 11:00, Israeli occupying forces that
had into Qalqilya earlier that morning, opened fire at al-Murabetoun elementary
school in the center of the town. Three
students and a teacher were wounded:

 

1. Essam ‘Abdul Latif Abu Hajla, 13, wounded by a
rubber-coated metal bullet in the right leg
;

2. Ahmed
Yousef ‘Atiya, 13, wounded by a rubber-coated metal bullet in the left thigh;
and

3. Ashraf
Nabil Shukri Qaraqe’, 13, wounded by a rubber-coated metal bullet in the left
thigh
. 

 

Friday, 25 April 2003

 

At approximately 00:50, an Israeli occupying forces
infantry unit moved nearly 200m into al-Qarara village, north of Khan
Yunis. They surrounded the
500-square-meter, 2-story house of Majed Hassan Ahmed Abu Sel, broke in and
held the 6 residents in one room on the first floor. They used the owner as human shield to search
the house and approximately half an hour later, they took the owner away
from the family.
 They remained in
the house until 04:00. 

 

At approximately 02:00, Israeli occupying forces
moved into Jenin. They surrounded the house
of Fathi Kamel ‘Abed, 67, in al-Marah neighborhood in the east of the town and
forced the male residents out of the house. Israeli soldiers then
used
one of the males as a human shield to search the house. They then took the owner and his five sons to
a forest, approximately 3km away from the house and detained them in the
area. They then arrested one of the
sons, released the others and left the area. 

 

At approximately 11:00, Israeli occupying forces,
reinforced with heavy military vehicles, including a bulldozer, moved
approximately 600m into Khuza’a village, east of Khan Yunis. They razed large areas of Palestinian
agricultural land, including
:

 

 1. A
5-donum area of agricultural land planted with wheat and a 70-meter-long row of
wild figs owned by Salem Zer’ei Hamdan Qudaih
.

 2. A
5-donum area of agricultural land planted with wheat owned by Shehada Mohammed
Ahmed Qudaih
.

 3. A
5-donum area of agricultural land planted with wheat owned by ‘Abdul Qader
Zayed Mohammed Qudaih
.

 4. A
4-donum area of agricultural land planted with wheat and a 30-meter-long row of
wild figs owned by ‘Ouda Hamad ‘Ali Qudaih
.

 5. A
4-donum area of agricultural land planted with wheat and a 30-meter-long row of
wild figs owned by ‘Abdul Karim Hamad ‘Ali Qudaih
.

 6. A
4-donum area of agricultural land planted with wheat owned by
Awad HamadAli Qudaih.

 7. A
4-donum area of agricultural land planted with wheat owned by
Eid HamadAli Qudaih.

 8. A
3-donum area of agricultural land planted with wheat owned by
ObaidAbdullah Hamdan Qudaih.

 9. A 4-donum area of agricultural land
planted with wheat and a 30-meter-long row of wild figs owned by Mohammed
Ali Mohammed Qudaih.

 10. A 2-donum area of agricultural land
planted with olives owned by Fathi Hassan Hussein Qudaih
.

 11. A 4-donum area of agricultural land
planted with wheat owned by Mohammed Zayed Mohammed Qudaih
.

 12. A 3-donum area of agricultural land
planted with wheat owned by Fawzi Mohammed
Ali
Qudaih
. 

 13. A 3-donum area of agricultural land
planted with wheat owned by Fayez Mohammed
Ali
Qudaih
.

 14. A 3-donum area of agricultural land
planted with wheat owned by Basem Mohammed
Ali
Qudaih
.

 15. A 3-donum area of agricultural land
planted with wheat owned by
Ali MohammedAli Qudaih.

 16. A 4-donum area of agricultural land
planted with parleys and a 30-meter-long row of wild figs owned by Jamal
Mohammed Ahmed Abu Rujaila
.

 17. A 1.5-donum area of agricultural land
planted with olives owned by Rasmi Hussein Subhi Qudaih
.

 18. A 1.5-donum area of agricultural land
planted with olives owned by Nizar Salman Hussin Qudaih
.

 19. A 1.5-donum area of agricultural land
planted with olives and destroyed an agricultural pool and agricultural
equipment owned by
Abed Hussein Subhi
Qudaih
.

 20. A 4-donum area of agricultural land
planted with olives, lemons, onions and chick-peas and a 60-meter-long row of
wild figs, and destroyed an irrigation network owned by Hussein Ahmed Hussein
Abu Rujaila.

 21. A 2-donum area of agricultural land
planted with wheat Mohammed and Ahmed Suleiman Abu Rujaila
.

 22. A 1-donum area of agricultural land
planted with wheat owned by Rasmi Ibrahim Hussein Abu Rujaila
.

 23. A 4-donum area of agricultural land
planted with wheat, onions and chick-peas and destroyed an irrigation network
owned by Ahmed
Abdullah Hamdan Qudaih. 

 24. A 4-donum area of agricultural land
planted with olives and a 100-meter-long row of wild figs owned by Mohammed
Abdullah Hamdan Qudaih.

 25. A 2-donum area of agricultural land
planted with wheat and a 100-meter-long row of wild figs owned by Majed Ibrahim
Hussein Abu Rujaila
.

 26. A 3-donum area of agricultural land
planted with wheat and a 30-meter-long row of wild figs owned by Mohammed
Khalil Hussein Abu Rujaila
.

 27. A 2.5-donum area of agricultural land
planted with wheat and a 40-meter-long row of wild figs owned by Khalil Hussein
Ali Abu Rujaila. 

 28. A 4-donum area of agricultural land
planted with tomatoes, onions and olives and partially destroyed a greenhouse
owned by Fayez
ObaidAbdullah.

 29. A 1-donum area of agricultural land
planted with parleys and destroyed an agricultural pool and a water pipeline
owned by Rasmi
AbedAbdullah Qudaih.

 30. A 2.5-donum area of agricultural land
planted with wheat owned by Ayman Khalil Hussein Abu Rujaila
.

 31. A 4-donum area of agricultural land
planted with wheat and an 80-meter-long row of wild figs owned by
Abdul Hadi Hamdan Khalil Qudaih.

 32. A 4-donum area of agricultural land
planted with wheat and an 80-meter-long row of wild figs owned by Zare’ Hamdan
Khalil Qudaih.

 33. A 4-donum area of agricultural land
planted with wheat owned by Zer’ei Hamdan Khalil Qudaih.

 34. A 4-donum area of agricultural land
planted with wheat and an 80-meter-long row of wild figs owned by Hadian Hamdan
Khalil Qudaih
.

 35. A 3-donum area of agricultural land
planted with olives and an 80-meter-long row of wild figs and destroyed a water
pipeline owned by
Abdul Rahman Salem
Hamed Qudaih
.

 

Saturday, 26 April 2003

 

At approximately 10:00, Israeli occupying forces,
reinforced with heavy military vehicles, moved into al-Quds Street in
Nablus. They opened fire at Palestinian
houses and passing Palestinian civilians. A number of Palestinian boys and young men soon gathered in the area and
threw stones at the Israeli forces, who responded by firing live ammunition and
rubber-coated metal bullets. Five of the
stone throwers, all of whom are from Balata refugee camp, were wounded:

 

1. Alaa’ Sameeh ‘Ali Kojak, 18, critically wounded by a live bullet in the
neck;

2. Bahaa’
Mohammed Ashraf Badawi, 16, wounded by a live bullet in the left hand;

3. Khaled
Hilal Mohammed Abu Hamed, 17, wounded by a live bullet in the left hand
;

4. Khalil
Rasmi Qaisia, 18, wounded by a rubber-coated metal bullet in the neck; and

5. MohammedAbdul
Qader Zuraiqi, 21, wounded by a rubber-coated metal bullet in the right leg
. 

 

At approximately 11:00, Israeli occupying forces,
reinforced with heavy military vehicles, including a bulldozer, moved
approximately 500m into al-Qarara village, north of Khan Yunis. They razed areas of Palestinian agricultural
land, including
:

 

1. A 10-donum area of agricultural land
planted with wheat and barley owned by Suleiman
ObaidAwadh Abu Mandil.

2. A 9-donum area of agricultural land
planted with olives and destroyed an irrigation network owned by Ahmed
Oudetallah Hamdan AbuAassi.

3. A 5-donum area of agricultural land
planted with wheat owned by Salman Ahmed Salem Khashan
.

4. A 5-donum area of agricultural land
planted with olives owned by Sami Abu Shabab
.

5. Demolished a 48-square-meter building
owned by Isma’il ‘Abdul Raziq Saleh al-Astal. 

 

At approximately 13:00, Israeli occupying forces,
reinforced with heavy military vehicles, including a bulldozer, moved approximately
600m into Khuza’a village, east of Khan Yunis; returning to the same area they
had been the previous day. They razed
more areas of Palestinian agricultural land, including:

 

1. A
5-donum area of agricultural land planted with wheat and a 70-meter-long row of
wild figs owned by Salem Zer’ei Hmdan Qudaih.

2. A
15-donum area of agricultural land planted with wheat owned by Shehada Mohammed
Ahmed Qudaih
.

3. A
5-donum area of agricultural land planted with wheat owned by
Abdul Qader Zayed Mohammed Qudaih.

4. A 7-donum area of agricultural land
planted with wheat and destroyed 100 beehives owned by Suleiman Khalil Mohammed
Qudaih
. 

 

At approximately 17:00, Israeli occupying forces,
reinforced with heavy military vehicles, including a bulldozer, moved
approximately 600m into al-Farrahin area in
Abasan
village, east of Khan Yunis. They razed
areas of Palestinian agricultural land, including
:

 

1. A
12-donum area of agricultural land planted with wheat and olives owned by
Ali Hassanain AbuAnza.

2. A
13-donum area of agricultural land planted with wheat and lentils owned by
Ibrahim Barham Rabah Abu Daqqa
.

3. A
3-donum area of agricultural land planted with wheat and olives owned by
Fattouh Mohammed Ahmed Abu Daqqa
. 

4. A
4-donum area of agricultural land planted with wheat and lentils owned by Naji
Abdul Rahman Barakat Abu Daqqa.

5. A
3-donum area of agricultural land planted with wheat owned by Fu’ad Mohammed
Ahmed Abu Daqqa.

6. A
5-donum area of agricultural land planted with wheat owned by
Abdul MajidOqail Abu Latifa. 

 

That evening, medical sources at the Gaza European
Hospital in Khan Yunis declared that Khaled Mohammed Jarbou’, 22, from Rafah
refugee camp, had succumbed to a wound he sustained by Israeli occupying forces
last week. According to PCHR’s
investigation Jarbou’ was wounded by a live bullet in the abdomen on 19 April
2003 during an Israeli incursion into Yebna refugee camp in Rafah- an operation
which left 5 Palestinian civilians dead and injured 30 others, including 10
seriously. Jarbou’s death brings the number
of Palestinian civilians killed by Israeli occupying forces during the 19 April
incursion, to 6. 

 

Sunday, 27 April 2003

 

At approximately 01:30, about 12 Israeli soldiers
moved approximately 200m into al-Rabwat area in the northwest of Khan Yunis. They surrounded a 165-square-meter, 2-story
house owned by
Ali Munif Mohammed
al-Jallad, broke in and detained the
5 residents in a room on
the first floor. One of the sons,
Ussama, 23, was used as a human shield while searching the house, before they arrested
him and one of his brothers, Mohammed, 24. The raid lasted for nearly 3 hours. The owner of the house told PCHR’s field worker in Khan Yunis that
Israeli soldiers confiscated computer disks, passports and a mobile phone. 

 

At approximately 09:00, Israeli occupying forces in a
military location in the Tal Zo’rob area in the southwest of Rafah opened fire
at nearby Palestinian houses and agricultural areas. A Palestinian civilian, Maher Sabri Zo’rob,
40, was seriously wounded by a live bullet in the back, while he was farming
his agricultural land, approximately 400m away from the source of fire. 

 

Monday, 28 April 2003

 

For the third time this week, at approximately 11:00
Israeli occupying forces, reinforced with heavy military vehicles, including a
bulldozer, moved approximately 600m into Khuza’a village, east of Khan
Yunis. They razed more areas of
Palestinian agricultural land, including:

 

1. A 2-donum area of agricultural land
planted with wheat, onions and olives owned by Hodia Salem Hussein Qudaih
.

2. A 2-donum area of agricultural land
planted with wheat and olives owned by Suleiman Salem Hussein Qudaih
.

3. A 2-donum area of agricultural land
planted with wheat and olives owned by Ahmed Salem Hussein Qudaih
.

4. A 2-donum area of agricultural land planted
with wheat and olives owned by Jasser Salem Hussein Qudaih
.

5. A 2-donum area of agricultural land
planted with wheat owned by Salman Ahmed Khalil al-Najjar
.

6. A 2-donum area of agricultural land
planted with wheat and barley owned by Hassan Ahmed Khalil al-Najjar.

7. A 2-donum area of agricultural land
planted with wheat owned by Hussein Ahmed Khalil al-Najjar
.

8. A 2-donum area of agricultural land
planted with wheat owned by Yousef Mahmoud Ahmed al-Najjar
.

9. A 2-donum area of agricultural land
planted with wheat and barley owned by Mohammed Suleiman Abu Zar.

10. A 2-donum area of
agricultural land planted with wheat and olives owned by Mohammed Khalil Hamad
Abu Rujaila
. 

 

At approximately 14:00, Israeli occupying forces,
reinforced with heavy military vehicles, jeeps and helicopters and covered by
intense gunfire, moved into Jenin and the refugee camp. During the incursion, a Palestinian child,
Mos’ab Ibrahim Hassan Jaber, 16, was killed by a live bullet in the head. Two other children were also wounded:

 

1. Samer
Hassan
Ali al-Sous, 15, seriously wounded by a live bullet
in the right shoulder; and

2. Bader
Mohammed Barahma, 12, wounded by shrapnel in the left leg
. 

 

Tuesday, 29 April 2003

 

At approximately 08:30, a number of Palestinian
farmers went to tend to their crops in Khuza’a village, east of Khan Yunis,
after Israeli soldiers razed large areas of Palestinian agricultural land in
the village during the preceding days. At approximately 9:00, without any prior warning, Israeli occupying
forces on the eastern border of the Gaza Strip, just east of the village,
opened fire at the farmers, wounding two:

 

1. Ekram
Barham Salman Qudaih, 23, critically wounded by a live bullet in the neck; and

2. Fawzia Khalil Hussein Abu Rujaila, 55,
wounded by two live bullets in the left shoulder and arm
. 

 

PCHR’s field worker in Khan Yunis reported that
ambulances were only able to attend to the wounded half an hour later, as
Israeli occupying forces continued to fire in the area. 

 

Extra-Judicial Assassinations

 

In a continuation of the policy of extra-judicial
assassinations of Palestinian political and field activists officially adopted
by the Israeli political and military establishments, Israeli occupying forces
committed two assassinations
on Tuesday, 29 April 2003, which left dead 4
Palestinians in Bethlehem and Khan Yunis
. 

 

At approximately 06:50, an undercover unit of the
Israeli
“Border Guard,” reinforced with two tanks
and 8 military jeeps, surrounded a house owned by ‘Abdul Fattah Salah in
al-Khader village, southwest of Bethlehem. The operation targeted Salah’s son and one of his aides and Israeli
forces shelled the house, killing them both. Later, an Israeli military ambulance came to the area and evacuated the
bodies of the two victims, who were identified as:

 

1. MahmoudAbdul
Fattah Salah, 29, the leader of al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade of Fatah movement in
Bethlehem; and

2. Anan Tayseer Jawarish, 25, from Beit Jala, a leading
member of al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade in Bethlehem
. 

 

Salah was married to Jawarish’s sister. 

 

The Israeli daily newspaper Yediot Aharanot quoted Israeli security sources on its Arabic web
site as saying that “an Israeli military unit killed two Palestinian activists
in Bethlehem.” The sources claimed that
“Israeli soldiers surrounded a house where the activists were hiding, and when
the soldiers were fired upon, the soldiers returned fire, killing the
activists.” There were no local
eyewitnesses to confirm or deny such claims. The two victims had been wanted by Israeli occupying forces since the
beginning of the current Intifada. On 23
November 2002, Israeli occupying forces demolished a house belonging to the
family of Mahmoud Salah and approximately 8 months ago, Israeli forces arrested
Jawarish’s father and detained him for two weeks to force his son to
surrender. Israeli forces repeatedly
raided the victims’ families’ houses to arrest or kill them. 

 

In another assassination, at approximately 09:45 on the
same day, two Israeli Apache gunships were seen flying over Khan Yunis. 
One of the gunships launched 2 missiles at a
civilian car (a white
Seat Ronda), which was traveling towards offices of the Palestinian General
Intelligence near the College of Science and Technology in Gizan al-Najjar area
in the south of the town.  The two missiles hit the car directly,
destroying it and killing the driver, who reportedly tried to escape.  The
driver was later identified as Nidal Mohammed ‘Ouda Salama, 36, from Khan Yunis
refugee camp, allegedly wanted by Israeli forces for activities with the Popular
Front for the Liberation of Palestine. ‘Awni Mohammed Sarhan, 39, from Khan
Yunis, who was passing by on an animal cart, was critically injured and later
pronounced dead.  

 

Shooting at Palestinian Civilians

 

In two cases of apparent willful killing, on Wednesday, 30 April 2003,
Israeli occupying forces shot dead two Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip
. 

According to PCHR’s investigations, at approximately 01:55, Israeli
soldiers at a military location near Salah al-Din Gate on the border with
Egypt, south of Rafah, opened fire at a Palestinian civilian, who was
approximately 300m to the
north. He was
hit by several live bullets throughout the body. Later, Israeli occupying forces informed
Palestinians that the body of a male was located near Salah al-Din Gate. At approximately 11:15, the body was
delivered to the Palestinian side and approximately an hour later, the victim
was identified as Mansour ‘Awadh Nemer Abu Hadayed, 55, from Khan Yunis. The
reasons for his presence in the area are unknown, but some of his relatives
said that he was known to have mental health problems. 

Less than 10 hours later, Israeli occupying forces shot dead a
Palestinian woman who was tending to livestock, north of a road linking
al-Mentar crossing and al-Suhada junction, south of Gaza City
. 

According to PCHR’s investigation, at approximately 11:00, Subhiya
Musallam Abu ‘Otaiwi, 55, from Gaza Valley village, was tending to livestock,
approximately 700m away from an Israeli military locations, which is located
north of a road linking al-Mentar crossing and al-Shuhada junction, south of
Gaza City. Israeli soldiers shot her
dead with a live bullet in the chest and 4 of her animals were also killed.

 

 

 

Settlers’ Attacks on Palestinian Civilians

 

In a new crime committed by extremist Israeli settlers against
Palestinian civilians in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, on Wednesday
evening, 30 April 2003, an Israeli settlement guard in the central Jordan
Valley opened fire at two Palestinian workers who were returning from work, on
the eve of International Labor Day. One
of the workers was killed. 

According to information available to PCHR, at approximately 17:00,
Rayeq Mas’oud Abu Muhsen, 30, a worker from Tubas village, southeast of Jenin,
and other workers were traveling from their work in "Beit
Arafah" settlement, 8km east of Jericho, towards
their homes in Tubas and Tayaseer villages, southeast of Jenin. The bus they were traveling in stopped at
al-Tamaseeh military checkpoint in the central Jordan Valley and waited for
Israeli soldiers
to allow them to pass. Abu Muhsen and another worker, ‘Aatef Hamad
Jaber, 19, left the bus and walked approximately 40m away from the checkpoint
to some trees, to relieve themselves. A
settlement guard, who was passing by the area in his car stopped
, got out of his car and pointed his machine gun at the
two workers. Jaber and Abu Muhsen
shouted that they were workers, but he continued to move towards them. When he was approximately 10m away from them,
he opened fire. Abu Muhsen was killed by
6 live bullets, while Jaber was able to escape among trees. He was found in an area located approximately
6km away from the incident clearly injured. Later, an Israeli military ambulance came to the scene of the attack and
transported Abu Muhsen’s body to an Israeli institute of forensic
medicine. Israeli soldiers at the
checkpoint arrested the victim’s brother, Malek, 32, and the bus driver, Hamdan
Ghouri Daraghma, 31. 

 

Collective Punishment against Families of Wanted Palestinians and Those
Who Have Carried out Armed Attacks against Israeli Targets

 

In violation of international humanitarian law, which prohibits
collective punishment, Israeli forces took retaliatory measures against
families of Palestinians who have carried out attacks against Israeli targets
in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and those wanted by Israeli
forces. 

 

On Monday morning, 28 April 2003, Israeli occupying
forces destroyed a flat belonging to the deceased
Rafiq Mohammed ‘Abdul
Rahman Hammad in the northern West Bank town of Qalqilya. According to information available to PCHR,
Israeli occupying forces moved into the Daoud quarter in Qalqilya. They surrounded a 150-square-meter, 4-story
apartment building owned by Mohammed ‘Abdul Rahman Mohammed Hammad, 55 and
informed the residents of the building through megaphones to vacate the
building. The owner’s son, Najib and his
family, who were living on the third floor and the sole residents of the
building, left the building. Israeli
soldiers then broke into the second floor, made holes in the walls and planted
explosives. At approximately 02:30, they
detonated the explosives, destroying the entire floor. The
deceased Rafiq Hammad was killed while carrying out an attack at an Israeli bus
station on 10 October 2002. 

 

On Tuesday morning, 29 April 2003, after they had
killed Mahmoud
Abdul Fattah Salah, 29,
from al-Khader village, southwest of Bethlehem, Israeli occupying forces
demolished a 150-square-meter, 2-story house (home to 7 people), belonging to
Salah’s two brothers. On 23 November
2002, Israeli occupying forces destroyed another house belonging to Salah’s
family in the Solomon Pools neighborhood of Bethlehem, which was the home to 15
people. 

 

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* * *

 

PCHR calls:

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

1. Upon the High Contracting Parties to
the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 to reconvene to take effective measures to
protect Palestinian civilians in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, in
accordance with their obligations under article 1 and article 146, to ensure
respect for the Convention
.

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

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

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

5. 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.

 

 

 

 

“End”