Israeli forces continue systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) 

(30 June – 13 July 2016)

Jerusalem – Israeli Forces Demolish Number of Palestinian Houses in al-Mukaber Mount
Jerusalem – Israeli Forces Demolish Number of Palestinian Houses in al-Mukaber Mount

 

  • Israeli forces continued to use excessive force in the oPt
  • Four civilians, including a child and woman, were killed in the West Bank.
  • 31 civilians, including 3 children, and a Scottish activist were wounded in the West Bank.
  • A civilian succumbed to his wounds and two others were wounded in the Gaza Strip.
  • Israeli forces continued to open fire at the border areas in the Gaza Strip and wounded a bird hunter.
  • Israeli warplanes conducted 6 airstrikes at training sites and other targets in the Gaza Strip.
  • Material damages in a commercial company, but no casualties were reported.Jerusalem – Israeli Forces Demolish Number of Palestinian Houses in al-Mukaber Mount
  • Israeli forces conducted 173 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and a limited one in the southern Gaza Strip.
  • 146 civilians were arrested, including 23 children and 3 women.
  • 54 civilians of them, including 17children, were arrested in occupied Jerusalem.
  • Israeli forces continued to impose collective punishment measures against Palestinian civilians.
  • Two houses were bombed in Qalednia refugee camp, north of occupied Jerusalem.
  • Israeli forces continued to impose a comprehensive cordon on Hebron and a partial one on Tulkarm.
  • Israeli forces continued their efforts to create Jewish majority in occupied East Jerusalem.
  • 3 under-construction houses were levelled in addition to a barrack for sheep and horses in al-Mukaber Mount.
  • Israeli forces turned the West Bank into cantons and continued to impose the illegal closure on the Gaza Strip for the 9th
  • Dozens of temporary checkpoints were established in the West Bank and others were re-established to obstruct the movement of Palestinian civilians.
  • 13 Palestinian civilians, including 4 children and a girl, were arrested at military checkpoints in the West Bank.
  • A trader was arrested at Beit Hanoun “Erez” crossing in the northern Gaza Strip.

 

 

Summary

Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (30 June- 13 July 2016).

 

Shooting:

Israeli forces have continued to commit crimes, inflicting civilian casualties. They have also continued to use excessive force against Palestinian civilians participating in peaceful protests in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, the majority of whom were youngsters. During the reporting period, Israeli forces killed 4 Palestinian civilians, including a woman and child, in the West Bank while another one succumbed to his wounds.  Moreover, Israeli forces wounded 31 other civilians, including 3 children, and a Scottish activist in the West Bank as well. Twenty-one of them were wounded in Qalendia refugee camp, north of occupied Jerusalem. In the Gaza Strip, a bird hunter was wounded when Israeli forces opened fire at the border areas in the northern Gaza Strip.  Meanwhile, another civilian was opened when Israeli forces opened fire at dozens of Palestinian youngsters and children who headed tp the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Bureij in the central Gaza Strip, to throw stones at the soldiers.  Moreover, the Israeli warplanes conducted 6 airstrikes against 4 military training sites belonging to armed Palestinian groups and a commercial company.

In the West Bank, on 30 June 2016, Israeli forces killed Mohammed Naser Tarayrah (17) from Bani Na’im village, east of Hebron after opening fire at him when he sneaked into a house in “Givat Kharsina” settlement and stabbed a girl child to death.

On Friday, 01 July 2016, Israeli Border Guard officers killed Sarah Dawoud ‘Atah Tarayra (27), who is from Bani Na’eem village and married to Ismail Youssef Alhajouj. According to PCHR’s investigations, the abovementioned young woman arrived and entered to al- Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron’s Old City.  At approximately 09:00, she left the Mosque.  Meanwhile, two male and female Israeli Border Guard officers summoned her and took her to a search room near the entrance to the Mosque. The female Guard Officer entered the room and was heard shouting at al-Tarayra was heard.  The officer then rushed out of the room, carrying a pepper gas spray. As a result, the other Border officer immediately fired 3 live bullets at al-Tarayrah and killed her.

In occupied Jerusalem on 01 July 2016, Israeli forces fired tear gas canisters, sound bombs and metal bullets against thousands of Palestinian civilians coming from different cities to gather at Qalendia military checkpoint, north of East occupied Jerusalem, attempting to cross the checkpoint to perform the last Friday prayer in Ramadan in al-Aqsa Mosque.  As a result, Taysir Habash (63) from al-Masaken al-Sha’abiyah, northeast of Nablus, was killed due to severe gas inhalation.  Other 42 civilians were also wounded; 15 of whom suffered gas inhalation, 12 were wounded due to stampede, 15 sustained various wounds due to being beaten by Israeli soldiers.

At approximately 05:00 on Wednesday, 13 July 2016, Israeli forces opened fire at a vehicle in al-Ram village, north of occupied East Jerusalem, travelled by 3 Palestinian young men, who were on their way to work.  As a result, the driver was killed, one passenger was wounded with a bullet to the head and another was arrested and taken for interrogation.

In the same context, during the reporting period, 30 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children, and a Scottish activist were wounded. Seven of them, including a child in Dura, southwest of Hebron, were wounded during incursions while another girl child was shot and wounded at the entrance to Kafl Haris village, north of Salfit, claiming she attempted to carry out a stab attack.  During the weekly Kufor Qaddoum protest, north east of Qalqilya, two Palestinian civilians, including a child, and a Scottish activist, were wounded.  Moreover, while exploding two houses on grounds of collective punishment in Qalednia refugee camp, north of occupied Jerusalem, 20 civilians, who were demonstrating against Israeli forces, were wounded; 18 of whom sustained minor wounds and the other two sustained moderate ones.

In the Gaza Strip, on 07 July 2016, medical resources in al-Wafa Hospital in al-Zahrah neighbourhood in the central Gaza Strip, declared that Nael Suliman Salh Salah (18), from al-‘Atatrah neighbourhood in Beit Lahia, north of the Gaza Strip, succumbed to his wounds. Nael was wounded on 08 May 2015 after Israeli forces stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, northwest of Beit Lahia, opened fire at him.  As a result, he was wounded with a bullet to the head and taken to hospitals in the Gaza Strip and Jerusalem to receive medical treatment.

On 01 July 2016, a Palestinian civilian was wounded with a bullet to right hand when Israeli forces opened fire at dozens of youngsters and children, who came to the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel to throw stones at the Israeli soldiers.

In the context of opening fire at the border areas, on 12 July 2016, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of Beit Hanoun village, opened fire at farmers and bird hunters in the area.  As a result, a bird hunter was wounded with a bullet to his right hand palm when he was around 250 meters away to the west of the border fence.

In the context of airstrikes, on 02 July 2016, Israeli warplanes conducted 6 airstrikes and launched 8 missiles targeting 4 training sites belonging to Palestinian armed groups.  During one of the airstrikes, Israeli warplanes targeted al-Haj Hasan Hasanein and his Sons Company for construction works located behind Abu Jubbah Gas Station, east of al-Zaytoun neighbourhood, east of Gaza City.  As a result, a digger was completely destroyed and two others sustained partial damages.  Moreover, other company equipment and the nearby building where Hasanein and his family live sustained partial damages.  However, no casualties were reported.

 

Incursions:

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 173 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 15 ones in occupied East Jerusalem and its suburbs. During these incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 146 Palestinian civilians, including 23 children and 3 women.  Fifty-four of them, including 17 children, were arrested in occupied Jerusalem.

In the Gaza Strip, on 12 July 2016, Israeli forces moved into east of ‘Abasan al-Kabireh village, east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip.  They dug and levelled for hours the lands along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel.  They later withdrew to station along the border fence.

 

Collective Punishment Measures against Palestinian civilians

Following the killing of an Israeli girl by a Palestinian child, who sneaked into “Givat Kharsina” settlement, east of Hebron and was killed by Israeli forces, Israeli forces imposed further collective punishment measures against Palestinian civilians in Hebron. Israel’s Security Cabinet decided to impose a security cordon on the city and withdrew the work permits from the residents of Bani Na’im village; around 2800 permits. The Cabinet also decided to establish a cemetery in order to bury Palestinian corpses rather than handing them to their families and reduce the tax revenues that are paid to the Palestinian Authority.

In Tulkarm and after Wael Abu Saleh (40) was shot dead by a municipal inspector in Natania in Israel, claiming that he stabbed 2 Israelis, Israeli forces imposed a similar cordon on the city.

On 04 July 2016, large force of Israeli soldiers, moved into Qalendia refugee camp, north of occupied Jerusalem,  and surrounded two houses belonging to ‘Anan Abu Habsah and ‘Issa ‘Assaf.  They asked the resident to get out of the house immediately to destroy it.  The explosive engineering teams planted explosives in ‘Anan Abu Habsah’s bedroom and was detonated by remote.  These forces then moved to Issa ‘Assaf’s house and destroyed the outside house walls.  It should be mentioned that ‘Anan and Issa were killed on 23 December 2015 by Israeli forces after stabbing two Israeli settlers to death and wounded another in Hebron Gate area in Old Jerusalem.

 

Creating Jewish Majorities in Jerusalem:

On 30 June 2016, joint teams from the Israeli munciplaity and forces moved into al-Bustan neighbourhood in Silwan village, south of East Jeruslaem’s Old City.  The municipality teams hanged an “eviction notice” on a house belonging to late Dr. ‘Adel Bashin, under the pretext of building without a permit for the interest of “National Parks”.

On 13 July 2016, Israeli municipality bulldozers demolished three under-construction residential houses and a barrack for sheep and houses in in the village of Al-Mukabber Mount under the pretext of building without a permit. The houses belong to ‘Amer ‘Aweisat, Mohammed ‘Aqil and Durgham ‘Issa Abu Sakran while the barrack belong to his brother, ‘Ali Abu Sakran.

 

Restrictions on movement:

Israel continued to impose a tight closure of the oPt, imposing severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.

The illegal closure of the Gaza Strip, which has been steadily tightened since June 2007 has had a disastrous impact on the humanitarian and economic situation in the Gaza Strip.  The Israeli authorities impose measures to undermine the freedom of trade, including the basic needs for the Gaza Strip population and the agricultural and industrial products to be exported. For 9 consecutive years, Israel has tightened the land and naval closure to isolate the Gaza Strip from the West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem, and other countries around the world. This resulted in grave violations of the economic, social and cultural rights and a deterioration of living conditions for 1.8 million people.  The Israeli authorities have established Karm Abu Salem (KeremShaloum) as the sole crossing for imports and exports in order to exercise its control over the Gaza Strip’s economy.  They also aim at imposing a complete ban on the Gaza Strip’s exports. The Israeli closure raised the rate of poverty to 38.8%, 21.1% of which suffer from extreme poverty. Moreover, the rate of unemployment increased up to 44%, which reflects the unprecedented economic deterioration in the Gaza Strip.

 

 

Details

 

  1. Incursions into Palestinian Areas, and Attacks on Palestinian Civilians and Property in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip

 

Thursday, 30 June 2016

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into ‘Aida refugee camp, north of Bethlehem. They raided and searched houses from which they arrested Saleh Ibrahim al-As’ad (17) and Hamad Qasem al-Azraq (16).

 

  • At approximately 06:00, Israeli forces moved into Thanabah suburb, east of Tulkarm. They raided and searched a house belonging to former prisoner Ammar Bassam Hasan Majdobah (31) and arrested him. It should be noted that the arrested person is a major in the Palestinian National Security Services and was released on 28 May 2014 after arresting him for over 10 years.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (3) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Kafur al-Deek village, west of Salfit, and Hawara and Bita villages, south of Nablus.

 

Friday, 01 July 2016

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Bani Na’im village, east of Hebron. They raided and searched many houses from which they arrested Malek Harbi Hamidat, Waleed Lafi Hamidat and ‘Odai Khal Khadir Hamidat. After that, Israeli soldiers raided a house belonging to Majd Abdullah Khdour (20), who was killed by Israeli forces at the entrance to “Givat Kharsina” settlement, east of Hebron, claiming that she attempted to carry out a run over attack. However, none of the house residents were arrested. A number of Israeli vehicles stationed in the area surrounded a house belonging to Naser Mahmoud al-Tarayra (48), whose son Mohamed (17) was killed by Israeli forces on 30 June 2016, in “Givat Kharsina” settlement. They then locked each of Naser’s four sons in a separate room to question them in addition to his 3 daughters. They then arrested Naser and later withdrew.

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Beit Lid village, east of Tulkarm. They raided and searched a house belonging to ‘Oqab Jamal Mahmoud Zbadi (24) and arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Husan village, west of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Diaa’ Mohamed Za’oul (23) and arrested him.
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Hebron, and stationed in Qarin al-Thour area. They raided and searched a house belonging Hisham Hamidan al-Shorbati (48) and arrested him. Israeli vehicles then patrolled the streets to al-Boq’ah , al-Dahdah and Ras al-Joura areas, north of Hebron. They raided and searched two houses from which they arrested Firas Mohamed al-Qawasmah and Samer Ali al-Ja’ba.

 

  • At approximately 02:15, Israeli forces moved into ‘Orta village, southeast of Nablus. They raided and searched houses from which they arrested Karlous Sa’d ‘Awwad (22) and Nada Sa’ed Shurab (23).

 

  • In a new crime of excessive use of force, Israeli Border Guard officers killed Sarah Dawoud ‘Atah Tarayra (27), who is from Bani Na’eem village and married to Ismail Youssef Alhajouj. According to PCHR’s investigations, the abovementioned young woman arrived and entered to al- Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron’s Old City.  At approximately 09:00, she left the Mosque.  Meanwhile, two male and female Israeli Border Guard officers summoned her and took her to a search room near the entrance to the Mosque. The female Guard Officer entered the room and was heard shouting at al-Tarayra was heard.  The officer then rushed out of the room, carrying a pepper gas spray. As a result, the other Border officer immediately fired 3 live bullets at al-Tarayra and killed her. PCHR’s investigations show that Israeli forces could have used less lethal force even if she had a knife as claimed by Israeli forces especially that a photo of al-Tarayra was distributed showing traces of pepper gas on her face. Later on Friday afternoon, the Israeli forces closed the Beit ‘Aynoun- Bani Na’im Road, which was the only opened road to Bani Na’im village.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (15) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Dura; Yatta; al-Dahiryia; Abu ‘Asja; Karaza; Samou’a; and al-Shayoukh vilages in Hebron; western villages in Hebron; southern area in Hebron and Sinjer and al-Dahyia area in Hebron as well.

 

Saturday, 02 July 2016

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Yatta village, south of Hebron. They raided and searched two houses from which they arrested Nabil Ahmed A’mar (39) and Ahmed Mohmoud A’mar (33).

 

  • At approximately 03:10, Israeli warplanes fired 2 missiles at Abu Jarad military site, south of al-Zaytoun neighbourhood, near al-Shuhada intersection, south of Gaza City. No casualties were reported.

 

  • At approximately 03:15, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at Badir military site, east of cars’ market, east of al-Zaytoun neighbourhood in Gaza City, but no casualties were reported.

 

  • At approximately 03:30, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at Palestine military site of al-Qasam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas Movement, north of Um al-Nasir village, north of the Gaza Strip. The site located 700 meters away from the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel.
  • Around the same time, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at Hitteen military site of al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of Islamic Jihad Movement, north of Um al-Nasir village, north of the Gaza Strip. The site is around 1000 meters away from the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel. The bombing caused damages in the site, but no casualties were reported. The airstrike caused a massive explosion that rocked the area causing fear among civilians, especially women and children.
  • At approximately 03:40, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at a vacant land, north of the agricultural school, north of Beit Hanoun, north of the Gaza Strip. The land is around 1000 meters away from the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel. As a result, a large hole was caused in the land, but no casualties were reported.

 

  • At approximately 03:50, an Israeli warplane fired two missiles at a 1300-sqaure-meter company for construction works belonging to Hassan Ahmed Hussain Hasanin (63). The company located behind Abu Jubbah Petrol Station, east of al-Zaytoun neighbourhood, east of Gaza City. As a result, a digger was completely destroyed, while two other diggers were damaged. In addition, the company and its tools were partially damaged, but no casualties were reported.

 

  • At approximately 04:30, Israeli forces moved into ‘Anbita village, east of Tulkarm, and stationed in the southern mount in Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Bahaa Saif Ahmed Sharqiya “Abu ‘Asal (19) and arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into ‘Atil village, north of Tulkarm. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ali Sameer Khalid Ghurrab (20) and arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 15:00, Israeli forces accompanied with 20 military vehicles moved into Dura village, southwest of Hebron, and stationed in Haninah area. A number of young men gathered to throw stones and empty bottles at the Israeli soldiers, who fired heavily live bullets at the protesters. As a result, a 20-year-old male was hit with a live bullet to the right shoulder, while another civilian was hit with a live bullet to the right side of his abdomen. They were then taken by a PRCS ambulance to Hebron Hospital to receive medical treatment.

 

  • Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (12) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Yatta; al-Majd; al-Burj; al-Koum; Deir al-‘Asal; Kharsa; Taramah; al-Dahiryia; Dura; Bani Na’iem; Sa’ir; and Shayoukh villages in Hebron.

 

Sunday, 03 July 2016

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit Fajjar village, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched houses from which they arrested Subhi Mohammed ‘Afif Thawabtah (19) and Saif Nizar al-Khatib (21).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Hijra village, east of Dura, southwest of Hebron, and stationed near the Ministry of Education Office. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Fidaa Fasil Isma’il Hadeeb (45) and her brother’s house, Isma’il Fasil Hadeeb (39), and arrested both of them.

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Hebron, and stationed in ‘Ain Sarah area. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohamed Abdul Haleem Mohamed ‘Azmi al-‘Aweiwi. They later withdrew, but no arrests were reported. It should be noted that Israeli forces killed the abovementioned civilian’s daughter, Kalzar (18), on 12 February 2016, near al-Shari’a Court in Hebron Old City, claiming that she attempted to carry out a stabbing attack.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Bani Na’eem village, east of Hebron, and stationed in al-Wijha area. They raided and searched a house belonging to Nasir Mahmoud al-Tarayra (who was mentioned above), and arrested his daughter, Lara (20), who works as a nurse in the village hospital. The family later knew that their daughter was taken to a police station in “Gush Etzion” settlement, south of Bethlehem.

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Tarqumiya village, west of Hebron, and stationed in the south of the village. They raided and searched a house belonging to ‘Alaa Ghazi Qa’qour (35) and arrested him.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (9) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Dura; Yatta; al-Burj; Kharras; Tarqumiya; Sa’ir; al-Shayoukh; and al-Moreq village in Hebron.

 

Monday, 04 July 2016

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit Fajjar village, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched houses from which they arrested Mohamed Omar Thawabtah (21), Khalid Murshid Thawabta (21), and Mohamed Jalal Thawabta (19).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces accompanied with 20 vehicles moved into Bani Na’im village, east of Hebron, and stationed in al-Wijha area. They raided and searched a house belonging to Nasir Mahmoud al-Tarayra and arrested his two sons Loai (22) and Tamer (19).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces accompanied with military vehicles and a car-carrying trailer moved into Ba’ier al-Mihjar area, northwest of Hebron. They raided a garage, confiscated a Kia vehicle and took it by the trailer to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into ‘Aida refugee camp, north of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Monir al-Kurdi and arrested his son, Mohamed (16) after beating him.

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces accompanied with 5 military vehicles moved into Dura, southwest of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ibrahim Abdul Jalil Abu Sharar (45) and arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Khadir village, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ahmed Hasan Salah (29) and arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 05:00, Israeli forces moved into Maithaloun village, south of Jenin. They raided and searched a house belonging to Tawfiq Rif’at Tawfiq Ruba’iyah (29) and arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 05:30, Israeli forces moved into Qabatia village, southeast of Jenin. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohamed ‘Adnan Nazal (20) and arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 23:00, Israeli forces accompanied with 60 military vehicles and 10 armoured personnel carriers moved into Dura village, southwest of Hebron, and stationed in Ghunaim area. The Israeli soldiers deployed in the main street, closed it and obstructed civilian’s movement. After that, they surrounded a house belonging to Abdul Majeed Abaryoush, while another special force from al-Yamam Unit also raided and searched the house for half an hour. In the meantime, Israeli soldiers stationed in military vehicles shouted by loudspeakers at Abdul Majeed’s sons, Ahmed (33) and Mohamed (29) to surrender, but they were not home. Moreover, Israeli forces threatened the family to destroy their house. Half an hour later, Abdul Majeed’s sons arrived and were arrested by Israeli soldiers. In the meanwhile, Israeli forces raided and searched al-Eman Mosque. They detained the worshipers, damaged the interior doors and burst the outer roof door. Furthermore, Israeli forces raided and searched a house belonging to Mohamed Akram ‘Omran (28). While Israeli forces were stationed in the centre of the village, dozens of Palestinian young men gathered to throw stones and empty bottles at the soldiers, who fired sound bombs, tear gas canisters and live bullets at them. As a result, a 20-year-old male was hit with a live bullet to the leg and was then taken by a PRCS ambulance to the Hebron Hospital. In addition, Israeli forces moved into Dura. They then raided and searched a 3-storey-house belonging to Hazem Jibara Ahmed al-Faqih, looking for his son, Mohamed (29), who was lost few days ago. They detained Mohamed’s mother and her daughter, Asma along with her 3 sons, Suhaib (22) and Hazem (26), in the second floor. Israeli forces arrested Suhaib and Hazem and later withdrew. Hazem was released only one day after his arrest.

 

  • Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (9) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Halhoul; al-Hariyah valley; al-Thahiryiah; Abu al-‘Asjah; Samou’a; Beit Kahel; Tafouh; and al-Burj villages in Hebron.

 

Tuesday, 05 July 2016

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into ‘Orta village, southeast of Nablus. They raided and searched houses and arrested Zuhdi Dieb Qawariq (23).

 

  • At approximately 03:15, Israeli forces moved into Nablus. They raided and searched houses and arrested Islam Kamil al-Zubaidi (22) and Sharhabil Ahmed ‘Awaad (24).

 

  • At approximately 18:30, two Israeli soldiers opened fire at Jamila Dawoud Hasan Jabir (17), from al-Zawiya village, west of Salfit, claiming that she attempted to carry out a stabbing attack near Haris village, north of Salfit. As a result, she sustained serious wounds in the chest. A video showed that the two soldiers were not wounded, but they directly fired two live bullets at Jamila’s chest and her left hand. As a result, she sustained serious wounds and was then taken by an ambulance belonging to Magen David Adom (MDA) to Beilinson Hospital in Israel, after denying a PRCS ambulance access to the wounded.

 

  • Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (5) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Dura; Samou’a; Sa’ir and Yatta villages in Hebron.

 

Wednesday, 06 July 2016

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces accompanied with 10 military vehicles moved into Bani Na’iem village, east of Hebron, and stationed in Wajjah area. They raided and searched a house belonging to Nasir Mahmoud al-Tarayra and handed him an administrative demolition notice, giving him until 07 July 2016 to submit an appeal before the Israeli courts. The abovementioned house is comprised of two floors, the first of which is 150 square meters and inhabited, while the second is built on the same area but under construction.

 

  • At approximately 18:00, Israeli forces moved into Hebron, and stationed in al-Hariyah Valley area. They raided and searched a house belonging to a Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) Member, Hatim Rabah Qafisha (55) and arrested his son, Anas (24). In the meantime, Israeli forces raided a Mobile shop belonging to ‘Alaa Raied al-Zaghir (28) and arrested him. Moreover, they arrested Ramzi Mohamed Dandies from his house in al-Hawouz area.

 

  • At approximately 18:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Ras area, south of Tulkarm. They raided and searched houses and arrested Mansour Walid Khalid Ghanim (35), from Deir al-Ghosoun village, north of Tulkarm.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (6) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Dier Abu Mish’al village, northwest of Ramallah; and al-Hadab village and al-Fawar refugee camp in Hebron.

 

Thursday, 07 July 2016

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Kharsa village, south of Dura, southwest of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Yousef Isma’il Safi (44) and arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Burj village, southwest of Dura, southwest of Hebron. They raided and searched two houses from which they arrested Wael Husain Raghib al-Fiqiyyat (46) and Ayman Ibrahim Raghib al-Fiqiyyat (43) and took both of them to ”Gosh ‘Atsion” settlement, south of Bethlehem. Israeli forces claimed that they arrested the abovementioned civilians as they are relatives of Mohamed Jibara al-Faqih, who was lost and wanted by Israeli authority. The arrested persons were released few hours after questioning them.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Dura, southwest of Hebron. They deployed in the center of Hebron and fired tear-gas canisters at the civilians, who were in the village market to buy grocery for Eid al-Fitr. Dozens of Palestinian young men gathered at threw stones at Israeli soldiers, who indiscriminately fired live bullets in response. As a result, a 14-year-old male was hit with 2 live bullets to under his right knee and the right side of his abdomen. Moreover, a 20-year-old male was hit with a live bullet to the right shoulder, while another 19-year-olde male was hit with a live bullet to the right thigh.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into the southern area in Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to ‘Abbas Ali Abu Mayalah (22) and arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 17:45, medical resources at al-Wafa Hospital in al-Zahrah neighbourhood in the centre of the Gaza Strip, declared that Nael Suliman Salah Salah (18), from al-‘Atatrah neighbourhood in Beit Lahia, north of the Gaza Strip, succumbed to his wounds. Nael was wounded on 08 May 2015 after Israeli forces stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, north of al-Sifa area, northwest of Beit Lahia, opened fire at him. As a result, Naeil was hit with a live bullet to the head and was then taken to Kamal ‘Edwan Hospital in Beit Lahia. He was then transferred to al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, where he underwent a surgery and was taken to the Intensive Care unit (ICU) due to his serious condition. Nael’s brother, Mohammed, said that since he was wounded, Nael had entered into coma. As a result, he was transferred to Mar joseph Hospital in occupied Jerusalem, where doctors told his family that their son is a hopeless case. After that, his family took him back to Gaza and admitted him to al-Wafa Hospital, where he stayed until succumbing to his wounds dath.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (10) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Deir Samet; al-Koum; Kharaas; Sa’ir; Bani Na’iem; Deir al-‘Asal; and Kherbit al-Deir villages in Hebron ; Jaljilia village, northwest of Ramallah; and Khirbitha Bani Harith village, west of the city.

 

Friday, 08 July 2016

 

  • Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (8) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: ‘Azoun village, east of Qalqiliyia; Kafur al-Deek village, west of Salfit; Biteen village; northeast of Ramallah; Dura; Kharras; Beit Ummer villages; al-‘Aroub and al-Fawar refugee camps in Hebron as well.

 

Saturday, 09 July 2016

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Hebron, and stationed in al-Rahma Mount. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohamed Ahmed Motawe’a (20) and arrested him. Moreover, Israeli forces raided and searched two houses belonging to Shadi Ra’ed Ahmed ‘ALian (23) and Shadi Mohamed al-Masry (21) and arrested both of them.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Dura, southwest of Hebron, and stationed in the eastern area. A number of Palestinian young men gathered and threw stones and empty bottles at Israeli soldiers, who fired sound bombs, tear-gas canisters and live bullets at them. As a result, a 21-year-old male was hit with a live bullet to the left leg and was then taken by a PRCS ambulance to the Hebron Hospital.

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces accompanied with 4 military vehicles moved into Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to former prisoner, Ahmed ‘Ayyad ‘Awad (29), who was released 2 months earlier from the Israeli jails, and handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in “Gush Etzion” settlement, south of Bethlehem. Moreover, Israeli forces raided a house belonging to former prisoner, Mershid Mohamed Mershid Za’aqiq (40) and handed him a summons as well.

 

  • At approximately 04:00, Israeli forces moved into Kafur Malek village, northeast of Ramallah. They raided a house belonging to Mohamed Tawfiq Ba’irat, and handed him a summons for his infant son, Jihad (15 days), who died 23 years ago.

 

  • At approximately 23:00, Israeli forces accompanied with 15 military vehicles moved into Sa’ir village, east of Hebron, claiming that a civilian from the village opened fire at a vehicle carrying Israeli settlers and then flee. Israeli forces then closed the village main entrance with sand barriers and searched many shops to check the surveillance cameras. On the next day morning, they withdrew to the southern entrance to the village, adjacent to Halhoul village. On Sunday, 11 July 2016, Israeli forces imposed a tight cordon on Sa’ir village and restricted the movement of over 17,000 civilians, under the pretext of looking for the shooter.
  • Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (7) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: al-Dahiriya; Dura; al-Shayoukh; al-Moreq; Ethna; Kharsa and Beit Ola villages in Hebron.

 

Sunday, 10 July 2016

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Yatta village, south of Hebron. They raided and searched 3 houses belonging to Mohamed Jabreen Shehada Makhamrah, who was released 20 days ago from the Israeli prisons; ‘Isaa Saber al-Bitawi, who was released a week ago as well; and Mohamed ‘Alaia al-Hirani. Israeli forces handed all of them summonses to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in “Gush Etzion” settlement, south of Bethlehem.

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Faqo’a village, northeast of Jenin. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Majdi Hasan Abed Abu Khamees (36) and Loai Jamil Hasan Abu Khamees (31), and handed both of them summonses to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in Salem camp, northwest of the city.

 

  • At approximately 04:00, Israeli forces moved into Tulkarm refugee camp adjacent to Tulkarm. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohamed Khalid Hussain Loyisy (28) and arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 04:30, Israeli forces moved into ‘Aida refugee camp, north of Bethlehem. They raided and searched houses from which they arrested Shadi Rafat ‘Isaa As’ad (30) and Rafat Riyad Milsh (25).

 

  • At approximately 04:40, Israeli forces moved into ‘Azoun village, east of Qalqiliya. They raided and searched houses from which they arrested Saleh Hijazi Shubita (20), Abdul Kareem Yaser Abdul Kareem Hussain (20) and Ahmed Abdullah Ibrahim ‘Omran (20).

 

  • Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (11) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Qarawa Bani Zaid, northwest of Ramallah; Bitonia, west of the city; Hewarah village, south of Nablus; Jibara village, south of Tulkarm; Farsh al- Hawa area, Tarqumiya, Sa’ir, Shayoukh, al- Rasha valley village, south of Qalqiliya, and Artas village, south of Bethlehem.

 

Monday, 11 July 2016

 

  • At approximately 00:30, Israeli forces accompanied with 16 military vehicles moved into Showika suburb, north of Tulkarm. They raided and searched a house belonging to Monthir Abdul ‘Aziz Abdil Qadir Ikbaria (53) and arrested him. In the meantime, Israeli forces raided and searched a house belonging to Amjad Jihad Ahmed Abu Zahra (44), and arrested him along with his son Jihad (20). In addition, Israeli forces confiscated Monthir’s Kia vehicle.
  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Dura village, southwest of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Hitham Isma’il Slman Talahma (32), but no arrests were reported. Moreover, Israeli forces raided and searched a house belonging to Khalaf ‘Abed Jibarah al-Talahma (50) and arrested him. After that, Israeli forces moved into Naqit Nouh area, and raided 2 houses belonging to ‘Ayid Ahmed al-Faqih (55) and his son, Yousef (28), after damaging the house main doors and detaining all the family members. They then arrested ‘Ayid and his son Akram (24) and later withdrew.
  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Hebron, and stationed in Da’erat al-Sair area. They raided and searched a house belonging to Qatada Rasmi Dofash (25) and arrested him. In the meantime, Israeli forces moved into Sinjar area. They raided and searched houses from which they arrested ‘Abdullah Othman I’bido (33) and Malek Mohamed Ilyas Abu ‘Aisha (24).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces accompanied with military vehicles and armored personnel carriers moved into Sa’ir village, east of Hebron. They raided a house belonging to late Isma’il Sabir Shalaldah in Kawaziba area. They turned the house roof into a military barrack and locked all the family members in the 1st Furthermore, Israeli forces moved into Ras al-‘Aroud area and raided a house belonging to Nimer al-Faroukh. They turned the house roof into a military barrack. Moreover, Israeli bulldozers closed Sa’ir valley road, east of the village, with sand barriers.

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into ‘Aida refugee camp, north of Bethlehem. They raided and searched houses from which they arrested Mohamed Khalid al-Kurdi (17) and Sayed Mohamed al-Jabri (17).

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Burj village, south of Dura, southwest of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Raji Ahmed al-Faqeeh (33) and handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in “Gush Etzion” settlement, south of Bethlehem.

 

  • At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces moved into al-Shayoukh village, north of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Hamza Rajab Halaiqah. At approximately 06:00, they confiscated Hamza’s vehicle, but no arrests were reported.

 

  • At approximately 07:00, Israeli forces accompanied with military vehicles moved about 100 meters into ‘Abasan village, east of Khan Yunis, south of the Gaza Strip. Israeli vehicles leveled lands and patrolled the area for few hours along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, heading to the east of Khuza’a village. They fired smoke bombs, burning wild fields in the area.

 

  • Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (6) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Deir Abu Da’if; Qabatia and Ya’boud villages in Jenin; and ‘Azoun village, east of Qalqiliya; Kherbitha Bani Harith village, west of Ramallah; and Beteen village, northeast of Ramallah.

 

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces accompanied with military vehicles moved into Qalqiliya. They raided and searched houses in pretext of looking for sharp tools. At approximately 05:00, Israeli forces arrested 9 civilians, including a child, and later withdrew. PCHR keeps the names of the arrested persons.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Khadir village, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohamed Ahmed Nafi’ Salah (27), and arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 04:00, Israeli forces moved into Burqin village, west of Jenin. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohamed Yousef Khalid Khalouf (22) and arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 04:30, Israeli forces accompanied with 5 military vehicles moved into Dura village from the eastern entrance. They deployed in many neighborhoods namely as Ghadbin Ghuniam; Sud valley; al-Shurfa; Kanar and Naqit Nouh. A number of Palestinian young men gathered in Ghunaim neighborhood, and threw stones at Israeli soldiers, who fired tear gas canisters from a military jeep at agricultural fields and between houses. As a result, fire broke out in many areas between houses. When a Palestinian Civil Defense fire engine arrived at the scene, Israeli forces forced it to stop for few minutes and then detained it for few hours.

Dozens of Israeli soldiers then raided a house belonging to ‘Azmi Ibrahim al-Suweiti (55) and locked all the family members in one room. They asked the family members about Mohamed al-Faqih, who was accused of carrying out a shooting attack at a vehicle carrying Israeli settlers near “Adorim” camp a week ago. Furthermore, Israeli forces raided and searched a house belonging to Khalid Ahmed al-Faqih (50) and damaged the house main door. They arrested Khalid’s wife, Taghrid Jabarah al-Faqih (40) and her son Mo’ath (18), taking both of them to an unknown destination. After that, Israeli forces moved into Kanar neighborhood. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Mohamed Hasan Amr (26) and Amir Abed al-Hamdi Amr (25) and arrested them. Moreover, Israeli forces moved into ‘Arqan ‘Awad neighborhood and raided a house belonging to ‘Imad Faqosah. They topped the house roof and turned it into a military barrack. They also raided and topped the roofs of many buildings in al-Bnouk, Ghunaim and Naqit Nouh Streets. In al-Ghunaim neighborhood, Israeli forces raided a building comprised of 25 apartments and raided the 10 rented apartment after destroying their main doors and questioning the inhabitants identified as Nidal al-Sowati, Iyyas Kamal Masalmah, Majdi al-Talahmah, and Mohamed Abu Sharar. Furthermore, Israeli forces raided a house belonging to Mohamed Isma’il Ahmed al-Faqih (38), cousin of Mohamed al-Faqih, whom Israeli soldiers have been looking for for few days.  Isma’il was handcuffed him with plastic straps and questioned him about his cousin Mohammed.

 

  • At approximately 04:40, Israeli forces moved into Kherbit ‘Oyoun Abu Saif, south of Dura, southwest of Hebron, and stationed in al-Wad and al-Ma’sara areas. They raided and searched houses and questioned the residents about Mohamed al-Faqih, who was accused of killing an Israeli settler near Deir Razah village, east of Dura, on 01 July 2016. They also raided houses belonging to Mohamed Abdul Jalil Abu Sharar; Abdul ‘Aziz Hasan Amr; Ali Hasan Amr; Ali Mohamed Hasan Amr; Taysir Sin Amr; Tawfiq Hasan Amr; Hasan Mohamed Amr; and Khalid Mohamed Hasan Amr.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Kherbit Faqeiqes adjacent to “Nejehot settlement establish on Palestinian lands of southern Dura. They raided a 3-storey building belonging to the Ministry of Awqaf. They destroyed the outer and insider doors of some apartments. After that, they raided houses belonging to Abdul Jalil Abu Sharar (75), and his sons’ houses, Husam, Ayman and ‘Alaa, from which they detained their wives and children after blindfolding and handcuffing them. They then questioned them about Mohamed al-Faqih and threatened to arrest them.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Ahmar area, east of Beit Hanoun, north of the Gaza Strip. They opened fire at hunters and farmers in their agricultural fields. As a result, a hunter, Ahmed Ibrahim Abdullah Na’im (26), from al-Na’aima Street, was hit with a live bullet that entered and exited from the palm of his right hand. The abovementioned civilian was wounded while he was only 250 meters away from the border fence, and was then taken to Kamal Nasir Hospital in Beit Hanoun, where medical sources classified his wounds as moderate.

 

  • Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (4) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Qabatia village, southeast of Jenin; Rantis, Beit ‘Ur al-Tahta, and ‘Atara villages in Ramallah and al-Bireh.

 

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Yatta village, south of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohamed Ibrahim al-Jundi (25) and arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Sa’ir village, east of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Jihad Ali Jaradat and arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohamed Ali ‘Ayyad ‘Awad (30) and arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Muthalath area in Beit Fajjar village, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Salim ‘Alian Thawabtah and arrested his son, Mahmoud (19).
  • Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (5) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Dura; Kharras; and Beit Ummer villages and al-Fawar refugee camp.

 

  • Use of excessive force against peaceful demonstrations protesting settlement activities and the construction of the annexation wall

 

Demonstrations against the annexation wall and settlement activities

 

West Bank:

 

  • At approximately 13:50, on Friday, 01 July 2016, Palestinian civilians and Israeli and international human rights defenders organized a protest in the center of Kufor Qaddoum village, northeast of Qalqiliya, and then made their way to the eastern entrance of the village in protest against closing that entrance since the beginning of al-Aqsa Intifada with an iron gate. When the protesters approached the entrance, Israeli forces fired live bullets, rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs at them. As a result, a 15-year-old male was hit with a live bullet to the abdomen, while another 18-year-old male was hit with a live bullet to the right leg.

 

  • Following the Friday prayer, dozens of Palestinians and Israeli and international human rights defenders organised protests against the annexation wall and settlement activities in Bil’in and Nil’in villages, west of Ramallah, and al-Nabi Saleh village, northwest of city. Israeli forces used force to disperse the protesters by firing live bullets, metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs and chased the protesters into the olive fields and between houses. As a result, many civilians suffered tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises as Israeli soldiers beat them up. It should be noted that similar demonstrations were organized in the abovementioned areas on 08 July 2016, and no casualties were reported.

 

  • At approximately 13:30, on Friday, 08 July 2016, Palestinian civilians and Israeli and international human rights defenders organized a protest in the center of Kufor Qaddoum village, northeast of Qalqiliya, and then made their way to the eastern entrance of the village in protest against closing that entrance since the beginning of al-Aqsa Intifada with an iron gate. When the protesters approached the entrance, Israeli forces fired live bullets, rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs at them. As a result, a Scottish solidarity activist, Tom Anderson (24), was hit with a rubber-coated metal bullet to the right leg.

 

  • Gaza Strip:

 

  • At approximately 15:00, on 01 July 2016, dozens of Palestinian young men headed to the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Burij refugee camp, in the centre of the Gaza Strip. They threw stones at Israeli soldiers stationed behind sand barriers. Israeli soldiers fired tear-gas canisters and live bullets in response. As a result, Mohamed Nabil Ahmed Safi (24) was hit with a live bullet to the right hand and taken to al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir al-Balah, where his wounds were classified as moderate.

 

Note: PCHR keeps the names of the injured persons in the aforementioned demonstrations.

 

Rubber-coated metal bullets are lethal if they hit the head of victim from a close range.

 

  1. Continued closure of the oPt

 

Israel continued to impose a tight closure on the oPt, imposing severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.

 

Gaza Strip

 

Israeli forces continuously tighten the closure of the Gaza Strip and close all commercial crossings, making the Karm Abu Salem crossing the sole commercial crossing of the Gaza Strip, although it is not suitable for commercial purposes in terms of its operational capacity and distance from markets.

Israeli forces have continued to apply the policy, which is aimed to tighten the closure on all commercial crossings, by imposing total control over the flow of imports and exports.

 

Israeli forces have continued to impose a total ban on the delivery of raw materials to the Gaza Strip, except for very limited items and quantities. The limited quantities of raw materials allowed into Gaza do not meet the minimal needs of the civilian population of the Gaza Strip.

 

Israeli forces also continued to impose an almost total ban on the Gaza Strip exports, including agricultural and industrial products, except for light-weighted products such as flowers, strawberries, and spices. However, they lately allowed the exportation of some vegetables such as cucumber and tomatoes, furniture and fish.

 

Israel has continued to close the Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing for the majority of Palestinian citizens from the Gaza Strip. Israel only allows the movement of a limited number of groups, with many hours of waiting in the majority of cases. Israel has continued to adopt a policy aimed at reducing the number of Palestinian patients allowed to move via the Beit Hanoun crossing to receive medical treatment in hospitals in Israel or in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Israel also continued applying the policy of making certain civilian traveling via the crossing interviewed by the Israeli intelligence service to be questioned, blackmailed or arrested.

 

Movement at Beit Hanoun (“Erez”) crossing

28 June – 05 July 2016

Category 28 June 29 June 30 June 01 July 02 July 03 July 04 July 05 July
Patients 67 53 75 4 49 11 11
Companions 72 48 74 4 47 8 12
Personal needs 54 43 80 35 31 46 25
Families

of prisoners

45 72
Arabs from

Israel

2 4 9 5 7 1
Diplomats 12 15 3 1 1 1
International journalists
International workers 19 38 31 9 9 19 57
Travelers

Abroad

58 74 2
Business people 273 269 408 5 2 285 160 134
Business meetings
Security interviews 4 7 5 4 4
VIPs 1 3 1
Ambulances

to Israel

6 2 4 3
Patients’ Companions 5 2 4 3

 

Movement at Beit Hanoun (“Erez”) crossing

06 –12July 2016

 

Category 06 July 07 July 08 July 09 July 10 July 11 July 12 July
Patients 9 11 1 39 94 101
Companions 5 17 1 85 93 94
Personal needs 19 44 23 104 53 91
Families

of prisoners

67
Arabs from

Israel

5 10 3 20 14 22
Diplomats 4 6 1 24 12
International journalists
International workers 2 8 5 20 4 29
Travelers

Abroad

6 3 71
Business people 9 197 4 2 475 245 237
Business meetings
Security interviews 4 11
VIPs 1 1 1
Ambulances

to Israel

2 1 2 5 6
Patients’ Companions 2 1 2 5 4

 

Notes:

 

  • On Friday, 01 July 2016, Israeli forces allowed 337 Palestinians from Gaza and 228 others on Friday, 08 July 2016, to perform prayers in al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.
  • On Tuesday, 28 June 2016, Israeli forces allowed 3 persons and on Wednesday, 29 June 2016, allowed one person to renew their permits.
  • On Thursday, 30 June 2016, Israeli forces allowed 2 persons and on Tuesday, 12 July 2016, allowed 2 persons working in the Civil Affairs Department to attend a meeting at the crossing.
  • On Thursday, 30 June 2016, they allowed one person to accompany a deceased person.

 

Israeli Forces Arrested a Trader at Beit Hanoun (“Erez”) Crossing, North of the Gaza Strip:

 

  • At approximately 10:00 on Thursday, 07 July 2016, Israeli forces stationed at Beit Hanoun “Erez” crossing, north of the Gaza Strip, arrested a Palestinian businessman namely Hani Rafeq Saed Haboub (31), from Beit Lahiya compound, and has a transportation company.

Hanis’ brother Rami said that Hani had headed to Beit Hanoun crossing at approximately 06:30 in the morning after he obtained a BMC permit. At approximately 10:00 he lost contact with him. At approximately 01:00 on Friday, 08 July 2016, Hani’s family received a call from the Israeli police informing them that they arrested Hani and he is now in al-Majdal prison.

 

  • West Bank

 

Israel has imposed a tightened closure on the West Bank. During the reporting period, Israeli forces imposed additional restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians:

 

  • Hebron: Israeli forces established (73) checkpoints all over the city.

On Friday, 01 July 2016, Israeli forces established 7 checkpoints at the northern entrances to Hebron, Beit Ommar, Halhoul, Ethna, al-Kume, Deir Samet and Tarusah villages.

On Saturday, 02 July 2016, Israeli forces established 5 checkpoints at the northern entrances to Hebron, Beit Ommar, Halhoul, Ethna, Sa’ir, Mothallath al-Samou’ and Tarama villages.

On Monday, 04 July 2016, Israeli forces established 7 checkpoints at the northern entrances to Hebron, Beit Ommar, Halhoul, Ethna, Sa’ir, al-Thaheriyah and Tarama villages. On Tuesday, 05 July 2016, Israeli forces established 7 checkpoints at the northern entrance to Hebron, Beit Ommar, Halhoul, Mothallath al-Samou’ and Tarama villages.

On Wednesday, 06 July 2016, Israeli forces established 7 checkpoints at the northern entrance to Hebron, Beit Ommar, Halhoul, Mothallath al-Samou’ and Tarama villages.

On Thursday, 05 July 2016, Israeli forces established 7 checkpoints at the northern entrances to Hebron, Beit Ommar, Halhoul, Mothallath al-Samou’ and Tarama villages.

On Friday, 08 July 2016, Israeli forces established 6 checkpoints at the northern entrance to Hebron, Beit Ommar, Halhoul, Mothallath al-Samou’, Tarama and Sa’ir villages. On Saturday, 09 July 2016, they established 5 checkpoints at the northern entrance to Hebron, Halhoul, Ethnah, Mothallath al-Samou’ linked with the bypass road (60), the entrance to Tarama village linked with the bypass road (60). On Sunday, 10 July 2016, Israeli forces established 5 checkpoints at the northern entrance to Hebron, Halhoul, Ethna, Mothallath al-Samou’ and Tarama village.

On Thursday, 12 July 2016, Israeli forces established 6 checkpoints at the northern entrances to Hebron, Beit Ommar, Halhoul, Ethna, Sa’ir, Mothallath al-Samou’ and Tarama villages. On Wednesday, 12 July 2016, they established 5 checkpoints at the northern entrances to Hebron, Halhoul, Ethna, Mothallath al-Samou’ and Tarama villages.

 

  • Ramallah and al-Bireh: Israeli forces established (5) checkpoints all over the city.

On Thursday, 30 June 2016, Israeli forces established 2 checkpoints at the northern entrance to Ein Senia village and the entrance to Sanjal village, north of Ramallah.

On Friday, 01 July 2016, Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints at the entrance to al-Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah, under the bridge of Yabrud village, northeast of the city and under the bridge of Kharbatha al-Mesbah village, southwest of the city.

 

  • Qalqiliyah: Israeli forces established (10) checkpoints all over the city.

On Friday, 01 July 2016, Israeli forces established 2 checkpoints at the entrance to Hejah village; east of Qalqiliyah, and between Jayous and Azzoun villages, east of the city. At approximately 08:10 on Thursday, 07 July 2016, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance to Azzoun village, east of Qalqiliya, and established the same checkpoint again at approximately 22:30. At approximately 09:55 on the same Thursday, Israeli forces established a checkpoint near the crossroad of Jeet village, northeast of city.

At approximately 08:30 on Friday, 08 July 20166, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance to Azzoun village, east of Qalqiliya. At approximately 01:35, they established the same checkpoint again.

On Saturday, 09 July 2016, Israeli forces established 2 checkpoints at the entrance to Azzoun village, east of Qalqiliya, and under the bridge of Azzoun village, that links Qalqiliya and Tulkarm. At approximately 11:30 on Sunday, 10 July 2016, they established a similar checkpoint between Azzoun and al-Nabi Elias villages, east of the city.

 

  • Salfit: Israeli forces established (10) checkpoints all over the city.

At approximately 23:30 on Friday, 01 July 2016, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the northern entrance to Salfit.

At approximately 12:30 on Saturday, 02 July 2016, they established a similar checkpoint under the bridge of Eskakah village, east of the city. At approximately 22:15 on the same Saturday, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance to al-Zawiyah village, west of Salfit. At approximately 10:30, they established a similar checkpoint at the entrance to Kafer al-Deek village, west of the city.

At approximately 15:40 on Saturday, 09 July 2016, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance to al-Zawiyah village, west of Salfit. On Sunday, 10 July 2016, they established 3 checkpoints under Eskaka village, east of Salfit, the entrance to Kafer al-Deek village, west of the city and the entrance to Kafel Hares village, north of the city.

At approximately 13:40 on Monday, 11 July 2016, Israeli forces established a checkpoint under the bridge of Eskaka village, east of Salfit. At approximately 20:30, they established a similar checkpoint at the northern entrance to Salfit.

 

  • Jenin: Israeli forces established (7) checkpoints all over the city.

At approximately 16:30 on Saturday, 02 July 2016, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the main road linking Jenin and Nablus near the crossroad of Arabah village, south of Jenin. At approximately 21:30 on Sunday, 03 July 2016, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance to Silat al-Harithiya village, north of Jenin.

At approximately, 10:00 on Tuesday, 05 July 2016, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the crossroad of Zabuba village, northwest of Jenin, and established the same checkpoint at the abovementioned crossroad at approximately 18:30. At approximately 13:30 on Wednesday, 06 July 2016, and 17:30 on Sunday, 10 July 2016, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance to Deer Abu Da’if village, southeast of Jenin.

 

  • Tulkarm:

At approximately 13:00 on Sunday, 03 July 2016, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the main road linking Tulkarm and the villages in the north of Tulkarm known as (al-Sha’rawiyah) near al-Jaroushiyah village, north of Tulkarm. At approximately 12:30 on Thursday, 07 July 2016, and 23:00, they re-established the same checkpoint.

At approximately 23:30 on the same Sunday, Israeli forces stationed at Enab checkpoint established on the main road linking between Tulkarm and Nablus, east of Tulkarm, tightened its arbitrary measures against Palestinian civilians and obstructed their movement. At approximately 22:30 on Wednesday, 06 July 2016, 15:00 on Friday, 08 July 2016, 08:45 on Saturday, 09 July 2016 and 12:30 on Monday, 11 July 2016, the tightening has been re-imposed.

At approximately 03:00 on Monday, 04 July 2016, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the same place where the abovementioned checkpoint was established on the main road linking between Tulkarm and Qalqiliya near Jabarah village, south of Tulkarm. At approximately 12:30 on Thursday, 07 July 2016 and at approximately 22:30 on Monday, 11 July 2016, they established the checkpoint in the abovementioned area.

 

Arrests at military checkpoints

 

  • At approximately 18:30 on Sunday, 03 July 2016, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the crossroad of Zabuba village, northwest of Jenin. The soldiers stopped the cars in both directions and checked the civilians IDs. After that, they arrested 4 children namely Diaa’ Fathi Fared Jaradat (15), Jamal Jaber Jamal al-‘Atar (16), Mohammed Abdul Rhaman Mohammed Jamal (15) and Sami Basem Fawaz Jamal (14) and all from Zabuba village. The Israeli forces took the arrested children to Salem prison, northwest of the city and after interrogation with them, they released them in the same day.

 

  • On Monday, 04 July 2016, Israeli forces stationed at al-Taibah crossing between the Palestinian lands and Israel, west of Tulkarm, arrested Jamal Mohammed Abdul Qader Hamed (49) and Ehab Ata Mohammed Amer (22) from Tulkarm refugee camp near the city. The abovementioned civilians were on their way back from Jerusalem where they performed prayers in al-Aqsa mosque.

 

  • At approximately 11:00 on Thursday, 07 July 2016, Israeli forces stationed in the Ibrahimi square, in the middle of the Old city in Hebron, arrested Hanad Mahmud Rashid (22) from Yatta. They claimed that she had a knife. Hanad was taken to “Kiryat Arba” police center, east of the city.

 

  • At approximately 22:30 on the same Thursday, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the eastern entrance to Qalqiliya. They arrested Ahmed Mamduh Hawari (18) from the city, handcuffed him and then took him to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 13:00 on Friday, 08 July 2016, Israeli arrested Shadi Abdullah Nowarah (24) from Bethlehem at a checkpoint that was established on the road of al-Khan al-Ahmer road, east of East Jerusalem.

 

  • At approximately 18:00 on the same Friday, Israeli forces stationed at Enab checkpoint, east of Tulkarm, arrested Mahmud Kulab (27) from Nablus. Eyewitnesses mentioned that the Israeli soldiers stationed at the abovementioned checkpoint and stopped the car in which Kulab was while going back to Nablus. They checked the ID cards of the passengers after which they ordered Kulab to get out of the car. They then arrested him.

 

  • On the same Friday, Israeli forces arrested Saed Eyad Hunaihen (21) from al-Duhaishah refugee camp, south of Bethlehem, when he was on his way back from Jordan via al-Karama crossing.

 

  • At approximately 23:00 on the same Friday, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the main road linking Tulkarm, Nablus and Jenin near Arabah village, south of Jenin. The Israeli soldiers stopped the cars in both directions and checked the ID cards of civilians. They then arrested Ahmed Jehad Sawftah (30) and Fadi Bashar Abdul Razeq (28) from Tubas when both were passing on the road.

 

  1. Efforts to Create Jewish majority

 

Israeli forces escalated their attacks on Palestinian civilians and their property. They have also continued their raids on al-Aqsa Mosque and denied the Palestinians access to it:

 

Shooting Incidents:

 

  • on Friday morning, 01 July 2016, dozens of Palestinians coming from several cities gathered near Qalendia checkpoint, north of East Jerusalem, attempting to cross in order to perform prayers in the last Friday in Ramadan in al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem despite the security measures imposed by the Israeli authorities that denied persons under 45 years access into the city. At approximately 10:45, dozens of outraged young men, who were banned to enter Jerusalem, gathered near the abovementioned checkpoint and threw stones at the Israeli soldiers who immediately sprayed wastewater and heavily fired tear gas canisters and sound bombs in the line dedicated for men and not taking into consideration the other civilians passing via the narrow checkpoint. As a result, Taiseer Mohammed Mustafa Habash (63) from al-Masaken al-Sha’biyah area, northeast of Nablus, after inhaling too much gas. According to the PRCS, 42 civilians sustained various wounds; including 15 suffering tear gas inhalation, 12 wounded due to stampede and 15 sustaining bruises due to being beaten by Israeli forces.

Sameer Saliba, an Emergency officer in Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah, said that Habash was dead when he arrived at the complex, sothe attempts to save his life failed. As for Nader Murrar, the ambulance officer in the PRCS said that on Friday morning, the Israeli soldiers heavily fired tear gas canisters and sound bombs at dozens of worshippers who were trying to pass Qalandia checkpoint. He added that Habash sustained severe gas inhalation and his heart stopped before he was transported to the hospital in Ramallah.

 

  • At approximately 05:00 on Wednesday, 13 July 2016, Israeli forces opened fire at a car in the centre of Ram village, north of East Jerusalem, travelled by 3 Palestinian young men in the car on their way to work. As a result, the driver was killed and another civilian was wounded with a live bullet to his head after which he was taken to “Hadassah- Ein Kerem” Hospital in Jerusalem to receive medical treatment. The Israeli forces claimed that the Palestinian young men attempted to carry out a run-over attack against the Israeli soldiers.

According to investigations conducted by PCHR and eyewitnesses, at approximately 04:00 on the same day, large forces of Israeli officers accompanied with several military jeeps moved into al-Ram village and closed the main streets. They stationed in the centre of the city near Jordan Bank and raided a metal workshop claiming that it’s used for making weapons. At that time, a speeding car driven by Anwar Falah al-Salaymah (22) along with his friends Fares Khader al-Raseq (20) and Mohammed Tawfeq Nassar (20) entered and the aforementioned civilians did not see the Israeli soldiers deploying in the village due to the darkness. The Israeli soldiers immediately opened fire at the car. As a result, Anwar was killed after being hit with several live bullets and his friend Fares, who was sitting in the front seat, was wounded with a live bullet to his head and then taken to “Hadassah- Ein Kerem” Hospital to receive medical treatment.  Medical sources classified at the hospital classified his wounds as serious. As for their friend, the Israeli forces arrested him and took him to an unknown destination.  It should be mentioned that the three young men work in the field of repairing houses and were on their way to their workplace.   Moreover, Anwar al-Salaymah is from Shuafat refugee camp, north of Jerusalem, and celebrated his wedding two months ago and lived in al-Barid Suburb area near al-Ram village, north of the city.

The spokesperson of the Israeli forces claimed that the Israeli forces in coordination with the police and border guard officers and found out that a metal workshop manufacture weapons in al-Ram village and then the border guard officers saw a car speeding towards them.  They felt themselves in danger, so they opened fire causing the death of one of the travellers, injury of another and arrest of a third one to investigate with him.

 

Collective Punishment:

  • At approximately 00:00 on Monday, 04 July 2016, large numbers of Israeli officers accompanied with 70 military jeeps moved into Qalandia refugee camp, north of East Jerusalem. The Israeli infantry officers deployed between the camp alleys, launched surveillance balloons, smashed the street lights at the entrances to the neighbourhoods. They then topped roofs of houses and buildings overlooking the camp streets and then stationed in al-Yasmeen and Saris neighbourhoods. They then moved to al-Jabal neighbourhood, ordering the families whose houses around the houses of Anan Abu Habsah and Essa Assaf to vacate in order to demolish them. Furthermore, Israeli explosive engineering crews booby-trapped the room of Anan Abu Habsah and then detonated by remote. They then moved into the house of Essa Assaf and demolished the outer house walls. During this, violent clashes erupted between the camp young men and the Israeli soldiers who fired live bullets, rubber-coated metal bullets and tear gas canisters at them in response. As a result, 20 persons were wounded; 18 of whom sustained minor wounds while the two others sustained moderate ones due to being hit with live bullets. Moreover, the Israeli forces arrested , beat up and then released Ahmed Mattar and ten others.

 

It should be mentioned that the Israeli forces targeted the civilian’s property with live bullets, tear gas canister and sound bombs that broke the windows of dozens of houses and cars. The PRCS stated that its crews rushed to Qalandiyah refugee camp after the sudden raid and many reports they received from the scene. However, the Israeli forces did not allow the ambulance to transport the wounded. PRCS added that the Israeli forces targeted two PRCS ambulances evacuating the wounded from the camp under fire. As a result, the windows of the ambulances were smashed.

The camp inhabitants said that the clashes extended to Kafer Aqab and al-Matar neighbourhoods and that the Israeli forces closed Jerusalem and Ramallah streets as well as Qalandiyah checkpoint. It should be mentioned that ‘Anan Abu Habsah and Essa Assaf were killed by the Israeli forces on 23 December 2015  after they carried out a stabbing attack of two Israeli settlers in Hebron Gate area in Jerusalem’s Old City. This resulted in the death of the two settlers and the injury of a third.

 

Arrests and Incursions:

 

  • At approximately 01:00 on Thursday, 30 June 2016, Israeli forces moved into al-Jouz Valley neighbourhood, east of Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched several houses in the neighbourhood after which they arrested Mohammed Abu Shushah (20) and Mohammed Ayman Bowjad (19).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces raided and searched a house belonging to Salah Lutfi Hamad (21) in Qalandiya refugee camp, north of East Jerusalem. They then arrested him. It should be mentioned Salah was hit with a live bullet as the Israeli forces raided the camp few days ago to demolish the houses of Essa Assaf and ‘Anan Abu Habsah.

 

  • At approximately 02:00 on the same Thursday, Israeli forces moved into several neighbourhoods in East Jerusalem. They raided and searched a number of houses after which they arrested seven civilians, including three children. The arrested persons were identified as Yusuf Jawdat al-Shawish (15), Ahmed Yasser al-Razem (19), Rami al-Fakhuri (26) Mamoun Zughair (19), Mohammed Nadi al-Hashlamoun (18), Ahmed al-Shawish (17) and Hisham Mohammed Basheti (16).

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Silwan village, south of the Old City in east Jerusalem. They raided and searched several houses after which they arrested Ziyad al-Qaq (23), Foad al-Qaq (19) and Mahdi Yusuf Abu Diayb (17).

 

  • At approximately 03:30, Israeli moved into Ras al-Amoud neighbourhood, east of the Old City in East Jerusalem. They raided and searched several houses in the neighbourhood and then arrested Eyad al-Tawil (27) and Mohammed al-Hashlamoun (18).

 

  • At approximately 17:00 on Friday, 01 July 2016, Israeli forces moved into Helwa Valley neighbourhood, south of East Jerusalem. They raided and searched a number of houses and attacked their residents. They then arrested five civilians namely Ra’fat Ahmed Basbus (20), Mohammed Ahmed al-Basbus (18), Mousa Fataftah (19), Mohammed Adnan al-Karki (21) and Amir Adnan al-Karki (17).

 

  • At approximately 04:00 on Sunday, 03 July 2016, Israeli forces moved into Sour Bahar village, southeast of East Jerusalem. They raided and searched several houses after which they arrested Shadi Sader (9), Jehad Morad Salem (22), Mamoun Hashim (21) and Izzadin Atoun (20).

 

  • On the same Sunday morning, Israeli forces moved into several neighbourhoods in the Old City of Jerusalem. They raided and searched number of houses in the village after which they arrested 7 civilians, including 3 children. The arrested civilians were identified as Ahmed Mohammed Abu Ghazalah (50), Mohammed Yusuf Abdul Ghani (41), journalist Amjad Taher Arafah (36), Amjad Mahmoud Abdul Ghani (17), Nour Saleem al-Shalabi (18), Laith Saleem al-Shalabi (15) and Mohammed Abdul Same’i Jaber (17).

 

  • On Monday, 04 July 2016, Israeli forces moved into al-Issawiyya village, northeast of East Jerusalem. They raided and searched a number of houses in the village after which they arrested three civilians, including two children. The arrested civilians were identified as Wade’i Hasan Elyan (16), Mohammed Abdul Karem Halayqeh (16) and Anas Ezz Obaid (21).

 

  • On the same Monday, Israeli forces moved into Silwan village, south of the Old City in East Jerusalem. They raided and searched number of houses in the village and then arrested 3 civilians, including a child. The arrested civilians were identified as Moayad Abu Mayalah (17), Jehad Taha Abu Sunainah (39) and Mohammed amen al-Abasi (24).

 

  • In the morning, Israeli forces moved into several neighbourhoods in the Old City of East Jerusalem. They raided and searched a number of houses in the village after which they arrested 6 civilians, including two children. The arrested civilians were identified as Malek al-Nabulsi and his twin brother Mohammed (12), Ahmed Mousa Abu Dalou (29), Alaa’ Mohammed al-Fakhuri (27) Adli Fahmi Naser al-Deen (36) and Thaer Zaghair (20).

 

  • On Thursday morning, 05 July 2016, Israeli forces moved into Silwan village, south of the Old City in East Jerusalem. They raided and searched several houses in the village and then arrested three civilians, including two children. The arrested civilians were identified as Odai Ghaith (16), Eyad Ghaith (16) and Mohammed al-Karki (19).

 

  • At approximately, 16:00 on Thursday, 07 July 2016, Israeli forces raided and searched a house belonging to Othman Najeh Bakerat in Sour Bahar village, south of East Jerusalem. They then arrested his son Muhyi Edin (18).

 

  • At approximately 19:00 on Monday, 11 July 2016, Israeli forces arrested Mahmud Marwan Oudah (12) and Ayoub Adel Darbas (12) when both were walking on the street in al-Sawanah neighbourhood, east of the Old City in East Jerusalem.

 

  • At approximately 21:00 on the same Monday, Israeli forces arrested Ahmed Khader Siam (20) and his brother Mustafa (22) and heavily beat them when both were present in fron of their house in Helwa Valley neighbourhood in Silwan, south of the Old City in East Jerusalem.

 

  • At approximately 04:00 on Thursday, 12 July 2016, Israeli forces raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Abu Eishah in Kafer Oqub village, north of East Jerusalem. They then arrested Mohammed’s son Alaa’ (20).

 

 

House demolitions and demolition notices:

 

  • At approximately 12:00 on Thursday, 30 June 2016, Israeli municipality crews and the Israeli forces moved into Silwan village, south of East Jerusalem.

They hanged a vacate decision in preparation for demolition on a house belonging to the widow of Dr.  Adel Basheer under the pretext of building without a permit to establish the “National Parks”.

Fakhri Abu Diayb, member of the Committee for the Defense of Land and Real Estate in Silwan, said that Israeli municipality hanged the decision on Basheer’s house in Silwan and gave the family 10 days to implement the demolition (after Eid al-Fetir). He also said that the municipality demolished Basheer’s house in 2005 and the house was rebuilt after few years. He added that the house is one of al-Bustan houses that are threatened to be demolished in favour of the “Biblical Parks”  which are known as “David Park”.

 

  • On Wednesday, 13 July 2016, the Israeli bulldozers demolished 3 under-construction houses and a barrack for sheep and horses in al-Mokaber Mount, southeast of East Jerusalem, under the pretext of building without a permit. Amer Ouaisat said that the Israeli bulldozers demolished his house which is under construction. Amer intended to live in the house in the coming days with his 5-member family (father, mother and 3 children). He also said that his house is built of bricks with an area of 100 square meters. He added that the Israeli bulldozers and the municipality crews raided the house at approximately 04:30 after they surrounded it, but no one was in the house at that time.

Mohammed Aqail said that the Israeli bulldozers demolished his father’s house that is under construction. The family consisting of 4 individuals began building the house before three months. As for Ali Essa Abu Sakran, he said that the bulldozers demolished his house which is 50 square meters and built of bricks and tin plates and a livestock barrack for raising sheep and horses with an area of 30-square-meters. He added that the family began building the house for his imprisoned brother Dargham Abu Sakran who will be released in the coming days.

 

 

Recommendations to the International Community

PCHR emphasizes the international community’s position that the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, are still under Israeli occupation, in spite of Israeli military redeployment outside the Gaza Strip in 2005. PCHR further confirms that Israeli forces continued to impose collective punishment measures on the Gaza Strip, which have escalated since the 2006 Palestinian parliamentary elections, in which Hamas won the majority of seats of the Palestinian Legislative Council. PCHR stresses that there is international recognition of Israel’s obligation to respect international human rights instruments and the international humanitarian law, especially the Hague Regulations concerning the Laws and Customs of War on Land and the Geneva Conventions. Israel is bound to apply the international human rights law and the law of war sometime reciprocally and other times in parallel in a way that achieves the best protection for civilians and remedy for victims.

 

In light of continued arbitrary measures, land confiscation and settlement activities in the West Bank, and the latest 51-day offensive against civilians in the Gaza Strip, PCHR calls upon the international community, especially the United Nations, the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Convention and the European Union – in the context of their natural obligation to respect and enforce the international law – to cooperate and act according to the following recommendations:

 

  1. PCHR calls upon the international community and the United Nations to use all available means to allow the Palestinian people to enjoy their right to self-determination, through the establishment of the Palestinian State, which was recognized by the UN General Assembly with a vast majority, using all international legal mechanisms, including sanctions to end the occupation of the State of Palestine;
  2. PCHR calls upon the United Nations to provide international protection to Palestinians in the oPt, and to ensure the non-recurrence of aggression against the oPt, especially the Gaza Strip;
  3. PCHR calls upon the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions to compel Israel, as a High Contracting Party to the Conventions, to apply the Conventions in the oPt;
  4. PCHR calls upon the Parties to international human rights instruments, especially the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, to pressurize Israel to comply with their provisions in the oPt, and to compel it to incorporate the human rights situation in the oPt in its reports submitted to the concerned committees;
  5. PCHR calls upon the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions to fulfil their obligation to ensure the application of the Conventions, including extending the scope of their jurisdiction in order to prosecute suspected war criminals, regardless of the nationality of the perpetrator and the place of a crime, to pave the way for prosecuting suspected Israeli war criminals and end the longstanding impunity they have enjoyed;
  6. PCHR calls on States that apply the principle of universal jurisdiction not to surrender to Israeli pressure to limit universal jurisdiction to perpetuate the impunity enjoyed by suspected Israeli war criminals;
  7. PCHR calls upon the international community to act in order to stop all Israeli settlement expansion activities in the oPt through imposing sanctions on Israeli settlements and criminalizing trading with them;
  8. PCHR calls upon the UN General Assembly to transfer the Goldstone Report to the UN Security Council in order to refer it to the International Criminal Court in accordance with Article 13(b) of the Rome Statute;
  9. PCHR calls upon the United Nations to confirm that holding war criminals in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is a precondition to achieve stability and peace in the regions, and that peace cannot be built on the expense of human rights;
  10. PCHR calls upon the UN General Assembly and Human Rights Council to explicitly declare that the Israeli closure policy in Gaza and the annexation wall in the West Bank are illegal, and accordingly refer the two issues to the UN Security Council to impose sanctions on Israel to compel it to remove them;
  11. PCHR calls upon the international community, in light of its failure to the stop the aggression on the Palestinian people, to at least fulfil its obligation to reconstruct the Gaza Strip after the series of hostilities launched by Israel which directly targeted the civilian infrastructure;
  12. PCHR calls upon the United Nations and the European Union to express a clear position towards the annexation wall following the international recognition of the State of Palestine on the 1967 borders, as the annexation wall seizes large parts of the State of Palestine;
  13. PCHR calls upon the European Union to activate Article 2 of the EU-Israel Association Agreement, which provides that both sides must respect human rights as a precondition for economic cooperation between the EU states and Israel, and the EU must not ignore Israeli violations and crimes against Palestinian civilians;

 

 

 

 

 

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