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

(14 – 20 July 2016)

 

  • Israeli forces continued to use excessive force in the oPt
  • Two Palestinian civilians, including a child, were killed in the southern and central side of the West Bank.
  • 16 civilians, including 4 children, were wounded in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
  • 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 forces conducted 78 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 2 limited ones in the southern Gaza Strip.
  • 59 civilians were arrested, including 6 children and 2 women.
  • 16 civilians of them, including 3 children and a woman, were arrested in occupied Jerusalem.
  • Israeli forces continued to impose collective punishment measures against Palestinian civilians.
  • A house was demolished in Qabatia village and two others were noticed in Dura.
  • Israeli forces continued their efforts to create Jewish majority in occupied East Jerusalem.
  • A room, storehouses, commercial facility, under-construction house and 4 Islamic graves in the city and its suburbs.
  • 4 containers, 2 tin-roofed rooms, 2 trucks, private vehicle and a Diesel tank were demolished in Qalendia Industrial Area.
  • Israeli forces continued to target Palestinian fishermen in the Sea
  • 4 fishermen were arrested and their boat was confiscated.
  • 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.
  • A Palestinian Civilian was arrested at the internal military checkpoints.
  • A UNDP Officer 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 (14 – 20 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 Palestinian civilians, including a child.  Moreover, Israeli forces wounded 17 other civilians, including 4 children. Fifteen of them were wounded in the West Bank and the 2 others were wounded in the Gaza Strip. In the Gaza Strip, Israeli forces continue to target Palestinian fishermen and chase them in the Sea.

 

In the West Bank, at approximately 16:50 on Tuesday, 19 July 2016, Israeli soldiers who guard the annexation wall near Nazlet al-Kasarat area in al-Ram village, north of East occupied Jeruslaem, fired rubber-coated metal bullets at Muhie al-Deen Mohammed Sedqi Mohammed Tabakhi (11) when he was along with other children near a hill overlooking the wall.  Tabakhi was wounded and then taken to al-Ram Medical Centre.  He was then transferred to Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah, where he succumbed to his wounds.

 

On 19 July 2016, the Palestinian Ministry of Health declared the death of Mustafa Barad’iyeh (52) from Beit Fajjr village, south of Bethlehem.  The aforementioned was wounded at the entrance to al-‘Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron on 18 July 2016 after stabbing two Israeli soldiers.  He was taken by an Israeli military ambulance to an unknown destination.

 

On 14 July 2016, 10 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children, were wounded when a group of undercover units of Israeli forces sneaked into al-Mazra’ah al-Qabaliyah village, northwest of Ramallah.  The units raided and searched a house belonging to Tariq ‘Aqel Abu Rabi’a and arrested him.  Meanwhile, a number of Palestinian children and youngsters gathered to throw stones at the units, who in response opened fire at them.  Fifteen minutes later, 3 Israeli military vehicles moved into the village to back up the undercover units and secure their withdrawal.  The Israeli soldiers opened fire at the demonstrators, resulting in the injury of ten civilians; one of whom sustained serious wounds.

 

On the same day, Israeli forces stationed at Sho’afat checkpoint, north of occupied East Jerusalem, opened fire at Yehia Hashem Hejazi (24) while crossing the checkpoint.  As a a result, he was hit with 9 bullets to the right foot and then taken to “Shaare Zedek” Medical Centre for medical treatment.  He is so far under arrest.  Israeli forces claimed that he attempted to carry out a stab attack against Israeli soldiers, who in response opened fire at him.  Israeli forces later backed away from their claim and stated the shooting was by mistake.

 

On 18 July 2016, 4 civilians, including 2 children, sustained bullet wounds when Israeli forces moved into Qabatia, southeast of Jenin, to level a house belonging to prisoner Belal Ahmed Adib Abu Zaid (20).  The wounded persons were taken to Dr. Khalil Soliman Governmental Hospital in Jenin for medical treatment.  One of the wounded persons sustained serious wounds.  (See: Collective Punishment Policy Measures)

 

In the Gaza Strip, on 15 July 2016, a Palestinian civilian was hit with a bullet to the right hand when Israeli forces opened dozens of Palestinian children and youngsters who headed to the border fence between Israeli and the Gaza Strip, east of al-Bureij in the central Gaza Strip, in order to throw stones at the Israeli soldiers.

 

In the context of opening fire at the border areas, on 20 July 2016, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Salqa Valley, east of Deir al-Balah, opened fire at farmers in the area.  As a result, one of the farmers was hit with a bullet to the left thigh.

 

In the context of targeting Palestinian fishermen in the Sea, on 17 July 2016, Israeli hunboats stationed off al-Soudaniya shore, west of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, heavily opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats and chased them.  The boats were sailing within 3 nautical miles, and no casualties were reported.

 

On 20 July 2016, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Shati shore, northwest of Gaza City, heavily opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 2 nautical miles. Two Israeli gunboats surrounded a fishing boat manned by 5 civilians from al-Shati camp, west of Gaza City. Israeli forces arrested all of them and confiscated the fishing boat.

 

Incursions:

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 78 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 5 ones in occupied East Jerusalem and its suburbs. During these incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 59 Palestinian civilians, including 6 children and 2 women.  Sixteen of them, including 3 children and a woman, were arrested in occupied Jerusalem.

 

In the Gaza Strip, on 20 July 2016, Israeli forces moved 50 meters into the eastern side of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip.  Amidst Israeli sporadic shooting, Israeli bulldozer sdug and levelled vacant lands along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel.  Neither casualties nor damages were reported.

 

Collective Punishment Measures against Palestinian civilians

 

Shooting Incidents:

 

  • On 14 July 2016, Israeli forces stationed at the checkpoint of Shu’fat refugee camp, north of East Jerusalem, opened fire at Yahya Hashem Hijazi (24) when he was crossing the checkpoint. As a result, Yahya was wounded with nine live bullets to his right foot and taken to “Shaare Zedek” Medical Centre for medical treatment. He is so far under arrest.  Israeli forces claimed that he attempted to carry out a stab attack against Israeli soldiers, who in response opened fire at him.  Israeli forces later backed away from their claim and stated the shooting was by mistake.

 

  • On 19 July 2016, Israeli forces, who guard the annexation wall near Nazalet al-Kassarat area in al-Ram village north of East Jerusalem, fired ruber-coated metal bullets at Mohyidin Mohammed Sadqi Mohammed Tabakhi (11) when he along with his friends were near a hill overlooking the abovementioned wall. At the meanwhile, there were clashes between the Israeli forces and dozens of Palestinian young men. As a result, Mohyidin was hit with a metal bullet to the left side of his chest. Mohyidin was taken to al-Ram Medical Centre from which he was transported to the Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah. After that, doctors announced his death.

 

Collective Punishment:

 

  • On 14 July 2016, Israeli forces moved into Dura village, southwest of Hebron and stationed in Wad Sud neighbourhood. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Prisoner Mohammed Abdul Majeed Mohammed Amayrah (38). Moreover, an engineering unit took measurements of the 1-storey house built on an area of 180-square-meter. The Israeli soldiers then threatened Mohammed’s wife to demolish the house as the Israeli authorities accused Mohammed of killing an Israeli settler after shooting him near Deir Razseh village, south of Dura. ‘Amayrah’s partner in the attack was Mohammed Jabarah al-Faqih whose house was raided as well by the Israeli forces in Dura at the same time.

 

  • On 18 July 2016, Israeli forces accompanied with military jeeps, several bulldozers and a digger moved into Qabatiyah village, southeast of Jenin. They stationed opposite to a 2-storey house belonging to the family of prisoner Bilal Ahmed Adeeb Abu Zaid (20) and demolished the two-story house. At the meanwhile, dozens of youngsters gathered and threw stones and empty bottles at the Israeli forces that immediately fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them in response. As a result, 4 civilians, including two children, were wounded with live bullets and they were taken to Martyr Dr. Khalil Suleiman Hospital in Jenin to receive medical treatment where medical sources classified one of the civilians’ injuries as dangerous. It should be mentioned that the Israeli forces accused Bilal of helping 3 young men from Qabatiyah village in carrying out an attack in Ras al-Amoud area in Jerusalem at the beginning of last February.

 

House demolitions and demolition notices:

 

  • On 19 July 2016, Israeli forces demolished a room, stores and a commercial facility in Hush Abu Tahyeh in Ein al-Lawzah neighbourhood in Silwan, south of East Jerusalem. These facilities belong to Abu al-Hamam and Abu Tayeh families and were demolished under the pretext of building without a permit.

 

  • On the same Tuesday, Israeli forces demolished foundations of an under-construction house in Tal al-Foul area in Beit Haninah neighbourhood, north of Jerusalem belonging to Sharhabil ‘Alqam under the pretext of building without a licence. Sharhabil said to a PCHR’s fieldworker that he started building the house two months ago to live in the house with his family comprised of 9 members. He added that the municipality bulldozers demolished the foundations without a prior warning after imposing a complete cordon on the area and prevented Sharhabil from reaching the house.

 

  • At approximately 13:30 on the same Thursday, Israel Antiquities Authority demolished 4 Islamic graves in Bab al-Rahmah Gate Cemetery close to al-Aqsa mosque in the Old City of East Jerusalem. This action is part of the Jewish plan to transform part of the abovementioned cemetery to a Biblical Garden and establish foundations for the Chairlifts between al-Zaytoun Mount and Bab al-Rahmah Gate Cemetery.

 

 

  • On 20 July 2016, Israeli municipality machines demolished a commercial facility in the industrial area of Qalandiyah “Atrout”, north of East Jerusalem belonging to Kamal Abu Sunainah claiming that the land belongs to the municipality. Abu Sunainah added that 4 containers, 2 tin-roofed rooms used offices and stores for medical equipment,  2 trucks, a private vehicle and a diesel tank. They also levelled 2 dumums of land. He added that the facility was established 10 years ago and that the municipality crews raided it several times claiming that the work is illegal.

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, 14 July 2016

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Sa’ir village, east of Hebron, and stationed in Ras al-‘Aroud area. They raided and searched a house belonging to Hussain Mohamed al-Faroukh (50). They withdrew later and no arrests were reported.

 

  • At approximately 21:00, a group of Israeli Undercover Units “Mosta’rebeen” moved into al-Mazra’a al-Qabliya area, northwest of Ramallah. They used a vehicle with an Israeli registration plate. The vehicle stopped in front of a house belonging to ‘Aqil Abu Rabee’, during which, around 20 Israeli soldiers stepped out of the vehicle and raided the house. They arrested ‘Aqil’s son, Tareq (24), a student in Birzeit University. In the meantime, a number of Palestinian young men gathered and threw stones at Israeli soldiers, who opened fire at them. Fifteen minutes later, 3 other Israeli vehicles moved into the village to support the Israeli Undercover Units and secure their withdrawal from the village. Israeli forces opened fire at the protesters. As a result, 10 civilians, including 2 children, were wounded. They were then taken to Palestine Medical Complex, where their wounds were classified as serious. PCHR keeps the names of wounded persons.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (4) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: al-Dahiyia, Beit Ola, and al-Shayoukh villages and al-‘Aoub refugee camp in Hebron.

 

Friday, 15 July 2016

 

  • At approximately 04:00, Israeli forces moved into ‘Azoun village, east of Qalqilyia. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Ahmed Yousef Salama Salim (25) and Mahmoud Hasan Salim (25) and then arrested both of them. Hasan Salama Salim said to PCHR’s fieldworker:

At approximately 04:00 on Friday, 15 July 2016, I heard the sound of someone trying to open the main door of the house. I headed towards the door and heard a sound of someone saying, ‘Open the door. We are Israeli forces.’ I opened the door and an Israeli soldier directly held my neck and asked me, ‘where are your children sleeping?’, I told him “upstairs”. They then forced me to go upstairs, where my children were sleeping, and entered their bedroom looking for my son Mahmoud. They told him to wear his clothes, took his ID card and arrested him. At approximately 06:00, they withdrew from my house after searching it for 2 hours and damaging the house content. After that, they raided my brother’s house and arrested his son, Ahmed Salim, and took him as well along with my son Mahmoud to an unknown destination”.

 

  • At approximately 22:00, Israeli forces moved into ‘Aida refugee camp, north of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to prisoner Ashraf Abu Sorour and arrested his son Abdul Khaliq (13).

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (6) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Dura, Ethna, al-Dahiryia, Karza and Imrish villages in Hebron.

 

Saturday, 16 July 2016

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Kharsa village, south of Dura, southwest of Hebron. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Salem Mousa Shadid (27) and Mousa Abdul Majd Shadid (26) and then arrested both of them.

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Dura, southwest of Hebron, and stationed in Krisah neighbourhood. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ali Shihda Rjoub (25) and arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 02:30, an Israeli infantry unit consisting of 100 Israeli soldiers moved into Tulkarm. They headed to al-Yunis area and then ambushed in an agricultural field near Tulkarm – al-Showika Street, adjacent to al-Yunis intersection, north of the city. After that, they made their way towards Bilal Mosque, where they raided and searched a house belonging to, Mo’az (24) and Murad Jasir Rafeeq Abu ‘Awwad (Abu al-Samak) (26). Israeli forces arrested both of them and took them to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Sa’ir village, east of Hebron, and stationed near Ras al-‘Aroud area. They raided and searched a house belonging to Sharif Abdul Ghafar Jaradat (67) and arrested his son, Hairan (27).

 

  • At approximately 04:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit Fajjar village, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched 3 houses from which they handed Mohamed Khalid Taqatqah (30), Mohamed Ali Taqatqah (32) and Suhaib Radi Diriya (25)summonses to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in “Gush Etzion” settlement, south of Bethlehem.

 

  • Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (5) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Bani Na’im, Samou’a, Tarqumiya and Halhoul villages in Hebron.

 

Sunday, 17 July 2016

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Beit ‘Awwa village, southwest of Dura, southwest of Hebron. They raided and searched 3 houses from which they arrested Emi Khadir al-Masalmah (25), Mohamed Sabri Malouh Masalmah (24) and Mo’tasem Farouq Masalmah (26).

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Samou’ village, south of Hebron, and stationed in the village center. They raided and searched 3 houses from which they arrested Mohammed Hamed Rawashda (30), Mohamed ‘Isaa Daghamin (27) and Eyad Mousa Daghamin (22).

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Sa’ir village, east of Hebron, and stationed in al-‘Adisah neighbourhood. They raided and searched a house belonging to ‘Isaa Mahmoud Jaradat (30) and no arrests were reported.

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Qalandia refugee camp, north of occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Abdullah al-Louzi and arrested his son, Ahmed (19).

 

  • At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces moved into Halhoul village, north of Hebron and stationed in al-Nabi Yunis neighbourhood. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ibrahim Farouq Zama’rah (29) and handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli intelligence service in “Gush Etzion” settlement, south of Bethlehem.

 

  • At approximately 06:30, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Sudaniya shore, west of Jabalia refugee camp, north of the Gaza Strip, opened fire heavily at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles. As a result, As a result, fishermen were forced to flee for fear of being arrested or wounded. No arrests were reported.

 

  • At approximately 12:00, Israeli forces moved into ‘Aida refugee camp, north of Bethlehem. They raided Lajee Center yard from which they arrested ‘Ahid Nimer ‘Amirah (20), and Firas Nasrallah (26), while they were working in the yard.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (8) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Yatta, Beit Kahel, Beit Olah, Tafouh, al-Koum, Kharsa, al-Sourra and Imrish villages in Hebron.

 

Monday, 18 July 2016

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Dura village, southwest of Hebron and stationed in al-Shurfa neighbourhood. They raided and searched a house belonging to Shadad Mohamed al-Sharha (20) and arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 01:50, Israeli forces moved into Qalqiliya. They raided and searched 3 houses from which they arrested Salim Basem Je’aidy (23) and the two brothers ‘Alaa (24) and Anas Wajeeh Ebtileh (25). Moreover, Israeli forces raided a house belonging to Hidayia Majed Helal Zaid (31). As a result, Hidayia sustained wounds to her forehead during the house raid and was then taken to an UNRWA Clinic in Qalqiliya to receive medical treatment.
  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Bani Na’eem village, east of Hebron, and stationed in al-‘Adisah area. They raided and searched a house belonging to Nabil Kamel al-Ja’bari (40) and arrested him. In the meanwhile, other Israeli soldiers raided a house belonging to Mohamed Hussain al-Jahjouh (24) and arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces moved into Halhoul village, north of Hebron, and stationed in al-Nabi Yunis neighbourhood. They raided and searched a house belonging to Farouq Zama’rah (29) and handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in “Gush Etzion” settlement, south of Bethlehem.

 

  • In the evening, Israeli forces arrested Majed Ahmed Na’eem Badran (33), from Deir al-Ghosoun village, north of Tulkarm, while he was present in the Israeli military liaison office (D.C.O),south of the city. Majed was arrested upon a summons previously handed to him.

 

  • Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (6) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Southern area of Hebron, Noba, Tafouh, Daerit al-Sair, Deir al-‘Asal and Abu al-Ghazlan villages in Hebron.

 

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Hebron and stationed in Bir al-Mahjar area. They raided and searched an apartment belonging to Mohamed al-Faqeh (29), from Dura village. Mohamed was accused of carrying out a shooting attack that resulted in the killing of an Israeli settler near Deir Razah village, south of the village, on 01 July 2016.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Tal village, southwest of Nablus. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Malik Mohamed Shateih (23) and Mahmoud Saqer Ahmed ‘Asidah (28) and then arrested both of them. It should be noted that the first arrested person is a student in al-Najah National University, while the second is doing MA in al-Najah University as well.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into the northern ‘Asirah village, north of Nablus. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mo’min Munir Hasan Sabbah (24) and arrested him. It should be noted that the abovementioned person is a student in al Najah National University.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into ‘Aqrabah village, southeast of Nablus. They raided and searched a house belonging to Karam Khirallah Bani Fadel (24) and arrested him. It should be noted that the abovementioned person is a student in al Najah National University.

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Anabta village, east of Tulkarm. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohamed Mostafa Abu ‘Asal (18) and questioned him after locking him in a room. After that, Israeli forces raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Jihad Mohameed Abu ‘Asal (30) and Mohamed Suliman Ghanim (24) and questioned both of them. Israeli forces withdrew later and no arrests were reported.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Bani Na’eem village, east of Hebron, and stationed in al-‘Adisah area. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohamed Ali Ballout (30) and arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 02:40, Israeli forces moved into ‘Azoun village, east of Qalqiliya. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Ahmed ‘Adli Ridwan and Qasem Mohamed Badran and then handed both of them summonses to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service. At approximately 04:45, Israeli forces withdrew from the village and no arrests were reported.

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Taqou’ village, southeast of Bethlehem. They raided and searched houses from which they arrested Mohamed Salem Abu Mifreh (17) and Mousa Mohamed al-‘Amour (17).

 

  • At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces moved into al-Khadir village, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched houses and then arrested Hussain Mohamed ‘Isaa (31).

 

  • At approximately 07:50, Israeli forces accompanied with 6 bulldozers moved into northeast of al-Burij refugee camp, in the centre of the Gaza Strip, 150 meters away from the border fence between Israel and the Gaza Strip. They levelled lands and patrolled the streets area until 14:30 and redeployed later along the fence.

 

  • At approximately 11:00, the Palestinian Ministry of Health declared the death of Mostafa Mohamed Othman Barad’ieh (52), from Beit Fajjar village, south of Bethlehem, who was hit with a live bullet by Israeli soldiers at the entrance to al-‘Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron. Mostafa was wounded on Monday, 18 July 2016, after stabbing 2 Israeli soldiers. He was then taken by an Israeli ambulance to an unknown destination. It should be noted that Israeli forces killed Mostafa’s brother, Ibrahim (55), at the western entrance to al-‘Aroub refugee camp, on 14 April 2016, on grounds of murder.

 

  • Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (8) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Jenin refugee camp; Deirstiya village, northwest of Salfit; Kafur al-Deek village, west of the city; Dura; Yatta; Qalqas; Beit ‘Awaa and al-Moureq villages in Hebron.

 

Wednesday, 20  July 2016

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Dura village, southwest of Hebron, and stationed in Ghuniam area. They raided and searched al-Saqeq housing, which is under construction. Moreover, Israeli forces raided and searched a house belonging to Ibrahim Abdul Jalil Abu Shara (44), who was arrested 10 days earlier, and no arrests were reported. After that, Israeli military vehicles headed to the western area of Dura. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohamed Ahmed Qazaz (21) and arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Kharsah village, south of Dura, southwest of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Nasar al-Sayyad al-Faqeeh and arrested his son, Khalid (24).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Taqou’ village, southeast of Bethlehem. They raided and searched houses from which they arrested Shadi Naif al-‘Amour (20), Jum’a Khalid Abu Mifreh (24) and Sabir Ribhi al-‘Amour (23).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Sa’ir village, east of Hebron, and stationed in al-‘Aroud area. They raided and searched a house belonging to Monadil Khalil Shalaldah (33) and handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in “Gush Etzion” settlement, south of Bethlehem.

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Selwad village, northeast of Ramallah. They raided and searched 3 houses from which they arrested Abdul Rahman Mostafa Hamed (32), a former prisoner who served 6 years in the Israeli jails, Abdul Raheem Basam Abdul Raheem Hamad (21), a former prisoner who was released a month earlier, and Ibrahim Abdul ‘Aziz Hamad (32).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Beit ‘Awaa village, southwest of Dura, southwest of Hebron. They raided and searched a 3-storey house belonging to Ali Mahmoud al-Saq’ah Masalmah and his sons, Mohamed and Tamer. They damaged the house content and locked all the family members in an apartment. After that, they withdrew from the house and no arrests were reported. In the meantime, other Israeli soldiers raided and searched a house belonging to Maher Mallouh Masalmah (14) and arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 03:30, Israeli soldiers moved into Deir Abu Mish’al village, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Omar Ahmed Mohamed Saleh ‘Atah (21) and arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 07:15, Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence sporadically opened fire at agricultural lands, east of al-Salqah valley, east of Deir al-Balah. As a result, farmer ‘Awni Hasan Suliman Abu Ghrabah (38) was hit with a live bullet to the thigh, while he was irrigating his field, 700 meters away from the border fence between Israel and Gaza Strip. ‘Awni was taken to al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir al-Balah, where his wounds were classified as moderate.

 

  • At approximately 08:30, on Wednesday, 20 July 2016, Israeli forces accompanied with 3 military vehicles and a bulldozer moved about 50 meters into al-Shuhada cemetery, east of Jabalia refugee camp, north of the Gaza Strip. The bulldozer levelled a plot of land that was previously levelled and patrolled the area. They also sporadically opened fire that forced the farmers to leave their lands for fear of being At approximately 11:30, they re-deployed along the fence and no casualties were reported.

 

  • At approximately 09:40, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Balaikhah area, west of al-Shati refugee camp, northwest of Gaza City, opened fire heavily at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 2 nautical miles. Two Israeli gunboats approached a fishing boat belonging to Omar “Mohamed Monir” Omar Baker (47) that was manned by 4 civilians, who were identified as:
  1. “Mohamed Monir” Omar “Mohamed Monir” Baker (20);
  2. Mohamed Yousef “Mohamed Monir” Baker (17);
  3. Bayan Khamis Subhi Baker (21); and
  4. Omar Yehia Othman Baker (19).

All of the above-mentioned civilians are from al-Shati refugee camp, west of Gaza City. Israeli forces arrested all of them and confiscated the fishing boat.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (5) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Halhoul, Beit Ola, Karmah, and al—Koum village in Hebron.

 

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

 

West Bank:

 

  • Following the Friday prayer, on 15 July 2016, 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.

 

Gaza Strip:

 

  • At approximately 15:00, on 15 July 2016, dozens of Palestinian young men headed to the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Bureij refugee camp, in the center 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, Sadam Ibrahim Hussain al-Mabhouh (25) was hit with a live bullet to the right arm, and was then 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 Karm Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) crossing, southeast of Rafah, is designated for the movement of goods

 

Date Imports
Category Amount
Tons Number Liters
10 July Various goods 4282
Humanitarian aid 16669
Cooking gas 275.550
Benzene 330,975
Diesel

Diesel for UNRWA

589,999

76,000

Industrial fuel 451,589
Construction aggregates 9960
Cement 3120
Construction steel 420
11 July Various goods 3902
Humanitarian aid 16669
Cooking gas 281,760
Benzene 290,994
Diesel

Diesel for UNRWA

295,000

76,010

Industrial fuel 295,000
Construction aggregates 11760
Cement 420
12 July Various goods 4281
Humanitarian aid 16025
Cooking gas 282,880
Benzene 158,992
Diesel

Diesel for UNRWA

 

 

 

 

537,021

73,000

Industrial fuel 374,000
Construction aggregates 11520
Cement 3045
Construction steel 540
14 July Various goods 4426,4
Humanitarian aid 14963
Cooking gas 279.720
Benzene 336,994
Diesel

Diesel for UNRWA

660,020

76,000

Industrial fuel 341,999
Construction aggregates 12360
Cement 3520
Construction steel 300
17 July Various goods 2399
Humanitarian aid 16894
Cooking gas 268,360
Benzene 304,970
Diesel

Diesel for UNRWA

768,990

38,000

Industrial fuel 341,999
Construction aggregates 12000
Cement 2960 221,986
Construction steel 270 395,980

 

  • On Sunday, 10 July 2016, Israeli forces allowed the exportation of 10 truckloads of tomatoes, 1,68 tons of eggplants, 3 truckloads of sweet potatoes, 2 truckloads of cucumbers and a truckload of furniture.
  • On Monday, 11 July 2016, Israeli forces allowed the exportation of 5 truckloads of iron scrap and a truckload aluminum scrap.
  • On Tuesday, 12 July 2016, Israeli forces allowed the exportation of a truckload of eggplants, 2 truckloads of sweet potatoes and 9 truckloads of tomatoes.
  • On Thursday, 14 July 2016, Israeli forces allowed the exportation of 11 truckloads of tomatoes, a truckload of eggplants, a truckload of cucumbers and 2 truckload of sweet potatoes.
  • On Sunday, 17 July 2016, Israeli forces allowed the exportation of 13 truckloads of tomatoes, 1,6 tons of eggplants, 0,41 tons of sweet potatoes, 0,8 tons of squash and a truckload of stationary.

 

 

Beit Hanoun (“Erez”) crossing, in the north of the Gaza Strip, is designated for the movement of individuals, and links the Gaza Strip with the West Bank.

 

 

Movement at Beit Hanoun (“Erez”) crossing

13 – 19 July 2016

Category 13 July 14 June 15 June 16 July 17 July 18 July 19 July
Patients 83 61 6 110 62 76
Companions 74 57 6 103 55 65
Personal needs 54 144 26 102 87 100
Families

of prisoners

81
Arabs from

Israel

16 19 22 36 11 11
Diplomats 14 15 14 3 7 11
International journalists
International workers 37 36 7 9 22 42
Travelers

Abroad

1 1 1 64
Business people 243 266 2 403 306 226
Business meetings
Security interviews 4 6 4 5 7
VIPs 1 2 1
Ambulances

to Israel

3 4 3 4 4 2
Patients’ Companions 3 4 3 4 4 2

 

Notes:

 

  • On Thursday, 14 July 2016, Israeli forces allowed 68 persons and on Friday, 15 July 2016, allowed 257 persons from the Gaza Strip to perform prayers in al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.
  • On Monday, 18 July 2016, Israeli forces allowed one person to renew his permit.
  • On Sunday, 17 July 2016, Israeli forces allowed one person working in the Civil Affairs Department to attend a meeting at the crossing.
  • On Monday, 18 July 2016, they allowed 22 persons to testify before Israeli courts.
  • On Wednesday, 13 July 2016, Israeli forces allowed the entry of 3 refrigerator trucks and 8 buses. On Thursday, 14 July 2016, they allowed the entry of 54 vehicles.

 

Israeli Forces Arrest UNDP Employee at Beit Hanoun (“Erez”) Crossing, North of the Gaza Strip:

 

  • At approximately 17:00 on Sunday, 03 July 2016, Israeli forces stationed at Beit Hanoun “Erez” crossing, north of the Gaza Strip, arrested Wahid Abdullah Ali al-Bursh (37), an engineer at the UNDP, from Jablia, north of the Gaza Strip.

Wahid’s brother Husam, who is also a UNDP employee, said that Wahid left the Gaza Strip via the same crossing on 01 July 2016 after he obtained a permit for three days. Wahid went to Jerusalem to perform prayers inside al-Aqsa mosque in addition to the special mission related to the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip, which falls within his work scope. When Wahid was on his way back to the Gaza Strip on the same Sunday, the Israeli forces arrested him. On Monday, 04 July 2016, ICRC informed Wahid’s family of his arrest. It should be noted that Wahid is still under the Israeli custody so far.

 

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 (20) checkpoints all over the city.

On Thursday, 14 July 2016, Israeli forces established 5 checkpoints at the entrances to Halhoul, Ethna, Sa’ir, Tarama, and Kharsa villages, south of Dura. In the evening, Israeli forces closed the entrance to Hebron with cement and sand barriers and forced civilians to enter/exit the village via the checkpoint established at the northern entrance to Halhoul village.

On Friday, 15 July 2016, Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Halhoul, Tarama and Sa’ir villages.

On Saturday, 16 July 2016, Israeli forces established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to Halhoul, Ethna, Beit Ummer and Tarama villages.

On Sunday, 17 July 2016, Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Halhoul, Ethna and Tarama villages.

On Monday, 18 July 2016, Israeli forces established 5 checkpoints at the entrances to Halhoul; Ethna; Tarama; Farsh al-Hawa road, west of Hebron, and the road linking between al-Ramadin and al-Thaheriyah villages.

On Tuesday, 19 July 2016, Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Halhoul, Ethna and Tarama villages.

 

  • Qalqiliyah: Israeli forces established (6) checkpoints all over the city.

On Thursday, 14 July 2016, Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Jayyous and ‘Azoun villages, east of Qalqilyia; at the intersection of Jeet village, northeast of the city; and at the entrance to Kafur Laqqaf village, east of the city.

On Saturday, 16 July 2016, Israeli forces established 2 similar checkpoints; the first one under the bridge of ‘Azoun village, on the main street between Tulkarm and Qalqiliya; and the second one between ‘Azoun and Kafur al-Thulth villages, east of Qalqilyia. At approximately 00:45, on Sunday, 17 July 2016, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the southern entrance to Hijja village, east of Qalqiliya.

 

  • Salfit: at approximately 14:00 on Saturday, 16 July 2016, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the northern entrance to Salfit. At approximately 20:15, they established a similar checkpoint at the entrance to Bruqin village, west of the city.

 

Arrests at military checkpoints

 

  • At approximately 16:00 on Monday, 18 July 2016, Israeli forces stationed at Hawarah checkpoint, south of Nablus, arrested Abdul Hafiz Mohammed Shuhadah (22), from Ourif village, south of the city. Eyewitnesses said to PCHR’s fieldworker that the Israeli forces stationed at the abovementioned checkpoint stopped the car in which he was and checked the ID cards of the passengers. They then arrested Abdul Hafiz. It should be mentioned that Hafiz is an engineering student at Najah National University in Nablus.

 

  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:

 

  • At approximately 11:10 on Thursday, 14 July 2016, Israeli forces stationed at the checkpoint of Shu’fat refugee camp, north of East Jerusalem, opened fire at Yahya Hashem Hijazi (24) when he was crossing the checkpoint. As a result, Yahya was wounded with nine live bullets to his right foot and taken to “Shaare Zedek” Medical Centre for medical treatment. He is so far under arrest.  Israeli forces claimed that he attempted to carry out a stab attack against Israeli soldiers, who in response opened fire at him.  Israeli forces later backed away from their claim and stated the shooting was by mistake.

Yahya’s family said that her son Yahya was on his way to work in West Jerusalem and saw a young man holding a knife and an axe in his hands, threatening the passers-by. Her son was able to take the knife from the young man, but he was surprised that members of an undercover Israeli unit, known as “Al-Mosta’rebin”, opened fire at him. However, the Israeli police issued a statement saying that Border Guard Officers opened fire at a young man claiming that he was holding a knife and moving towards them. Yahya’s family also said that Yahya was hit with nine live bullets to his foot in addition to sustaining fractures in his second foot due to which he underwent two surgeries in his feet. Following the surgeries, Israeli forces interrogated him about the incident for three hours although he was under anaesthesia. The interrogation officers informed his family that he was shot by mistake, noting that after Yahya was taken to “Shaare Zedek” Medical Centre, the Israeli forces prevented his family from seeing their son and check on him because he was under arrest.

Following the shooting at the abovementioned civilian, the spokesperson of the Israeli police, Luba al-Sumari, issued a statement claiming that Border Guard officers arrested a young man from Shu’fat refugee camp due to ” Suspecting he is involved in hostile activities while some locals were trying to help the suspect to run away and obstructing his arrest.” She added that one of the Israeli border guard officers saw a young man running towards them and holding a knife, so they opened fire at him to neutralize him. On the next day, Luba stated that Yahya was shot by mistake.

 

  • At approximately 16:50 on Tuesday, 19 July 2016, Israeli forces, who guard the annexation wall near Nazalet al-Kassarat area in al-Ram village north of East Jerusalem, fired ruber-coated metal bullets at Mohyidin Mohammed Sadqi Mohammed Tabakhi (11) when he along with his friends were near a hill overlooking the abovementioned wall. At the meanwhile, there were clashes between the Israeli forces and dozens of Palestinian young men. As a result, Mohyidin was hit with a metal bullet to the left side of his chest. Mohyidin was taken to al-Ram Medical Centre from which he was transported to the Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah. After that, doctors announced his death.

According to PCHR’s investigations and eyewitnesses, at approximately 16:00 on the same Thursday, clashes broke out between dozens of Palestinian young men and the Israeli forces stationed near al-Ram village in Nazlet al-Kassarat area near the annexation wall. The young men threw stones and empty bottles at the Israeli soldiers, who immediately fired live bullets, rubber-coated metal bullets and tear gas canisters in response. At approximately 17:00, an Israeli sniper fired a rubber- coated metal bullet at Mohyidin when he was along with other children near a hill overlooking the wall and is about 100 meters away from the place where the Israeli forces were stationed. As a result, the bullet penetrated his chest. Due to which, his heart stopped upon his arrival to Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah where the medical sources announced his death.

 

Collective Punishment:

 

  • At approximately 01:00 on Thursday, 14 July 2016, Israeli forces moved into Dura village, southwest of Hebron and stationed in Wad Sud neighbourhood. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Prisoner Mohammed Abdul Majeed Mohammed Amayrah (38). Moreover, an engineering unit took measurements of the 1-storey house built on an area of 180-square-meter. The Israeli soldiers then threatened Mohammed’s wife to demolish the house as the Israeli authorities accused Mohammed of killing an Israeli settler after shooting him near Deir Razseh village, south of Dura. ‘Amayrah’s partner in the attack was Mohammed Jabarah al-Faqih whose house was raided as well by the Israeli forces in Dura at the same time. The Israeli soldiers also took measurements of al-Faqih’s 3-storey house and threatened the family to demolish it.

 

  • At approximately 03:30 on Monday, 18 July 2016, Israeli forces accompanied with military jeeps, several bulldozers and a digger moved into Qabatiyah village, southeast of Jenin. They stationed opposite to a 2-storey house belonging to the family of prisoner Bilal Ahmed Adeeb Abu Zaid (20) and demolished the two-story house. At the meanwhile, dozens of youngsters gathered and threw stones and empty bottles at the Israeli forces that immediately fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them in response. As a result, 4 civilians, including two children, were wounded with live bullets and they were taken to Martyr Dr. Khalil Suleiman Hospital in Jenin to receive medical treatment where medical sources classified one of the civilians’ injuries as dangerous. It should be mentioned that the Israeli forces accused Bilal of helping 3 young men from Qabatiyah village in carrying out an attack in Ras al-Amoud area in Jerusalem at the beginning of last February. As a result, an Israeli female settler was killed. After the Israeli authorities issued a decision to demolish the family house. The family submitted an appeal to reject the decision before the Israeli High Court. However, the Court rejected the appeal on 07 July 2016 and gave the family ten days to vacate their house in order to demolish it.

For the second consecutive week, Israeli forces continued to close Hebron’s Old City, including al-Haram al-Ibrahimi area, al-Shuhadaa’ Street and Tal al-Rumaidah area. They also denied civilians between 15 to 30 years old who live outside the village access to the village. Concerning the residents of the abovementioned areas, the Israeli forces subject them to thorough search and interrogate them when they enter the village, increasing the civilians’ suffering due to preventing movement completely in light of tightened military policies. Some civilians complained that their relatives are not allowed to reach them as they were locked behind the electronic gate leading to al- al-Ibrahimi Mosque, al-Salaymah checkpoint, checkpoint (160) and checkpoint (56) established at the entrance to al-Shuhadaa’ street. The residents were forced to move to these checkpoints only to shake hands with their relatives. Moreover, the Israeli soldiers denied journalists under 30 years old access to those areas to cover the incidents resulting from the punitive procedures.

Fedaa’ Nasser, Correspondent of Palestine Today Channel, said to a PCHR’s fieldworker that:

“On Sunday, 17 July 2016, I went along with my colleague Jameel Salhab (25) to prepare a press report on the continued closure of Hebron’s Old City. Meanwhile, the Border Guard officers were denying civilians non-residents in the vicinity of al-Haram al-Ibrahimi access to the area according to a military decision. We spoke to an Israeli soldier, so he allowed us to cross. Few moments later, an Israeli officer arrived and started shouting at the soldiers due to allowing us to enter the area.  He asked us about our age and what we are doing in here.  He then ordered us to go back behind the checkpoint ana did allow us to cross under the pretext of being under 30 years old. We tried to speak with the officer, but he told us that there is a military decision and he does not know when it ends.”

 

Arrests and Incursions:

 

  • At approximately 15:00 on Thursday, 14 July 2016, Israeli forces moved into Silwan village, south of the Old City in East Jerusalem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Su’aa Abu Rumoz (41) and then arrested her.

 

  • At approximately 16:00 on Friday, 15 July 2016, Israeli forces arrested Ashraf Haroun Barqan (21) when he was near al-Saherah (Herod’s) Gate, which is one of the wall gates in East Jerusalem.

 

  • At approximately 04:00 on Monday, 18 July 2016, Israeli forces moved into al- Issawiyya village, northeast of Jerusalem. They raided and searched several houses and then arrested 4 civilians, including 2 children. The arrested civilians were identified as Mohammed Omer Atyiah (14), Basem Ma’tuq (19), Dawoud Yusuf Atyiah (19) and Anas Abu Asab (16).

 

  • At approximately 02:00 on Tuesday, 19 July 2016, Israeli forces moved into Qalandiah refugee camp, north of Jerusalem. They raided and searched several houses and then arrested 5 civilians. The arrested civilians were identified as Mohammed (19) and Mahmud Samih Mtair (22), Moath Yunis Aliyan (26), Haitham Edwan (24) and Muhanad Kan’an (24).

 

  • At approximately 04:00 on Tuesday, 19 July 2016, Israeli forces moved into al-Issawiyya village, northeast of East Jerusalem. They raided and searched the family house of Samer Mahmud and then arrested his son Mohammed (14).

 

  • At approximately 02:00 on Wednesday, 20 July 2016, Israeli forces moved into al- Issawiyya village, northeast of East Jerusalem. They raided and searched several houses after which they arrested three civilians and took them to an unknown destination. The arrested civilians were identified as Mohammed Amer Mahmud (19), Mohammed Nasser Mahmud (25) and Abdullah Mustafa (26).

 

House demolitions and demolition notices:

 

  • At approximately 09:00 on Friday, 15 July 2016, Israeli municipality crews under the protection of the Israeli forces moved into Ein al-Lawz neighbourhood in Silwan village, south of the Old City in East Jerusalem. They hanged demolition notices on 4 facilities under the pretext of building without a permit. An eyewitness said to a PCHR’s fieldworker that the municipality crews moved into the abovementioned neighbourhood and took photos of several facilities. They then hanged a demolition notice on 3 residential facilities and a commercial one. These facilities belong to al-A’awar and Siam families and were built 24 years ago and some others were built around 6 years ago.

 

  • At approximately 08:00 Tuesday, 19 July 2016, Israeli forces demolished a room, stores and a commercial facility in Hush Abu Tahyeh in Ein al-Lawzah neighbourhood in Silwan, south of East Jerusalem. These facilities belong to Abu al-Hamam and Abu Tayeh families and were demolished under the pretext of building without a permit.

Arafat Abu al-Hamam said that the Israeli bulldozers demolished a 36-square-meter room and three facilities used as car parking and stores;  the area of each is 25 square meters and built of bricks and tin plates.  It should be mentioned that these facilities were built 8 years ago.

Moreover, the Israeli bulldozers demolished a commercial facility belonging to Abu Tayeh family (it’s a laundry and Garage for car repair). It was built of tin plates with an area of 30 square meters 10 years ago. Furthermore, the municipality crews didn’t vacate the equipment from the facility; rather, they demolished the facility above them. It should be mentioned that the equipment that were destroyed cost about NIS 50,000.

 

  • At approximately 10:00 on the same Tuesday, Israeli forces demolished foundations of an under-construction house in Tal al-Foul area in Beit Haninah neighbourhood, north of Jerusalem belonging to Sharhabil ‘Alqam under the pretext of building without a licence. Sharhabil said to a PCHR’s fieldworker that he started building the house two months ago to live in the house with his family comprised of 9 members. He added that the municipality bulldozers demolished the foundations without a prior warning after imposing a complete cordon on the area and prevented Sharhabil from reaching the house.

 

  • At approximately 13:30 on the same Thursday, Israel Antiquities Authority demolished 4 Islamic graves in Bab al-Rahmah Gate Cemetery close to al-Aqsa mosque in the Old City of East Jerusalem. This action is part of the Jewish plan to transform part of the abovementioned cemetery to a Biblical Garden and establish foundations for the Chairlifts between al-Zaytoun Mount and Bab al-Rahmah Gate Cemetery.

 

Hamzah Hejazi, member of the Cemeteries Commission in Jerusalem, said that at 13:30 on the same day, an employee from the Israeli Antiquities Authority demolished 4 graves belonging to al-Razem, Debah and al-‘Anati families. They claimed that these graves were established without a permit. Hejazi added that Islamic Endowments (Waqf) Department intervened to stop the demolishment. However, a staff from Antiquities Authority ignored them and continued digging up the grave for an hour and half. He added that Jerusalem Endowment (Awqaf) Department submitted an appeal before the Israeli Judiciary to stop taking over and demolishing   the graves in the cemetery a year and half ago as the cemetery were exposed to several violations and the Israeli Authorities prevented the burial of the dead bodies in the cemetery few months ago.

Bab al-Rahmah Gate Cemetery is one of the famous Islamic Cemeteries in Jerusalem and is located near the Eastern Wall of al-Aqsa mosque where it extends from al-Asbat Gate to the end of the mosque wall near Amoy palaces in the southern areas and its area is about 23 dunums. This cemetery contains a number of graves belonging the companions of Prophet Mohammed and the most prominent ones are Obadah Ebn al-Samet and Shadad Ebn Aws and other graves of Islamic ancient figures.

 

  • At approximately 08:00 on Wednesday, 20 July 2016, Israeli municipality machines demolished a commercial facility in the industrial area of Qalandiyah “Atrout”, north of East Jerusalem belonging to Kamal Abu Sunainah claiming that the land belongs to the municipality.

Abu Sunainah said to a PCHR’s fieldworker that the municipality crews under the protection of the police and special units raided the facility on Wednesday morning without his presence and they began smashing the doors and levelling the land before his arrival. He also said that the Israeli forces prevented him from reaching the facility, pushed and provoked him.  They then handcuffed him and loacked him in the police car until they finished the demolishment.

Abu Sunainah added that 4 containers, 2 tin-roofed rooms used offices and stores  for medical equipment,  2 trucks, a private vehicle and a diesel tank. They also levelled 2 dumums of land. He added that the facility was established 10 years ago and that the municipality crews raided it several times claiming that the work is illegal. During the past years, Abu Sunainah managed to obtain a permit from the municipality to work in the land, but he was surprised when the municipality crews raided the facility and demolished its contents.

 

 

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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