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Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (12 – 18 January 2017)

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

(12 – 18 January 2017)

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  • Israeli forces killed 2 Palestinian civilians in the West Bank.
  • 7 Palestinian Civilians were wounded, including a child and woman, in the West Bank.
  • Israeli forces continued to target the Gaza Strip border areas, but no casualties were reported.
  • A military checkpoint established by Palestinian armed groups was destroyed and another civilian was wounded.
  • Israeli forces conducted 60 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 3 limited ones into the Gaza Strip.
  • 62 civilians, including 17 children; woman and PLC Member, were arrested in the West Bank.
  • 23 of them, including 13 children and the woman, were arrested in occupied Jerusalem.
  • Israeli forces continued their efforts to create Jewish majority in occupied East Jerusalem.
  • A Civilian was forced to self-demolish his house in al-‘Issawiyah village.
  • 5 brothers were forced to self-demolish 8 commercial and agricultural facilities and another civilian to remove 4 containers in al-Mukaber Mount.
  • A livestock and poultry barn was demolished in Ras al-Mukaber Mount neighbourhood.
  • Settlement activities continued in the West Bank.
  • An agricultural road, dwelling and 4 other facilities were demolished in Kherbet Tana, southeast of Nablus.
  • A 172-dunum land was levelled, and 1200 old olive trees were uprooted in ‘Azoun village, east of Qalqilya, for the interest of establishing a bypass road.
  • Israeli forces continued to target Palestinian Fishermen in the Gaza Sea.
  • Two fishermen were wounded, 5 others were arrested and two boats were 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.
  • 7 Palestinian civilians, including a child and journalist, were arrested at military checkpoints.
  • Israeli forces arrested 3 Palestinian traders at Beit Haoun “Erez” Crossing in the northern Gaza Strip.
  • Israeli forces detained a number of Gaza prisoners’ families at Erez Crossing and prevented a woman from visiting.


 

Summary

Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (12 – 18 January 2017).

 

Shooting:

During the reporting period, Israeli forces killed two Palestinian civilians, including a child, in the West Bank.  Israeli forces also wounded ten other civilians, including a child and woman; 3 of whom were in the Gaza Strip and the rest were in the West Bank.  In the Gaza Strip, Israeli forces continued to chase Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Sea and open fire at farmers in the border areas.

 

In the West Bank, on 16 January 2017, during clashes between young men and Israeli soldiers at the southern entrance to the village, Israeli forces killed Qosay ‘Amour (17) after directly shooting at him and wounded his brother.  Both live in Taqou’a village, southeast of Bethlehem.

 

In a new crime of excessive use of armed force, Israeli forces stationed at “Checkpoint 104”, west of Tulkarm, shot dead Nedal Mehdawi (44) from Shweikah Suburb and living in Western Baqah village in Israel.  The Israeli forces claimed that Mehdawi threw stones at the Israeli soldiers and then pulled out a knife trying to stab one of the.  As a result, the Israeli soldiers opened fire at him and he was immediately killed.  Investigations indicate that the Israeli forces could have used less lethal force and arrested him.

 

On 13 January 2017, 3 Palestinian civilians, including a child, were wounded during their participation in Bal’in village, northwest of Ramallah.  On the same day, 3 other civilians during a protest against the Israeli soldiers who moved into Hezma village, northeast of occupied Jerusalem.

 

In the Gaza Strip, on 14 January 2017, Israeli forces wounded Ibrahim al-Sous, (36) from Beit Lahia with a bullet to the right leg.  The Israeli forces opened fire at al-Sous while he was collecting wood around 400 meters away from the border fence between Israel and the Gaza Strip.  On the same day, fisherman Eyad al-‘Omarein (20) was wounded when Israeli gunboats opened fire at him.  On 17 January 2017, fishermen Khaled Abu Riyalah (22) was wounded when the Israeli gunboats opened fire at him as well.

 

In the context of targeting Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Sea in addition to the abovementioned incidents, Israeli gunboats stationed in the see opened fire at the Palestinian fishermen 6 times during this week.  The shooting happened off western Soudaniyah shore on 12 January 2017; northwest of Beit Lahia; Khan Younis shore, on 14 January 2017; northwest of Beit Lahia (twice) on 16 January 2017 and Rafah shore on 17 January 2017.  As a result, 5 fishermen were arrested and 2 fishing boats were confiscated.

In the context of targeting the border areas, on 12 January 2017, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel opened fire at border area, east of Jabalia.  On 17 January 2017, Israeli forces opened fire at the agricultural lands in al-Shokah village, east of Rafah city.

 

On 18 January 2017, Israeli soldiers opened fire at the lands adjacent to the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of Gaza Valley village and east of al-Farahin and ‘Abasan area, east of Khan Younis.  However, no casualties were reported.

 

Incursions:

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 60 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank. During these incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 62 Palestinian civilians, including 17 children and a woman. Thirty-two of them, including 13 children and the woman, were arrested in occupied Jerusalem. Among those arrested during this week were PLC Member affiliated with “the Change and Reform bloc”, Ahmed Mubarak (55) and Walid al-Hodali (57), Member of the General Union for Palestinian Writers.  The Israeli forces also raided and confiscated contents of Sowan Printing House in Nablus.

 

Efforts to create Jewish majority

 

On 12 January 2017, The Israeli Municipality forced Ramzi ‘Abdeidat and his brothers to self-demolish 8 facilities used for commercial and agricultural purposes in al-Sal’ah neighbourhood in al-Mukaber Mount village, southeast of occupied Jerusalem.  The Israeli Municipality also forced Mohammed Rezeq Sori to self-demolish and removed 4 containers in al-Sal’ah area in al-Mukaber Mount village.  Three of the containers were used as stores for construction materials, but the fourth one was used as an office.

 

On 16 January 2017, the Israeli Municipality demolished a poultry and livestock barn belonging to ‘Ali Zahaykah in Ras al-Mukaber Mount neighbourhood.

 

On 17 January 2017, Firas Mahmoud self-demolished his 130-square-meter house in al-‘Issawiyah village, northeast of occupied Jerusalem.  It should be mentioned that the municipality issued a decision so Mahmoud self-demolishes his house and refused his attempt to obtain a license or postpone the demolition.  If he did not do so, the municipality would demolish it and impose on him a demolition fee.  Mahmoud started building his houses 8 months ago and intended to move and live in it in the coming days along with his 5-member family.

 

As part of the Israeli settlers’ attacks against Palestinian civilians and their property, on 15 January 2017, settlers attacked properties belonging to the house of Mohammed Muheisen in Silwan village after failing to raid the house. The Israeli settlers took down and smashed a framed Quran Verse and damaging plantings and plastic chairs.

Settlement activities:

 

On 16 January 2017, Israeli bulldozers levelled a section of ‘Azoun village lands, east of Qalqilya, for the interest of establishing a new 3000-meter bypass road.  The levelled section was about 172 dunums while around 344 dunums were indirectly damaged.  Moreover, 1200 old and fruitful olive trees were uprooted.

 

On 17 January 2017, Israeli forces levelled a kilometre agricultural road and closed it with sand barriers in Kherbet Tana, east of ‘Aqraba village, southeast of Nablus.  They also levelled a residential barrack, room, mobile bathroom, 2 animal barns and fodders store.

 

In the same context, on 14 January 2017, a group of Israeli settlers were in the place of evacuated “Homesh” settlement, north of Borqah village, northwest of Nablus.  They attacked Mohammed Ramadan (38) with stones when he was working in his land.  As a result, he was wounded to the left leg and then transferred to Rafidia Governmental Hospital in Nablus for medical treatment.

 

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 2 million people.  The Israeli authorities have established Karm Abu Salem (Kerem Shaloum) 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 65%. Moreover, the rate of unemployment increased up to 47% and youth constitutes 65% of the unemployed persons.  Moreover, 80% of the Gaza Strip population depends on international aid to secure their minimum daily needs. These rates indicate the unprecedented economic deterioration in the Gaza Strip.

 

In the West Bank, Israeli forces continued to suffocate the Palestinian cities and village by imposing military checkpoints around and/or between them. This created “cantons” isolated from each other that hinders the movement of civilians. Moreover, the Palestinian civilians suffering aggravated because of the annexation wall and checkpoints erected on daily basis to catch Palestinians.

 

Details

 

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

 

Thursday, 12 January 2017

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Hebron and stationed in al-Jam’ah neighborhood. They raided and searched a number of houses belonging to Mohammed al-Haimuni, ‘Ammar al-Haimuni and Rubin ‘Ali al-Haimuni. They later withdrew, but no arrests were reported.

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Nablus in addition to Balatah and ‘Askar refugee camps, east and northeast of the city. They raided and searched several houses and then arrested ‘Atta Husain Hashash (24) from Balata refugee camp and Murad ‘Ali Abu Hadeeb (22) from ‘Askar camp. Israeli forces also raided and searched Suwan Printing House in Osoul building on Najah National University Street, west of the city. They confiscated 8 hard desks, 12 memory cards, a PC and laptop. They left a signed list of the items confiscated from the abovementioned printing house before they withdrew

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into the southern area of Hebron. They raided and searched a number of houses belonging to Hamzah Fawaz al-Ja’bari, ‘Adel Mohammed al-Ja’bari, Wagih Jawad Khader, Rageh al- Ja’bari and Iabrahim Ezz al-Ja’bari.

 

  • At approximately 02:10, Israeli forces moved into ‘Azzoun village, east of Qalqiliyah. They raided and searched 3 houses after which they arrested 3 civilians namely Mahdi Majdi Suwaidan (19), Qais Wadah Abdul Hamid Shabitah (19) and Laith Rabi Ahmed Rabi (19).

 

  • At approximately 06:00, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of the Islamic Martyrs’ Cemetery, east of Abu Safiah area, east of Jablia in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at the abovementioned border area. As a result, farmers and bird hunters were forced to leave for fear of their lives, but neither casualties nor material damages were reported.

 

  • At approximately 07:30, Israeli forces accompanied with several military jeeps moved about 100 meters into the east of al-Qararah village, northeast of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip. They leveled lands in the abovementioned area for hours and then redeployed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel.

 

  • At approximately 08:00, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, west of al-Suaniyah, west of Jablia in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles and chased them. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee for fear of their lives, but no casualties were reported.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (7) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Sa’ir, al-Thaheriyah, an al-‘Aroub refugee camp in Hebron; Marada village, north of Salfit; al-Zawiyah village, west of the city and Joyous village, northeast of Qalqiliyah.

 

Friday, 13 January 2017

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (4) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Beit ‘Enoun village, al-Dowarah area in Sa’ir village, Nemrah neighborhood and al-Haryah Valley area in Hebron.

 

Saturday, 14 January 2017

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Fahes area village, north of Yatta, south of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Saleh Dawoud al-Rajbi (40) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Beit Rema village, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Nasim Husni al-Barghuthi and handed him a summons to refer to the Intelligence Service.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron, and stationed in al-Bayadah area. They raided and searched a house belonging to Khalil Kamel Ekhlaeil, but no arrests were reported.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Eskaka village, east of Salfit. They raided and searched a house belonging to Zaid Husam Anis Harb (19) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 06:00, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, northwest of al-Wahah shore, northwest of Beit Lahia village in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles and chased them. This act continued until 07:30. As a result, fishermen were forced to flee for fear of their lives, but no casualties were reported.

 

  • At approximately 08:30, Israeli gunboats stationed off Khan Yunis shore in the southern Gaza Strip, opened fire in the vicinity of Palestinian fishing boats within the limited fishing area. As a result, fishermen were forced to flee for fear of their lives, but neither casualties nor material damages were reported.

 

  • At approximately 13:30, fisherman Eyad Akram ‘Ali Abu al-‘Amrain (20) from al-Shati’ refugee camp, west of Gaza City, was wounded when he was on a fishing boat. According to Abu al-‘Amrains’ statement to PCHR’s fieldworker, at approximately 06:00, he left his house and sailed to the north where he threw his net. When he was off Beit Lahia shore, he was surprised with an Israeli gunboat rapidly sailing towards him and fired rubber-coated metal bullets at him. When Abu al-‘Amrain tried to pull up his net, Israeli forces ordered him via loudspeakers to leave it and withdrew from the area. Due to the heavy shooting, Abu al-‘Amrain sustained live bullet wounds to the back and right leg.

 

  • At approximately 13:10, Israeli forces stationed in the Israeli military watchtowers along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Ibrahim Nabil Ibrahim al-Sous (36) from Aslan area in Beit Lahia. As a result, Ibrahim was hit with a live bullet that entered and exited from the right leg. It should be noted that Ibrahim was about 400 meter away from the abovementioned border fence collecting firewood. He was riding a donkey cart while he was wounded. An ambulance belonging to the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) transferred Ibrahim to the Indonesian Hospital in Jabalia village. Medical sources there classified his health condition as moderate.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (4) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported:  Beit Oula, Taffouh, Kurmah villages in Hebron and Maradah village, north of Salfit.

 

Sunday, 15 January 2017

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron and stationed in Khelet al-‘Ein area. They raided and searched a house belonging Wahid Zamel Abu Maria (50) and then handed a summons to his son Mohammed (15) in order to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in “Gush Etzion” settlement complex, south of Bethlehem.

 

  • At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces moved into Jenin and its camp. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested Noor Eden Mohammed al-Sa’adi (25) and Hamzah Ghazi al-Sa’adi (18). At approximately 04:30, Israeli forces withdrew taking them to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 04:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched houses belonging to families of Musallam Yusuf Ghawnmah (17), Mustafa Ashraf Sabah Nakhlah (16) and ‘Alaa’ Ahmed Zaid (16) and then arrested them.

 

  • At approximately 08:00, Israeli forces accompanied with military jeeps moved about 150 meters into the east of al-Fukhari, southeast of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip. They levelled lands in the area for several hours. They later redeployed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces accompanied with military jeeps and bulldozers moved about 50 meters into the Sofa military site in al-Sahwkah village, east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. They combed and levelled the area during which Palestinian armed groups opened fire at the Israeli soldiers, who fired in response artillery shells towards a Palestinian checkpoint and destroyed it, but no casualties were reported. At approximately 16:30, Israeli forces redeployed along the abovementioned border fence.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (5) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Sa’ir, al-Shoyoukh, Deir al-‘Asal and al-Mawreq villages in Hebron and Qalqiliyah.

 

Monday, 16 January 2017

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Bitounia village, west of Ramallah. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested a PLC Member representing the Reform and Change Bloc, Ahmed Abdul ‘Aziz Mubarak (55), who was a former prisoner. Mubarak suffers from blood pressure and diabetes. Israeli forces also arrested 4 former prisoners namely Mohammed Hassan Abdullah ahlah (39), Ibrahim Abu al-Sabe’i, Mohammed ‘Ali Qar’an and Yusuf Mahmoud ‘Elian (37).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Terah neighborhood, west of Ramallah. They raided and searched a number of houses after which they arrested writer Walid Ibrahim Abdullah al-Hudali (57), Member of the General Union of Palestinian Writers.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Birah. They raided and searched several houses after which they arrested former prisoner Falah Nada Taher Abdullah (60).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-‘Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Muhanad Jaber Abu Sal and Ahmed Mousa al Titi, but no arrests were reported. They also raided and searched a workshop belonging to Ahmed Moneer Jawabrah and confiscated some contents.

 

  • At approximately 02:00 Israeli forces moved into Birzeit village, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched several houses after which they arrested former prisoner Shujaa’ Darwish (33).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Rantees village, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched several houses and then arrested former prisoner Sa’eb Fehmi Abu Salim (28).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved from “Karmi Tsur” settlement into Beit Ummer village, north of the village, and stationed in al-Thaher area. They deployed between houses, raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Abdul Hamid Ahmed Abu Mariyah and then arrested his son Abdul Nasser. In the meantime, an Israeli infantry unit raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Ibrahim Abdul Hamid Abu Mariyah and Husain Mustafa Abu Mariyah, but no arrests were reported.

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Deir Ghassanah village, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched a number of houses after which they arrested former prisoners Omer Nahed al-Barghuthi (42) and Mahmoud Yusuf al-Barghuthi (50).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Safa village, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched several houses after which they arrested former prisoner Jehad Mansour Karajah (37) and Yazan Jad Nassar (25).

 

  • At approximately 07:20, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, northwest of al-Waha shore, northwest of Beit Lahia village in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats. An Israeli gunboat surrounded a Palestinian fishing boat belonging to Sahrif Mohammed al-Sultan. The boat was manned by his son Uranus (20) and Mohammed Ghaleb Ramadan al-Sultan (24) from al-‘Atatrah area in Beit Lahia. The boat was sailing within 700 meters offshore. Israeli soldiers ordered the abovementioned fishermen to take off their clothes, jump into water and swim towards their gunboat. They then arrested the abovementioned civilians and confiscated the boat.

 

  • At approximately 11:20, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, northwest of al-Waha shore, northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats. An Israeli gunboat surrounded a fishing boat belonging to ‘Emad Mahmud Sha’ban Siam (50) sailing within 3 nautical miles offshore. It was manned by him, his son Anas (21) and Mohammed Khalid Mohammed Abu Dayyah (32) from al-Shat’i refugee camp, west of Gaza. The soldiers ordered the fishermen to take off their clothes, jump into water and swim towards the gunboat. They arrested them and took them to Ashdod Seaport and then confiscated the boat. At approximately 18:30, Israeli forces released the fishermen through Beit Hanoun “Erez” crossing, but kept their boat under custody.

 

  • At approximately 15:30, Israeli forces killed Qusai Hassan Mohammed ‘Amour (17) and wounded his brother, both from Taqou’ village, southeast of Bethlehem, during clashes between the soldiers and a number of young men at the southern entrance to the village. The young men threw stones at the Israeli soldiers, who fired live bullets in response. Hesham Abu Shaqer (27), a photographer at the Anadolu Agency, said to PCHR’s fieldworker:

“At approximately 14:30, I went to cover clashes erupted between young men and Israeli soldiers in Taqou’ village, southeast of Bethlehem. I stopped in the western area between the Israeli soldiers and young men, who were in a land planted with olive trees. The soldiers fired rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the young men. At approximately 15:30, the young men moved backwards, but 2 young men, one of them was masked, stayed. After that, a soldier stationed about 80 meters away behind a jeep fired several live bullets at the 2 young men.  The masked young man fell on the ground, so four soldiers ran towards him. One of the soldiers violently stepped on his chest while another cuffed his hands, but the young man did not move. Few minutes later, the soldiers carried him and took him towards their jeeps. After that, a number of young men and residents of the village gathered at the scene after youngsters started screaming one of their friends was wounded and arrested. The soldiers then fired metal bullets and tear gas canisters at them to force them to leave. As a result, Hiyam al-‘Amour (39, sister of the masked young man who was later announced dead, sustained a metal bullet wound to the right leg. “.  

 

  • Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (4) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: al-Zawiyah village, west of Salfit; Kharas, al-Thaheriyah and Sa’ir villages in Hebron.

 

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron, and stationed in ‘Ereq al-Tout area. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohyee Falah Abu Mariyah (28) and then arrested him. Following that, Israeli forces moved into Madarrah area, so a number of young men gathered and threw stones at the soldiers, who fired tear gas canisters in response. As a result, fire broke out in trees adjacent to the civilian houses. After that, the soldiers closed the area and prevented the Civil Defence vehicle from approaching the houses that was on fire claiming that one of their jeeps was broke, so the crew had to take a long road to area and extinguish the fire. At approximately 04:00, Israeli forces moved into Saf area, west of the village. They raided and searched a house belonging to Bassam Mahmoud al-Tit and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into al-Fara’ah refugee camp, south of Tubas. They raided and searched several houses after which they arrested Mahmoud ‘Ali Walwil (22).

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Qabatyah village, south of Jenin. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested 4 civilians namely Ahmed Damanhuri Kamil (22), Mohammed Malek Kamil (190, Mohammed Khaled Kamil (21) and Jaser Taiseer Kamil (23). They also attacked and beat Mohammed Taiseer Kamil (35). As a result, he was admitted to Khalil Suleiman Governmental Hospital in Jenin to receive medical treatment. At approximately 05:30, Israeli forces withdrew taking the arrested civilians to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 08:30, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel opened fire at agricultural lands located near Sofa military camp in al-Shawkah village, east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, but no casualties were reported.

 

  • At approximately11:30, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, northwest of al-Wahah, northwest of Beit Lahia village in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles and chased them. As a result, Khalid Khalid Rajab Abu Ryalah (22), a fisherman from al-Shati’ refugee camp, sustained 3 live bullet wounds to the right hand. The Israeli naval forces ordered the fishermen to stop, but they were able to flee away to the shore.

 

  • In a new crime of using excessive lethal force, Israeli forces stationed at Beit Led checkpoint, known as checkpoint “104”, killed a Palestinian civilian from Shuwaikah Suburb, north of Tulkarm and lived in Baqah al-Gharbiyah village in Israel.

According to PCHR’s investigations, at approximately 17:30, Nedal Dawoud Said Mahdawi (44) arrived at the abovementioned checkpoint in Israel after visiting his mother and sister, who had cancer and live in Shuwaikah Suburb, north of Tulkarm, and was returning to his house in Baqa al-Gharbiyah village. A video spread on social media showed the abovementioned civilian normally passing the abovementioned checkpoint. Suddenly, the Israeli soldiers shot him dead claiming he threw stones at the soldiers and attempted to carry out a stab attack, so the soldiers shot him dead. Investigations and the video show that Israeli forces could have used less force if their story was right and arrested Nedal. It should be noted that Nedal was married with 5 children and had a permanent residency in Israel.

 

  • At approximately 23:00, Israeli gunboats stationed off Rafah shore in the southern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing off Rafah shore, but neither causalities nor material damages were reported.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (3) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Kafer al-Deek village, west of Salfit; Kharsa and Sa’ir villages in Hebron.

 

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into al-‘Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron, and stationed at the western entrance to the camp. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Khaled Abu Sal (20) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Nablus and Balata refugee camp, east of the city. They raided and searched several houses after which they arrested Ismail Amjad Abdul Karim al-Takruri (20) from the city and Mo’ath Tal’at ‘Ali Saleh (24) from Jerusalem Street.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Tabaqa village, south of Dura, southwest of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Yusuf Hamad Abu ‘Atwan and then arrested his son Ahmed (16).

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Kuber village, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to ‘Othman Farid Zibar and then arrested him

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Dura, southwest of Hebron, and stationed in al-Sharfa area. They raided and searched a house belonging to Bahaa’ Mahmoud al-Sharawnah and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 04:30, Israeli forces moved into al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Ahmed ‘Adnan al-Kansh (20) and Mo’tasem al-sheikh Yusuf (21) and then arrested them.

 

  • At approximately 06:20, Israeli forces opened fire at lands adjacent to the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of Gaza Valley village (Johor al-Deek), but no casualties were reported.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces opened fire at lands adjacent to the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Farahin and Abasan al-Kabrah areas, east of Khan Yunis, but no casualties were reported.

 

  • Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (3) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: al-Thaheriyah. Deir al-‘Asal and Yatta villages 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 Friday, 13 January 2017, dozens of Palestinian civilians and Israeli and international human rights defenders organized demonstrations in Bil’in, northwest of Ramallah, protesting against the annexation wall and settlement activities. Israeli forces forcibly dispersed the protests, firing live and metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs. As a result, a 16-year-old child was hit with a metal bullet to the head, a 35-year-old civilian was hit with a tear gas canister to the foot and a 40-year-old civilian was hit with a tear gas canister to the foot.

 

  • Following the Friday prayer, dozens of Palestinian civilians and Israeli and international human rights defenders organized demonstrations in Bil’in and Ni’lin villages, west of Ramallah, and al-Nabi Saleh village, northwest of the city, and Kafer Qadoum village, northeast of Qalqiliyah, protesting against the annexation wall and settlement activities. Israeli forces forcibly dispersed the protests, firing live and metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs. They also chased the protesters into olive fields and between houses.  As a result, many of the protesters suffered tear gas inhalation while others sustained bruises as Israeli soldiers beat them up.

 

  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

(01-15 January 2017)

 

Date Imports
Category Amount
Tons Number Liters
01 January Various goods 3942
Humanitarian aid 15466
Cooking gas 187,700
Benzene 224,922
Diesel 408,907
Industrial fuel 189,929
Construction aggregates 10560
Cement 3886
Construction steel 1020
02 January Various goods 4596.5
Humanitarian aid 14842
Cooking gas 251.510
Benzene 72,990
Diesel

Diesel for UNRWA

396,987

76.000

Industrial fuel 300,948
Construction aggregates 10179
Cement 4239
Construction steel 338
03 January

 

Various goods 5200
Humanitarian aid 15492
Cooking gas 229,470
Benzene

 

188,953

 

Diesel

Diesel for UNRWA

 

 

 

 

332,958

38.000

Industrial fuel 189,930
Construction aggregates 10480
Cement 4212
Construction steel 720
04 January

 

Various goods 4573
Humanitarian aid 14313
Cooking gas 245,200
Benzene 145,965
Diesel

Diesel for UNRWA

 

 

 

 

505,954

76,000

Industrial fuel 295,430
Construction aggregates 9355
Cement 3534
Construction steel 795
05 January Various goods 4905
Humanitarian aid 14554
Cooking gas 247,320
Benzene 190,091
Diesel

Diesel for UNRWA

522,949

37,966

Industrial fuel 451,822
Construction aggregates 9392
Cement 3620
Construction steel 937
08 January Various goods 3865
Humanitarian aid 12578
Cooking gas 255,090
Benzene 297,907

 

Diesel 451,985
Industrial fuel 459,100
Construction aggregates 7825
Cement 3659
Construction steel 884
09 January Various goods 3301
Humanitarian aid 15793
Cooking gas 244,350
Benzene

Benzene

for UNRWA

151,958

38.000

Diesel

Diesel for UNRWA

522,923

38,000

Industrial fuel 298,410
Construction aggregates 11309
Cement 3896
Construction steel 345
10 January

 

Various goods 3764
Humanitarian aid 13891
Cooking gas 248,580
Benzene 186,964
Diesel

Diesel for UNRWA

296,980

76,000

Industrial fuel 378,406
Construction aggregates 8972
Cement 4114
Construction steel 873
11 January

 

Various goods 4213
Humanitarian aid 13991
Cooking gas 250,410
Benzene 37,983
Diesel

Diesel for UNRWA

667,331

38,000

Industrial fuel 339,774
Construction aggregates 9256
Cement 3625
Construction steel 935
12 January

 

Various goods 4170
Humanitarian aid 12770
Cooking gas 245,070
Benzene 151,976
Diesel

Diesel for UNRWA

297,985

76,000

Industrial fuel 484,913
Construction aggregates 8438
Cement 3766
Construction steel 70
15 January

 

Various goods 3912
Humanitarian aid 12770
Cooking gas 142,990
Benzene 114,004
Diesel

Diesel for UNRWA

254,963

75.949

Industrial fuel 300,945
Construction aggregates 8276
Cement 3896
Construction steel 442

 

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

(11-17 January 2017)

Category 11 January 12 January 13 January 14 January   15 January  16 January 17 January
Patients 44 30 85 76 53
Companions 38 29 2 78 69 52
Personal needs 18 22 4 38 25 30
Families

of prisoners

72
Arabs from

Israel

13 15 11 26 10 8
Diplomats 3 1 10
International journalists
International workers 23 59 27 5 6 27
Travelers

Abroad

1 2 1 57
Business people 174 161 3 1 176 198 175
Business meetings
Security interviews 6 6 7 8 6
VIPs 1 1
Ambulances

to Israel

4 6 3 2 4 7
Patients’ Companions 4 4 2 2 4 7

 

 

Israeli Forces Arrest 3 Traders at Beit Hanoun “Erez” Crossing

 

  • At approximately 14:00 on Sunday, 15 January 2017, Israeli forces stationed in Beit Hanoun “Erez” crossing, north of the Gaza Strip, arrested Hazem Abed al-Hadi Ahmed Toman (43), who is an agrictural materials trader married with 4 children and lives in al-Shayikh Nasir area in Khan Yunis. Hazem’s brother, Mohamed Toman (35), said to PCHR’s fieldworker that his brother Hazem headed to Beit Hanoun “Erez” crossing, to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in order to get a permit for entering the West Bank. When Hazem did not return, we contacted the Palestinian Liaison that told us Hazam was detained and he is now under arrest.
  • At approximately 09:00 on Sunday, 15 January 2017, Israeli forces stationed in Beit Hanoun ‘Erez” crossing in the northern Gaza Strip, arrested Medhat ‘Awad Khaled Karam (51), who is a trader from Tal al-Hawa. The aforementioned has Karam Company for General Trading and Detergents located in al-Zaitoun neighborhood near the car market, east of Gaza City.  It should be mentioned that Karam headed to the crossing for an interview with the Israeli Intelligence upon their request after he applied for a permit.  He was then taken to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 12:00 on Tuesday, 17 January 2017, Israeli forces arrested Omar Nizar Abu Asad (25), from Deir al-Balah, while he was heading along with his mother, Asma al-Sayed Ali Abu Asad (50) to visit his brother Bilal (24), who lives in Ramallah. Israeli forces detained them in the crossing and then took Omar for interrogation. At approximately 15:00 on the same day, Israeli forces told Omar’s mother that her son is under arrest. They also withdrew her permit and told her that she was banned from entering Israel. They then forced her to return to the Gaza Strip.

 

Israeli Forces Detain Prisoners’ Families at Beit Hanoun “Erez” Crossing and Prevent Woman from Visiting

 

  • At approximately 08:00 on Monday, 16 January 2017, around 72 civilians from the Gaza Strip arrived at Beit Hanoun “Erez” crossing, north of the Gaza Strip, to visit their sons in Rimon prison in Israel. While checking their permits and IDs, Israeli forces detained around 10 Palestinian families; most of them were women, for 2 hours without questioning or telling them the reason behind their detention. They then allowed 9 of the above-mentioned families to join the rest families, while Mona Abu Hatab was prevented from entering and forced to return to the Gaza Strip. After the families visited their sons and then returned to Beit Hanoun “Erez” crossing, Israeli forces detained the same 9 families in the crossing. The families were detained from 17:00 to 20:20 without interrogation in light of the cold weather and sound of bombing heard in the vicinity of the crossing. This caused fear among the families, but an Israeli female soldier then told the families that those sounds are exercises for the Israeli soldiers. Due to this, Hanadi al-Najar fainted as she suffers from diabetes. Palestinian workers in the crossing gave her first aid and brought her juice. The families were then allowed to leave the crossing to Gaza.

 

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 (10) checkpoints all over the city.

On Thursday, 12 January 2017, Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to al-Fawar and al-‘Aroub refugee camps and at the entrance to Sa’ir village.

On Friday, 13

 

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

 

At approximately 08:30 on Thursday, 12 January 2017, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance to al-Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah.

At approximately 10:00, they established 2 checkpoints at the entrances to Ras Karkar and Deir Buzaigh villages, west of the city

At approximately 14:30 on Friday, 13 January 2017, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the intersection of ‘Ain Sinaa village, north of Ramallah.

At approximately 07:30 on Saturday, 14 January 2017, they established a similar checkpoint at the entrance to al-Nabi Saleh village, northwest of the city.

 

Qalqiliya: Israeli forces established (5) checkpoints all over the city.

 

On Friday, 13 January 2017, Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints between ‘Azoun and ‘Izbit Tabeeb villages; at the entrance to al-Nabi Iyyas village, east of Qalqiliya; and at the intersection of Jeet village, northeast of the city.

At approximately 17:00 on Sunday, 15 January 2017, Israeli forces established a checkpoint between ‘Azoun and Jayyous villages, north of Qalqiliya. At approximately 20:10, they established a similar checkpoint between Hijjah and al-Fondouq villages, east of the city.

 

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

 

On Thursday, 12 January 2017, Israeli forces established a checkpoint on the main street of Hewarah village that leading to Nablus. They also established a similar checkpoint after Za’tara checkpoint, 10 meters away towards Ramallah. They confiscated dozens of vehicles and checked passengers’ ID.

At approximately 17:00 on Friday, 13 January 2017, Israeli forces established a checkpoint near Sorra village, southwest of Nablus.

At approximately 18:00, Israeli forces established a similar checkpoint at the intersection of Osreen and ‘Aqraba villages, southeast of the city.

At approximately 16:00 on Tuesday, 10 January 2017, Israeli forces established 2 checkpoints on al-Bathan road near al-Sirify bark, northeast of Nablus, while the second one was on ‘Asirah road .

At approximately 16:00 on Tuesday, 17 January 2017, Israeli forces established a checkpoint between Beit Dajen and Beit Foreek villages, east of Nablus.

At approximately 10:00 on Wednesday, 18 January 2017, Israeli forces closed Hawarah checkpoint, south of the city, and obstructed the movement of civilians’ vehicles.

 

Jenin: Israeli forces established (3) checkpoints all over the city.

At approximately 01:00 on Thursday, 12 January 2017, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance to Zaboubah village, west of Jenin.

At approximately 08:00 on Friday, 13 January 2017, Israeli forces establisjed a checkpoint near Deir Ghazalah village, east of Jenin.

At approximately 09:00, they established a similar checkpoint near Qabatia village, south of the city.

 

Jericho:

At approximately 12:00 on Saturday, 14 January 2017, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the southern entrance to Jericho. They searched civilians vehicles and checked their ID.

 

Arrests at military checkpoints:

 

  • At approximately 16:00 on Thursday, 12 January 2017, Israeli forces arrested Mos’ab Salama Ghonimat (19) and Mohamed Ahmed Hamidat (23), from Sureef village, northwest of Hebron, after stopping them at a checkpoint near Kherbit al-Jab’a, west of the village.

 

  • At approximately 18:00 on Thursday, Israeli forces arrested Sameh ‘Alaa Shaheen (16), from al-Dahiriya village, south of Hebron, after stoping them at a checkpoint near al-Mashrou’ neighbourhood.

 

  • At approximately 19:00 on Saturday, 14 January 2017, Israeli forces stationed at ‘Inab checkpoint, east of Tulkarm, arrested Wesam Mousa Rasheed Mohamed Badir (24), while passing the checkpoint.

 

  • At approximately 22:30 on Sunday, 15 January 2017, Israeli forces arrested a journalist, Mohamed Ahmed Suliman al-Qeeq (35), from Dura village, southwest of Hebron, while passing al-Mahkamah checkpoint near” Beit Eill” settlement, north of Ramallah. It should be noted that Mohamed lives in Ramallah and he is a former prisoner released in 2016 after being on hunger strike for 86 days in protest at his arbitrary arrest.

 

  • At approximately 15:00 on Tuesday, 17 January 2017, Israeli forces stationed at Tayaseer checkpoint, east of Tubas village, arrested Mohamed Saber ‘Alawnah (21), from al-Far’ah camp, south of the city. Israeli forces claimed that ‘Alawnah had a knife and attempted to carry out a stabbing attack.

 

  • At approximately 20:00 on Tuesday, Israeli forces established a checkpoint near the entrance to Ta’nak village, west of Jenin. They searched civilian’s vehicles and checked passengers’ IDs. At approximately 22:00, Israeli forces arrested Qutibah Rateb al-Rifa’i (28), from Rommanah village, while passing the checkpoint.

 

  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, 13 January 2017, Israeli forces moved into Hizmah village, northeast of occupied Jerusalem. A number of Palestinian civilians gathered and threw stones at the Israeli soldiers, who fired live and metal bullets at them. As a result, 3 civilians were hit by Two-Two bullets. The first one was hit to the pelvis; the second one was hit to the leg while the third was hit to the shoulder. Medical sources classified their wounds as moderate.

 

  • Arrests and Incursions:

 

  • On Thursday, 12 January 2017, Israeli forces arrested 3 Palestinian children while they were heading to their school in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. The arrested children were identified as Fadi al-‘Abasi, Ahmed al-Haimony and ‘Obada Siyam.

 

  • On Thursday, Israeli forces moved into al-Mukaber Mount village, southwest of occupied Jerusalem. Dozens of Palestinian young men gathered and threw stones and fireworks at the Israeli soldiers, who fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters in response. They also arrested Malek Abu Sorour (18) and took him to an unknown destination.

 

  • On Sunday, 15 January 2017, Israeli forces moved into al-Mukaber Mount village, southwest of occupied Jerusalem. They raided and searched houses from which they arrested Ahmed Salman Faroukh (17); Mohamed Na’iem ‘Ashaier (17); Majd Sami Shaqirat (17); Iyad Mohamed Shaqirat (13) and Laith Tamer Mish’al (18).

 

  • On the same day, Israeli forces moved into Hizmah village, northeast of occupied Jerusalem. They raided and searched houses from which they arrested Tareq Mohamed Fareed al-Khatib; Mohamed Yusri Ramadan al-Khatib; Hamza Ali Foad al-Khatib and Yousef Waheed al-Khatib. All of the arrested persons are 13 years old.

 

  • On Sunday, Israeli forces arrested the two children, Mohamed al-Atrash and Saif Abu Nab after beating them in Selwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.

 

  • On Tuesday, 17 January 2017, Israeli forces arrested Nadia Abu Jamal, from al-Mukaber Mount village, southeast of occupied Jerusalem. Nadia was released on one condition to deport her from the village. It should be noted that Nadia is wife of Ghasan Abu Jamal, who was killed by Israeli forces while carrying out an attack in West Jerusalem 2 years ago. In light of their collective punishments against Abu Jamal family, the Israeli authorities canceled Nadia’s family reunion permit. Moreover, the Israeli authorities previously cancelled the health insurance and her 3 children’s financial allocations. It should be mentioned that Nadia was released on a bail of NIS 3,000 paid by her father-in-law in addition to subjecting her to a 6-month imprisonment sentence in case she was found in Jerusalem again.

 

  • On the same day, Israeli forces moved into Sho’fat refugee camp, north of occupied Jerusalem. They raided and searched houses from which they arrested Mohamed al-Fasfous, Ihab Nofal, Anas al-Rajabi, Osid Ahmed Ali, Ameer al-Shaiykh Ali, Ward Mohamed al-Shaiykh Ali and Ihab Mohamed Nababtah.

 

  • House demolitions and demolition notices:

 

  • On Thursday, 12 January 2017, Ramzi Khadir Mousa ‘Obidat (35), from al-Sal’ah neighborhood in al-Mukaber Mount village, southeast of occupied Jerusalem, along with his 4 brothers, self-demolished many facilities after the Israeli municipality forced them to do so. The five brothers demolished the following facilities :

 

  1. A 350-square-meter construction materials shop was evacuated, 36-square-meter store for construction material.;
  2. A 250-square-meter car wash was evacuated, in addition to a 35-sqaure-meter caravan used as an office;
  3. A 18-square-meter caravan rented by Ahmed al-Soukhi and used as a shop for selling cell phones was evacuated;
  4. A 30-square-meter facility built with bricks and tin plates and used as a restaurant, was demolished;
  5. A 12-square-meter empty facility built with bricks and tin plates and used as a store, was demolish;
  6. A 10-square-meter facility built with bricks and tin plates and used as a chicken coop, was demolished and
  7. A stable used for breeding livestock was removed.

 

The abovementioned brothers were identified as:

 

  1. Ramzi Khadir Mousa ‘Obaidat (35), who is married with 4 children;
  2. Zaki ‘Obaidat (44), who is married with 5 children;
  3. Majed ‘Obaidat (42), who is married with 7 children;
  4. Mohamed ‘Obaidat (40), who is married with 4 children; and
  5. Amjad ‘Obaidat (38), who is married with 3 daughters.

 

  • At approximately 11:00 on Thursday, 12 January 2017, the Israeli municipality forced Mohamed Reziq “Mohamed Khalil” Sori, to self-demolish his facility used for selling construction materials and remove its content. The facility is located in al-Sal’ah area in al-Mukaber Mount village, in occupied Jerusalem. According to Mohamed’s brother, Othman Rezqi Souri, the removed contents were as follows 4 containers, 3 of them used as stores for construction materials, while the last one used as an office for. In addition, the family was forced to self-demolish a 50-square-meter facility built of bricks and tin plates and used for selling flagstones. It should be noted that the abovementioned facility was established on an area of one dunum and was rented by Sori family. It should be mentioned that 5 brothers work in this facility and were identified as : Mohamed Reziq “Mohamed Khalil” Sour (50), who is married with 3 children; Othman (29), who is married with 3 children as well; Abed al-‘Aziz (36), who is married with 2 children; ‘Odai (26), who is married and his wife is pregnant; and Ahmed, who is married with 5 children. There were 4 other workers working in the facility as well.

 

  • At approximately 10:00 on Monday, 16 January 2017, the Israeli Jerusalem Municipality accompanied with Israeli officers demolished a 50-square-meter barn for poultry and livestock belonging to ‘Ali Saleem Hamdan Zahayikah in al-Mukaber Mount village. The abovementioned barn built of wood was established 10 years ago, and Zahayikhah family depends on livestock breeding and selling for their livelihoods. Israeli municipality claimed that the law prevents breeding livestock in this area. Next day morning, Israeli forces demolished the barn by a bulldozer after evacuating all livestock and poultry.

 

  • On Tuesday, 17 January 2017, Firas Salah Mahmoud was forced to self-demolish his house in al-‘Issawiyah village, northeast of occupied Jerusalem, upon a decision from the Israeli municipality. The Israeli municipality issued a decision to demolish Firas’ house located in Habayil al-‘Arab area, in the south-western area of the village. It should be noted that Israeli municipality refused to delay the house demolition or license it. They also told Firas to self-demolish his house or the Israeli municipality bulldozers will demolish it and impose a demolition fee of around NIS 300,000 on him. Firas added that he was forced to self-demolish his house built 8 months ago and intended to live in it with his family comprised of 5 members, including 3 children. The abovementioned house built on an area of 130 square meters.

 

Israel Setters’ Attacks against Palestinian Civilians and their Property

 

On Saturday early morning, 15 January 2017, settlers attacked the courtyard of a house belonging to Mohammad Ramadan Mheisen in the Middle Neighborhood in Silwan.  They attempted to raid the house causing fear among his wife and kids.  His wife said that the settlers raided the house courtyard while her husband was in his mother’s house in Sho’afat refugee camp, north of the city.  The settlers removed and damaged a framed Quran Verse in addition to destroying plants and plastic chairs.  They also tried to raid the house after violently knocking on the main door.

Tahrir Yousif ‘Abdel Fattah Mattour, the wife, said to a PCHR fieldworker that:

“At approximately 02:00, I woke up to sound of noise coming from the house main door.  It was heavy knocks on the door in addition to the sound of attempts to put a key in the door lock.  I looked through the door viewer to see 3 settlers standing in front of the door and trying to raid the house.  Meanwhile, my son and daughters woke up on the knocks, so I hugged them as we were so terrified.  We also heard cracking sound coming from the outside.  I looked through the window to see the settlers descending the stairs and running away.  I called my husband who came after an hour.  We then went to the house yard to find that the settlers smashed 10 plant jars in addition to destroying plastic chairs.  They also removed a framed Quran Verse and tore it.”

 

 

  1. Settlement activities and attacks by settlers against Palestinian civilians and property

 

Israeli forces attacks:

 

  • At approximately 08:00 on Monday, 16 January 2017, Israeli bulldozers levelled a 172-dunum section of ‘Azoun village lands, east of Qalqilya, for the interest of establishing a new 3000-meter bypass road. Moreover, 344 dunums were indirectly damaged and partially levelled.  Around 1200 old and fruitful olive trees were uprooted as well.  The bulldozers also levelled parts of the Jordanian Martyrs Cemetery.  The number of people directly affected is 60 owners from Abu Haniyah family.  The levelling is still going.

 

  • At approximately 09:00 on Tuesday, 17 January 2017, Israeli forces accompanied with a crew from the Israeli Civil Administration and a bulldozer moved into Kherbet Tana, east of ‘Aqraba village, southeast of Nablus. The bulldozer levelled a 1-kilometer agricultural road and closed it with sand barriers.  The Municipality of ‘Aqraba and Agricultural Relief Committees started to establish this road 6 months ago and it is funded by the Netherlands.  However, the Israeli forces levelled it under the pretext of being within Area C.  Following this, the bulldozer demolished a 60-square-meter residential barrack and 30-square-meter room built of bricks and roofed with tin plates in addition to a mobile bathroom.  The bulldozer also demolished an animal barn built of tin plates on an area of 100 square meters and 30-square-meter fodders store belonging to Ahmed Mohammed Hamdan Bani Fadel.  The bulldozer then demolished a dwelling belonging to Murad Taha Bani Fadel and 100-square-meter sheep barn.

 

  • At approximately 10:20 on the abovementioned Tuesday, Israeli soldiers accompanied with a military vehicle belonging to the Israeli Civil Administration moved into ‘Azoun village, east of Qalqilya. They headed to the northern area of the village and pinned demolition notices signed by the Israeli Legal Committee of Inspection to an under-construction house belonging to Adham ‘Abdel ‘Aziz Salim.  They also pinned a demolition notice to an agricultural barrack comprised of two rooms belonging to Eyad Mohammed Salem al-Akhras.

 

Settlers attacks:

 

  • At approximately 16:30 on Saturday, 14 January 2017, a group of settlers stationed in the place of “Homesh” settlement evacuated 12 years ago and used to be established on al-Qabiyat Mountain in the northern side of Barqah village, northwest of Nablus, attacked Mohammed Sharidah Mohammed Ramadan (38), a Palestinian police officer. The latter was working in his land when around 30 Israeli settlers threw stones at him.  As a result, he was wounded to the left leg and sustained bruises and a swelling.  He then fled away and was taken to Rafidia Governmental Hospital in Nablus for medical treatment.

 

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 obligations 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 upon 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 United Nations to confirm that holding war criminals accountable 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;
  9. 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;
  10. PCHR calls upon the international community, particularly the UN, 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;
  11. 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;
  12. 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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