401463C

 

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

(16 – 22 February 2017)

 

  • Three Palestinian civilians were wounded, including a child, in the West Bank.
  • Israeli forces continued to target Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Sea.
  • 5 fishermen were arrested, one of whom was wounded, and their boat was confiscated in the northern Gaza Strip.

 

  • Israeli forces conducted 65 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank.
  • 72 civilians, including 10 children and 4 women, were arrested in the West Bank.
  • 18 of them, including 7 children and 3 women, were arrested in occupied Jerusalem.

 

  • Israeli forces continued their efforts to create Jewish majority in occupied East Jerusalem.
  • A residential house was demolished in a Bedouin Community in al-Khan al-Ahmar area and another house in Beit Hanina.
  • Shweiki and Qara’in families self-demolished their houses in Silwan and al-Mukaber Mount villages to avoids demolition costs.

 

  • Israeli forces continued their settlement activities in the West Bank
  • A waterline was uprooted in the Northern Jordan Valley.

 

  • Israeli forces turned the West Bank into cantons and continued to impose the illegal closure on the Gaza Strip for the 10th
  • 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 were arrested at military checkpoints.

Summary

 

Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (16 – 22 February 2017).

 

Shooting:

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces wounded 3 Palestinian civilians, including a child, in the West Bank.  In the Gaza Strip, Israeli forces also continued to chase Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Sea, wounding a fisherman.

 

In the West Bank, On 19 February 2017, Israeli forces wounded a Palestinian child in Bazaria village, northwest of Nablus when they opened fire from an Israeli military jeep at a number of students, who were on their way out of schools, without any reason.

 

On 20 February 2017, Israeli forces moved into al-Am’ari refugee camp, south of Ramallah, and wounded two civilians with bullets in the lower limbs.

 

In the Gaza Strip, in the context of targeting Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Sea, on 19 February 2017, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, heavily opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats and chased them.  The shooting recurred on 19 and 20 February 2017.  During the reported attacks, the Israeli naval soldiers arrested 5 fishermen; one of whom was wounded, and confiscated their boat along with the fishing net and equipment.

 

Incursions:

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 65 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank. During these incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 72 Palestinian civilians, including 10 children and 4 women. Eighteen of them, including 7 children and 3 women, were arrested in occupied Jerusalem.

 

Efforts to create Jewish majority

 

In the context of house demolitions, On 20 February 2017, Israeli forces demolished a residential house (caravan) in al-Tebnah Bedouin Community in al-Kan al-Ahmar area, east of occupied Jerusalem.  The 50-square-meter caravan sheltered Fatmah al-Tebnah (37) from ‘Arab al-Jahalin.

 

In the context of self-demolitions, on 17 February 2017, the family of Saleh Shweiki self-demolished their house in Beer Ayoub neighbourhood in Silwan village, south of Jerusalem’s Old City, upon a decision issued by the Israeli Municipality.  The 80-square-meter house sheltered a family of 13 members, including 8 children.

 

On 18 February 2017, Mo’atasem Fayez Qara’in was forced to self-demolish his house in al-Mukaber Mount village, southeast of Jerusalem, upon the Israeli Municipality’s decision and to avoid paying the Municipality’s high demolition costs.  The house was built 8 years ago on an area of 65 square meters.

 

In the context of demolition notices, on 19 February 2017, Israeli forces moved into al-Khan al-Ahamr Bedouin Community, east of Jerusalem, and handed the residents notices to demolish and evacuate 40 facilities, including houses, livestock barns, a school and mosque, under the pretext of building without a license.

 

On 22 February 2017, Israeli Municipality bulldozers demolished a residential house in “Tal’et Hezmah” area in Beit Hanina neighbourhood, north of occupied Jerusalem.  The 120-square-meter house belongs to the family of Lo’ay Abu Romouz and sheltered his family of 7 members, including 5 children.

 

Settlement crimes and settlers’ attacks against Palestinian civilians and their property:

 

On 20 February 2017, Israeli forces uprooted an 8.5-meter drinking waterline between ‘Atouf village and Kherbet al-Hadidiyah in the northern Jordan Valley.  It should be mentioned that the abovementioned waterline was donated by UNICEF and ACF and made of plastic pipes.

 

On the same day, Israeli forces confiscated a fuel pump belonging to Sabri Abu Mariah in Beit Zere’atah area, east of Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron.  The owner was threatened in case he re-runs the fuel station.

 

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, 16 February 2017

 

  • At approximately 02:10, Israeli forces moved into ‘Azzoun village, east of Qalqiliyah. They raided and searched a number of houses after which they arrested 3 civilians and took them to Al-Jalamah Detention Center. The arrested civilians were identified as Huyai Hamzah Husain (21), Wahbi Mousa al-Khouli (26) and Anas Badwan Badwan (23).

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Shuwaikah Suburb, south of Tulkarm. They raided and searched several houses after which they arrested Murad Moneer Yusuf Mahdawi (26).

 

  • At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces moved into ‘Ezbet Shufah, east of Tulkarm. They raided and searched several houses and then arrested Muhannad Salem Ismail Abdul Razeq (36).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Eastern Barta’ah village, southwest of Jenin. They raided and searched a number of houses after which they arrested Yusuf ‘Esam Kabha (27).

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (5) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Howarah village, south of Nablus; Dura, Beit Kahel, Bani Na’im and Deir Samet villages in Hebron

 

Friday, 17 February 2017

 

  • At approximately 02:20, Israeli forces moved into Qalqiliyah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Eyad Abdul Rahman Selmi (25) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 19:20, Israeli forces moved into Qarawet Bani Hassan village, northwest of Salfit. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to ‘Esam Abdul Razeq Mohammed Rayan (19) and Abdullah Basem Mohammed Rayan (22) and then arrested them.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (3) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: al-Samou’i, Traqumiya villages and al-Fawar refugee camp in Hebron.

 

Saturday, 18 February 2017

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Haryah Valley neighbourhood, in the eastern area of Hebron, stationed at the entrance to Palestine Polytechnic University and closed the street leading to it. They raided a scientific library belonging to Majdi Rashid Abdul Ghani al-Karki (39), from al-Qadi Valley neighbourhood in the city. After breaking the main door, the soldiers damaged some stationary and then confiscated 14 hard-desks, 50 flash drivers and the DVR of the surveillance cameras. The soldiers left a list of the confiscated items, embeding the 1945 Defence Emergency Regulations. The Israeli soldiers later withdrew, but neither arrests nor questioning the library’s owner were reported.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Fawar refugee camp, south of Hebron. They raided and searched 3 houses after which they arrested 3 civilians namely Mohammed Mo’ath Haliqawi (22), Ahmed Hasan Haliqawi (21) and Amin Jaber ‘Osfour (22).

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Salam Street in Hebron, and stationed on the street adjacent to the Sharia School for Girls. They raided and searched a house belonging to Jehad Husain Ershiyed (50), father of Dania and Jehad Ershiyed, who were killed by the Israeli soldiers at the end of 2015. The soldiers handed a summons to Ershiyed to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in “Gush Etzion” settlement complex, south of Bethlehem.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (3) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported:’Ourta village, southeast of Nablus; Birzeit and Kuber villages, north of Ramallah.

 

Sunday, 19 February 2017

 

  • At approximately 00:20, Israeli forces moved into Qalqiliyah. They patrolled the streets amidst firing of tear gas canisters, claiming they were thrown with stones. As a result, 2-month-year-old Zain Salim Omer Abu al-So’uod suffered tear gas inhalation when he was near his house. Zain was transferred to the hospital to receive medical treatment. The soldiers also raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Samir al-Shubaki and then handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service.

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Beit Fajjar village, west of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a number of houses after which they arrested 4 civilians namely ‘Oudai Mohammed Yunis Thawabtah, Yusuf Mahmoud Abdul Salam Taqatqa, Eyad Mahmoud Mousa Taqatqa and Rashad Samih Diriyah.

 

  • At approximately 06:30, Israeli forces moved into Silwad village, northeast of Ramallah. They raided and searched a number of houses after which they arrested 3 civilians, including a child, namely Faraj Mousa Shuqeirat (42), Baraa’ Ibrahim Hamed (21) and Amjad Taiseer Hamed (16).

 

  • At approximately 07:30, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, northwest of Beit Lahia village in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles and chased The shooting sporadically continued until approximately 09:00. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee for fear of their lives, but neither casualties nor damages were reported.
  • At approximately 13:00, an Israeli military jeep moved into Bazaria village, northwest of Nablus while Palestinian students were on their way out of their schools. A soldier fired a rubber-coated metal bullet towards a number of students. As a result, Osama Yusuf Abdul Latif ‘Ouda (16) sustained a metal bullet wound to the abdomen. He was transferred to Dr. Thabet Thabet Hospital in Tulkarm to receive medical treatment. Osama said to PCHR’s fieldworker that:

 

“At approximately 13:00 on Sunday, 19 February 2017, my colleagues and I went out of the Bazaria High School in the centre of the village, and then arrived near the Bazaria Elementary School, which 400 meters away from our high school. We were then surprised with an Israeli military jeep traveling on the street leading to Tulkarm. As soon as the car approached us, a soldier opened fire at us and left the area. As a result, I was directly wounded with a bullet to the abdomen. The students carried and put me into a car for Ayman Suleiman Salem, who took me to Dr. Thabet Thabet Hospital in Tulkarm. After receiving the medical treatment, it was found out that I was hit with a metal bullet to the abdomen.”

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (6) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Nablus and ‘Ourta village, southeast of the city; al-‘Aroub refugee camp, Beit Oula, al-Hadab and Qalqas villages in Hebron.

 

Monday, 20 February 2017

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Dura, southwest of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Jaber Mohammed al-Rajoub (30).They later withdrew, but no arrests were reported.

 

  • At approximately 01:20, Israeli forces moved into ‘Azzoun village, east of Qalqiliyah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Maher Sameer Abu Haniyah (23) and then arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into ‘Azzoun village, east of Qalqiliyah. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Nedal Mahmoud Jaber Balasmah (33) and Loai Jamil Qashmir (21) and then arrested them.

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Tal village, southwest of Nablus. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested Mahmoud Saqer Ahmed ‘Asidah (29) and Mos’ab Tawfiq al-Hendi (27). At approximately 04:00, The Israeli forces withdrew taking them to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Surif village, northwest of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ibrahim Mohammed Abu Farah (24) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Beit ‘Awa village, southwest of Dura, southwest of Hebron. They raided and searched several houses and then arrested Mohammed Rezeq ‘Essa (28) and Ramzi Abdul Fattah Masalmah (49). At approximately 04:00, they withdrew taking them to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Romanah village, west of Jenin. They raided and searched several houses and then arrested Mahdi Morshed Bushnaq (42).

 

  • At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces moved into al-Am’ari refugee camp, south of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Fathi Mohammed Hammad (19) and then arrested him. They also fired live bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the civilians. As a result, Jehad Mohammed Abu Hmaid (23) and Qusai ‘Ali Hendi (19) were hit with bullets to their legs.

 

  • At approximately 06:45, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, 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, the fishermen were forced to flee for fear of their lives, but neither casualties nor material damages were reported.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (3) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Traqumiya, al-Thaheriyah and al-Samou’i villages in Hebron.

 

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Tal village, southwest of Nablus. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested Kayed Mohammed Isma’il al-Hendi (37), an officer at the Palestinian Security Service. They also raided and searched a120-square-meter  workshop belonging to Tahseen Husain Mohammed Ramadan (65) in ‘Ein Qatiri area on the eastern side of the abovementioned village. They arrested Tahseen’s son, Naseem (38), a Palestinian Intelligence officer at the Palestinian Intelligence Service, while he was sleeping in the workshop. They then welded the doors with oxygen from the inside and outside and hanged posts at the walls in the Arabic and Jewish languages saying it is closed with red wax until a further notice.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Baraqah village, northwest of Nablus. They raided and searched several houses and then arrested Adham Anwar Ahmed Salah (29).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Reihiyah village, south of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to ‘Oudai Abdul Muhsen ‘Essa al-Tubani (37) and then arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Am’ari refugee camp, south of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Zuhdi Theeb Zuhdi Salem (49) and then arrested him and his sons Mohammed (26), Fadi (24), Ehab (22) and Bahaa’ (16).
  • At approximately 02:50, Israeli forces moved into Qalqiliyah. They raided and searched several houses after which they arrested Anas Wajih Hasan Abtali (22).

 

  • At approximately 07:30 on Tuesday, 21 February 2017, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Wahah Shore, west of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles and chased them. They then surrounded a fishing boat belonging to Sabri Mohammed Sa’id Baker (56) and manned by his 3 children, ‘Abdullah (19); Mahmoud (17) and Mohammed ‘Emran (23) in addition to Thabet Mohammed ‘Abdel Razeq Baker (20) and ‘Omer Mohammed Najib ‘Omer Baker (26).  All the aforementioned fishermen live in al-Shati’ refugee camp in Gaza City.  Due to the shooting, Mohammed ‘Emran Baker was hit with a bullet to the left side of his waist and then transferred to Barzilai Hospital in Ashqelon for medical treatment. The Israeli naval soldiers ordered the fishermen to take off their clothes, jump into the water and swim towards the gunboat.  They were then arrested and taken to Ashdod Seaport while their boat and fishing net were kept in custody.

 

Wounded fisherman, Mohammed Baker, said to PCHR’s fieldworker that:

 

“Due to the heavy shooting at the boat we were on, I was hit with a bullet to the left side of the waist.  When the Israeli naval soldiers ordered us to jump into the water, I told them I was wounded, so the soldiers took me to their gunboat’s board.  They handcuffed and blindfolded me and then took me to Ashdod Seaport.  They brought a doctor to medically examine my wound, and he asked to transfer me to the Barzilai Hospital in Ashqelon to receive medical treatment.  At approximately 01:00 on the next day, I was released and taken by a Palestinian ambulance to al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City for medical treatment.  Medical sources there described my wound as moderate.”

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (5) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Deir Estia village, northwest of Salfit; Kafer al-Deek village, west of the city; Howarah village, south of Nablus; Yatta and Bani Na’im village in Hebron.

 

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Dura, south west of Hebron, and stationed in Karisah neighborhood. They raided and searched a house belonging to Nayef Mahmoud al-Rajoub (55), a PLC Member representing the Hamas Movement’s Change and Reform Bloc. The soldiers confiscated Nayef’s car before they withdrew. In the meantime, other Israeli forces raided and searched 3 houses belonging to Yaser Mohammed al-Rajoub,  Rezeq Abdullah Musallam al-Rajoub (60), whose car was as well confiscated, and Abdullah Mohammed al-Rajoub. At approximately 03:00, the Israeli forces withdrew and stationed in the center of the city. Moreover, they raided and searched Abu Sharekh Mall. The soldiers broke doors of a number of offices, including Java Cultural Center, lawyer Ahmed al-Haroub’s office and al-Khawarezmi Center for Mental Intelligence, and searched them.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Taramah village, south of Dura, southwest of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Emad Mohammed Jadallah (33) and then confiscated his car, but no arrests were reported.

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces accompanied with 15 military jeeps moved into Beta village, southeast of Nablus. They raided and searched several houses after which they arrested 5 civilians, including the mother of Naser Sadeq Mohammed Abu Mazen (49), who carried out a stab attack in Petah Tikva on 09 February 2017, due to which the father Naser Sadeq Mohammed Abu Mazen (49) was arrested after two hours of the attack. The arrested civilians were identified as Joudah Mohammed Abdul Majid Abu Mazen (46), Naseem Dawoud Ibrahim Bani Sahmsah (18), Duraid Abed Ibrahim Bani Shamsah (18), Namer Sameer Abdul Rahman Bani Shamsah (19) and Samer Zaki Sanouber (19).

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into al-‘Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Shehab Eden Ahmed al-Titi (24) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into ‘Aydah refugee camp, north of Bethlehem. They then raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Emad al-‘Azraq (20) and then arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Jenin. They raided and a number of houses after which they arrested Mohammed Basem al-‘Orabi (24) and Zakaria al-‘Ammar (42).

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Beit Awa village, west of Dura, southwest of Hebron. They raided and searched several houses after which they arrested Mohammed Rezeq ‘Essa (28) and Ramzi Abdul Fattah Masalmah (49).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Surif village, northwest of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Ya’qoub Mohammed al-Heeh (22) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Tabaqah village, south of Dura, southwest of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Yusuf Abdul Muhsen Abu Ras (64) and then arrested him.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Hadab al-‘Alqah village, south of Dura, southwest of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Basel ‘Ali Dawdeen (39) and then arrested him.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (4) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Sa’ir, Beit Ummer and Emrish villages in Hebron and Sa’ir village, southwest of Jenin.

 

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

 

West Bank:

 

  • Following the Friday prayer on 17 February 2017, dozens of Palestinian civilians and Israeli and international human rights defenders organized demonstrations in Bil’in and Nil’in villages, west of Ramallah and al-Nabi Saleh, northwest of the city; at the entrance to al-Jaalzone refugee camp, north of the city; and in 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 due to being beaten up by the Israeli soldiers.

 

  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

 

(14-19 February 2017)

 

Date Imports
Category Amount
Tons Number Liters
14 February Various goods 3472
Humanitarian aid 4677
Cooking gas 207,970
Benzene 303,980
Diesel

 

909,940

 

Cement 3948
Construction steel 323
15 February Various goods 3562
Humanitarian aid 12254
Cooking gas 226,710
Benzene

 

76,004

 

Diesel

Diesel for UNRWA

933,037

75,961

Construction aggregates 7680
Cement 3990
Construction steel 513
16 February

 

 

 

Various goods 4025
Humanitarian aid 10039
Cooking gas 248,010
Benzene

 

39,997

 

Diesel

Diesel for UNRWA

 

 

 

 

228,024

76,003

Industrial fuel 495,955
Construction aggregates 5440
Cement 4037
Construction steel 490
17 February Industrial fuel 486,518
19 February

 

 

 

Various goods 4395
Humanitarian aid 6761
Cooking gas 242,470
Benzene

Benzene for UNRWA

110,998

38,000

Diesel

Diesel for UNRWA

 

 

 

 

372,941

38,000

Industrial fuel 488,026
Construction aggregates 220
Cement 4200
Construction steel 176

 

Note:

 

  • On Tuesday, 14 February 2017, Israeli authorities allowed the exportation of 15 truckloads of vegetables; 4 truckloads of strawberries and 13 tons of aluminum scrap.
  • On Thursday, 16 February 2017, Israeli authorities allowed the exportation of 5 truckloads of tomatoes; 3 truckloads of strawberries and 11 truckloads of vegetables.
  • On Sunday, 19 February 2017, Israeli authorities allowed the exportation of 11 truckloads of vegetables; 6 truckloads of tomatoes and 4 truckloads of strawberries.

 

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

(15 – 21 February 2017)

 

Category 15 February 16 February 17 February 18 February 19 February 20 February 21 February
Patients 60 45 4 101 77 76
Companions 58 48 4 89 76 70
Personal needs 30 56 3 67 47 55
Families

of prisoners

28
Arabs from

Israel

5 6 4 4 4 5
Diplomats 7 9 1 8 15
International journalists
International workers 22 48 1 9 19 46
Travelers

Abroad

5 2 50
Business people 100 93 1 277 174 129
Business meetings
Security interviews 9 10 1 5 18
VIPs 3 1 2 1
Ambulances

to Israel

3 5 1 3
Patients’ Companions 2 1 1 1 2

 

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 (15) checkpoints all over the city.

 

On Thursday, 16 February 2017, Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints at the southern entrance to Halhoul village, at the entrances to Yatta village and al-Fawar refugee camp.

On Friday, 17 February 2017, 2 similar checkpoints were established at the entrances to Bani Na’iem and Wad al-Shajinah villages.

 

On Sunday, 19 February 2017, Israeli forces established 2 checkpoints at the entrance to Sa’ir villages and on Abu Risha road, west of Ethna village.

 

On Monday, 20 February 2017, Israeli forces established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to Bani Na’iem and Tarama villages; at the entrance to al-Aroub refugee camp and in Abu Sineinah neighbourhood.

 

On Tuesday, 21 February 2017, Israeli forces established 2 checkpoints at the entrances to Samou’a and Beit ‘Awaa villages.

 

On Wednesday, 22 February 2017, 2 similar checkpoints were established at the entrances to al-Shayyoukh and Beit Ummer villages.

 

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

 

At approximately 19:00 on Thursday, 16 February 2017, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance to ‘Aboud village, northwest of Ramallah.

 

At approximately 18:00 on Saturday, 18 February 2017, Israeli forces established a checkpoint in ‘Atara village’s bridge, north of Ramallah. At approximately 18:30 on the same day, a similar checkpoint was established at the entrance to al-Nabi Saleh village, northwest of the city.

 

On Sunday, 19 February 2017, Israeli forces closed with an iron gate the entrance to al-Nabi Saleh village, and prevented Palestinian civilians from entering and exiting the village.

 

At approximately 18:30 on Monday, 20 February 2017, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance to Beit Rimah village, northwest of Ramallah.

At approximately 20:00, a similar checkpoint was established in ‘Atara village’s bridge, north of the city.

 

Qalqiliya:

At approximately 11:50 on Monday, 13 February 2017, Israelif roces established a checkpoint at the entrance to Jeet village, northeast of Qalqilyia. They searched the Palestinian civilians’ vehicles and checked their IDs. After that, they detained a Palestinian police man, Mohamed Isma’il Mohamed ‘Eid, and at approximately 12:50, they released him.

 

Nablus:

At approximately 02:00 on Tuesday, 21 February 2017, Israeli forces closed with sand barriers the northwestern entrance to Zawata village.

 

At approximately 16:00 on the same day, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance to al-Bathan village, northeast of Nablus, while they established another checkpoint near al-Serifi Park.

 

Jenin:

At approximately 11:00 on Saturday, 18 February 2017, Israeli forces established a checkpoint near Zaboba village, west of Jenin. At approximately 13:00, the checkpoint was removed and no arrests were reported.

 

Salfit:

At approximately 21:40 on Momday, 20 February 2017, Israeli forces established a checkpoint between Salfit and Burqeen villages, west of the city. No arrests were reported.

 

Arrests at military checkpoints:

 

  • At approximately 16:00 on Saturday, 18 February 2017, Israeli forces arrested Nasir Talal al-Tubasi and Ahmed Fawzi al-Tubasi, both are 25 years old and from al-Rehiyia village, south of Hebron. Nasir and Ahmed were arrested after being detained at a checkpoint established at the southern entrance to Hebron “al-Harayiq”.
  • On Monday, 20 February 2017, Israeli forces stationed at a military checkpoint arrested Ahmed ‘Imad ‘Awadallah (24), from al-Bireh, and then took him to an unknown destination.
  • On Wednesday, 22 February 2017, Israeli forces stationed at al-Jeep military checkpoint, northwest of occupied Jerusalem, arrested Laith Barakat, after posting on his Facebook page. Eyewitnesses said that the Israeli forces stopped Laith and checked his ID before arresting him.

 

  • At approximately 17:00, Israeli forces arrested 3 Palestinian civilians, from Dura village, southwest of Hebron, after stopping them at a military checkpoint at the eastern entrance to the city. The arrested persons were identified as ‘Esam Badir Anu ‘Arqoub (18), Khalil Safi al-Haroub (19) and Ayham Jum’a Heijah (19).

 

  • 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:

 

Arrests and Incursions:

 

  • At approximately 01:30 on Thursday, 16 February 2017, Israeli forces moved into al-‘Issawiyah village, northeast of occupied Jerusalem. They raided and searched houses from which they arrested Mahmoud Mohamed Mostafa (13), Yunis Wisam Abu al-Humus (15) and Muhanad Ma’moun Abu ‘Asab (13).

 

  • At approximately 03:00 on the same day, Israeli forces moved into Silwan village, south of occupied Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched a house belonging to ‘Atef Ibrahim Shayoukhi and arrested his daughter, Rawan (21), who was then taken to al-Maskoubiya detention facility in Jerusalem. It should be noted that Rawan is the sister of Ali Shayoukhi, who was killed on 11 October 2016 by Israeli forces in ‘Ain al-Louza neighborhood in Siwlan village.
  • At approximately 02:30 on Tuesday, Israeli forces moved into Sho’fat refugee camp, north of occupied Jerusalem. They raided and searched houses, from which they arrested Hamza al-Malhi and Nadir al-Masri.

 

  • On Monday, Israeli forces arrested Najeh Bakirat, Director of Sharia Education in the Islamic Endowments “Awqaf” Department; and Ikram al-Natshah along with her daughter Raghd, while they were heading to Jaffa after stopping two buses on Street No.1 in occupied Jerusalem. Amjad Abu ‘Asab, Head of the Prisoners’ families Committee in Jerusalem and who was in the scene, said that Israeli forces stopped two tour buses on Street No.1 in Jerusalem, and checked the drivers’ and passengers’ IDs. They then arrested Bakirat, al-Natshah and with her daughter. Abu ‘Asab added that the Israeli forces detained the two buses from 09:00 to 11:30, after chasing them from al-Mosrarah area to Street No.1. Abu ‘Asab clarified that the Israeli forces held the two divers’ licenses and prevented them from using their buses until Wednesday, 22 February 2017. Moreover, the Israeli forces summoned the drivers along with some women for interrogation.

 

  • On Monday, Israeli forces arrested Basem al-Ashab (13) in al-Thawri neighbourhood and then took him to al-Maskobiyia detention centre, claiming that he threw stones at an Israeli settlers’ car.

 

  • At approximately 02:00 on Tuesday, 21 February 2017, Israeli forces moved into al-‘Issawiyah village, northeast of occupied Jerusalem. They raided and searched houses, from which they arrested 5 civilians, including 3 siblings. They were then taken to al-Maskobiyia detention centre. The arrested persons were identified as Mohand (36), Samir (24) and Sami Anwar ‘Obaid (41), Shaheen ‘Eliyan (23), and Mohamed Kayed Mahmoud (24).

 

  • On Tuesday, Israeli forces arrested 3 children in Silwan village, south of occupied Jerusalem’s Old City, claiming that they threw stones. The arrested persons were identified as Mo’men Sami Abu Sharekh (15), Wisam Rohi Da’nah (13) and Adam Mansour al-Reshq (24).

 

House demolitions and demolition notices:

 

  • On Saturday, 17 February 2017, the family of Saleh Shweiki self-demolished their house in Bier Ayoub neighbourhood in Silwan village, south of occupied Jerusalem’s Old City, implementing the Israeli Municipality’s decision. Shweiki said that his family self-demolished their house to avoid destroying it over its contents and paying demolition costs estimated at NIS 80,000. He added that his family built the abovementioned house built of bricks and tin plates in 2009, and many demolition decisions were previously issued by the Israeli Municipality but then delayed. The Israeli Municipality issued the latest demolition decision “to demolish the house or the family will pay the demolition costs.” The house was built on an area of 80 square meters and sheltered around 13 persons, including 8 children.

 

  • On Saturday, 18 February 2017, Mo’atasem Fayiz Qara’in was obliged to self-demolish his house in al-Mukaber Mount, southeast of occupied Jerusalem, implementing the Israeli Municipality’s decision and avoiding demolition costs. Mo’atasem said that he along with his relatives self-demolished the house after receiving several administrative demolition notices from the Israeli Municipality during the last period; the first of which was at the beginning of the last year. He added that the Israeli Municipality hands over administrative demolition notices without mentioning the name of the house owner, but in the last time, it summoned one of Mo’tasem’s relatives and threatened the relative to pay the Municipality’s demolition costs estimated at NIS 50,000, if he did not obey the orders. Therefore, Mo’atasem was forced to self-demolish his house to avoid paying the demolition costs and protect his relative from any further Israeli arbitrary measures such as accusing him of not having a building license. Mo’tasem also said that the 65-square-meter apartment was built 8 years ago and comprised of one room, kitchen and bathroom.

 

  • On Sunday, 19 February 2017, Israeli forces accompanied with Israeli Civil Administration crews moved into al-Khan al-Ahmar, east of occupied Jerusalem. The crews gave notices to 40 facilities, including houses, livestock barns, a school and mosque, in order to be demolished and evacuated under the pretext of non- licensed building. The recent demolitions in the Bedouin Community, east of occupied Jerusalem, came after the E1 Plan of 1999 was approved, as around 12,000 dunums were confiscated in favor of the settlement expansion and projects.

 

  • On Monday, 20 February 2017, Israeli forces accompanied with Israeli Civil Administration crews and a bulldozer moved into al-Tebnah Bedouin Community in al-Khan al-Ahmar, east of occupied Jerusalem. The bulldozer demolished a 50-square-meter caravan, where Fatma Mousa Ali al-Tabna (37) lived. The caravan was donated by the Humanitarian Aid and Civil Rights Organization and its owner was given a notice two years ago.

 

  • At approximately 05:00 on Wednesday, 22 February 2017, a large force of Israeli soldiers accompanied with Special Forces, the Israeli Municipality crews and a bulldozer moved into Tal’et Hezmah area in Beit Haninah neighborhood, north of occupied Jerusalem. The Israeli forces surrounded a house belonging to Loai ‘Awni Mahmoud Abu Ramouz, forced its residents to leave and then vacated some of its contents. After that, the bulldozer completely demolished the 120-square-meter house, which was built 7 years ago and sheltered 7 members, including 5 children. Abu Ramouz said that the Israeli forces raided the house and pushed him. They then pointed their firearms at him and prevented his family from taking their contents out of the house. He added that the Israeli Municipality Court held a session 2 weeks ago and issued a decision to demolish the house. Abu Ramouz intended to challenge the demolition decision, but he was surprised with the house raid and demolition. He said that he attempted to license his house but in vain. The Israeli Municipality Court fined the family twice before with NIS 80.000, and the family paid it. It should be mentioned that the house is located near the Main Street No.1, which separates Beit Haninah neighborhood houses from “Pisgat Zeev” settlement, where settlement expansion and construction is carried out on an ongoing basis.

Settlement activities and attacks by settlers against Palestinian civilians and property

 

  • At approximately 14:20 on Friday, 17 February 2017, Israeli forces moved into Sabastiyia village, northwest of Nablus, to guard two buses were carrying Israeli settler students. The Israeli soldiers stationed in al-Athar area, where the students stayed for 2 hours. The Israeli soldiers withdrew after the students left the village.

 

  • At approximately 07:30 on Monday, 20 February 2017, Israeli forces accompanied with a jeep belonging to the Israeli Civil Administration and 2 bulldozers moved into al-Hadidiyah area in the Northern Jordan Valley. The bulldozers damaged a waterline between ‘Atouf village and Kherbit al-Hadidiyia. It should be noted that the waterline was donated by UNICEF and A. C. F and comprised of plastic pipes This is the second time this waterline being demolished in one month.

 

  • At approximately 11:00 on the same day, Israeli forces accompanied with a vehicle belonging to the Israeli Civil Administration moved into Beit Z’ertah area, east of Bait Ummer village, north of Hebron. The Israeli vehicle stationed in front of a Fuel Station belonging to Sabri Zamel Ahmed Abu Maryyiah, from Hebron. The Israeli soldiers deployed in the area, while the Israeli Civil Administration’s officers confiscated a diesel pump from the station, under the pretext of working without a license. The Israeli officers threatened the station’s owner if running the pump again.

 


 

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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