Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (Weekly Update 12-18 January 2023)
Violation of right to life and bodily integrity
Five Palestinians were killed, including 4 civilians; one of them was a child, and another civilian succumbed to his previous injury. Meanwhile, 21 Palestinians, including a woman, 2 children and a journalist, were injured, while dozens of others suffocated in Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) attacks in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Details are as follows:
On 12 January 2023, IOF killed Sameer ‘Awni Aslan (41) and arrested 14 Palestinians, including his child, during IOF’s incursion into Qalandia refugee camp in East Jerusalem. (Details available at PCHR’s press release).
On the same day, IOF killed 2 Palestinians, including a civilian, wounded 3 others, including a child, and arrested another during IOF’s incursion into Qabatiya village in Jenin. ( Details available at PCHR’s press release).
On 14 January 2023, Yazan Samer al-Ja’bari (19) succumbed to a live bullet injury in the abdomen after IOF opened fire at him during their incursion into Kafr Dan village in Jenin on 02 January 2023. During their incursion, IOF killed 2 Palestinians and demolished two houses as part of their collective punishment policy. ( Details available at PCHR’s press release).
On 15 January 2023, IOF killed in cold blood Ahmed Hasan Kahleh (45) after directly open fire at him in an operation that amounts to an extrajudicial execution near Silwad village, east of Ramallah in the West Bank. IOF also arrested his son and released him later. ( Details available at PCHR’s press release).
On 16 January 2023, ‘Amr Khaked Khmour (14) was killed after being wounded with a live bullet in his head by IOF during clashes that accompanied IOF’s incursion into Dheisheh refugee camp in Bethlehem. Before withdrawing, IOF arrested a Palestinian and a female Italian solidarity activist, who was later deported to her country.
Meanwhile, those injured were victims of IOF’s shooting and excessive use of force during IOF’s incursions into the Palestinian cities and villages, or suppression of peaceful protests organized by Palestinian civilians, and they were as follows:
On 12 January 2023, 5 Palestinians, including a journalist, were injured with live bullets, their shrapnel and rubber-coated bullets during IOF’s incursion into Nablus’s Old City. Before withdrawing, IOF arrested 5 Palestinians.
On 13 January 2023, 3 Palestinians were injured with rubber-coated bullets during IOF’s suppression of Kafr Qaddoum weekly protest in northern Qalqilya.
On the same day, a Palestinian was shot with a live bullet in his chest in clashes with IOF during their incursion into Jalazone refugee camp in northern Ramallah. Before withdrawing, IOF arrested a Palestinian. Meanwhile, a Palestinian was injured with a live bullet in his foot during clashes with IOF in Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron. Also, a Palestinian sustained a rubber-coated bullet injury during clashes with IOF in al- Tur village in East Jerusalem.
On 14 January 2023, 3 Palestinians, including a child, were shot with rubber-coated bullets during IOF’s suppression of Kafr Qaddoum weekly protest in northern Qalqilya.
On the same day, IOF fired live bullets at two Palestinians, wounding them in their feet when they approached the annexation wall in Hableh village in Qalqilya.
On 17 January 2023, a Palestinian and his sister were injured by IOF’s indiscriminate gunfire after the latter killed a Palestinian claiming that he opened fire at them at a checkpoint on al-Nabi Younis Road in northern Hebron.
In the Gaza Strip, 5 IOF shootings were reported on agricultural lands in eastern and northern Gaza Strip, and 3 shootings were reported on fishing boats off the Western Gaza shores.
So far in 2023, IOF attacks killed 15 Palestinians, including 7 civilians; 3 were children, and the rest were members of the Palestinian armed groups; one was a child, and a young man killed by an Israeli settler allegedly for carrying out a stabbing attack. Meanwhile, dozens were injured in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.
Land razing, demolitions, and notices
IOF displaced a family of 9, including a woman and 7 children, after demolishing 3 houses. IOF also destroyed 16 civilian facilities in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Details are as follows:
On 13 January 2023, IOF forced a Palestinian to self-demolish his 100-sqm house in Beit Hanina in East Jerusalem, under the pretext of unlicensed construction in Area C, rendering a family of 9, including 7 children, homeless.
On 15 January 2023, IOF demolished 16 industrial and commercial facilities in Hizam village, north of occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of unlicensed construction in Area C.
On 17 January 2023, IOF demolished a 200-sqm house of 2 floors in Beit Safafa village in occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of unlicensed construction in Area C.
On 18 January 2023, IOF demolished a 200-sqm under-construction house, a wooden hut, a steel container, and another built of tinplate, a fence surrounding a 500-sqm plot of land, and 3 electricity poles in Arab Ramadin village in southern Hebron, under the pretext of unlicensed construction in Area C.
Since the beginning of 2023, IOF made 17 families homeless, a total of 112 persons, including 17 women and 40 children. This was the outcome of IOF demolition of 16 houses: owners of 5 of these houses were forced to self-demolish them while 2 were demolished on grounds of collective punishment. IOF also demolished 20 other civilian objects, razed other property and delivered dozens of notices of demolition, cease-construction, and evacuation in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.
Settler-attacks on Palestinian civilians and their properties
Settlers, protected by IOF, carried out 3 attacks on Palestinians and their property in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Details are as follows:
On 13 January 2023, Israeli settlers uprooted 65 olive trees in Kafr ad-Dik village, west of Salfit.
On the same day, settlers wrote racist slogans, such as “Death to Arabs” “Death to Christians” on the walls of the Armenian Patriarchate Building near Hebron Gate in East Jerusalem.
On 15 January 2023, settlers conducted construction works to fix a gate on al-Hamra land, which they had recently seized, in Silwan village in occupied East Jerusalem.
Since the beginning of the year, settlers conducted at least 13 attacks against Palestinians and their properties.
IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians
IOF carried out 193 incursions into the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids and searches of civilian houses and facilities and establishment of checkpoints. During those incursions, 111 Palestinians were arrested, including a female Italian solidarity activist, a woman and 18 children.
So far in 2023, IOF conducted 541 incursions into the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, during which 291 Palestinians were arrested, including 2 women and 38 children. IOF also conducted 2 limited incursions into eastern Gaza Strip.
Israeli collective punishment and closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:
Meanwhile, Israeli occupation maintains its illegal and inhuman 15-year closure on the Gaza Strip. Details available in PCHR’s monthly-update in the Gaza crossings.
In the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, IOF continues to impose restrictions on the freedom of movement. On top of its 110 permanent checkpoints, IOF established 111 temporary military checkpoints in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and arrested 4 Palestinians at those checkpoints.
So far in 2023, IOF established 304 temporary military checkpoints and arrested 14 Palestinians at those checkpoints.