Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory
Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF)
Continue Systematic Attacks against Palestinian Civilians and Property in the
Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) and Continue to Impose a Total Siege on
the Gaza Strip
· Five Palestinian civilians, including two children and one woman,
were wounded by IOF gunfire.
· IOF conducted 15 incursions into Palestinian communities in
the West Bank.
· IOF arrested 12 Palestinian civilians in the West Bank, and four
in the Gaza Strip.
· IOF arrested the mother of an allegedly wanted Palestinian.
· IOF have continued to impose a total siege on the OPT and
have isolated the Gaza Strip from the outside world.
· IOF troops positioned at military checkpoints in the West
Bank arrested five Palestinian civilians, including a child and a girl.
· IOF have continued settlement activities in the West Bank
and Israeli settlers have continued to attack Palestinian civilians and
· Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian civilians and their
· At least 110 donums
were annexed to "Burkan" settlement in the northern West Bank.
Israeli violations of
international law and humanitarian law escalated in the OPT during the reporting
period (07 – 13 May 2009):
Shooting: During the reporting period, five
Palestinian civilians, including two children and one woman, were wounded in
the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
In the West Bank, four Palestinian
civilians, including two children, were wounded when IOF used force against a peaceful
demonstration organized in protest to the construction of the Annexation Wall
in Bal’ein village, west of Ramallah.
In the Gaza Strip, on 07 May 2009, a
Palestinian woman was wounded when IOF troops positioned at the border between
the Gaza Strip and Israel opened fire at Palestinian houses in al-Shouka
village, east of Rafah. During the reporting period, IOF gunboats fired on
Palestinian fishing boats.
Incursions: During the reporting period, IOF
conducted at least 15 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the
West Bank. IOF arrested 12 Palestinian civilians, including the mother of an
allegedly wanted person. In the Gaza Strip, IOF naval troops detained four
Palestinian fishermen for several hours.
IOF have continued to close all border crossings to the Gaza
Strip for more than two years. The IOF siege of Gaza, which has steadily
tightened since June 2007, has had a disastrous impact on the humanitarian and
economic situation in the Gaza Strip.
· 1.5 million people are being denied their basic rights,
including the rights to freedom of movement, appropriate living conditions,
work, health and education.
· The main concern of
1.5 million people living in the Gaza Strip is to obtain their basic needs of
food, medicines, water and electricity supplies.
· IOF have continued to
prevent the entry of raw construction materials into the Gaza Strip for more
than two years.
· IOF have not allowed
fuel supplies into the Gaza Strip, excluding limited amounts of cooking gas,
since 10 December 2008.
· The Rafah
International Crossing Point has been opened for a few days for a number of
patients who received medical treatment abroad and needed to return home to the
· IOF have continued to
close Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing to Palestinian civilians wishing to travel to
the West Bank and Israeli for medical treatment, trade or social visits.
· Poverty had mounted to
approximately 80% and unemployment has mounted to 60% in the Gaza Strip.
· IOF have continued to
prevent the entry of spare parts for water networks and sewage systems. Losses
incurred to this sector are estimated at US$ 6 million.
· IOF have imposed access
restrictions on international diplomats, journalists and humanitarian workers seeking
to enter the Gaza Strip. They have prevented representatives of several
international humanitarian organizations from entering the Gaza Strip.
· Living conditions of
the Palestinian civilian population have seriously deteriorated; levels of
poverty and unemployment have sharply mounted.
· At least 900
Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails have been denied family visitation
rights for more than 17 months.
· IOF have continued to
attack Palestinian fishers along the Gaza Strip coast.
IOF have continued to impose severe restrictions on the
movement of Palestinian civilians throughout the West Bank, including occupied
East Jerusalem. Thousands of Palestinian civilians from the West Bank and the
Gaza Strip continue to be denied access to Jerusalem.
· IOF have established checkpoints in and around Jerusalem,
severely restricting Palestinian access to the city. Civilians are frequently
prevented from praying at the al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.
· There are approximately 630 permanent roadblocks, and manned
and unmanned checkpoints across the West Bank. In addition, IOF erect approximately
60-80 ‘flying’ or temporary checkpoints across the West Bank each week.
· When complete, the illegal Annexation Wall will stretch for
724 kilometers around the West Bank, further isolating the entire population.
350 kilometers of the Wall have already been constructed. Approximately 99% of
the Wall has been constructed inside the West Bank itself, further confiscating
· At least 65% of the main roads that leads to 18 Palestinian
communities in the West Bank are closed or fully controlled by IOF (47 out of
· There are around 500 kilometers of restricted roads across
the West Bank. In addition, approximately one third of the West Bank, including
occupied East Jerusalem, is inaccessible to Palestinians without a permit
issued by the IOF. These permits are extremely difficult to obtain.
· IOF continue to harass, and assault demonstrators who hold
peaceful protests against the construction of the Annexation Wall.
· Palestinian civilians continue to be harassed by IOF in
Jerusalem, and across the West Bank, including being regularly stopped and
searched in the streets by IOF.
· During the reporting period, IOF troops positioned at
military checkpoints in the West Bank arrested five Palestinian civilians,
including a child and a woman.
have continued settlement activities and Israeli settlers living in the
OPT (in violation of international humanitarian law) have continued to attack
Palestinian civilians and property. On 8 May 2009, a number of Israeli settlers
from "Kharsina" settlement, southeast of Hebron, attacked a tract of
Palestinian agricultural land in the nearby al-Bwaira area. They attempted to
damage plantations, but Palestinian civilians were able to stop them. On 12 May 2009, a number of Israeli settlers,
escorted by IOF, broke into the evacuated "Homesh" settlement,
northwest of Nablus, and performed religious ceremonies. During the reporting
period, Israeli settlers resumed razing area of Palestinian land in Sarta
village, west of Salfit, in order to expand "Burkan" settlement.
According to local sources, at least 110 donums of land have been designated
Israeli Violations Documented during the Reporting Period (07 – 13 May 2009)
 One donum is equal to