Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights violations in Occupied Palestinian Territory (07–14 March)

16th Mar 2018
Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights violations in Occupied Palestinian Territory (07–14 March)

Gaza City, Palestine, (Palestinian Centre for Human Rights):

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory [oPt] (07 – 14 March 2018)

Israeli forces continued to use excessive force against the peaceful protests in the West Bank and Gaza Strip

Two Palestinian civilians were killed in Nablus and Hebron

28 Palestinian civilians, including 5 children and a female university student, were wounded in the West Bank.

Israeli forces conducted 59 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and a limited one into the southern Gaza Strip.

69 civilians, including 11 children and 2 women, were arrested in the West Bank.

9 children of them and a woman were arrested in Jerusalem.

Israeli forces continued to open fire at the border areas in the Gaza Strip, but no casualties were reported.

Israeli authorities continued their settlement activities in the West Bank.

Israeli settlers uprooted and damaged 78 olive trees, north and south of the West Bank.

Israeli authorities continued to create a Jewish majority in occupied East Jerusalem.

The Israeli forces banned a marathon and an activity held on the occasion of “International Women’s Day”

“Ateret Cohanim” settlement organization attempted to seize a plot of land in Silwan village.

12 Shooting incidents were reported against the Palestinian fishing boats in the Gaza Sea.

11 fishermen, including a child, were arrested. One of them was wounded with a rubber bullet in Rafah City in the southern Gaza Strip.

Israeli forces turned the West Bank into cantons and continued to impose the illegal closure on the Gaza Strip for the 11th consecutive year.

Dozens of temporary checkpoints were established in the West Bank and others were re-established to obstruct the movement of Palestinian civilians.

Israeli forces arrested a Palestinian civilian at the military checkpoints in the West Bank.

 

Summary

Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (07 – 14 March 2018).

Shooting:

During the reporting period, Israeli forces killed 2 Palestinian civilians in the West Bank and wounded 29 other civilians, including 5 children, a female university student and a fisherman, in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

In the Gaza Strip as well, the Israeli forces continued to chase the Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Sea and target the border areas.

In the West Bank, in 2 separate crimes of excessive use of force, the Israeli forces killed two Palestinian civilians. The first, who suffers from speech impairment, was killed during his participation in a peaceful protest in the centre of Hebron while the second was killed while confronting a group of settlers who attacked under the Israeli forces protection the outskirts of ‘Orif village, south of Nablus. In the second crime, a child was seriously wounded. In the two crimes, the protestors did not pose any threat to the life of Israeli soldiers or settlers who lately escalated their attacks against Palestinian civilians and their property, particularly in Nablus. Such settlers’ attacks usually occur under the guard of the Israeli forces, who instead of deterring settlers participate in the systematic attacks.

On 09 March 2018, two civilians, including a child, were hit with bullets to the lower limbs when Israeli forces moved into al-Laban al-Sharqiyah village, south of Nablus, and some civilians protested against them. The incursion occurred after Palestinian civilians set a hut on fire that was built by settlers on the village lands.

On 07 March 2018, after civilians confronted a group of settlers who moved into the northern outskirts of Burin village, south of Nablus, under the Israeli forces’ protection, a 17 year old Palestinian child was wounded with a bullet to the left knee in the peaceful confrontation of settlers. On 09 March 2018, 2 civilians were wounded in similar circumstances when a group of settlers attacked the northern side of ‘Einabous village, south of the city.

Moreover, 12 Palestinian civilians, including a child and university students were wounded after Israeli forces opened fire at them and fired tear gas canisters directly at them during protests and stone-throwing at the Israeli soldiers stationed at the entrances to the Palestinian villages in the West Bank. These demonstrations are organized by Palestinian civilians in protest against the American President’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and against the Israeli settlement activities and land confiscations.

In the Gaza Strip, 9 Palestinian civilians, including a child, were wounded after Israeli forces fired bullets and tear gas canisters at them directly during protests and stone-throwing at the Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel. These demonstrations are organized by Palestinian civilians in protest against the American President’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and against the closure imposed on the Gaza Strip for 11 years consecutively.

As part of targeting fishermen in the sea, the Israeli forces continued to escalate their attacks against fishermen in the Gaza Sea, indicating to the on-going Israeli policy of targeting their livelihoods. PCHR’s fieldworkers monitored 12 shooting incidents; 7 in north-western Beit Lahia, 4 others in Western Soudaniyah, west of Jabalia, and 1 in the southern Gaza Strip. The Israeli forces arrested 11 fishermen, including a child, and wounded one of them with a bullet to the right leg.

As part of targeting the border areas, on 10 March 2018, Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Bureij, opened fire at the Palestinian agricultural lands. However, no casualties were reported.

Collective Punishment Measures:

As part of the collective punishment measures taken by the Israeli forces against Palestinian families of those accused and/or carrying out attacks against the soldiers and/or settlers, on 13 March 2018, Israeli forces closed with concrete a house belonging to prisoner Yousif Khaled Kmeil in Qabatia village, southeast of Jenin. The house is a residential apartment in a 2-storey building with an area of 60 square meters. It should be mentioned that the Israeli forces accuse the above mentioned prisoner of participating with prisoner Mohammed Abu al-Rub in killing settler Reuven Schmerling in Kafer Qasem in Israel on 04 October 2017. The Israeli forces previously on 01 December 2017 demolished a house belonging to Abu al-Rub family in Qabatia village.

Incursions:

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 59 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 7 similar ones into Jerusalem and its suburbs. During those incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 42 Palestinians, including 2 children and a woman, in the West Bank. Twenty seven of them, including 9 children and a woman, were arrested in Jerusalem and its suburbs. Those incursions are accompanied usually with forcing children, women and elderly people to stay outside their houses for hours or locking families in one room, preventing them to move in addition to other acts of harassment and use of police dogs in house raids.

The Israeli forces continued to recruit “Mista’arvim” units to arrest Palestinian civilians, claiming they are wanted. In contempt for the Palestinian universities, a group of these units raided the Birezeit University Campus, north of Ramallah, using fake Palestinian Journalists Syndicate Cards. They kidnapped Chief of Student Union Council, ‘Omer al-Kasawani (22), and took him after severely beating him up and randomly shooting in the university campus.

In the Gaza Strip, on 08 March 2018, Israeli forces moved 70 meters into the eastern side of al-Qararah village, east of Kahn Younis in the southern Gaza Strip. the Israeli forces leveled and combed the lands along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel before the Israeli forces redeployed along the fence.

Efforts to Create Jewish Majority in occupied East Jerusalem:

As part of restricting the Palestinian organizations’ activities on 08 March 2018, the Israeli forces moved into “Rivoli” Hotel on Salah al-Deen Street in the centre of occupied East Jerusalem, and banned an activity for “Women for Life and Democracy” Society on the occasion of 8th of March “the International Women’s Day”, claiming it was organized by the Palestinian Authority.

On 09 March 2018, the Israeli forces banned a Palestinian Marathon organized against the Israeli marathon that is organized by the Israeli municipality and the Israeli Ministries of Tourism and Sports. They arrested a number of activists and participants in the marathon after attacking them and confiscated their t-shirts relevant to the activity after forcing them to take the t-shirts off.

AS part of settlers’ attempts to seize Palestinian civilian property, on 10 March 2018, ”Ateret Cohanim” settlement organization handed a notice to the heirs of late Sa’id ‘Odah, claiming the land on which their residential building is established in the central neighborhood “Baten al-Hawa” in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. The organization claims that this land belonged to Jews in 1889. According to the judicial notice, this land is delimited by a plot of land with an area of 5 dunums and 200 square meters in the central neighborhood from the western side, and the organization attempts to seize it along with the buildings established on it claiming it is a Jewish property.

As part of profanation of cemeteries, on 12 March 2018, Israeli forces moved into al-Moujaidin Cemetery on Salah al-Deen Street in the center of the city. They damaged the headstones of graves belonging to Palestinians from Jerusalem who were killed by the Israeli forces in the last two years. The graves include the bodies of Mohammed al-Kaloati, ‘Abdullah Abu Kharoub; Thaer Abu Ghazaleh; Bahaa’ ‘Elian; Mohammed Abu Khalaf; ‘Abdel Muhsen Hassounah; and Mohammed Nemer as the Israeli police provided for burying them only in al-Mujahidin Cemetery.

Settlement Activities, Demolitions, and Settlers’ Attacks against Palestinian civilians and their Property:

As part of the Israeli settlers’ attacks against the Palestinian civilians and their properties, the Israeli settlers cut 28 fruitful olive trees planted 30 to 40 years ago in al-Telmah area near “Rahlim” settlement established on the lands of Yatma village lands, south of Nablus; 20 fruitful olive trees planted 60 years ago in al-Sowanah area in Burin village near “Yitsihar” settlement, south of the city; 12 fruitful olive trees in Qaryout village, southeast of the city and 18 fruitful olive trees in al-Twiani village, east of Yata in the southern Hebron.

In the same context, on 09 AMrch 2018, Israeli settlers from “Ma’oun” settlement attacked al-Tawani Kherbeh, east of Yata in southern Hebron. As a result, the windows of a vehicle belonging to Gom’ah al-Rab’ie were broken. On the same day, a group of settlers from “Yitsihar” settlement attacked Madma village, south of Nablus. On the same day, a group of settlers from “Emmanuel” settlement threw stones at the Palestinian vehicles traveling on Qana Valley Road, northwest of Salfit. As a result, a number of civilians were wounded and windows of a bus on a children’s trip were broken.

[Photo:  Palestinians carry the funeral of Ismail Saleh Abu Reyala, who was killed by Israeli soldiers while fishing and kept by Israeli authorities for 18 days after he was killed. Funeral ceremony in Gaza City, Gaza on March 15, 2018. Photographer: Mustafa Hassona/AA]

 

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