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Weekly Report: Israeli Human Rights violations in Occupied Palestinian Territory (10–16 May)

18th May 2018
Weekly Report: Israeli Human Rights violations in Occupied Palestinian Territory (10–16 May)

Gaza, (The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights):

Weekly Report: Israeli Human Rights violations in Occupied Palestinian Territory (10–16 May):

Israeli forces continued to use appallingly lethal force against Palestinian peaceful protesters in the Gaza Strip.

In another bloody week, 46 Palestinian civilians, including 7 children and a wheelchair-bound man, were killed.

2024 Palestinian civilians, including 328 children, 74 women, 20 journalists and 5 paramedics, were wounded.

62 Palestinian civilians, including 5 children and 2 women, were wounded in the West Bank.

Israeli warplanes targeted an agricultural land in the northern Gaza Strip, and many border control checkpoints. However, no casualties were reported.

Israeli forces continued to open fire at the border areas in the Gaza Strip.

Israeli forces conducted 91 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 7 similar ones in Jerusalem

Israeli forces conducted 5 limited incursions into the Gaza Strip amidst shooting, wounding 3 civilians, including a woman,

123 civilians, including 13 children and 3 women, were arrested.

52 of them were arrested in Jerusalem.

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

A Plot of land was confiscated in al-‘Issawiyah village

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.

5 Palestinian civilians, including a child, were arrested at the military checkpoints in the West Bank.

Summary

Shooting:

Israeli forces continued to use excessive lethal force against Palestinian civilians, who participated in peaceful demonstrations organized within the activities of the “Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege” in the Gaza Strip, which witnessed peaceful demonstrations along the eastern and northern Gaza Strip border area.

On Monday, 14 May 2018, on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakbah, the Gaza Strip witnessed the activities of the Great March of Return early declared by the Supreme Authority of the Return, and ten thousands of Palestinian defenseless civilians participated, including women, young men, children and elders.

On that day, the Israeli forces excessively and appallingly used lethal force against the peaceful protesters. As a result, dozens of Palestinian civilians were killed while hundreds were wounded; many of them sustained serious wounds, including a PCHR’s volunteer fieldworker.

During the reporting period, the Israeli forces killed 46 Palestinian civilians, including 7 children and a wheelchair-bound man.

Moreover, they wounded 2,024 Palestinian civilians, including 328 children, 74 women, 20 journalists and 5 paramedics; 135 of those wounded are in serious condition. In the West Bank, the Israeli forces wounded 62 Palestinian civilians, including 5 children, 2 women and 2 journalists, in separate incidents.

Investigations and Field Observations by PCHR’s Fieldworkers Confirm the Following:

The demonstrations have been entirely peaceful, and the fieldworkers have not witnessed any armed manifestations despite the state of outrage and fervor prevailing among the demonstrators who were hundreds of thousands.

An outstanding participation of women and children in the demonstrations.

The Israeli Forces unprecedentedly and heavily stationed along the border fence and inside the military sites surrounding the area along with intensive flight of the Israeli warplanes.

Tear gas canisters were intensively and unprecedentedly fired from the drones and by the Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence or in the military sites. The tear gas has spared none, including PCHR’s staff that was in the field.

Ambulances, medical staff, and field clinics were deliberately and directly targeted and prevented from approaching those wounded in addition to causing injuries among them.

Journalists are directly targeted, causing injuries among them.

The Israeli fire deliberately targeted the upper part of the body, inflicting head and chest wounds. There are many of those wounded in critical condition; thus, the number of deaths is likely to increase.

As part of targeting the border areas, on 10 May 2018, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel opened fire at the landfill, east of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip, and at the Palestinian shepherds and farmers, east of al-Bureij. However, no casualties were reported.

On 11 May 2018, the Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel opened fire at 2 security checkpoints belonging to the Palestinian Armed Groups, east of the central Gaza Strip. On 12 and 13 May 2018, the Israeli forces also targeted 2 border control checkpoints, east of al-Maghazi.

On 14 May 2018, Israeli forces fired 2 artillery shells at a border control checkpoint belonging to al-Qassam Brigades (Hams Militayr Wing) in eastern Islamic Martyrs Cemetery in the northern Gaza Strip. They recurred the shelling on 16 May 2018. As a result, the checkpoint sustained severe damage, but no casualties were reported. The Israeli forces also targeted 2 border control checkpoints with artillery shells in eastern al-Bureij and al-Maghazi, east of the central Gaza Strip, and recurred the shelling at the same checkpoints on 16 May 2018.

On 16 May 2018, the Israeli forces stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel opened fire at the agricultural lands adjacent to the border fence, east of al-Na’aymah Street, and east of al-Amal neighbourhood, east and northeast of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip. However, neither damage nor casualties were reported.

As part of the airstrikes, on 12 May 2018, Israeli warplanes launched 5 missiles at the agricultural lands that are around 800 meters away from the western border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, northeast of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip. However, no casualties were reported.

On 14 May 2018, the Israeli warplanes, only ten minutes apart, launched 6 missiles at Palestine military site belonging to al-Qassam Brigades, northeast of Um al-Naser Bedouin village in the northern Gaza Strip. They also launched a missile at Bader Military Site and another at al-Bahriyah Site near al-Baydar resort, south of Gaza City. They also targeted another site, southwest of Gaza City. However, in all the bombings, no causalities were reported, but the sites sustained severe damage.

On the same day, the Israeli forces flew a black drone carrying a plastic bottle filled with benzene and an explosive device fixed to the bottle. The drone then dropped it on the tents of the March of return and Breaking the Siege in Eastern Abu Safiyah Hill, northeast of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip. As a result, the car tires used during the protests burnt.

In the West Bank, on 10 May 2018, 6 protesters were wounded, including a 17-year-old child, when the Israeli forces moved into Nablus to guard hundreds of settlers who arrived via dozens of buses to Josef’s Tomb to perform religious rituals. Thus, dozens of Palestinian children and young men protested against them.

On 11 May 2018, 5 Palestinian civilians were wounded while participating in a sit-in in the Bab al-Rahmah Cemetery to remove parts of the fences lately established by the Israeli forces. During the sit-in, the Israeli forces supressed the participants using rubber bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs. As a result, 3 civilians sustained sound bomb shrapnel wounds and 2 others sustained rubber bullet wounds.

In addition to the above mentioned injuries, during the reporting period, 51 other civilians, including 4 children, 2 women and 2 journalists, were wounded after the Israeli forces opened fire at them and fired tear gas canisters directly during peaceful protests and stone-throwing at the Israeli soldiers stationed at the entrances to the Palestinian communities in the West Bank. Those demonstrations came in the light of demonstrations organized by Palestinian civilians in protest at Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the Israeli forces’ ongoing settlement crimes, confiscation of Palestinian lands, and Israeli forces’ crimes against the peaceful demonstrations organized by the Palestinians along the eastern borders of the Gaza Strip.

Incursions:

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 91 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 71 Palestinians, including 5 children, in the West Bank. Meanwhile, 52 civilians, including 8 children and 3 women, were arrested in Jerusalem and its suburbs; a number of them were arrested during the peaceful protests in the City.

In the Gaza Strip, on 13 May 2018, Israeli forces moved 100 meters into eastern alBureij in the central Gaza Strip, to level lands adjacent to the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel.

On 14 May 2018, Israeli forces conducted 3 incursions into east of Abu Reidah neighborhood, east of Khuza’ah, and east of ‘Abasan al-Jadidiah in eastern Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip; and eastern Abu Saifyah Hill, northeast of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip. The Israeli forces leveled lands and repaired the barbed-wire fence amidst sporadic shooting. As a result, 3 civilians, including a woman, were wounded.

On 16 May 2018, the Israeli forces moved 100 meters into al-Shawkah village, east of Rafah City in the southern Gaza Strip. They leveled and combed lands in the area before redeploying along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel.

Efforts to Create a Jewish Majority in East Jerusalem:

As part of the Israeli settlement expansion, house demolition notices and demolitions, on 10 May 2018, the Israeli authorities confiscated a plot of land in al-‘Issawiyah village, northeast of occupied East Jeurasalem, under the pretext of using it for the public good. The plot of lands is 2 dunums and belongs to Mustafa Family. The Israeli municipality staffs closed the land and surrounded the land threatened to be confiscated with barbed wires so it would not be used by its owners. They pitched a banner written on which “Here will be established an education facility by Moria Company in favor of the neighborhood residents.”

As part of the Israeli settlers’ attacks against Palestinian civilians and property, on 13 May 2018, hundreds of settlers raided al-Aqsa Mosque in the Old City of East Jerusalem and performed mass prayers. They then sang and danced in circles and raised the Israeli flag amidst Israel forces’ attacking the Islamic Endowments “Awqaf” officers and tightening on the mosque.

The Islamic Endowments Department said that 1,042 settlers raided al-Aqsa Mosque during the morning raids via al-Magharbah Gate while the Israeli forces, police and senior officers intensively deployed in the mosque yards.

It should be noted that the Israeli alleged Temple Institutions called their supporters for wide participation in mass raids of the mosque in coincidence with the commutation of the city’s occupation according to the Hebrew calendar.

In the afternoon, thousands of Israelis participated in the annual “Flag Dance March” amidst Israeli tightened security measures isolating Jerusalem’s Old City, several neighborhoods and streets to secure the March.

The settlers made their way from West Jerusalem streets passing by Hebron Gate and New Gate and then to Jerusalem’s Old neighborhoods via the Damascus Gate until they reached the Western Wall “Buraq”. Groups of them marched towards the Herod’s Gate, Sultan Suleiman Street, and the Lions’ Gate passing via Silwan village until they reached the Western Wall “Buraq”., where the rituals and celebrations of “Jerusalem Unification Day” were held.

[Photo: Injured Palestinian women helped by medics near Israel border in Khan Yunis, Gaza on May 16, 2018. Photographer: Abed Rahim Khatib/AA]

 

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