Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights violations in Occupied Palestinian Territory (16–22 May)

24th May 2019
Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights violations in Occupied Palestinian Territory (16–22 May)

[Photo: Palestinians attend a demonstration to mark the passage of 71 years since the “Nakba” at Israel-Gaza border located near Jabalia Refugee Camp in Gaza City, Gaza on May 15, 2019. Photographer: Ramez Habboub/AA]

 

Gaza, Palestine, (Palestinian Center for Human Rights [pchrgaza.org]): Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (16– 22 May 2019)

Israeli forces continue systematic crimes in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (oPt).

Eight Palestinian civilians, including three children, were wounded in the northern West Bank.
Israeli forces conducted 55 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 6 other incursions into Jerusalem.
47 Palestinian civilians, including 12 children, were arrested in the West Bank. Eighteen of them, including 10 children, were arrested in occupied Jerusalem.
Israeli authorities continued their settlement activities in the West Bank.
A residential tent was demolished and confiscated in Sosiya village, south of Hebron, for the fourth time.
Israeli authorities continued to create a Jewish majority in occupied East Jerusalem.
Israeli forces prevented Palestinian worshipers from al-I’tikaf (a period of staying in a mosque for a certain number of days to perform prayers) and forcibly ordered them to leave the al-Aqsa Mosque.
Five Shooting incidents were reported against the fishing boats in the Gaza Strip Sea.

Israeli forces turned the West Bank into cantons and continued to impose the illegal closure on the Gaza Strip for the 13th consecutive year.
Israeli forces established 92 permanent checkpoints and 134 temporary checkpoints in the West Bank.
Four Palestinian civilians were arrested at military checkpoints in the West Bank.

 

Summary

Shooting:

During the reporting period, Israeli forces continued to use lethal force against the participants in the peaceful protests organized along the Gaza Strip borders. In the West Bank, Israeli forces wounded 8 Palestinian civilians, including three children. Five of them, including two children, were wounded in the northern West Bank, while three others, including a child, were wounded in the southern West Bank. In the Gaza Strip, the Israeli forces continued to escalate their attacks against the Palestinian fishermen and target their livelihoods.
In the West Bank, in excessive use of lethal force against the participants in the peaceful protests, Israeli forces wounded 5 protestors, including 2 children, while participating in Qaddoum weekly protest, northeast of Qalqiliyia. The above-mentioned protest was organized on Friday, 17 May 2019, and on Saturday, 18 May 2019.

On 21 May 2019, Israeli forces opened fire at Mahmoud Husain Salah (15), from al-Khader village, south of Bethlehem, when he was near the annexation wall, which surrounds the village. As a result, Mahmoud was hit with 2 live bullets to the lower limbs. The soldiers then arrested him and took him to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in West Jerusalem to receive medical treatment.

On 22 May 2019, Israeli forces wounded two protestors while moving into al-Duhisha refugee camp, south of Bethlehem, to carry out an arrest campaign. They then opened fire at dozens of Palestinian young men who were protesting against them.

As part of targeting the Palestinian fishermen in the sea, the Israeli forces continued to escalate their attacks against the Palestinian fishermen, indicating the on-going Israeli policy to target their livelihoods. During the reporting period, PCHR documented 5 incidents were as follows: three incidents in the northern Gaza Strip Shore and 2 incidents in the southern Gaza Strip Shore.

Incursions:

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 55 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 6 other incursions into Jerusalem and its suburbs. During those incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 29 Palestinians, including two children, from the West Bank, while 18 other civilians, including 10 children, were arrested from Jerusalem and its suburbs.

Israeli Forces continued their settlement activities, and the settlers continued their attacks against Palestinian civilians and their property.

As part of the Israeli house demolitions and notices, on 16 May 2019, Israeli forces moved into Sosiya village, south of Yatta, south of Hebron. They dismantled a 30-square-meter residential tent built with sheds, rubber tires and steel pillars. The tent belongs to Hussain Radi Nawaj’ah (55). The Israeli authorities claimed that the tent was confiscated and demolished under the pretext of non-licensing. It should be noted that it was the fourth time that the tent was confiscated and the latest was on 16 April 2019.

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

Despite their claims to provide facilities for Palestinian civilians in Ramadan and allow them to perform prayers in al-Aqsa Mosque yards in occupied Jerusalem’s Old City, Israeli forces continued to impose restrictions on them, including the city residents. During this week, a large force of Israeli soldiers raided al-Aqsa Mosque after al-‘Isha and al-Taraweeh prayers and forcibly ordered al-Mo’takefeen, who are staying in the al-Aqsa Mosque for a certain number of days to perform prayers, to leave the mosque.

In the same context, the Israeli authorities confiscated dozens of food parcels prepared by Jerusalem Endowment Fund. Those parcels were supposed to be distributed to poor families. The Jerusalem Endowment fund said that the Israeli authorities claimed that the food parcels are funded by the Palestinian Authority (PA) that is banned by the Israeli authorities and considered in violation of its law.

 

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