Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights violations in Occupied Palestinian Territory (19–25 April)

29th Apr 2018
Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights violations in Occupied Palestinian Territory (19–25 April)

Gaza, (The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights):

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (19 – 25 April 2018).

 

Israeli forces continued to directly target peaceful protests that did not pose any threat to the Israeli soldiers’ life.

5 Palestinian civilians were killed, including a child, and 2 civilians succumbed to their wounds; one of them is a journalist and the other is profoundly deaf.

288 Palestinian civilians, including 52 children, 7 women, 2 journalists and 2 paramedics, were wounded in the Gaza Strip.

12 Palestinian civilians, including a child and elderly, were wounded in the West Bank.

Israeli forces continued to apply the collective punishment policy

A house belonging to family of prisoner Ahmed al-Qombo’a was blown up in Jenin.

Israeli forces conducted 52 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 2 limited ones in the southern Gaza Strip.

67 civilians, including 20 children, and a French activist were arrested.

20 of them, including 14 children, were arrested in Jerusalem.

Israeli forces continued to create a Jewish majority in occupied East Jerusalem

56 dunums were levelled and 100 fruitful olive trees were uprooted and stoen from lands in Sour Baher.

Al-Safa al-Hadithah Printing House was closed in Beit ‘Anan, and its contents were damaged and confiscated.

Israeli forces continued their settlement activities in the West Bank.

A residential tent and a mobile house were confiscated in southern West Bank and 320 olive trees were uprooted and damaged in northern side of it.

Settlers cut 100 olive trees and punctured 33 cars in addition to throwing a stone at a child wounding him in the face.

11 Shooting incidents were reported against the Palestinian fishing boats in the Gaza Sea, but no casualties were reported.

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.

4 Palestinian civilians, including a child and B’Tselem Fieldworker, were arrested at the military checkpoints in the West Bank.

 

Summary

 

Israeli forces continued to use excessive lethal force against Palestinian civilians, who participated in peaceful demonstrations organized on the 42nd anniversary of the Earth Day, particularly in the Gaza Strip, which witnessed peaceful demonstrations along the eastern Gaza Strip border area, where ten thousands of defenseless Palestinian young men, women, children, and elderies participated.

On 20 April 2018, the Gaza Strip witnessed peaceful demonstrations where ten thousands of Palestinian civilians participated.

Those non-violent demonstrations continued sporadically during the reporting period.

As a result, 5 Palestinian civilians were killed and two others succumbed to their wounds; one of them was a journalist and the other was profoundly deaf.

Thus, the death toll has increased to 36 Palestinian civilians, including 4 children and 2 journalists, since the beginning of the demonstrations in the Gaza Strip only on 30 March 2018.

Moreover, during the reporting period, 288 Palestinian civilians, including 6527 children, 107 women, 2 journalists and 2 paramedics were wounded; 15 of them sustained serious wounds. In the West Bank, the Israeli forces wounded 1127 Palestinian civilians, including a child and elderly, in separate incidents.

 

This high number of casualties in the Gaza Strip proves that the Israeli forces continue to commit crimes and use excessive force against Palestinian civilians in disregard for their lives and upon an official political decision. PCHR indicates that according to Israeli forces’ spokesperson on his Facebook page following the declaration of organizing these demonstrations commemorating the 42nd anniversary of the Land Day, the Israeli forces prefigured the demonstrations, whose organizers previously declared they would be peaceful, sending threatening messages to intimidate the organizers and Gaza Strip residents and deploying Israeli snipers along the border fence.

According to investigations and field observations by PCHR’s fieldworkers:

The Return March encampments were relocated 50-100 meters closer to the border fence and surrounded with sand barriers.

The Israeli Forces increased the height of the hills on which the Israeli snipers position so they would have a clear view of the area while dozen snipers continued to position behind the sand barriers, hills and military jeeps along the border fence in the eastern Gaza Strip.

In the morning, the Israeli warplanes dropped thousands of leaflets near the protest sit-ins, warning the residents of being targeted if approaching or attempting to damage the border fence.

Those leaflets were preceded by Israeli military and political officials’ statements which threatened to inflict casualties among the protesters and considered that the March itself poses a danger in violation of the right to peaceful assembly ensured in all international conventions.

The Israeli snipers deliberately and selectively opened fire at the participants in the peaceful demonstrations which included thousands of civilians in 5 areas in the eastern Gaza Strip.

As a result, 4 civilians, including a child, were killed and 274 others were wounded on the fourth Friday of the March of Return and Breaking Siege and one of those seriously wounded succumbed to his wounds 2 days after his injury, noting that most injuries occur in the demonstration area which is around 50-300 meters away from the border fence.

The demonstrations were as always fully peaceful, and PCHR’s fieldworkers did not witness weapons or armed persons even dressed in civilian clothes among the demonstrators, who were thousands of elderlies, women, children and entire families.

Those demonstrators who moved up to 100 meters closer to the border fence raising flags, chanting slogans and national songs and flying kites in high numbers.

The demonstrators also set fire to tires while in other demonstrations there were folklore and sports performances in addition to women’s gatherings. However, the demonstrators were under the Israeli fire.

The Israeli forces widely used bursts of tear gas canisters targeting the center of the demonstrations and beyond away from the demonstrators near the border fence. As a result, hundreds, including PCHR’s fieldworkers who were documenting the incidents, suffered tear gas inhalation and seizures ; some of them were transferred to hospitals as a number of them still receive medical treatment.

For the second week in a row, the Israeli forces fired tear gas canisters which fell on the field clinic and medical center belonging to al-Barakah Algerian Association in Khuza’ah and its surroundings. As a result, the medical crews were forced to vacate the hospital and center for some time, noting they are 800 meters away from the border fence.

The press crews were directly targeted. As a result, journalist Mohammed Hasan Mohammed al-Sawalhi (40) was hit with a bullet to the right hand and his video camera with which he was covering the incidents in eastern Gaza was hit as well, noting that al-Sawalhi was wearing a blue PRESS-marked vest. The Israeli forces also targeted a car belonging to al-Manarah Press Office while many journalists suffered tear gas inhalation.

PCHR’s investigations point out that the injury of 3 of those killed was directly to the head and neck while the fourth killed was wounded to the back in addition to the other injuries that were mainly in the head, neck, back, chest, abdomen and limbs. Moreover, there are 10 civilians in critical condition, portending that the death toll would rise in any moment.

PCHR’s fieldworkers noticed that the Israeli shooting and teargasing at the protesters intensified randomly when some protestors managed to pull parts of the second barbed wires placed inside the Palestinian territories around 50 meters away from the main border fence. As a result, many of them were wounded particularly in eastern Rafah and Khuza’ah.

According to medical sources in the Gaza Strip hospitals through dealing with the injuries, many of those hit with live bullets suffered large tissue lacerations and big holes in the injured part, indicating the bullets used by the Israeli forces are explosive live bullets.
Injuries in the Gaza Strip in the period between 19 and 25 April 2018 in Each Governorate

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.

During the reporting period, PCHR’s fieldworkers monitored 11 shooting incidents; 6 in north-western Beit Lahia and 5 in Western Soudaniyah, west of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip.

In the West Bank, on 19 April 2018, a Palestinian civilian (65) was wounded when Israeli forces raided his family house in al-Bustan neighbourhood in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, to arrest his son. They fired sound bombs and rubber bullets at the house door, wounding him with sound bomb shrapnel.

On 22 April 2018, 4 demonstrators were wounded when Israeli forces raided the vicinity of al-Quds- Abu Dis University, east of occupied Jerusalem, and completely closed the area, declaring it a military zone to secure the maintenance works in the annexation wall adjacent to the university. Meanwhile, clashes erupted between dozens of Palestinian youngsters and Israeli forces who used live and rubber bullets to disperse the youngsters. As a result, 4 of them were wounded.

On 23 April 2018, two Palestinians were wounded when Israeli forces moved into Halhoul, north of Hebron and dozens of youngsters protested against them and threw stones at the military vehicles. The Israeli forces in response fired rubber-coated metal bullets at the youngsters, wounding 2 of them.

In addition to the abovementioned injuries, during the reporting period, 5 Palestinian civilians, including a child, were wounded after 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 52 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 10 similar ones into Jerusalem and its suburbs. During those incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 41 Palestinians, including 6 children, and a French activist in the West Bank. 26 civilians, including 14 children, were arrested in Jerusalem and its suburbs.

Among those arrested during the reporting period was a French activist namely Dounia Laetitia Callens (27) who is a volunteer in the Cultural Enlightenment Centre in Nablus and human rights activist. Moreover, Manal al-Ja’bari, a fieldworker in B’Tselem Centre for Human Rights, was arrested as well when she was in the vicinity of al-Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron’s Old City.

In the Gaza Strip, on 23 April 2018, Israeli forces moved 70 meters into the eastern side of the al-Bureij in the central Gaza Strip. They leveled along the border fence and built sand barriers in the lands adjacent to the border fence. They later redeployed along the border fence. On 25 April 2018, the Israeli forces removed into the abovementioned area.

Moreover, the Israeli forces arrested 4 Palestinian young men who attempted to cross the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Bureij in the central Gaza Strip.

Collective Punishment Measures:

As part of the Israeli collective punishment policy against the Palestinian families of those accused of carrying out attacks against the Israeli soldiers and/or settlers, the Israeli forces blew up a house belonging to the family of prisoner Ahmed al-Qamba’a in the vicinity of al-Batikhah intersection in al-Basatin neighbourhood, north of Jenin.

The 160-square-meter house sheltered a family of 6 members, including 2 children. It should be noted the mentioned family evacuated the house a month ago after the Israeli Supreme Court had reject fused the appeal the family filed to cancel the demolition decision. It should be mentioned that the Israeli forces arrested the above mentioned and accused him of being involved in the attack carried out by Ahmed Jarar on 09 January 2018, near Sorah village, southwest of Nablus that resulted in the killing of a Rabbi.

Efforts to Create a Jewish Majority in East Jerusalem:

As part of house demolitions and notices in favor of settlement expansion, on 23 April 2018, Israeli forces uprooted dozens of olive trees and leveled agricultural lands near Sour Baher village, south of East Jerusalem, to pave the way towards establishing new settlement units.

Ahmed Nemer said that 56 dunums were leveled and 100 olive trees aged 70 years were uprooted in addition to stealing them after being uploaded on Israeli trucks. He added that the Israeli municipality decided in 2010 to build 166 house units on this land in cooperation with the Israeli Ministry of Housing and police for the interest of Israeli retired officers. However, the decision was challenged by the four families and the case is pending in the Israeli courts.

On 24 April 2018, Israeli forces distributed dozens of demolition orders targeting residential facilities and building in Qalendia village, north of occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of building without a license. Journalist and activist Mahmoud ‘Awadallah said that the summonses and demolition order targeted 10 buildings, adding that all those building are inhabited and some of them were built 10 years ago.

In another context, on 22 April 2018, the Israeli forces closed al-Safa al-Hadithah Printing House in Beit ‘Anan village, northwest of occupied East Jerusalem, after damaging its contents, destroying one of its walls and confiscating printers worth tens of shekels.

The Israeli forces claimed the Printing House “supports terrorism”. However, Raja’ie Hmeid, the owner, said that the Israeli forces completely destroyed the printing house’s contents and confiscated a printer worth 120,000 shekels and a computer. He added that he has never printed anything for any Palestinian faction or any inciting materials, emphasizing that his printing house only prints advertising leaflets for stores. He also said that the printing house is the source of livelihood for him and his 11-member family; thus, he and his 5 sons who work with him have become jobless.

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

As part of demolition of civilian objects, on 24 April 2018, the Israeli forces demolished and confiscated a residential tent in Rajm al-Harmah area in Kherbet Sousia, south of Yata, south of Hebron. They also confiscated a mobile house “caravan” in Irfa’aiyah area, eastof Yata, south of the city, under the pretext of being established in Area C according to the 1993 Oslo Accords without obtaining a license.

On 25 April 2018, Israeli forces accompanied with 3 bulldozers moved into the western area of Bardala village in Northern Jordan Valley. The bulldozers uprooted 130 olive trees and confiscated them and cut 190 other trees in the same land in addition to spraying chemicals on its stumps to prevent their growth. The 10-dunum land belongs to Hussein Sawaftah and is planted with 1000 olive trees.

As part of the Israeli settlers’ attacks against Palestinian civilians and property, on 19 April 2018, hundreds of armed settlers moved into Solomon’s Anicent Pools and a high mount overlooking Urtas village, south of Bethlehem, which are both areas classified as Areas A according to Oslo Accords. The settlers who were under the Israeli forces’ protection and accompanied with police dogs wandered the pools and scrublands and bathed in their springs, claiming it is a scared area for Jewish.

On 20 March 2018, settlers from “Giv’at Asaf “ settlement moved into Barqa village, east of Ramallah and punctured the front and back wheels of 30 cars.

On the same day, a group of settlers from “Yitsihar” settlement calling themselves the “Price Tag” groups established in the southern side of Burin village, south of Nablus, attacked a plot of land belonging to Mohammed Zeben. The settlers cut 100 olive trees aged between 60 and 70 years using hand and automatic saws.

On the same day, a group of settlers from “Beit Hagai” settlement attacked a bus carrying students from al-Karmel School, east of Yata, with stones, wounding a 12-year-old student with a stone to the face and causing him a fracture in the nose.

On 21 April 2018, a number of settlers attacked with stones a house belonging to the Qafishah family near al-Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron’s Old City and called the residents with bad names, ordering them to leave the house. As a result, some windows in the ground floor were broken.

On 25 April 2018, Price Tag Groups attacked Jaloud village, southeast of Nablus, and punctured tires of 3 cars. They also wrote slogans against Arabs and Muslims on the houses walls and cars before they left the village.

[Photo: Injured Palestinian carried to safety after being shot by Israeli soldiers during a protest along the Gaza border demanding the “right of return” to their land in historical Palestine from which they were driven in 1948 to make way for the new state of Israel, on April 27, 2017 in Gaza Strip, Photographer: Ali Jadallah/AA]

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