Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights violations in Occupied Palestinian Territory (29 Nov – 5 Dec)

8th Dec 2018
Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights violations in Occupied Palestinian Territory (29 Nov – 5 Dec)

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

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (29 November – 05 December 2018):

Israeli forces continue systematic crimes in occupied Palestinian territory.

On International Day of Persons with Disabilities: Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian with a disability in Tulkarm, West Bank, Palestine.

5 civilians were wounded in the West Bank.

Israeli forces continued to use excessive force against unarmed civilians and peaceful protestors in the Gaza Strip.

98 civilians, including 28 children, 4 women, 2 journalists, and a female paramedic, were wounded; the injury of four of them was reported serious.

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

Israeli forces conducted 101 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 3 limited incursions into the Gaza Strip.

64 civilians, including 8 children, were arrested in the West Bank.

5 of them were arrested in Jerusalem.

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

Israeli forces demolished 2 houses and 2 commercial facilities and forced civilians to self-demolish other facilities.

Israeli forces continued their settlement activities in the West Bank.

Two houses in Jericho and 4 barracks in Salfit were demolished while an agricultural barrack was confiscated in Nablus.

Challenge 13 school was dismantled in al-Simya, south of Hebron.

Israeli settlers punctured tires of 4 Palestinian cars, south of Nablus.

4 shooting incidents were reported against the fishing boats in the 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 12th consecutive year.

103 permanent checkpoints, 91 temporary checkpoints and 14 closed roads obstruct the movement of Palestinian civilians in the West Bank.
5 civilians, including a woman, were arrested at the military checkpoints in the West Bank.
Israeli forces arrested a civilian at Beit Hanoun “Erez” Crossing in the northern Gaza Strip.

Summary

Shooting:

In the Gaza Strip, the Israeli forces continued to use lethal force against the participants in the peaceful protests organized along the Gaza Strip borders, which witnessed the peaceful protests for the 35th week along the eastern and northern border area of the Gaza Strip.

They also continued to use armed force as well during the incursions into the West Bank.

In the West Bank, the Israeli forces on the international Day of Persons with Disabilities killed a Palestinian civilian with a disability in Tulkarm and wounded 5 others.

In the Gaza Strip, the Israeli forces wounded 98 civilians, including 28 children, 4 women, 2 journalists, and a female paramedic. The injury of four of those wounded was reported serious.

In the West Bank, in a new crime of lethal armed force against Palestinian civilians, Israeli forces killed on 04 December 2018, Mohammed Habali (22) in Tulkarm. He was killed when the Israeli forces moved into the city as part of its operation to search for the Wanted Ashraf Na’alwah and opened fire at a group of young men who were in front of al-Malek coffee shop in the Western neighborhood of the city. The Information Office of the Minitsry of Health said that the above mentioned was wounded with explosive bullet shrapnel to the head (entered but did not exit); as a result, he died immediately. His brother, ‘Alaa’, said that his brother suffers from a mental disability and motor impairment. It should be mentioned that the above-mentioned civilian was killed on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

In the same context, the Israeli forces during the reporting period, wounded 5 civilians in separate shooting incidents.

In the Gaza Strip, as part of using excessive force against the peaceful protesters along the Gaza Strip borders, during the reporting period, Israeli forces wounded 98 civilians, including 28 children, 4 women, 2 journalists, and a female paramedic. The injury of four of those wounded was reported serious.

 

Governorate Injuries
Total Children Women Journalists Paramedics Critical Injuries
Northern Gaza Strip 62 24 4 1 1 3
Gaza City 21 0 0 0 0 0
Central Gaza Strip 14 4 0 1 0 0
Khan Younis 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rafah 1 0 0 0 0 1
Total 98 28 4 2 1 4

 

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 4 incidents against fishermen; 3 of them off the northern Gaza Strip shore, and one off the southern Gaza Strip shore.

As part of targeting the border areas on 29 November 2018, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Shokah village, east of Rafah, opened fire at the Palestinian shepherds.

On 03 December 2018, Israeli soldiers stationed inside the watchtowers heavily opened fire at the bird hunters in the border area adjacent to the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, southeast of Beit Haoun in the northern Gaza Strip.

On 04 December 2018, Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of Deir al-Balah, opened fire at a border control point belonging to the Palestinian armed groups. On 05 December 2018, Israeli soldiers opened fire at the agricultural lands adjacent to the border fence, east of Deir al-Balah. Though no casualties were reported in those incidents, the farmers, shepherds and bird hunters were forced to leave their areas, fearing for their lives.

Incursions:

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 101 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank. During those incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 59 Palestinians, including 8 children, in the West Bank. Moreover, 5 others were arrested in Jerusalem and its suburbs.

In the Gaza Strip, on 03 December 2018, Israeli forces moved into eastern al-Bureij in the central Gaza Strip around 100 meters. They levelled the lands adjacent to the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, and 2 hours later redeployed along the border fence.

On 04 December 2018, Israeli forces moved 100 meters off the Memorial Statute, southeast of Beit Hanoun in the Gaza Strip. On 05 December 2018, Israeli forces moved a similar distance off Site 16, northeast of the above mentioned village. In both incursions, they levelled and combed vacant lands there amidst sporadic shooting. However, neither casualties nor damage to the area was reported.

Israeli Forces continued to create a Jewish Majority in occupied East Jerusalem:

As part of the Israeli house demolitions and notices, on 03 December 2018, Ahmed Siyam self-demolished a storehouse, car parking, and stairs near his house in ‘Ein al-Lozeh neighborhood in Silwan village, south of East occupied Jerusalem’s Old City, to implement the Israeli municipal decision under the pretext of building without a license.

On 04 December 2018, Israeli authorities demolished an under-construction house in al-Sal’ah neighborhood in al-Mukaber Mount village, south of occupied East Jerusalem, and belonging to the family of Na’im Abu Dweih. The house which was built 2 months and a half ago is 150 square meters and the above mentioned civilian intended to move to it with his family of 12 members, mostly children.

On the same day, Israeli forces demolished a house and its surrounding fences in Wad al-Hummus neighborhood in Sour Baher village, south of occupied East Jerusalem. The 250-square-meter house belonged to Mohammed Hussein Abu Teir near the annexation wall.

In Beit Haninah, north of the city, the Israeli vehicles demolished 2 commercial facilities built 2 years ago belonging to the families of Taha and Shqeirat. The two families affected said that the Israeli forces confiscated the construction tools and equipment in the land in addition to demolishing barracks already built on it. The Israeli authorities also forced Amin al-‘Abasi to self-demolish a parking owned by him in ‘Ein al-Lozeh in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem.

As part of the settlers’ attacks against the Palestinian civilians and their property, on 05 December 2018, the Israeli Magistrate Court issued a decision to evacuate a Jerusalemite building in Wad Hilweh, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City for the interest of “El’ad” Settlement association. Wadi Hilweh Information Center said that The Magistrate Court issued a decision to evacuate the heirs of the late Mariam Abu Zweir and gave the family until the beginning of March 2019 to implement the decision to evacuate the property. The Center added that the property is a house where Ilham Siam and four of her children live in addition to a land ​​about 500 square meters. The center added that the Magistrate’s Court issued the eviction decision, preceded by a session appointed by the Supreme Court to consider the “ownership of the land.” The documents were submitted to court stating that the land on which the house is built belongs to the late Jamil Siam and not to the late Abu Zweir. The court session will be held on 08 January 2019.

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 demolition notices, on 03 December 2018, Israeli forces demolished 2 houses belonging to Ayman Sharaydeh and Hasan Zayed in Fasayel village, north of Jericho under the pretext of building without a license, the first house is comprised of one room built of cement and roofed with tin plates on an area of 50 square meters, sheltering him and his wife with 4 children. Meanwhile, the second house is comprised of a room built of steel on an area of 20 square meters, sheltering him with his wife and 8 kids, including 4 children; one of whom suffers a physical disability.

On the same day, the Israeli forces dismantled a barrack built of steel and tin plates from the lands of Qasrah village on Street (505- al-Samerah ‘Aber), southeast of Nablus, and confiscated it. The barrack belonged to Maqboulah ‘Othman from the nearby Majdal Bani Fadel village and was built on an area of 44 square meters for planting in a land of 70 dunums for reclaiming it.

On 04 December 2018, the Israeli forces demolished (4 barracks) built of fortified steel at the entrance to Haris village, northwest of Salfit. The barracks belonged to Fadi, Nadi, and Saleh Soliman and was used as an aluminium workshop, a carpentry workshop, dry clean, and a greenhouse. Those barracks were on the main street connecting Haris and Bedia villages.

On 05 December 2018, Israeli forces dismantled Change13 School in al-Simiyah village, southwest of al-Samou’a village, south of Hebron, which was accredited by the Ministry of Education and funded by ACF a week ago to take in around 40 to 50 students from the village residents. The school which was built of isolated tin plates was confiscated and its tiles were uprooted while those responsible for the construction were not handed any notice to stop the construction works or demolition orders.

As part of the Israeli settlers’ attacks against the Palestinians civilians and their property, on 03 December 2018, a group pf Israeli settlers from al-Tahta neighbourhood in Awdella village, south of Hebron, and attacked the Palestinian cars in front of the houses’ owners, in its yards and in the village streets. They also wrote slogans against Arabs and Muslims on the walls of houses and cars and punctured with sharp tools tires of 3 cars and tires of a big bus.

[Photo: A Palestinian press member is being carried away after getting injured following Israeli forces’ shooting in a “Great March of Return” demonstration near Al Bureij Refugee Camp on the Gaza-Israel border, in Gaza City, Gaza on November 30, 2018. Photographer: Hassan Jedi/AA]

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