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Weekly Report on Israeli human rights violations in Occupied Palestinian Territory (30 August–5 September)

7th Sep 2018
Weekly Report on Israeli human rights violations in Occupied Palestinian Territory (30 August–5 September)

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

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (30 August – 05 September 2018)

 

Israeli forces continued to use force against Palestinian peaceful protestors in the Gaza Strip.

95 Palestinian civilians were wounded, including 18 children, 3 paramedics; one of them is a woman who was seriously wounded, and a journalist.

A civilian was killed after claiming he carried out a stab attack in Hebron.

10 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children and 2 journalists, were wounded in the West Bank.

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

Israeli forces conducted 86 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank.

55 civilians, including 7 children, were arrested in the West Bank.

13 of them were arrested in Jerusalem.

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

Part of a wall was destroyed in Bab al-‘Amoud area in the Old City in addition to a facility and 2 houses in occupied Jerusalem.

The Israeli court decided to demolish Khan al-Ahmar Bedouin Community, east of occupied Jerusalem.

Israeli forces continued their settlement activities in the West Bank.

A residential room, 2 portable bathrooms, and an auto repair workshop were demolished in Yata in addition to 4 houses in al-Waljah in Bethlehem under the pretext of non-licensing.

20 fruitful olive trees were uprooted in Nablus.

A house and vehicle were attacked, and the passengers were wounded due to the scattering glass.

Slogans in Hebrew were sprayed-painted on the wall of an under-construction house and 4 cars in addition to slashing the wheels in Nablus.

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

6 fishermen were arrested off Deir al-Balah Shore and a boat was drowned off northern Gaza Shore.

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.

Beit Hanoun “Erez” Crossing in the northern Gaza Strip was closed until a further notice.

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

Summary

Shooting:

Israeli forces continued to use 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 for the 23rd week in a row peaceful demonstrations along the eastern and northern Gaza Strip border area.

During the reporting period, which witnessed only one demonstration near the western Gaza Shore, the Israeli forces wounded 95 civilians, including 18 children, 3 paramedics; one of them is a woman who was seriously wounded, and a journalist.

In the West Bank, the Israeli forces wounded 26 civilians, including 2 children and 2 journalists.

 

Injuries in the Gaza Strip during this Week

 

Governorate Injuries
Total Children Women Journalists Paramedics Critical Injuries
Northern Gaza Strip 36 10 0 0 1 0
Gaza City 17 2 0 0 0 0
Central Gaza Strip 11 4 0 0 0 1
Khan Younis 14 1 0 0 1 0
Rafah 17 1 1 1 1 0
Total 95 18 1 1 3 1

 

As part of targeting Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Sea, the Israeli forces continued to escalate their attacks against the Palestinian fishermen, pointing out to the ongoing Israeli policy of targeting their livelihoods.

During the reporting period, PCHR documented 7 shooting incidents at the fishermen, including 6 in northern Gaza Strip and 1 in the central Gaza Strip. During the incidents, 6 fishermen were arrested and a boat manned by 2 brother fishermen was drowned. However, the two fishermen survived.

In the West Bank, during the reporting period, the Israeli forces wounded 26 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children and 2 journalists. Eight of those wounded were targeted during the Israeli forces’ suppression of the weekly protests against settlements.

Moreover, the 2 journalists were wounded on 03 September 2018 when the Israeli forces suppressed a protest in Ras Karkar village, west of Ramallah. On the same day, 16 civilians were wounded when the Israeli forces moved into al-Waljah area in Bethlehem to demolish 4 houses.

On 03 September 2018, Israeli forces killed Wael ‘Abdel Fattah al-Ja’abari (36) from al-Mohawel neighbourhood, east of Hebron, within H2 area which is under the Israeli security control, claiming al-Ja’abari attempted to carry out a stab attack with a knife. However, there was no eyewitness to confirm or refute the incident.

Incursions:

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 86 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 7 children, in the West Bank. Meanwhile, 13 other civilians were arrested in Jerusalem and its suburbs.

Israeli Forces Continued their Measures to Create a Jewish Majority in occupied East Jerusalem

As part of demolishing houses and civilian facilities, on 30 August 2018, the Israeli municipality staffs demolished parts of a wall near Bab al-‘Amoud area in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City and opened a new gate to connect the Christian Quarter in the Old City.

On 04 September, the Israeli vehicles demolished a facility for grazing sheep in ‘Anata village, northeast of East Jerusalem. On the same day, the Israeli municipality vehicles demolished a residential house and barrack in al-Fheidat neighbourhood in ‘Anata village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem under the pretext of not licensing.

On Wednesday morning, 05 September 2018, the Israeli Supreme Court in occupied East Jerusalem decided to demolish al-Khan Al-Ahmar Bedouin Community, east of the occupied city and displace dozens of Palestinian families living there. Around 80 Palestinian families of 190 persons from al-Jahalin tribe lives in al-Khan al-Ahmar and its surrounding. Al-Khan al-Ahmar is considered one of 46 Palestinian Bedouin communities in the West Bank facing the same threat.

On the same day, the Israeli forces demolished a house in Ras al-‘Amoud neighbourhood, east of occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of building without a license and another house belonging to Na’im Farah and his sons in al-‘Aqabah neighbourhood in Beit Hanina village, north of occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of building without a license.

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

As part of demolitions, on 03 September 2018, the Israeli forces demolished a residential room in the south-eastern side of Yata, south of Hebron. They also demolished 2 portable bathrooms built on an area of 1 square metre and a tin-plate barrack of 40 square meters used as an auto repair workshop located in the vicinity. On the same day, the Israeli bulldozers demolished 4 houses and an agricultural caravan in al-Waljah village, west of Bethlehem under the pretext of non-licensing, displacing 32 persons.

As part of the Israeli settlers’ attacks against Palestinian civilians and their property, on 01 September 2018, a group of settlers damaged 20 fruitful olive trees planted 60 and 70 years ago in Buri village, southeast of Nablus. On the same day, a group of settlers attacked with stones a house belonging to Bashir Hamzah Zeben in the northern side of the village and a car travelled by 4 Palestinians, including a girl. As a result, the front window of the car was broken and the 4 civilians were wounded due to the scattering glass. On 03 September 2018, the residents of southern Bita village, southeast of Nablus, were surprised with sprayed-printed slogans in Hebrew on the walls of an under-construction house and on 4 cars in addition to slashing their tires.

[Photo: Israeli forces disperse Palestinian journalists during a protest, which was organized by Palestinian Journalists Syndicate, to show solidarity with Palestinian journalist Ali Dar Ali, who remains incarcerated in Israel’s Ofir prison, demanding his release in Ramallah, West Bank on September 04, 2018. Photographer: İssam Rimawi/AA]

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