Weekly Report: Israeli Human Rights violations in Occupied Palestinian Territory (15–21 March)

24th Mar 2018
Weekly Report: Israeli Human Rights violations in Occupied Palestinian Territory (15–21 March)

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

 

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (oPt) [15 – 21 March 2018]

 

Israeli forces continued to use excessive force against the peaceful protests in the West Bank and Gaza Strip

37 Palestinian civilians, including 12 children and a photojournalist, were wounded in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Israeli forces conducted 83 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 6 limited ones into the Gaza Strip.

104 civilians, including 16 children and 2 women, were arrested in the West Bank.

49 of them, including 9 children and a woman, were arrested in Jerusalem.

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

Israeli warplanes launched a missile at Beit Hanoun Services Club stadium in the northern Gaza Strip.

Israeli settlers continued their attacks in the West Bank.

Israeli settlers wrote racial slogans in Hizamh village and attacked farmers and shepherds in Hebron and Ramallah.

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

Two Palestinians were forced to self-demolish their houses in Silwan and al-Mokaber villages.

10 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.

Two patients’ companions and an officer at Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) were arrested at Beit Hanoun “Erez” Crossing.

Israeli forces arrested 4 Palestinian civilians at the military checkpoints in the West Bank.

Summary

Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period

Shooting:

During the reporting period, Israeli forces wounded 37 Palestinian civilians, including 12 children and a photojournalist, in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. In the Gaza Strip as well, the Israeli forces continued to chase the Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Sea, target the border areas, and carry airstrikes against objectives belongs to the Palestinian Armed Groups and open lands.

In the West Bank, on 20 March 2018, 6 civilians, including a child, were wounded when a group of “Mista’arvim” undercover units dressed like Palestinian civilians sneaked into Burin village, west of Jenin, to carry out an arrest mission.

On 21 March 2018, a 45-year-old Palestinian civilian was wounded with a rubber boat to the abdomen when the Israeli forces moved into al-Moghir village, northeast of Ramallah, to arrested civilians.

Moreover, 4 Palestinian civilians, including a child, paramedic, and photojournalist, were wounded after Israeli forces opened fire at them and fired tear gas canisters directly at them during protests and stone-throwing at the Israeli soldiers stationed at the entrances to the Palestinian villages in the West Bank. These demonstrations are organized by Palestinian civilians in protest against the American President’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and against the Israeli settlement activities and land confiscations.

In the Gaza Strip, 16 Palestinian civilians, including 10 children, were wounded after Israeli forces fired bullets and tear gas canisters at them directly during protests and stone-throwing at the Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel. These demonstrations are organized by Palestinian civilians in protest against the American President’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and against the closure imposed on the Gaza Strip for 11 years consecutively.

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. PCHR’s fieldworkers monitored 10 shooting incidents; 7 in north-western Beit Lahia and 3 others in Western Soudaniyah, west of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip.

As part of targeting the border areas, on 15 March 2018, Israeli forces stationed in the watchtowers, east of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, heavily opened fire at the border area in addition to firing 6 artillery shells; one of which fell on a checkpoint belonging to the Palestinian Armed Groups while the other shells fell on agricultural lands and open areas. On the same day, the Israeli artillery fired one shells at an open area, north of the Agriculture School in northern Beit Hanoun, but no casualties were reported. On the same day, the Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Maghazi in the central Gaza Strip opened fire at the agricultural lands, but no casualties were reported.

On 17 March 2018, Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel opened fire at the Palestinian agricultural lands, east of al-Bureij. The shooting recurred sporadically in the same area on Tuesday afternoon, 20 March 2018, until 09:00 next day. However, no casualties were reported.

As part of airstrikes, on 15 March 2018, the Israeli warplanes launched 4 missiles at military training sites belonging to al-Qassam Brigades on Khalil al-Wazir Stree in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip. Three missiles fell on the site as two exploded causing material damage to the site while the fourth missile exploded in the playground of Beit Hanoun Services Club Stadium adjacent to the training site from the northern side. No casualties were reported.

Incursions:

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 83 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 55 Palestinians, including 7 children and a woman, in the West Bank. Forty-nine of them, including 9 children and a woman, were arrested in Jerusalem and its suburbs. Those incursions are accompanied usually with forcing children, women and elderly people to stay outside their houses for hours or locking families in one room, preventing them to move in addition to other acts of harassment and use of police dogs in house raids.

Among those arrested was journalist Mohammed Hamamrah, who works in Ma’an News Network, as he was arrested while preparing a report in al-Takrouri mount area, south of Hebron. Howoever, he was later released. The Israeli forces also arrested Islamic Jihad Leader Bassam al-Sa’adi from one of his sons’ houses in al-Jabriyat neighorhood, west of Jenin.

The Israeli forces continued to recruit “Mista’arvim” units to arrest Palestinian civilians, claiming they are wanted. A group of those units via a civilian car with a Palestinian registration plate sneaked into al-Mahd al-Jadid Street in the center fo Bethlehem. When a Palestinian car carrying Shadi Ma’ali from al-Dheishah refugee camp, south of the city, was passing by, they poucned on Shadi and took him to their car which fast drove away towards an Israeli military camp in Rachel’s Tomb, north of the city. Shadi is a leader in the Popular Front for Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and the Israeli forces claim he is wanted. He was previsouly arrested for 10 years, including years under administrative detention. On 21 March 2018, a group of “Mista’arvim” units sneaked into ‘Awerta villge, southeast of Nablus, and arrested a worker in al-‘Ajouri Carpentry Workshop next ‘Awerta crossing.

The Israeli forces raided a house belonging to ‘Abdel Rahman Bani Fadel, in ‘Aqraba village, southeast of Nablus. The latter was shot dead by the Israeli forces after he stabbed an Israeli office guard on al-Wad Street in East Jerusalem’s Old City. An engineering explosives team took the house measurements seemingly in a prelude to demolish it.

In the Gaza Strip, the Israeli forces conducted 6 limited incursions into the southern and central Gaza Strip. On 13 March 2018, Israeli forces moved 100 meters into the east of ‘Abasan al-Kabirah village, east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip. On 20 March 2018, a similar incursion occurred east of al-Qararah village, east of the abovementioned city. On the same day, the Israeli forces moved into 100 meters the western side of the border fence, east of al-Salqa Valley village, east of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip. On the same day, they moved 200 meters into the eastern side of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip. On 21 March, they conducted 2 incursions into the eastern side of al-Qararah and eastern side of al-Maghazi. During all incursions, the Israeli forces leveled and combed lands adjacent to the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel before they redeployed along the border fence.

Efforts to Create Jewish Majority in occupied East Jerusalem:

As part of house demolitions, on 17 March 2018, Ishaq Shweiki self-demolished his house in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, upon the Israeli municipality’s decision and to avoid the high fines. Shweiki said that the house, which was built 6 years ago of gypsum and sheet iron, is a 50-square-meter second floor and he was forced to self-demolish it after threatening to impose on him fines and demolitions costs ranging between 50 to 60 thousands shekels and for not causing damage to the ground floor.

On 20 March 2018, Faisal Jom’ah self-demolished his house in al-Mukaber Mount neighborhood, southeast of occupied Jerusalem’s Old City, implanting an order by the Israeli municipality under the pretext of building without a license. Faisal said that he built his house 6 months ago and tried to license it but the Israeli municipality refused. He added that the house was built on an area of 150 square meters and sheltered his family comprised of 6 members, including 4 children.

As part of settlers’ attacks against the Palestinian civilians and their property, on 19 March, settlers wrote racial slogans calling for expelling Arabs from Jerusalem on the walls of houses and civilian vehicles in Hizmah village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem. They also punctured 3 vehicles and wrote slogans on it in addition to breaking a vehicle’s windows.

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

As part of the Israeli settlers’ attacks against the Palestinian civilians and their property, on 17 March 2018, an Israeli settler attacked using a dog a shepherd, who was in al-Rahwah area, southwest of al-Thahiriyah village, south of Hebron. The shepherd attempted to confront the settler while the dog attacked the flock, seriously wounding 2 sheep. The Israeli police did not come to the scene claiming it is far away from them.

On 19 March 2018, a group of settlers attacked Palestinian farmers’ lands in al-Thahrat area in the outskirts of Termes’aya village, north of Ramallah. The settlers heavily threw stones at the famers, wounding one of them with a stone to the head.

[Photo: Israeli soldiers intervene in Palestinians during a protest against Israeli decision to confiscate a parcel of land owned by a local secondary school near the West Bank city of Nablus on March 12, 2018. Photographer: Nedal Eshtayah/AA]

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