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Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (02 08 June 2011)


June 9, 2011 - Summary : Israeli violations of international law and humanitarian law in the OPT continued during the reporting period (02 08 June 2011): Shooting: During the reporting period, IOF wounded 30 Palestinian civilians, including 12 children and a woman, in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Twenty nine of them were wounded in the West Bank and the thirtieth was wounded in the Gaza Strip, and the majority of them were wounded in peaceful demonstrations. In the West Bank, On 02 June 2011, a Palestinian child from Fraata village, northeast of Qalqilya, was wounded when a group of settlers from "Havat Gilad" settlement raided Palestinian lands in Fraata village and set fire to lands planted with wheat and stoned Palestinian farmers. The settlers then called IOF who rushed to the scene to provide protection to settlers. IOF started firing tear gas canisters and rubber-coated metal bullets at Palestinians. Asaad al-Tawil, 16, was hit as a result by a tear gas canister to his left eye....

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Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (02 08 June 2011)

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)

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An Israeli soldier fire tear gas canisters at a peaceful demonstration in Nabi Saleh village in the West Bank


PCHR, June 9, 2011


Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) Continue Systematic Attacks against Palestinian Civilians and Property in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT)

 

 A Palestinian civilian was wounded in the Gaza Strip

 A Palestinian child was wounded in an attack launched jointly by IOF and Israeli settlers.

 

 IOF used force to disperse peaceful demonstrations commemorating the Palestinian Naksa.[1]

- Twenty six demonstrators, including 11 children and a woman, were wounded near Qalandya checkpoint, north of Jerusalem.

 

 IOF continued to use force against peaceful protests in the West Bank.

- Two Palestinians, including a journalist, were wounded.

 

 IOF conducted 38 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank. 

- IOF arrested 14 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children.

- The arrested Palestinians include two PLC members.

 

 IOF continued settlement activities and Israeli settlers continued their attacks in the West Bank.

- Israeli settlers set fire to wheat farms in Qalqilya.

- Israeli settlers damaged 20 grape trees and set fire to a wheat farm in Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron.

 

 Israel has continued to impose a total siege on the Gaza Strip and tightened the siege on the West Bank.

- IOF held a PCHR fieldworker for several hours in the north of Hebron.

- IOF held a PCHR fieldworker at a military checkpoint in the north of the West Bank and questioned him about PCHRs annual report.

 

 

Summary

 

Israeli violations of international law and humanitarian law in the OPT continued during the reporting period (02 08 June 2011):

 

Shooting:

 

During the reporting period, IOF wounded 30 Palestinian civilians, including 12 children and a woman, in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Twenty nine of them were wounded in the West Bank and the thirtieth was wounded in the Gaza Strip, and the majority of them were wounded in peaceful demonstrations.

 

In the West Bank, On 02 June 2011, a Palestinian child from Fraata village, northeast of Qalqilya, was wounded when a group of settlers from "Havat Gilad" settlement raided Palestinian lands in Fraata village and set fire to lands planted with wheat and stoned Palestinian farmers. The settlers then called IOF who rushed to the scene to provide protection to settlers. IOF started firing tear gas canisters and rubber-coated metal bullets at Palestinians. Asaad al-Tawil, 16, was hit as a result by a tear gas canister to his left eye.  

 

IOF used excessive force to disperse peaceful demonstrations organized in protest to Israeli settlement activities and the construction of the annexation wall in the West Bank. As a result, Khaled Sabarneh, 42, reporter of the Iranian TV, was wounded by a tear gas canister in the right leg, and Mousa Ahmed Mohammed Abdul Karim, 45, sustained shrapnel wounds to the head.

 

On 05 June 2001, Palestinians organized a peaceful demonstration on the occasion of the 44th anniversary of the occupation of the rest of the Palestinian territories by the Israeli occupation, calling for putting an end to the occupation. IOF used excessive force to disperse this demonstration. As a result, 26 Palestinians, including 11 children and a woman, were wounded. Paramedics who were in the scene told a PCHR fieldworker that only five of the wounded were transferred to Palestine Medical Compound in Ramallah for treatment while the others were treated on the spot and refused to give their names to the paramedics.

 

In addition, dozens of Palestinian civilians and international human rights defenders suffered from tear gas inhalation and bruises as they were beaten by IOF in peaceful demonstrations in the West Bank.

 

In the Gaza Strip, a Palestinian civilian was wounded on 07 June 2011 when IOF positioning on observation towers at the border near Beit Hanoun "Erez" crossing, in the far north of the Gaza Strip, opened intensive fire at a group of Palestinian and international demonstrators who were nearly 300 meters from the border fence to the north of the Agricultural School of al-Azhar University, north of Beit Hanoun.

 

Incursions:

 

During the reporting period, IOF conducted at least 38 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank, during which they arrested 14 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children.

 

The arrested Palestinians included two members of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) of the Hamas Change and Reform Bloc who are Abdul Rahman Fehmi Abdul Rahman Zidan, 51, from Deir al-Ghsoun village in the north of Tulkarm and Ahmed Ali Ahmed al-Haj Ali, 73, from Ein Beit al-Maa refugee camp, west of Nablus. Also Hussam Mahmoud Abdul Rahman Khader, 48, former PLC member of the Fatah parliamentary bloc from Balata refugee camp, east of Nablus, and Dr. Ghassan Nayef Talab Thougan, 54, an academic and a leader of Hamas, were among those who were arrested by IOF.

 

Israeli Settlers' Attacks on Palestinian Civilians and Property:

 

Israeli settlers living in the OPT in violation of the international humanitarian law have continued to commit systematic crimes against Palestinian civilians and Palestinian property with protection provided by IOF who ignore conducting investigations into complaints submitted by Palestinian civilians against settlers.

 

On 02 June 2011, a group of settlers from "Havat Gilad" settlement raided Palestinian lands in Fraata village, northeast of Qalqilya, and set fire in lands planted with wheat and stoned Palestinian farmers. Farmers and some Palestinians from the village who rushed to help the attacked farmers tried to drive the settlers away, but the settlers called IOF who rushed to the scene to provide protection to settlers. IOF started firing tear gas canisters and rubber-coated metal bullets at Palestinians and beat them. As a result, a Palestinian child was wounded and another civilian sustained wounds in his left leg as IOF pushed him to the ground. Another 3 Palestinians sustained wounds when they were attacked by Israeli settlers.

 

On 06 June 2011, Israeli settlers from "Karmei Tzur" settlement established on Palestinian lands in "Khellet al-Kutleh", south of Beit Ummar village and north of Halhoul town in Hebron, sprayed incinerating chemicals at 20 grape trees owned by Ali Ayad Issa Awad, 45. The grape trees were damaged as a result.

 

On 07 June 2011, Israeli settlers set fire in a wheat farm to the north of Hebron also owned by Ali Ayad Issa Awad. The fire damaged 2 dunums[2] and a half of the farm which measures 3 dunums.

 

Also on 07 June 2011, dozens of Israeli settlers chased a number of Palestinian shepherds from "Um al-Kheir" village, southeast of Yatta in the south of Hebron, and prevented them from watering and grazing their sheep. IOF also held Belal Mohammed al-Hathalin from from "Um al-Kheir" village for allegedly "taking his sheep to a military zone."

 

Restrictions on Movement:

 

Israel has continued to impose a tightened siege on the OPT and has imposed severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.

 

Gaza Strip

 

Israel has continuously closed all border crossings to the Gaza Strip for over three years. The illegal Israeli-imposed closure of the Gaza Strip, which has been steadily tightened since June 2007, has had a disastrous impact on the humanitarian and economic situation in the Gaza Strip. 

 

 IOF have tightened the closure of the Gaza Strip and practically made Karm Abu Salem crossing as the sole commercial crossing of the Gaza Strip although it is not proper for commercial purposes in terms of its distance and operational capacity.

 IOF have continued to apply their policy aimed at tightening the strangulation of the commercial movement in the Gaza Strip, including imposing total control over the flow of imports and exports.

 The total closure of al-Mentar "Karni" crossing on 02 March 2011 has created a bitter situation that has seriously affected the Gaza Strip. Following this closure, all the economic and commercial establishments in Gaza Commercial Zone were shut off. It should be noted that al-Mentar crossing is the biggest crossing in the Gaza Strip in terms of its operational capacity to absorb the flow of imports and exports. The decision of al-Mentar crossing was the culmination of a series of decisions to totally close Soafa crossing, east of the Gaza Strip, in the beginning of 2009, and Nahal Oz crossing, east of Gaza City, which was dedicated for the delivery of fuel and cooking gas to the Gaza Strip, in the beginning of 2010.

 These statistics which were made available to PCHR by the Border and Crossings Department indicate a continued drop in the number of truckloads of Gaza imports and exports.

 IOF have continued to impose total ban on the delivery of raw materials to the Gaza Stri, except for very limited items and quantities. The limited quantities of raw materials allowed into Gaza do not meet the minimal needs of the civilian population in the Gaza Strip.

 The cooking gas crisis which has erupted last November has continued to affect the Gaza Strip. This crisis was created when the Israeli occupation authorities totally closed, on 04 January 2010, Nahal Oz crossing, which used to be dedicated for the delivery of fuel and cooking gas supplies to Gaza, and shifted fuel and cooking gas supplies to Karm Abu Salem crossing which is not technically equipped to receive Gaza's needs of fuel.  Karm Abu Salem crossing, with its maximum absorptive capacity, can receive only 200 tons of cooking gas per day.

 

 Approximately 80% of Gaza civilians have continued to depend on alimentary aid provided by UNRWA and other relief agencies, rates of families who are living below poverty line have continued to be on the rise and approximately 40% of Gaza's manpower has continued to suffer from permanent unemployment as a result of shutting down the majority of Gaza's economic establishments.

 IOF have continued to impose a total ban on the exportation of Gaza's products, especially industrial products, leading to undermining any real chances to rerun economic establishments. The situation has been aggravated especially after making Karm Abu Salem crossing as Gaza sole commercial crossing and the repeated closure of this crossing which negatively affected the quantity of Gazan products which were allowed to be exported during last April.

 IOF have continued to prolongue the implementation of their decision to allow 60 cars into Gaza weekly although more than 10 months have passed since they announced this decision after three years of ban imposed on the delivery of cars to Gaza. As a result, the prices of cars in Gaza have been on the rise and local markets experience serious shortage in spare parts.

 For approximately four consecutive years, IOF have continued to ban the delivery of construction materials to Gaza. During the reporting period, IOF approved the delivery of limited quantities of construction materials for a number of international organizations.

 Israel has continued to close Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing for Palestinian civilians from the Gaza Strip. IOF only allow the movement of limited groups amidst severe restrictions, including long hours of waiting in the majority of cases. IOF have also continued to adopt a policy aimed at reducing the number of Palestinian patients allowed to move via Beit Hanoun crossing to receive medical treatment in hospitals in Israel or in the West Bank and Jerusalem. IOF denied new categories of Gazan patient permission to have access to hospitals via the crossing.

 Israel has imposed additional access restrictions on international diplomats, journalists and humanitarian workers seeking to enter the Gaza Strip.

  For approximately 46 months, IOF have continued to deny approximately 710 Palestinian prisoners from Gaza detained in Israeli jails their visitation rights without providing any justification to this measure, which violates the rules of the international humanitarian law.

 

West Bank

 

IOF have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians throughout the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Thousands of Palestinian civilians from the West Bank and the Gaza Strip continue to be denied access to Jerusalem.

 

 IOF have established checkpoints in and around Jerusalem, severely restricting Palestinian access to the city. Civilians are frequently prevented from praying in the al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.

 

 There are approximately 585 permanent roadblocks, and manned and unmanned checkpoints across the West Bank.

 

 When complete, the illegal annexation wall will stretch for 724 kilometers around the West Bank, further isolating the entire population. 350 kilometers of the wall have already been constructed. Approximately 99% of the wall has been constructed inside the West Bank itself, confiscating more Palestinian land.

 

 At least 65% of the main roads that lead to 18 Palestinian communities in the West Bank are closed or fully controlled by IOF.

 

 There are approximately 500 kilometers of restricted roads across the West Bank. In addition, approximately one third of the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, is inaccessible to Palestinians without permits issued by IOF. Such permits are extremely difficult to obtain.

 

 IOF continue to harass and assault demonstrators who hold peaceful protests against the construction of the annexation wall.

 

 Palestinian civilians continue to be harassed by IOF in Jerusalem, and across the West Bank, including being regularly stopped and searched in the streets by IOF.

 

 

Israeli Violations Documented during the Reporting Period (02 08 June 2011)

 

1. Incursions into Palestinian Areas and Attacks on Palestinian Civilians and Property in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip

 

Thursday, 02 June 2011

 

 At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Deir al-Ghsoun village, north of Tulkarm. They patrolled in the streets and stationed in the western neighborhood of the village. Nearly 50 Israeli soldiers stepped down from their vehicles and snaked into the house of Abdul Rahman Fehmi Abdul Rahman Zidan, 51, a PLC member of the Hamas Change and Reform Bloc. Zidan's wife told a PCHR fieldworker that Israeli soldiers jumped over their house wall. An Israeli soldier talked to Zidan via the window of the bedroom and told him: "Open the door otherwise we will blow the house up." IOF then raided the house and held the Zidan family in the stair case. They drove Zidan before them and searched the house. Approximately one hour later, they arrested Zidan.

 

 At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Balata refugee camp, east of Nablus. They surrounded the house of Hussam Mahmoud Abdul Rahman Khader, 48, former PLC member of the Fatah parliamentary bloc, in the eastern neighborhood in Balata refugee camp. They raided the house with sniffer dogs. They precisely searched the house and confiscated 2 computers. They then arrested Khader.

 

IOF also surrounded the house of Yaser Ibrahim al-Badrasawi, 46, a clothes merchant, in al-Tiraweyeh neighborhood in Balata refugee camp. They raided and precisely searched the house with sniffer dogs. Then they arrested al-Badrasawi.

 

Majda Mohammed Hassan al-Badrasawi, 40, is al-Badrasawi's wife. She told a PCHR fieldworker the following:

 

"At approximately 02:15 on Thrusday, 02 June 2011, the Israeli occupation forces surrounded our house which is located in al-Tiraweyeh neighborhood in Balata refugee camp. The soldiers used a sharp tool and tried to open the door that separates our apartment from the apartment of my brother-in-law, Mohammed, but they failed. They then knocked the door and called: 'Mohammed and Yaser, open the door.' My brother-in-law, Mohammed, opened the door. They checked his ID card and the ID cards of his sons. My husband was not among them so the soldiers asked about him. Mohammed told them that my husband was at home. They asked him to knock our door and to ask Yasser to get out. My brother-in-law knocked our door and Yasser got out with his ID card in his hand. They checked Yasser's ID card and asked: 'Is there anybody in the house?' We answered them that there was nobody in the house. They then asked me, my husband, my brother-in-law, and our daughters Walaa, 21, Zahraa, 14, Sujoud, 11 and Ibtihal, 8, to get into a room in the house. They let a big brown dog go in the house. They entered behind the dog. They searched the house and then arrested my husband."

 

 Also at approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Nablus. They stationed in al-Maajin neighborhood, northwest of the city, and surrounded building no. 8 of the housing buildings belonging to al-Najah National University. They knocked the door of Dr. Ghassan Nayef Talab Thougan, 54, an academic and a leader of Hamas, on the fifth floor of building no/ 8. Thougan opened the door and IOF arrested him without entering the house.

 

 At approximately 02:20, IOF moved into Housan village, west of Bethlehem. They drove their vehicles in the streets and then raided and searched the house of Ali Abdul Wahhab Shaker Hamamra, 22. IOF withdrew at approximately 03:00 after arresting Hamamra. IOF beat Hamamra with gun butts and with their legs while transferring him to one of their vehicles. They then drove him to an Israeli police station in "Kfar Etzion" settlement, southwest of Bethlehem, where he was placed under interrogation for allegedly stoning IOF vehicles.

 

 At approximately 09:00, IOF moved into Kafr al-Labad village, east of Tulkarm. They patrolled in the streets for some time. They withdrew later and neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

 At approximately 16:50, IOF moved itno Yasouf village, northeast of Salfit. They patrolled in the streets and held a number of Palestinians and questioned them about their workplaces and telephone numbers. IOF withdrew later and neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

Friday, 03 Friday 2011

 

 At approximately 00:00, IOF moved into al-Hfeira village, southwest of Jenin. They patrolled in the streets for some time. They withdrew later and neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

 At approximately 00:15, IOF moved into Hares village, north of Salfit. They patrolled in the streets and raided the house of Belal Tahsin Ali Aqel, 26. They delivered a notice to Aqel requiring him to appear before the Israeli intelligence. IOF withdrew later and no arrests were reported.

 

 Also at approximately 00:15, IOF moved into Marda village, north of Salfit. They patrolled in the streets and raided the house of Belal Tahsin Ali Aqel, 26. They delivered a notice to Aqel requiring him to appear before the Israeli intelligence. IOF withdrew later and nether house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

 At approximately 17:30, IOF moved into al-Shwaika suburb, north of Tulkarm. They patrolled in the streets and raided the house of Belal Tahsin Ali Aqel, 26. They delivered a notice to Aqel requiring him to appear before the Israeli intelligence. IOF withdrew later and neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

 

Saturday, 04 June 2011

 

 At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Anabta village, east of Tulkarm.  They patrolled in the streets for some time. They withdrew later and neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

 At approximately 23:45, IOF moved into al-Nabi Elias village, east of Qalqilya. They patrolled in the streets for some time and fired flash bombs near the village. They withdrew later and neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

Sunday, 05 June 2011

 

 At approximately 10:10, IOF moved into Bedia village, northwest of Salfit. They patrolled in the streets for some time. They withdrew later and neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

 Also at approximately 10:10, IOF moved into al-Zawya village, northwest of Salfit. They patrolled in the streets for some time. They withdrew later and neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

 At approximately 11:30, IOF moved into Nazlet Issa village, north of Tulkarm. They patrolled in the streets for some time. They withdrew later and neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

 At approximately 12:50, IOF moved into Azzoun vilalge, east of Qalqilya. They patrolled in the streets for some time. They withdrew later and neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

Monday, 06 June 2011

 

 At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Azzoun vilalge, east of Qalqilya. They patrolled in the streets and raided and searched the house of Umar Abdul Hafiz Odwan. Before withdrawing, they arrested Odwan's sixteen-year-old son, Saji.

 

 At approximately 02:30, IOF moved into Nour Shams refugee camp, east of Tulkarm. They patrolled in the streets and positioned near al-Mansheyeh neighborhood, east of Nour Shams refugee camp. They used a bomb to blow up the door of a house belonging to Nazmi ali Ahmed Eisha, 54, and raided the house. They used gun butts to severely beat Eisha's thirty-year-old son, Ashraf. They searched the house and arrested Eisha's twenty-one-year-old son, Mahfouz, who is a member of the Palestinian National Security Se


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