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Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (29 August- 04 September 2013)

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)

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Israeli forces disperse a peaceful demonstration against Israeli settlement activities in Hebron


September 5 , 2013


 

 

Israeli forces continue systematic attacks against Palestinian civilians and property in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt)

      

 

A Palestinian child died of wounds he had already sustained when Israeli forces moved into Jenin refugee camp.

A civilian was wounded, east of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip.

 

Israeli forces have continued to use excessive force against peaceful protesters in the West Bank.

 

2 protestors, including a child, were wounded during a protest in Bil'in village.

Dozens of civilians suffered tear gas inhalation.

 

 

Israeli forces conducted 42 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 2 limited ones into the Gaza Strip.

 

At least 33 Palestinian civilians, including 5 children, were arrested in the West Bank.

 

Israel has continued to impose a total closure on the oPt and has isolated the Gaza Strip from the outside world.

Israeli forces established dozens of checkpoints in the West Bank.

4 Palestinian civilians were arrested at checkpoints in the West Bank.

 

Israeli navy forces continued to target Palestinian fishermen in the sea.

Israeli navy forces opened fire at fishermen in the northern Gaza Strip.

 

Israeli forces have continued to support settlement activities in the West Bank and Israeli settlers have continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property.

Israeli forces confiscated vegetable stands along bypass road (60), north of Hebron.

Israeli forces demolished a house and a shed "barrack" in Fasayel al-Fouqa area, northwest of Jericho.

Israeli forces attacked 5 women during a protest against property demolition.

 

 

Summary

Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (29 August – 04 September 2013).

 

Shooting:

During the reporting period, a Palestinian child died of wounds he sustained when Israeli forces moved into Jenin refugee camp, north of the Gaza Strip, 2 weeks ago, while 2 Palestinian civilians, including a child were wounded during protests against the annexation wall. Moreover, a Palestinian civilian was wounded when Israeli forces opened fire at him east of Jabalia, north of the Gaza Strip.

 

On 31 August 2013, Palestinian medical sources at the Specialized Arab Hospital in Nablus declared that Karim Sobhi Saleh "Abu Sbeih" (17), from Jenin refugee camp, died of wounds that he had sustained on 20 August 2013, when Israeli forces moved into Jenin refugee camp and clashes erupted between them and Palestinian children. During those clashes, a civilian was killed and 2 others, including the abovementioned child, sustained serious wounds. The child had been receiving medical treatment at the Arab Hospital, until he was pronounced dead on 31 August

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces continued the systematic use of excessive force against peaceful protests organised by Palestinian, Israeli and international activists against the construction of the annexation wall and settlement activities in the West Bank.  As a result, 2 Palestinian civilians, including a child, were wounded, dozens suffered tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises.

 

In the Gaza Strip, on 30 August 2013, Yusef Kamel Sa'd (20) sustained a bullet wound in his left thigh when Israeli forces stationed along the border fence, east of Jabalia, in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at him. Sa'd was about 500 meters away from the fence when he was targeted.

 

On 02 and 03 September 2013, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Waha resort, northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats that approached the border about 2 nautical miles off the shore. The fishermen were frightened and fled back to the shore fearing of being arrested or injured. Neither casualties nor material damage were reported in both incidents.

  

 

Incursions:

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 42 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank. During these incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 33 Palestinians, including 5 children.

 

In the Gaza Strip, on 01 September 2013, Israeli forces (3 bulldozers and a tank) moved about 200 meters to the west of the border fence, east of Gaza Valley (Johr al-Deek) village in the central Gaza Strip. They levelled lands along the border fence and withdrew 5 hours later. On 03 September 2013, Israeli forces moved into the east of al-Qarara village, northeast of Khan Yunis and levelled lands along the border fence as well.     

 

Restrictions on movement:

 

Israel continued to impose a tightened closure of the oPt, imposing severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.

 

The illegal closure of the Gaza Strip, which has steadily tightened since June 2007, has had a disastrous impact on the humanitarian and economic situation in the Gaza Strip.  The Israeli authorities impose measures to undermine the freedom of trade, including the basic needs for the Gaza Strip population and the agricultural and industrial products to be exported. For 7 consecutive years, Israel has tightened the land and naval closure to isolate the Gaza Strip from the West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem, and other countries around the world. This resulted in a grave violation of the economic, social and cultural rights and a deterioration of living conditions for 1.7 million people.  The Israeli authorities has established Karm Abu Salem (Kerem Shaloum) as the sole crossing for imports and exports in order to exercise its control over the Gaza Strip’s economy that has been aggravating for years due to the shortage of imports.  They also aim at imposing a complete ban on the Gaza Strip’s exports. 

 

Israeli forces 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.

 

As part of using military checkpoints and border crossings as traps to arrest Palestinian civilians under the pretext they are wanted, Israeli forces arrested at least 6 civilians, including 3 children.


Settlement activities:


Israel has continued its settlement activities in the oPt, a direct violation of international humanitarian law, and Israeli settlers have continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property.

 

On 01 September 2013, under the protection of Israeli policemen and soldiers, officers from "Gush Etzion" settlement that stands on lands of southern Bethlehem confiscated vegetable stands belonging to Palestinians along bypass road (60), which links al-Arroub refugee camp and Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron. 

 

On 02 September 2013, Israeli bulldozers demolished a house and a shed "barrack" belonging to Daif-Allah al-Rashayda and Jihad al-Rashayda in Fasayel al-Fouqa village, northwest of Jericho. The villagers tried to prevent Israeli forces from demolishing the house through making human shields, but Israeli forces fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them and dispersed forcibly.

 

During the demolition, Israeli forces attacked 5 women; 2 of whom were hit by gun butts. The women received first aid from the Palestine Red Crescent Society staff in the village and were taken then to Jericho Hospital.  

Israeli Violations Documented during the Reporting Period (29 August – 04 September 2013)

 

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


Thursday, 29 August 2013

 

At approximately 00:40, Israeli forces moved into Bethlehem. They positioned themselves in Ma'ali Valley in the centre of the city. They raided a house belonging to the family of Abdullah Nassri Abdullah al-Qurbi (23) and handed him a summon to refer to the Israeli intelligence service in "Gush Etzion" settlement, south of the city. He went there on the same day and was arrested following interrogation.   

 

At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron. They deployed between the houses and positioned themselves in the vicinity of Jaber neighbourhood, where some boys gathered and threw stones and empty bottles at Israeli soldiers, who fired tear gas canisters in response. As a result, a number of civilians suffered tear gas inhalation. Israeli forces withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 01:15, Israeli forces moved into al-'Ebeidiya village, east of Bethlehem. They raided a house belonging to the family of Yehia Isma'il al-Assa (22), and arrested him.

 

At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Doura town, southwest of Hebron. They patrolled the streets and positioned themselves at the entrance of al-Shurfa neighbourhood. Some boys gathered and threw stones and empty bottles at Israeli soldiers, who fired tear gas canisters in response. As a result, a number of civilians suffered tear gas inhalation. Israeli forces withdrew later and neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Abu al-Asja village to the south of Doura, southwest of Hebron. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 21:00, Israeli forces moved into Far'oun village, south of Tulkarm. They patrolled the streets and raided a sheep farm near the village. They detained Suleiman Ghazi Omar (17) and questioned him on the spot. Israeli forces withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 23:45, Israeli forces moved into Tulkarm. They patrolled the streets and positioned themselves around "Kazdoura" restaurant and coffee-shop, west of the city. A number of Israeli soldiers raided the restaurant and questioned some of the customers and workers there. Israeli forces then patrolled the streets in the southern neighbourhood. Some boys gathered and threw stones and empty bottles at Israeli soldiers, who fired tear gas canisters in response. Israeli forces raided Tulkarm refugee camp adjacent to the eastern neighbourhood, where similar clashes erupted between the Israeli soldiers and boys.  Israeli forces withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

Friday, 30 August 2013

 

At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron. They deployed between the houses and positioned themselves at the entrance of al-Janazrah neighbourhood, west of the refugee camp. They deployed between the houses and raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Abdul Baset Abu Rayya (52). They handed him summons for his 2 sons, Mohammed (20) and Soheib (22), to refer to the Israeli intelligence service at "Gush Etzion" settlement, south of Bethlehem. In the meantime, Israeli forces raided a house belonging to the family of Mohammed Nasser al-Juneidi (23) and handed him a summon to refer to the Israeli intelligence service at the same settlement. Israeli forces withdrew later and no arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Talouza village, northeast of Nablus. They patrolled the streets and raided a number of houses. They arrested Deeb Jaber Jalajla (22) and took him to an unknown destination.    

 

At approximately 15:20, Israeli forces moved into Zeita village, north of Tulkarm. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 16:30, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence, east of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at a group of Palestinians who were near al-Shuhada' cemetery, east of Jabalia. As a result, Yusef Kamel Sa'd (20) sustained a bullet wound in the left thigh while he was with his friends on a farmland 500 meters away from the Israeli forces. Sa'd was taken by an ambulance to Martyr Kamal Odwan Hospital to receive the necessary treatment. Medical sources described his wound as moderate.

 

Saturday, 31 August 2013

 

At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Daheriya village, south of Hebron. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.   

 

In the early morning, Palestinian medical sources at the Specialized Arab Hospital in Nablus declared that Karim Sobhi Saleh "Abu Sbeih" (17), from Jenin refugee camp, died of wounds that he had sustained a week earlier.

 

According to investigations conducted by PCHR then, the abovementioned child was wounded on 20 August 2013 by a bullet to the side when Israeli forces moved into Jenin refugee camp and clashes erupted between them and Palestinian civilians. During those clashes, a civilian was killed and 2 others, including the abovementioned child, sustained serious wounds. The child had been receiving medical treatment at the Arab Hospital until he was pronounced dead on 31 August.

 

At approximately 19:30, Israeli forces moved into Jayous village, northeast of Qalqilia. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 23:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Fawwar refugee camp, north of Hebron. They patrolled the streets, where some boys gathered and threw stones and empty bottles at Israeli soldiers, who in response fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters. As a result, a number of boys sustained tear gas inhalation. Israeli forces withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

Sunday, 01 September 2013

 

At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron. They patrolled the streets and positioned themselves at the entrances of many villages. They deployed between the houses and raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Mohammed Issa Awad (60). They took his son Rashid (20) while being blindfolded to Khellet al-Kutla area, where his brother Zaid (28) lives. They raided Zaid's house and arrested his brother Issa (23). In the meantime, Israeli forces raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Breigith Mohammed Breigith. They arrested his son Mohammed (21). At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces patrolled the streets of Khellet al-Sheikh. They raided 3 houses belonging to Ahmed Khalil Abu Hashem (45), Jamal Khalil Abu Hashem (47) and Ayesh Jamal Abu Hashem (49). They handed Ahmed Abu Hashem (45) a summon to refer to the Israeli intelligence service at "Gush Etzion" settlement, south of Bethlehem. At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces stationed the main entrance of the village, where some boys gathered and threw stones and empty bottles at Israeli soldiers, who in response fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters. As a result, the family of Yusef Azmi Ikhleil suffered tear gas inhalation as many gas canisters fell near their house.     

 

At approximately 01:20, Israeli forces moved into Qalqilia. They patrolled the streets and arrested Mos'ab Zamel Ghashash (25) and his nephew Mo'men Ahmed Zaid (13) near Tzofim gate, north of the city, while they were going home from a farmland. According to statements of eyewitnesses in Khellet Yassin, Ghashash and his nephew were going home that is located in Khellet Yassin. While they were walking in the streets, they suddenly saw a snake, so they set fire to kill it. In the meanwhile, Israeli forces patrolling in the area arrested the 2 persons and took them to an unknown destination.     

 

At approximately 07:00, Israeli forces (3 bulldozers and a tank) moved about 200 meters to the west of the border fence, east of Gaza valley (Johr al-Deek) in the central Gaza Strip. They levelled lands along the border fence and withdrew 5 hours later.

 

At approximately 17:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Fawwar refugee camp, north of Hebron. They patrolled the streets and positioned themselves near al-Madares neighbourhood, where some boys gathered and threw stones and empty bottles at them. Israeli soldiers fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters in response. As a result, a number of boys suffered tear gas inhalation.  Israeli forces withdrew later and positioned themselves at bypass road (60). They closed the road with wedge-shaped steel pieces. They stopped some vehicles and checked ID cards of the passengers. The checkpoint was removed later. No arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 19:30, Israeli forces moved into Jett village, northeast of Qalqilia. They patrolled the streets and distributed notices to halt construction works in 2 under-construction houses under the pretext they are located under the Israeli control in Area (C). The houses belong to Rabah Hassan Sakhen (50) with his 9-member family and Adeeb Mohammed Yamin (54) with his 10-member family.

 

At approximately 23:00, Israeli forces moved into Tulkarm. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 23:30, Israeli forces moved into Far'oun village, south of Tulkarm. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Beit Qadd village, east of Jenin. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.  


Monday 02 September 2013


At approximately 01:20, Israeli forces moved into Qalqilia. They patrolled the streets and raided a house from which they arrested 2 brothers: Osaid Othman Nassar (35) and Anas Nassar (33).

 

At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Nablus. They patrolled the streets and raided a number of houses from which they arrested 4 civilians and took them to an unknown destination:

 

1. Mohammed Mostafa al-Taboq (22);

2. Mahmoud Khaled Asaliya (19);

3. Hani al-Kalabini (20); and

4. Monir Samih al-Najjar (19).

 

They are all from the northern mountain area.

 

At approximately 02:10, Israeli forces moved into Taqou' village, southeast of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a number of houses from which they arrested 6 civilians and took them to an unknown destination:

 

1. Mohammed Jamal al-'Emour (22);

2. Mohammed Deeb al-'Emour (19);

3. Khalil 'Emad al-'Emour (19);

4. Ahmed Samir al-'Emour (16);

5. Mahmoud Kamel Sabbah (18); and

6. Ahmed Khaled Sabbah (19).

 

Israeli forces raided also a house belonging to the family of Mohammed Ali Sabbah (19) to arrest him, but he was not home. They handed his father a summon for him to refer to the Israeli intelligence service at "Gush Etzion" settlement at 10:00 on the abovementioned day.

 

At approximately 03:40, Israeli forces moved into al-Khader village, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to the families of Mahmoud Omar Issa (24) and Mahmoud Rezeq Issa (20). They arrested the aforementioned 2 persons and Ahmed Rezeq Issa (22), brother of Mahmoud Issa, and took them to an unknown destination. 

 

At approximately 05:30, Israeli forces moved into Jenin refugee camp adjacent to Jenin. They patrolled the streets and raided a house belonging to the family of Yusef 'Emad 'Amer (21). They arrested the aforementioned person and took him to an unknown destination.

 

At approximately 07:00, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Waha resort, northwest of Beit Lahia, in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats that were about 2 nautical miles away from the northern borders. The Palestinian fishermen were frightened and fled back fearing of arrest or injury. Neither casualties nor material damage were reported.

 

At approximately 09:00, Israeli forces accompanied by an officer form the Israeli Civil Administration moved into Jouret Salem area in the east of Ethna village, west of Hebron. The officer handed Hani Jamil Awawda (39) a notice to halt construction works in his 170-square-meter house that is resided by him and his 4-member family under the pretext that the house was not licensed from the competent authority in the Israeli construction department.

 

At approximately 10:00, Israeli forces accompanied by an officer from the Israeli Civil Administration moved into Deir M'alla area, east of al-Daheriya village, south of Hebron. The officer distributed notices to halt construction works in houses and facilities under the pretext of non-licensing. The notices included:

 

1. A 180-square-meter under-construction house belonging to Talal Fat'hi Abu Sharekh (25);

2. A 2-storey occupied house with an area of 240 square meters belonging to Amjad 'Aref Abu Sharekh (34);

3. A 3-storey occupied house with an area of 150 square meters each belonging to Fakhri Ezzat Abu Sharekh (46);

4. A 140-square-meter occupied house belonging to Jameel Sadeq al-Tull (44);

5. A 140-square-meter barrack belonging to Fat'hi Ezzat Ezzat Abu Sharekh (46).

 

It should be noted Israeli forces handed notices to 4 other occupied houses in the area in less than a week earlier. They gave Palestinians a period until 30 September 2013 in order to present their evidence documents to the Israeli courts.   

 

At approximately 16:00, Israeli forces moved into Deir Samet village, southwest of Doura, southwest of Hebron. They patrolled the streets and raided a gas station in the centre of the village. They arrested Yusef Ibrahim al-Sharha (20), a worker in the gas station, and took him to an unknown destination.

 

At approximately 21:00, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Waha resort, northwest of Beit Lahia, in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats that were about 2 nautical miles away from the northern borders. The Palestinian fishermen were frightened and fled back fearing of being arrested or injured. Neither casualties nor material damage were reported.

 

At approximately 22:00, Israeli forces moved into Sanour village, south of Jenin. They patrolled the streets, where a number of young men gathered and threw stones and empty bottles at the Israeli soldiers, who fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters in response to disperse them. Israeli forces them raided a house belonging to the family of Mahmoud 'Azmi Gharbiya (19). They handed him a summon to refer to the Israeli intelligence service at Salem detention facility, northwest of Jenin. Israeli forces then raided a house belonging to the family of Mostafa Abdul Rahman Weld Ali (18). They arrested the aforementioned person and withdrew later.

 

At approximately 23:00, Israeli forces moved into the south of Hebron. They patrolled the streets and positioned themselves in the vicinity of the area. They deployed between the houses and raided a house belonging to the family of al-Fakhouri. They arrested Amir Adli al-Fakhouri (26) while he was around.

 

At approximately 23:30, Israeli forces moved into 'Anza village, south of Jenin. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.

 

Tuesday, 03 September 2013

 

At approximately 00:30, Israeli forces moved into Jaba' village, south of Jenin. They patrolled the streets and positioned themselves in the northeast of the village. They raided a house belonging to the family of Yehia Kamal Fakhouri (25), who was not at home. Israeli soldiers asked his family where he was and they said he sleeps in a farmland belonging to the family 300 meters away from the house. Israeli forces raided the farmland and arrested the aforementioned person.

 

Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into 'Anabta village, east of Tulkarm. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 00:45, Israeli forces moved into Beit Leed village, east of Tulkarm. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved Taffouh village, west of Hebron. They patrolled the streets and positioned themselves in the west of village. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Mohammed Ali Erzeiqat (23). They arrested the aforementioned person and took him to an unknown destination.

 

Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Hejra village, east of Doura, southwest of Hebron. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later.

 

At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Tabaqa village to the south of Doura, southwest of Hebron. They patrolled the streets and positioned themselves at the entrance of the village. They raided a house belonging to the family of Kamel Taha al-Atrash (53). They arrested his son Athal (22), a member of a Palestinian security service.

 

At approximately 05:30, Israeli forces moved into Jenin. They patrolled the streets and positioned themselves in the eastern neighbourhood. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Odai Zuhair al-Ba'jawi (22) and arrested him. Israeli forces also raided a house belonging to the family of Salim Yassir Mer'i (19), and arrested him as well.

 

At approximately 06:05: Israeli forces moved about 200 meters into the east of al-Qarara village, northeast of Khan Yunis. They levelled lands along the border fence and withdrew a few hours later using smokescreen.

 

At approximately 16:00, Israeli forces moved into Nazlet al-Sheikh Zaid village, northwest of Jenin. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 18:00, Israeli forces moved into Kfeiret village, southwest of Jenin. They patrolled the streets and raided 2 houses to hand their occupants summons to refer to the Israeli intelligence service in Salem detection facility, northwest of Jenin. Israeli forces withdrew later and no arrests were reported. The summoned persons were: Tha'er As'ad Ghabari (23); and Zuhair Omar Baker (35).

 

At approximately 21:30, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Waha resort, northwest of Beit Lahia, in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats that were about 2 nautical miles away from the northern borders. The Palestinian fishermen were frightened and fled back fearing of being arrested or injured. Neither casualties nor material damage were reported.

 

At approximately 22:00, Israeli forces moved into Ethna village, west of Hebron. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.       

 

Wednesday, 04 September 2013

 

At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Sanour village, south of Jenin. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Maythaloun village, south of Jenin. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.

At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into al-Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron. They patrolled the streets and positioned themselves in the centre of the camp. they deployed between the houses and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron. They patrolled the streets and raided a house belonging to the family of Yusef Azmi Ikhleil. They arrested his son Amir (17). In the meantime, Israeli forces raided a house belonging to the family of Mohammed Abdul Jawad Ikhleil. They attacked his son Mahdi (17) and arrested his other son Amir (16). At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into "Khellet al-Ein area, east of the town. They raided a house belonging to the family of Mostafa Mohammed Awad (42). They attacked his son Mohammed (17) and arrested his other son Ra'fat (16). In the meantime, some boys gathered and threw stones at Israeli soldiers, who fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters in response. As a result, dozens of civilians suffered tear gas inhalation. Israeli forces withdrew at approximately 04:00.

 

It should be noted that the number of the arrested persons from Beit Ummar village this year amounted to 84, including 55 minors.

 

Ghalia Awad said to PCHR fieldworker:

 

"At approximately 03:00, we were sleeping at home in Khellet al-Ein area, east of Beit Ummar. We heard the doorbell. My husband Mostafa (42) went to open the door, but he hurried back to us that he wanted the key. He said to me: 'The soldiers are by the door.' Soon after, Israeli soldiers started shouting and knocking the door. I went with my 3 children: Mohammed (17); Ra'fat (16) and Lara (11) to a corridor in the centre of the house. My husband directly opened the door. Over 10 soldiers broke into the house and started searching the rooms. A soldier pushed me and my daughter Lara to my room and prevented us from going out. A few minutes later, the soldier opened the door. I found my son Mohammed being attacked by the Israeli soldiers, as they forced him to kneel against the wall and put his hands backwards. In the meanwhile, an officer came and ordered me to bring the birth certificate of Ra'fat. I told him it was at school. The soldiers came back quickly to check the papers, so I went to the room and brought it. He told me that he would arrest Ra'fat. They did not allow him to get dressed."    

 

2. Use of excessive force against peaceful demonstrations protesting settlement activities and the construction of the annexation wall

 

During the reporting period, Israeli soldiers used excessive force against peaceful demonstrations organised by Palestinian civilians, international and Israeli human rights defenders in protest at the construction of the annexation wall and settlement activities in the West Bank.  As a result, 2 Palestinian civilians, including a child, were wounded, dozens suffered tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises.

 

Demonstrations against the construction of the annexation wall and settlement activity

 

Following the Friday prayer, 30 August 2013, dozens of Palestinian civilians from al-Ma'sarah village, south of Bethlehem, and a number of international activists and popular resistance activists organized a peaceful demonstration against the annexation wall and settlement activities called "In Support to the Syrian People." They gathered in front of al-Shomou' Cultural Centre in the centre of the village and made their way through the village streets. They raised Palestinian flags and portraits of Palestinian prisoners and martyrs. When they approached the annexation wall, Israeli soldiers dispersed the demonstrators with tear gas canisters.

 

Around the same time, dozens of Palestinian civilians and international and Israeli human rights defenders organised a peaceful demonstration in Bil'in village, west of Ramallah, in protest at the construction of the annexation wall and settlement activities. The demonstrators raised the Palestinian flag and made their way towards the annexation wall. Israeli forces closed the wall gate with barbwire and when the demonstrators attempted to access the lands behind the barbwire, they were stopped by Israeli soldiers. The demonstrators threw stones at the Israeli soldiers who responded with live ammunition, rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs, and tear gas canisters, and chased them across olive fields as far as the outskirts of the village. As a result, 2 civilians, including a child, were wounded, while dozens suffered tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises. Moreover, due to firing the gas canisters, some olive trees were burnt. The wounded were:

 

1. Khaled Mohammed Khatib (8), hit by a gas canister to the belly; and

2. Ahmed Abu Rahma (19), hit by a gas canister to the left arm.

 

Also, following the Friday Prayer, dozens of Palestinian civilians and international and Israeli human rights defenders organised a peaceful demonstration in Ni'lin village, west of Ramallah, in protest at the construction of the annexation wall and settlement activities. The demonstrators made their way towards the annexation wall. Israeli forces closed the wall gate with barbwire and, when the demonstrators attempted to access the lands behind the barbwire, they were stopped by Israeli soldiers. The demonstrators threw stones at the Israeli soldiers who responded with live ammunition, rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs, and tear gas canisters, and chased them across olive fields as far as the outskirts of the village. As a result, dozens of demonstrators suffered tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises.

 

Around the same time on Friday, dozens of Palestinian civilians, Israeli and international human rights activists gathered at the Martyrs Square in al-Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah, to hold a weekly peaceful protest against the construction of the annexation wall and settlement activities. The protesters walked towards Palestinian lands that Israeli settlers from the nearby "Halmish" settlement are trying to seize.  From the morning, Israeli forces had closed all entrances to the village to prevent Palestinians, international activists, and journalists from joining the demonstration.  Upon their arrival in the area, Israeli soldiers fired live ammunition, rubber-coated bullets, sound bombs, and tear gas canisters, chased the demonstrators into the village and sprayed them and civilian houses with waste water. As a result, dozens of Palestinians suffered tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises.

 

At approximately 12:30, on Friday, 30 August 2013, dozens of Palestinian civilians from Kofur Qaddoum, northeast of Qalqilia, and international activists gathered and made their way through the eastern entrance of the village in protest at closing that entrance with an iron gate since al-Aqsa Intifada. Israeli forces fired tear gas canisters, sound bombs and live ammunition randomly. Eyewitnesses highlighted that bullets were fired at the lower part of the bodies, but they hit the ground and no casualties were reported. It should be noted that dozens of protestors suffered tear gas inhalation.

 

3. Continued closure of the oPt

 

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

 

Gaza Strip

 

Israeli forces continuously tightens the closure of the Gaza Strip and closes all commercial crossings , making the Karm Abu Salem crossing the sole commercial crossing of the Gaza Strip, although it is not suitable for commercial purposes in terms of its operational capacity and distance from markets.

 

Israeli forces have continued to apply the policy, which is aimed to tighten the closure on all commercial crossings, by imposing total control over the flow of imports and exports.

 

The total closure of al-Mentar ("Karni") crossing since 02 March 2011 has seriously affected the economy of the Gaza Strip. Following this closure, all economic and commercial establishments in the 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 capacity to absorb the flow of imports and exports. The decision to close al-Mentar crossing was the culmination of a series of decisions resulting in the complete closure of the Sofa crossing, east of the Gaza Strip in the beginning of 2009, and the 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.

 

Israeli forces have continued to impose a total ban on the delivery of raw materials to the Gaza Strip, 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 of the Gaza Strip.

 

The cooking gas crisis has ranged between the ebb and flow for 3 months due to the closure of Karm Abu Salem for security reasons.  According to PCHR’s follow-up, Israeli authorities only allow around 98 tonnes of cooking gas into Gaza per day.  This limited quantity is less than half of the daily needs, which is 200 tonnes per day, of the civilian population in the Gaza Strip during the winter.

 

For almost 6 consecutive years, Israeli forces have continued to prevent the delivery of construction materials to the Gaza Strip. During the reporting period, Israeli forces approved the delivery of limited quantities of construction materials for a number of international organisations in the Gaza Strip.  Israeli forces also continued to impose almost total ban on the Gaza Strip exports, including agricultural and industrial products, except for light-weighted products such as flowers, strawberries, and spices.

 

Israel has continued to close the Beit Hanoun ("Erez") crossing for the majority of Palestinian citizens from the Gaza Strip. Israel only allows the movement of a limited number of groups, with many hours of waiting in the majority of cases. Israel has continued to adopt a policy aimed at reducing the number of Palestinian patients allowed to move via the Beit Hanoun crossing to receive medical treatment in hospitals in Israel or in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Israel denied permission to access hospitals via the crossing for new categories of patients from the Gaza Strip.

 

For around a year and a half, Israeli forces have allowed Palestinian detainees’ families to visit their sons in the Israeli jails according to special and unfair conditions after more than 5 years of deprivation in violation of international humanitarian law.

 

The Egyptian authorities allow the population of the Gaza Strip to travel via Rafah International crossing, which connects the Gaza Strip with the outside world.  Only limited and specified categories are allowed, including patients, students, persons that hold residencies in Egypt or abroad, men over 40 years, females in all ages, children under 18, persons who hold Arab and foreign nationalities, and members of Arab and international humanitarian delegations.  It should be mentioned that the crossing opens seven days a week.  Nowadays, the crossing is overcrowded due to the prolonged procedures from the Egyptian side, particularly after closing it for several days over the past weeks due to Egypt’s security conditions, which has affected the travellers’ movement in both directions.

 

Beit Hanoun ("Erez") crossing, in the north of the Gaza Strip, is dedicated for the movement of individuals, and links the Gaza Strip with the West Bank.

 

Movement at Beit Hanoun ("Erez") crossing

 28 August- 03 September 2013

 

Category

28 August

29 August

30 August

31 August

01 September

02 September

Patients

53

61

-

-

59

46

Companions

48

56

-

-

64

41

Personal needs

28

53

11

-

87

61

Families of prisoners

-

-

-

-

-

12

Arabs from Israel

16

60

19

-

49

10

Diplomats

1

-

-

-

-

-

International journalists

3

-

-

-

-

-

International workers

48

30

8

-

11

6

Deceased

-

-

1

-

-

-

Travellers abroad

93

83

-

-

93

122

Businesspeople

-

-

-

-

-

-

Business meetings

-

-

-

-

-

-

Security interviews

1

-

-

-

-

-

VIPs

1

-

1

-

7

-

Ambulances to Israel

3

6

2

-

4

3

Ambulances from Israel

-

4

2

-

3

-

 

NOTE:  On Tuesday, 03 September 2013, Israeli authorities closed "Erez" Crossing to the movement of Palestinians except for urgent humanitarian cases due to Israeli holidays.

 

Movement at Rafah International Crossing Point 31 July- 13 August 2013

 

The Egyptian Authorities re-opened Rafah International Crossing Pont, after closing it for 5 days, to the humanitarian cases, patients, holders of foreign passports and holders of residency permits, and the crossing was opened only for 4 hours daily.  It should be mentioned that the crossing was closed in light of updates that Egypt witnessed and the intervention of the Egyptian Army to oust President Mohammed Morsi following protests in the Egyptian cities at the end June.

 

Movement at Rafah International Crossing Point

 28 August- 03 September 2013

 

Day

Date

Travelling abroad

Coming into Gaza

Returning to Gaza

Wednesday

28 August 2013

354

337

-

Thursday

29 August 2013

340

339

4

Friday

30 August 2013

Closed

closed

closed

Saturday

31 August 2013

382

295

2

Sunday

01 September 2013

218

237

1

Monday

02 September 2013

340

248

17

Tuesday

03 September 2013

286

174

7

 

Movement at Karm Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) crossing

From 27 August- 02 September 2013

 

Date

Imports

Category

Amount

Tons

Number

Litres

27 August 2013

Foodstuffs

890

 

 

Agricultural materials

2,343

 

 

Various goods

Refrigerators

Cartons of water generators

Televisions

Washing machines

Tyres

Solar heating tanks

Generators

Gas cylinders

Gypsum boards

874

 

 

1,816

1900

219

469

203

298

2

810

1,370

 

Humanitarian aid

1,047

 

 

Cooking gas

192,470

 

 

 

Benzene

 

 

149,000

28 August 2013

Foodstuffs

833

 

 

Agricultural materials

2,288

 

 

Various goods

Cartons of clothes

Refrigerators

washing machines

Televisions

Cars

Cartons of Malish stones

Cartons of shoes

Cartons of carpentry parts

960

 

756

112

216

150

35

30

300

60

 

Humanitarian aid

3,310

 

 

Cooking gas

187,180

 

 

 

Benzene

 

 

114,000

29 August 2013

Foodstuffs

719

 

 

Agricultural materials

2,958

 

 

Various goods

Cartons of clothes

Refrigerators

Cows

Tyres

Washing machines

Bikes

Cartons of electricity supplies

Air conditions

Cartons of shoes

1,249

 

1,262

170

427

1,907

65

641

620

100

617

 

Humanitarian aid

878

 

 

Cooking gas

165,720

 

 

 

Benzene

 

 

73,000

01 September 2013

 

 

 

Foodstuffs

1,192

 

 

 

Agricultural materials

3,375

 

 

 

Various goods

Cartons of clothes

Refrigerators

Cartons of shoes

Gypsum boards

Bikes

Glass boards

Cows

Generators

882

 

1,252

184

586

1,030

450

520

668

12

 

 

Humanitarian aid

5,008

 

 

 

Cooking gas

207,240

 

 

02 September 2013

Foodstuffs

1,252

 

 

 

Agricultural materials

2,772

 

 

 

Various goods

Refrigerators

Cartons of clothes

Televisions

Washing machines

Cars

Cows

Air conditions

Cartons of shoes

1,048

 

 

217

400

360

130

35

739

70

115

 

 

Humanitarian aid

7,152

 

 

 

Cooking gas

211,370

 

 

Exports:

 

On Thursday, 29 August 2013, Israeli forces allowed the exportation of 240 bags of palm fronds.

 

Other Imports:

 

 

On Tuesday, 27 August 2013, Israeli forces allowed the entry of 910 tonnes of construction aggregates for the private sector; 36 tonnes of cement for the Turkish Hospital.  They also allowed the entry of 585 tonnes of fodders and 1,131 tonnes of wheat.

On Wednesday, 28 August 2013, Israeli forces allowed the entry of 36 tonnes of medicine for the UNRWA; 1,260 tonnes of construction aggregate, 348 tonnes of cement, 40 tonnes of white cement and 55 tonnes of construction steel for the UNRWA; and 910 tonnes of construction aggregates for the private sector.  They also allowed the entry of 507 tonnes of fodders and 1,365 tonnes of wheat.

On Thursday, 29 August 2013, Israeli forces allowed the entry of 770 tonnes of construction aggregates for the private sector.  They also allowed the entry of 702 tonnes of fodders and 1,287 tonnes of wheat.

On Sunday, 01  2013, Israeli forces allowed the entry of 980 tonnes of construction aggregates for the private sector; and 236 tonnes of cement and 136 tonnes of construction steel for the UNRWA.  They also allowed the entry of 819 tonnes of fodders and 1,443 tonnes of wheat.

On Monday, 02 September 2013, Israeli forces allowed the entry of 400 tonnes of cement, 94 tonnes of construction steel and 3,290 tonnes of construction steel for the UNRWA; 910 tonnes of construction aggregate for the private sector; 240 tonnes of cement for the German Development Bankd (GDB); and 120 tonnes of cement for the UNDP.  They also allowed the entry of 1,014 tonnes of fodders and 975 tonnes of wheat.

 

Empty Plastic Containers Returned to Israel via Karm Abu Salem

 

 

 

On Tuesday, 27 August 2013, Israeli forces allowed 4 truckloads of empty plastic containers to be returned via Karm Abu Salem.

On Wednesday, 28 August 2013, Israeli forces allowed 4 truckloads of empty plastic containers to be returned via Karm Abu Salem.

On Thursday, 29 August 2013, Israeli forces allowed 6 truckloads of empty plastic containers to be returned via Karm Abu Salem.

On Sunday, 01 September 2013, Israeli forces allowed 6 truckloads of empty plastic containers to be returned via Karm Abu Salem.

On Monday, 02 September 2013, Israeli forces allowed 9 truckloads of empty plastic containers to be returned via Karm Abu Salem.

 

 

 

 

 

Israel has imposed a tightened closure on the West Bank. During the reporting period, Israeli forces imposed additional restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians:

 

Hebron: Israeli forces have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.  At approximately 08:00 on Thursday, 29 August 2013, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance of Sa’air village, east of Hebron.  The checkpoint was later removed, and no arrests were reported.  At approximately 18:00, they established another checkpoint at the northern entrance of Hebron.  The checkpoint was later removed, and no arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 15:00 on Friday, 30 August 2013, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the southern entrance of Halhoul (al-Jeser area), north of Hebron.  The checkpoint was later removed, and no arrests were reported. 

 

At approximately 11:00 on Sunday, 01 September 2013, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the southern entrance of Halhoul (al-Jeser area), north of Hebron.  The checkpoint was later removed, and no arrests were reported.  At approximately 14:00, another checkpoint was established on the road that leads to Um al-Kheir village, east of Yatta.  Israeli soldiers detained a number of trucks and cars while they issued a expensive traffic tickets to drivers.

 

At approximately 08:00 on Monday, 02 September 2013, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance of Sa’air, east of Hebron.  At approximately 16:30, another checkpoint was established at the southern entrance of Halhoul "Joret Bohlos", north of Hebron.  The two checkpoints were later removed, and no arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 13:00 on Tuesday, 03 September 2013, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance of Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron.  The checkpoint was later removed, and no arrests were reported.  At approximately 14:00, another checkpoint was established at the entrance of al-Jalajel village, east of Hebron.  The checkpoint was later removed, and no arrests were reported.  At approximately 21:00, they closed 'Ayoun Abu Seif Street, which connects Dura with its southern villages, southwest of Hebron, under the pretext of existence of a suspicious object.

 

At approximately 22:00 on Wednesday, 04 September 2013, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance of Beit Kahel village, northeast of Hebron.  The checkpoint was later removed, and no arrests were reported.

 

Qalqilya: Israeli forces have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.  At approximately 09:00 on Sunday, 01 September 2013, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance of 'Azoun village, east of Qalqilya.  The checkpoint was later removed, and no arrests were reported.  At approximately16:20, another checkpoint was established at the intersection of Jeet village, northeast of Qalqilya.  The checkpoint was later removed, and no arrests were reported.  At approximately 17:15, they established a similar checkpoint at the entrance of Wadi Qana Road, which connects Qalqilya with Salfit.  The checkpoint was later removed, and no arrests were reported.

 

Tulkarm:  Israeli forces have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.  At approximately 08:00 on Sunday, 01 September 2013, Israeli forces established a checkpoint on the road between the villages of 'Ezbet Shofah and Shofah, southeast of Tulkarm, in order to prevent the entry of Israeli cars into the village and return them back to Tulkarm and then to the bypass road, which leads to Jbarah crossing that separates Israeli from the 1967 occupied territories.  The checkpoint was later removed, and no arrests were reported.

 

Arrests at military checkpoints

 

At approximately 09:00 on Thursday, 29 August 2013, Israeli forces deployed in the old city neighbourhoods arrested Mos’ab Bassam Ibrahim Qattan (19) in central Hebron under the pretext of non-compliance with the orders of the Israeli soldiers.  He was transferred to the police station of "Kiryat Arba" settlement, east of Hebron.  On the other hand, Israeli forces re-established the concrete blocks, which had been already established in Bab al-Zawyah area in the centre of Hebron at the beginning of 2000 in order to prevent vehicles from approaching Checkpoint (56) known among Palestinians as "al-Container checkpoint."

 

At approximately 19:00 on Friday, 30 August 2013, Israeli forces deployed in the old city neighbourhoods in the center of Hebron arrested 4 children under the pretext of throwing stones at Israeli soldiers.  The four children were transferred to the closed Shuhadaa’ Street and were released a couple of hours later at (56) Checkpoint.  They were identified as:

 

1. Anwar Yousif al-Qawasmeh (12);

2. Ishaq Mahmoud Seder (14);

3. Ahmed Abu Sneinah (13); and

4. 'Ali Mahmoud Abu Ramadan (12).

 

At approximately 14:00 on Saturday, 31 August 2013, Israeli forces stationed at al-Container checkpoint, northeast of Bethlehem, arrested Mohammed Nabil Dweik (21) after they stopped the car he was driving.

 

At approximately 15:00, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance of al-Tabqa village, south of Dura, southwest of Hebron, arrested Wesam 'Adel al-Darawish (19).  He was then transferred to an unknown destination, and the checkpoint was later removed.

 

On Monday afternoon, 02 September 2013, Israeli forces stationed at Jab’a Military Checkpoint, northeast of Occupied Jerusalem, arrested Sami Hussein (43), Director of the follow-up department at the Palestinian Prisoner Club, and took him to an unknown destination.  It should be noted that Israeli forces was recently released him after he had spent 1 year in the administrative detention.

 

At approximately 13:00 on Tuesday, 03 September 2013, Israeli forces deployed in the old city neighbourhoods in the centre of Hebron arrested Ahmed Sa’id al-Ragabi (11) claiming that he insulted one of the Israeli soldiers.  He was transferred to a checkpoint where soldiers were stationed in al-Shuhadaa’ Street in the centre of the village and was released a couple of hours later.  He was then handed over to the Palestinian Military Liaison.

 

5. Settlement activities and attacks by settlers against Palestinian civilians and property

 

 

At approximately 11:00, on Sunday, 01 September 2013, under the protection of the Israeli policemen and soldiers, officers from "Gush Etzion" settlement that stands on lands of the southern Bethlehem confiscated vegetable stands belonging to Palestinians along bypass road (60), which links al-Arroub refugee camp and Beit Ummar village north of Hebron. 

On Monday morning, 02 September 2013, Israeli bulldozers demolished a house and a shed "barrack" in Fasayel al-Fouqa area, northwest of Jericho. Hamza Zbeida, representative of development work in the Jordan Valley, said Israeli forces moved into the village and demolished a house and a shed "barrack" belonging to Daif-Allah al-Rashayda and Jihad al-Rashayda. He added that "villagers tried to prevent Israeli forces from demolishing the house through forming human shields, but Israeli forces fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them and dispersed them forcibly."

During the demolition, Israeli forces attacked 5 women; 2 of whom were hit by gun butts. They received first aid from the Palestine Red Crescent Society staff in the village and were taken then to Jericho Hospital. Dr. Nasser 'Anani said that "five women were admitted to the hospital as they were harshly beaten by Israeli soldiers in Fasayel village. One of the women was 9-month pregnant and a second was 7-month pregnant; both of them were hit by gun butts."   

 

 

 

 

 

Recommendations to the International Community

 

 

PCHR emphasizes the international community’s position that the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, which is still under the Israeli occupation, in spite of the Israeli military redeployment outside the Gaza Strip in 2005. PCHR further confirms that Israeli force have continued to impose collective punishment measures on the Gaza Strip, which have escalated since the 2006 Palestinian parliamentary elections, in which Hamas won the majority of seats of the Palestinian Legislative Council. PCHR stresses that there is an international recognition of Israel’s obligation to respect international human rights instruments and the international humanitarian law, especially the Hague Regulations concerning the Laws and Customs of War on Land and the Geneva Conventions. Israel is bound to apply the international human rights law and the law of war sometime reciprocally and other times in parallel in a way that achieves the best protection for civilians and remedy for victims.

 

In light of continued arbitrary measures, land confiscation and settlement activities in the West Bank, and the continued aggression against civilians in the Gaza Strip, especially the latest offensive that lasted for 8 days in November, PCHR calls upon the international community, especially the United Nations, the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Convention and the European Union – in the context of their natural obligation to respect and enforce the international law – to cooperate and act according to the following recommendations:

 

1. PCHR calls upon the international community and the United Nations to use all available means to allow the Palestinian people to enjoy their right to self-determination, through the establishment of the Palestinian State, which was recognized by the UN General Assembly with a vast majority, using all international legal mechanisms, including sanctions to end the occupation of the State of Palestine;

2. PCHR calls upon the United Nations to provide international protection to Palestinians in the oPt, and to ensure the non-recurrence of aggression against the oPt, especially the Gaza Strip;

3. PCHR calls upon the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions to compel Israel, as a High Contracting Party to the Conventions, to apply the Conventions in the oPt;

4. PCHR calls upon the Parties to international human rights instruments, especially the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, to pressurize Israel to comply with their provisions in the oPt, and to compel it to incorporate the human rights situation in the oPt in its reports submitted to the concerned committees;

5. PCHR calls upon the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions to fulfil their obligation to ensure the application of the Conventions, including extending the scope of their jurisdiction in order to prosecute suspected war criminals, regardless of the nationality of the perpetrator and the place of a crime, to pave the way for prosecuting suspected Israeli war criminals and end the longstanding impunity they have enjoyed;

6. PCHR calls on States that apply the principle of universal jurisdiction not to surrender to Israeli pressure to limit universal jurisdiction to perpetuate the impunity enjoyed by suspected Israeli war criminals;

7. PCHR calls upon the international community to act in order to stop all Israeli settlement expansion activities in the oPt through imposing sanctions on Israeli settlements and criminalizing trading with them;

8. PCHR calls upon the UN General Assembly to transfer the Goldstone Report to the UN Security Council in order to refer it to the International Criminal Court in accordance with Article 13(b) of the Rome Statute;

9. PCHR calls upon the United Nations to confirm that holding war criminals in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is a precondition to achieve stability and peace in the regions, and that peace cannot be built on the expense of human rights and victims;

10. PCHR calls upon the UN General Assembly and Human Rights Council to explicitly declare that the Israeli closure policy in Gaza and the annexation wall in the West Bank are illegal, and accordingly refer the two issues to the UN Security Council to impose sanctions on Israel to compel it to remove them;

11. PCHR calls upon the international community, in light of its failure to the stop the aggression on the Palestinian people, to at least fulfil its obligation to reconstruct the Gaza Strip after the series of hostilities launched by Israel which directed targeted the civilian infrastructure;

12. PCHR calls upon the United Nations and the European Union to express a clear position towards the annexation wall following the international recognition of the State of Palestine on the 1967 borders, as the annexation wall seizes large parts of the State of Palestine;

13. PCHR calls upon the European Union to activate Article 2 of the EU-Israel Association Agreement, which provides that both sides must respect human rights as a precondition for economic cooperation between the EU states and Israel, and the EU must not ignore Israeli violation and crimes against Palestinian civilians;

14. PCHR calls upon the Palestinian leadership to sign and accede to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and the Geneva Conventions, and calls upon the international community, especially the United Nations, to encourage the State of Palestine to accede to international human rights law and humanitarian law instruments.

 

 

 

 

 

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