uruknet.info
  اوروكنت.إنفو
     
    informazione dal medio oriente
    information from middle east
    المعلومات من الشرق الأوسط

[ home page] | [ tutte le notizie/all news ] | [ download banner] | [ ultimo aggiornamento/last update 28/08/2019 00:45 ] 103464


english italiano

  [ Subscribe our newsletter!   -   Iscriviti alla nostra newsletter! ]  




[103464]



Uruknet on Alexa


End Gaza Siege
End Gaza Siege

>

:: Segnala Uruknet agli amici. Clicka qui.
:: Invite your friends to Uruknet. Click here.




:: Segnalaci un articolo
:: Tell us of an article






Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (12- 18 December 2013)

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)

19hpg-w49.jpg

Israeli Forces Arrest Young Man from Selwan

December 19, 2013

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

 

 

Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian and wounded 6 others in Jenin refugee camp in the north of the West Bank.

 

A Palestinian civilian died of previous wounds in Bethlehem.

 

Israeli forces have continued to open fire at the border areas in the Gaza Strip.

3 Palestinian civilians, including a child, were wounded in the northern and southern Gaza Strip.

 

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

 

Many civilians suffered tear gas inhalation.

 

 

Israeli forces conducted 21 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank.

 

At least 12 Palestinians were arrested.

 

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.

At least 3 Palestinian civilians were arrested at checkpoints in the West Bank.

 

Israeli navy forces have continued targeting Palestinian fishermen in the sea.

Israeli naval forces opened fire twice at Palestinian fishing boats, but no casualties were reported.

 

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 10 dunums[1] of land in Qasra village near Nablus and denied farmers access to other 500-dunum lands.

 

 

Summary

 

Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (12 – 18 December 2013).

 

Shooting:

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian and wounded 6 others in Jenin refugee camp, west of Jenin in the northern West Bank. Moreover, medical sources pronounced a Palestinian civilian from al-Dheisha refugee camp, southwest of Bethlehem, dead due to wounds he had sustained during the al-Aqsa Intifada. In the Gaza Strip, Israeli forces wounded 3 Palestinian civilians, including a child, while Israeli naval forces continued opening fire at the Palestinian fishing boats.

 

In the West Bank, on Wednesday evening, 18 December 2013, in an excessive use of lethal force, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian and wounded 6 others in Jenin refugee camp in Jenin.

 

In the same context, Medical sources at al-Maqased Charitable Hospital in East Jerusalem pronounced Mo'een Mohammed al-Atrash (28), from al-Dheisha refugee camp southwest of Bethlehem, dead of wounds he had sustained in 2004.

 

Moreover, 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. As a result, many protestors suffered tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises as they were beaten up by Israeli soldiers.

 

In the Gaza Strip, 3 Palestinian civilians, including a child and 2 farmers, were wounded. On 14 December 2013, a Palestinian civilian was wounded when Israeli forces stationed along the border fence opened fire at him while he was about 200 meters to the east of al-Najjar neighbourhood in Khuza'a village, east of Khan Yunis.

 

On the same day, Israeli forces stationed on the northern borders between the Gaza Strip and Israel fired a number of artillery shells at open area, north of Um al-Nasser Bedouin village, and northwest of al-Nada housing project, but no casualties were reported.

 

On 15 December 2013, a farmer from Ezbet Beit Hanoun was wounded when Israeli forces stationed along the border fence, northeast of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at a group of framers who were 500 meters away from the said fence.

 

On 16 December 2013, another farmer, from Jabalia, was wounded when Israeli forces stationed along the border fence, east of Jabalia, in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at a group of farmers who were about 600 meters away from the said fence.

 

On 17 and 18 December 2013, Israeli forces stationed in watchtowers, east of Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at a number of farmers, shepherds and bird hunters in the east of Beit Hanoun. As a result, they all fled away fearing of being wounded.

 

In the context of targeting fishermen in the sea, on 16 and 17 December 2013, Israeli forces stationed off al-Waha resort, northwest of Beit Lahia, opened sporadic fire at Palestinian fishing boats that were sailing about 3 nautical miles off the shore. However, neither casualties nor material damage were reported.

 

 

Incursions:

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 21 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank. During these incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 12 Palestinians, including Ali al-Sa'di (25) from Jenin refugee camp, in the northern West Bank, who had been wounded.

 

PCHR points that its fieldworkers in the West Bank, especially in Hebron, Bethlehem and Nablus, could not move due to the blizzard that hit Palestine last week.

 

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 3 civilians in the West Bank.


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 17 December 2013, Israeli forces issued a decision to confiscate 10 dunums of land in Qasrah village, southeast of Nablus.  These confiscated lands are in "al-Wa’ar" area, which has always been attacked by settlers from "Yish Kodish" settlement established on the aforementioned village’s lands.

 

 

Israeli Violations Documented during the Reporting Period (12 – 18 December 2013)

 

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


Thursday, 12 December 2013

 

At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Beita village, south of Nablus. They raided and searched a number of houses from which they arrested Shadi Khaled 'Edeili (18); Khobab Jehad Hamayel (18) and Hamada Emad Hamayel (19).   

 

At approximately 18:00, Israeli forces moved into Azzoun village, east of Qalqilia. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.


Saturday, 14 December 2013

 

At approximately 19:30, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence, east of Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Naji Rajab al-Qassas (22), from Khan Yunis, while he was about 200 meters away from the above-mentioned fence. As a result, al-Qassas was wounded by 3 bullets to the right leg. He crawled about 200 meters under fire, and when a civilian saw him, he took him by his motorbike to al-Najjar neighbourhood in Khuza'a village. An ambulance arrived and took him to the European Gaza Hospital, where doctors found that he was wounded by a bullet to the right knee and 2 bullet shrapnel to the same leg.

 

At approximately 23:00, Israeli forces stationed along the northern border fence fired a number of artillery shells at open areas in the north of Um al-Nasser Bedouin village and around al-Nada housing project, west of Beit Hanoun. Neither casualties nor material damage were reported.    

 

Sunday, 15 December 2013

 

At approximately 08:30, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence, northeast of Beit Lahia, in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at a group of farmers in a farmland belonging to Nafez Abu Shammas that is about 500 meters away from the border fence, northeast of Beit Lahia. As a result, Mohammed Rafiq al-Shenbari (17), from Ezbet Beit Hanoun, was wounded by a bullet (entered and exited) to his left leg. The other farmers carried him about 70 meters away from the scene and put him on a tractor that drove him to an ambulance of the Palestine Red Crescent Society. The ambulance took him then to Kamal Odwan Hospital, where doctors found fractures in his left leg.

 

Farmer Ali Khaled Abu Ouda, Mohammed's brother-in-law, said that he has worked in harvesting and collecting vegetables for a week, while Mohammed has worked on this field for over a month. On Sunday, they headed to Abu Shammas land, northeast of Boret Abu Samra. They started work at 07:00 and the area was calm. Suddenly, they heard gunfire by Israeli soldiers stationed behind the border fence. A few moments later, Mohammed al-Shenbari was wounded by a bullet to the left leg, so he fell onto the ground and screamed out of severe pain. Some farmers ran towards him and found blood on his leg. They carried him and ran about 70 meters away. They then put him on a tractor belonging to a farmer and drove him to an ambulance of the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS). The ambulance took the wounded person to Kamal Odwan Hospital to receive the necessary medical treatment.    

 

At approximately 10:25, Israeli forces moved into Jinsafout village, east of Qalqilia. They raided a house belonging to the family of Mahmoud Yusef al-Hajj Ali (22) and handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli intelligence service. Israeli forces withdrew later and no arrests were reported.   

 

At approximately 13:00, Israeli forces moved into Baqet al-Hatab village, north of Qalqilia. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 15:30, Israeli forces moved into Zabouba village, northwest of Jenin. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 16:35, Israeli forces moved into Azzoun village, east of Qalqilia. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

 

Monday, 16 December 2013


In the early morning, Israeli forces moved into Jaba' village, south of Jenin. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Ibrahim As'ad Badad (37), and another house belonging to the family of Morad Walid Malaysha (23), and arrested both of them.

 

At approximately 02:00, 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 03:30, Israeli forces moved into Qalqilia. They patrolled the streets and raided a number of houses from which they arrested Jamal Abdul Fattah Yassin (33) and his uncle, Bassam Ibrahim Yassin (43).

 

At approximately 04:00, Israeli forces moved into Hejja village, east of Qalqilia. They patrolled the streets and raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Mohammed Aref Ahmed (22). They arrested the aforementioned person and took him to an unknown destination. It should be noted that Mohammed is a student at Palestine Technical University (al-Khadouri) in Tulkarm.

 

At approximately 09:00, Israeli undercover units sneaked into the southern neighbourhood of Tulkarm by a minibus with a Palestinian registration plate. They kidnapped Mo'tasem Hatem Khaled al-Iraqi (24), a former prisoner who was released in the Gilad Shalit prisoners' swap deal. Al-Iraqi was in his apartment in the said neighbourhood when he was kidnapped. Security sources said to a PCHR fieldworker that undercover units entered the building and headed to the apartment. When al-Iraqi's mother opened the door for them, they asked about her son and she pointed to his bedroom thinking that they were a delegation from the Ministry of Social Affairs. The soldiers attacked al-Iraqi in his bed and searched his room in a few minutes. They kidnapped him and nobody in the streets noticed that.

 

At approximately 14:10, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Waha resort, northwest of Beit Lahia, in the northern Gaza Strip, opened sporadic fire at Palestinian fishing boats that were sailing about 3 nautical miles offshore. The fishermen were frightened and fled back fearing of being arrested or wounded. However, neither casualties nor material damage were reported.

 

At approximately 16:20, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence, east of al-Shuhada' cemetery, east of Jabalia, in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at a group of farmers who were in a land belonging to Mohammed al-Herthani  that is about 600 meters away from the border fence. As a result, Yehia Amjad al-Herthani (19), from Jabalia, was wounded by a bullet (entered and exited) to his left leg. Other farmers carried him to a cart that took him to al-Karama Street. They waited for an ambulance of the PRCS that took him to Kamal Odwan Hospital. Doctors examined his wound and found no fractures. His wound was minor, so he was discharged from hospital at approximately 18:30 on the same day. It should be noted that al-Herthani works in his grandfather's land since he was a child.

 

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

 

At approximately 01:20, Israeli forces moved into Deir Estia village, north of Salfit. They raided and searched a number of houses from which they arrested Abdul Qader Anwar Mansour (21). They also handed Nasser Amir Mansour (20) a summons to refer to the Israeli intelligence service.

 

At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Yamoun village, northwest of Jenin. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.  

 

Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Kofur Qaddoum village, northeast of Qalqilia. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Tubas. They patrolled the streets and raided and searched a number of houses from which they arrested Rami Fawaz Daraghma (22), a student at the Arab American University in Jenin.

 

At approximately 03:10, Israeli forces moved into Qalqilia. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces moved into Qabatia village, south of Jenin. They patrolled the streets and raided a house belonging to the family of Mohammed Ahmed Saba'na (30), a member of the Palestinian General Intelligence service. They handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli intelligence service in Salem detention facility, northwest of Jenin. They then raided a house belonging to the family of his brother Mohammed (19) and handed him a similar summons. Israeli forces withdrew later and no arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 06:00, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Waha resort, northwest of Beit Lahia, in the northern Gaza Strip, opened sporadic fire at Palestinian fishing boats that were sailing about 3 nautical miles off the shore. The fishermen were frightened and fled back fearing of being wounded or arrested. Neither casualties nor material damage were reported.

 

At approximately 09:00, Israeli forces stationed in watchtowers, east of Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at a number of farmers, shepherds and bird hunters who were in al-Douh valley, east of the city. As a result, they fled fearing of being wounded. Neither casualties nor material damage were reported.

 

At approximately 10:30, Israeli forces moved into Zaita village, north 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 Etil village, north of Tulkarm. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 15:30, 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.

 

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

 

At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Nablus, Askar refugee camp, northeast of the city, and Ein Beit al-Ma' refugee camp, west of the city. They patrolled the streets and raided and searched a number of houses from which they arrested 6 civilians:

 

1. Mohammed Saleh Hamdan (24), from Ein Beit al-Ma' refugee camp;

2. Baker Abdul Latif Sharay'a (25), from Askar refugee camp;

3. Yasser Manna' (22), a university student from Nablus;

4. Anas Raddad (23), from Saida village in Tulkarm;

5. Saleh al-'Amer (22), a university student from Kofur Qalil village, south of Nablus; and

6. Sa'id Baker Sa'id Belal (49), from Nablus.

 

At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces stationed on watchtowers, east of Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at a number of farmers, shepherds and bird hunters who were in al-Douh valley, east of the city. As a result, they fled fearing of being wounded. Neither casualties nor material damage were reported.

 

In an excessive use of lethal force, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian and wounded 6 others in Jenin refugee camp in Jenin, in the northern West Bank. Israeli undercover units carried out this crime.

 

According to investigations conducted by PCHR and statements of eyewitnesses, at approximately 20:30, Israeli undercover units sneaked into al-Saha area, in the centre of Jenin refugee camp, west of Jenin, using a minibus with a Palestinian registration plate and the slogan of the "Palestine Telecommunications Company" on it. The vehicle stopped in front of a house belonging to Jamal Abdul Salam Abu al-Haija, a prisoner in an Israeli jail. Members in the "Palestine Telecommunications Company" costume stepped out of the vehicle and opened fire at a group of Palestinian young men, who were standing in front of a cafe below the abovementioned house. As a result, Nafe' Jamil Nafe' al-Sa'di (23) was shot dead, while 6 others were wounded, 2 of whom sustained serious wounds. Moreover, Israeli forces arrested a wounded person whose wound has not been identified yet. It should be noted that Israeli forces planned to target Abu al-Haija's son namely Hamza (21), a member of Hamas movement, but he escaped the arrest or extra-judicial execution. Israeli forces then moved into Jenin refugee camp and topped some houses overlooking al-Saha area. They secured the withdrawal of the undercover units by firing sound bombs and tear gas canisters. In addition, they took the corpse of the killed Nafe' al-Sa'di and arrested the wounded Ali al-Sa'di. The Palestinian military liaison office received the corpse of al-Sa'di through al-Jalama crossing, north of Jenin, while Ali al-Sa'di has been in custody so far.

 

The wounded were:

 

1. Mahmoud Hashem Mahmoud Abu Zaina (18) was wounded by 2 bullets to the thigh and abdomen. He underwent an operation in which he had partial colectomy and autonephrectomy. Due to the seriousness of his wound, he was transferred from Martyr Khalil Suleiman Hospital to the Arab Union Hospital in Nablus;

2. Mahmoud Jaber Sa'id Shalabi (20) was wounded by a bullet to the side (entered and exited). He underwent an urgent operation and then transferred from Martyr Khalil Suleiman Hospital to al-Razi Hospital in Jenin;

3. Mojahed Ahmed Salem Jamahna (23) was wounded by shrapnel to the right shoulder;

4. Anad Fat'hi Raja Tawafsha (28) was wounded by shrapnel to the left leg;

5. Mohammed Abdul Latif al-Shalabi (18) was wounded by shrapnel to the head; and

6. Ali Qasem Ali al-Sa'di (25). His wound has not been identified yet because he was arrested.

 

 

 

A Palestinian Civilian Dies of Previous Wounds

 

At approximately 07:00 on Thursday, 12 December 2013, medical sources at al-Maqased Charitable Hospital in East Jerusalem pronounced Mo'een Mohammed Hussein al-Atrash (28), from al-Dheisha refugee camp, southwest of Bethlehem, dead of wounds that he sustained in 2004.

 

According to investigations conducted by PCHR then, following the extra-judicial execution of Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, the founder of Hamas movement, by Israeli forces, dozens of boys and young men gathered around Bilal Ben Rabah Mosque (Rachel Tomb), north of Bethlehem. They threw stones at Israeli soldiers who were positioned in the area. Israeli soldiers opened fire in response, wounding a number of civilians, including al-Atrash. He sustained a wound to the neck causing him serious haemorrhage. Al-Atrash's family said that he suffered from hemiplegia due to his wound and has used a wheelchair since then. On 03 November 2013, al-Atrash was transferred to al-Maqased Hospital because he suffered from blisters and blood poisoning. His health condition deteriorated, due to which he had renal, liver and lung failures. He stayed at the hospital until he was pronounced dead on the abovementioned date.  

 

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, a number of Palestinian civilians suffered tear gas inhalation.

 

(PCHR keeps the names of the wounded).

 

Demonstrations against the construction of the annexation wall and settlement activity

 

In spite of the bad weather, following the Friday Prayer, 13 December 2013, dozens of Palestinian civilians and international and Israeli human rights defenders organised a peaceful demonstration in Bil’in, west of Ramallah, in protest at the construction of the annexation wall and settlement activities, supporting the al-Aqsa mosque and the Islamic and Christian religious sites. Demonstrators took the streets raising the Palestinian flags and headed to the liberated territories near the annexation wall. Israeli forces had closed all the entrances of the village since morning to prevent the Palestinian and international activists and journalists from participating in the demonstration. Demonstrators marched adjacent to the cement wall and tried to cross the fence before Israeli forces that are stationed behind the wall, in the western area, and a large number of soldiers deployed along it fired live bullets, tear gas canisters, rubber-coated steel bullets, sound bombs and skunk water at them and chased them in olive fields. As a result, a number of civilians suffered tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises as they were beaten up by Israeli soldiers.

 

On the same day, dozens of Palestinian civilians organised a peaceful demonstration in the middle of Ni’lin village, west of Ramallah, in protest at the construction of the annexation wall and settlement activities. Demonstrators took the streets and headed to the annexation wall. Israeli forces closed the gates of the wall with barbwires and prevented the demonstrators from passing to the land behind it before they responded by throwing stones. As a result, many civilians suffered tear gas inhalation and bruises as they were beaten up by Israeli soldiers.

 

At approximately 12:30 on the same day, Palestinian civilians and international activists organised a peaceful demonstration in the centre of Kufor Qaddoum village, northwest of Qalqilia, and headed towards the eastern entrance of the village, in protest at the continued closure of the entrance with an iron gate, since the beginning of the Aqsa Intifada. Clashes erupted between the demonstrators and Israeli forces that fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters to prevent them from reaching the aforementioned gate. As a result, a number of civilians 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 9 months due to the closure of Karm Abu Salem for security claims.  According to PCHR’s follow-up, Israeli authorities only allow an average of 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 winter.  The crisis has unprecedentedly aggravated for around six weeks due to cold weather and overconsumption in addition to the power outage and using gas as an alternative in many uses of electricity.  The lack of diesel and benzene led to the aggravation of the crisis as a result of using the gas cylinder for cars or as an alternative for benzene to run generators.  As a result, the demand on gas increased despite lack of it.

 

For almost 6 consecutive years, Israeli forces have continued to prevent the delivery of construction materials to the Gaza Strip. Two years ago, Israeli forces approved the delivery of limited quantities of construction materials for a number of international organizations in the Gaza Strip.  On 17 September 2013, they allowed the entry of limited quantities of construction materials for the private sector.  However, on 13 October 2013, they re-banned it claiming that these materials are used for constructing tunnels.  Last week, Israeli forces allowed the entry of construction materials only for the UNRWA and UNDP projects.  As a result, construction works have completely stopped leaving negative impact on manpower and all sectors that are directly related with construction works leading to the increase of unemployment levels.

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Movement at Karm Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) crossing

10 - 16 December 2013

 

Date

Imports

Category

Amount

Tons

Number

Litres

10 December 2013

Foodstuffs

1,100

 

 

Agricultural materials

1,002

 

 

Various goods

Cartons of clothes

Solar panels

Generators

Cartons of shoes

Tires

Refrigerators

Heaters

Washing machines

Wood pillars

1,102

 

 

546

240

13

367

1,094

159

1,700

216

36

 

Humanitarian aid

705

 

 

Cooking gas

216,690

 

 

Benzene

 

 

180,997

Diesel

 

 

220,230

 

Diesel

 

 

174,200 (UNRWA)

11 December 2013

Foodstuffs

658

 

 

Agricultural materials

189

 

 

Various goods

Cartons of shoes

Glass boards

Gypsum boards

Washing machines

Cars

743

 

1,844

520

1,500

343

28

 

Humanitarian aid

3,347

 

 

Cooking gas

172,500

 

 

Benzene

 

 

145,998

Diesel

 

 

291,007

 

Diesel

 

 

174,190 (UNRWA)

 

White gas

 

 

38,000

12 December 2013

Foodstuffs

365

 

 

Agricultural materials

118

 

 

Various goods

Cartons of clothes

Refrigerators

Cartons of shoes

Washing machines

Pumps

Cows

Sheep

Gas cylinders

Glass boards

Solar panels

270

 

480

50

100

160

24

215

150

2,208

1,020

236

 

Humanitarian aid

1,696

 

 

Cooking gas

198,140

 

 

Benzene

 

 

219,002

Diesel

 

 

252,021

 

Diesel

 

 

69,000

(UNRWA)

 

Benzene

 

 

69,994

(UNRWA)

15 December 2013

Foodstuffs

862

 

 

Agricultural materials

1,100

 

 

Various goods

Heaters

235

 

1,920

 

Humanitarian aid

12

1 desalination machine

 

Cooking gas

241,100

 

 

Benzene

 

 

223,207

Diesel

 

 

292,979

Industrial fuel

 

 

473,246

16 December 2013

Foodstuffs

905

 

 

Agricultural materials

1,478

 

 

Various goods

Televisions

Cartons of shoes

Washing machines

Glass boards

702

 

372

1,828

372

1,040

 

Humanitarian aid

2,531

 

 

Cooking gas

196,38

 

 

Benzene

 

 

101,997

Diesel

 

 

441,058

Industrial fuel

 

 

450,008

 

Exports:

 

On Tuesday, 10 December 2013, Israeli forces allowed the exportation of 10.7 tonnes of strawberries.

On Wednesday, 11 December 2013, Israeli forces allowed the exportation of 4.33 tonnes of strawberries.

On Sunday, 15 December 2013, Israeli forces allowed the exportation of 101,860 flowers.

On Monday, 16 December 2013, Israeli forces allowed the exportation of 12.3 tonnes of strawberries and 31,000 flowers.

 

 

Other Imports:

 

 

On Tuesday, 10 December 2013, Israeli forces allowed the entry of 70 tonnes of construction aggregate and 273 tonnes of cement for the UNDP.  They also allowed the entry of 507 tonnes of fodders and 468 tonnes of wheat.

On Wednesday, 11 December 2013, Israeli forces allowed the entry of 700 tonnes of construction aggregate and 597 of cement for the UNRWA and 70 tonnes of construction aggregate for the UNDP.

On Thursday, 12 December 2013, Israeli forces allowed the entry of 560 tonnes of construction aggregate and 436 tonnes of cement for the UNRWA.

On Sunday, 15 December 2013, Israeli forces allowed the entry of 663 tonnes of fodders and 312 tonnes of wheat.

On Monday, 16 December 2013, Israeli forces allowed the entry of 1,540 tonnes of construction aggregate and 600 tonnes of cement for the UNRWA and 51 tonnes of cement for the Water Authority.  They also allowed the entry of 1,014 tonnes of fodders and 780 tonnes of wheat.

 

Important Note:

Israeli forces opened Kerm Abu Salem Crossing on Friday, 13 December 2013, for the entry of 4 pumps and 109,860 kilos of cooking gas.

 

Movement at Beit Hanoun ("Erez") crossing

11 - 16 December 2013

 

Category

11 December

12 December

13 December

14 December

15 December

16 December

Patients

47

61

-

-

-

-

Companions

45

63

-

-

-

-

Personal needs

39

131

-

-

-

-

Families of prisoners

-

-

-

-

-

-

Arabs from Israel

5

1

-

-

-

-

Diplomats

-

-

-

-

-

-

International journalists

-

       -

-

-

-

-

International workers

25

30

-

-

-

-

Deceased

-

-

-

-

-

-

Travelers abroad

3

-

-

-

-

-

Businesspeople

48

37

-

-

-

-

Business meetings

1

6

-

-

-

-

Security interviews

1

-

-

-

-

-

VIPs

-

-

-

-

-

-

Ambulances to Israel

1

4

-

-

-

-

Ambulances from Israel

-

-

-

-

-

-

 

Note: The crossing was closed on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, 13, 14, 15 and 16 December 2013 due to the severe damage caused by the blizzard that lately hit that Gaza Strip. As a result, the security path between the Israeli side and the Palestinian side was partially destroyed as well as 4 cars, which are supported by the Israeli side and used for transferring passengers through the crossing.  The estimated cost of each car is $10,000.  In addition, the tin boards that roofs the path and the crossing waiting room.

 

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:

 

· Jenin: Israeli forces have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.  At approximately 08:30 on Monday, 16 December 2013, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the intersection of 'Enzeh village, southwest of Jenin.  The checkpoint was later removed, and no arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 00:30 on Tuesday, 17 December Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance of al-Yamoun village, northwest of Jenin.  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 08:30 on Thursday, 12 December 2013, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance of 'Azoun village, east of Qalqilya.  At approximately 18:00, another checkpoint was established at 'Ezet al-Tabib village, east of the city.  The two checkpoints were later removed, and no arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 11:50 on Sunday, 15 December 2013, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the southern entrance of Kafr Qadoum village, northeast of Qalqilya.  At approximately 22:00, the checkpoint was removed, and no arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 17:50 on Monday, 16 December 2013, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the intersection of Jeet village, northeast of Qalqilya.  At approximately 18:00, another checkpoint was established the entrance of 'Azoun village, east of Qalqilya.  The two checkpoints were later reported, and no arrests were reported.

 

· Salfit:  Israeli forces have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.  At approximately 16:50 on Saturday, 14 December 2013, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the northern entrance of Salfit.  They closed the iron gate established at the aforementioned entrance and obstructed civilians’ movement under the pretext that there are settlers near it.  The gate was later opened, and no arrests were reported. 

 

At approximately 11:15 on Sunday, 15 December 2013, Israeli forces established a checkpoint near the intersection of "Ariel" settlement, north of Salfit.  The checkpoint was later removed, and no arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 12:15 on Monday, 16 December 2013, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the western entrance of Haris village, north of Salfit.  At approximately 15:00, another checkpoint was established between Salfit and Borqin village.  At approximately 19:50, another checkpoint was established at the northern entrance of Salfit.  They closed the gate established at the aforementioned entrance and obstructed the civilians’ movement.  They re-opened it at approximately 20:50 and allowed them to pass.

 

 Tulkarm: Israeli forces have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.  At approximately 21:30 on Saturday, 14 December 2013, Israeli forces stationed at 'Inab Checkpoint, which is established on the main road between Tulkarm and Nablus, east of Tulkarm, tightened its restrictions against Palestinian civilians and obstructed their movement to the checkpoint.  The tightening later ended, and no arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 15:30 on Sundnay, 15 December 2013, Israeli forces stationed at 'Inab checkpoint, which is established on the main road between Tulkarm and Nablus, east of Tulkarm, tightened its restrictions against Palestinians and obstructed their movement.  The tightening later ended, and no arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 11:30 On Monday, 16 December 2013, Israeli forces established a checkpoint on the main road between Tulkarm and its northern villages knowed as "al-Sha’arawiyah" near the intersection of Zeita village, north of Tulkarm.  The checkpoint was later removed, and no arrests were reported.  At approximately 16:30, they established another checkpoint on the main road between Tulkarm and Qalqilya near the eastern entrance of Jubarah village.  The checkpoint was later removed, and no arrests were reported.  It is noteworthy that Jubarah village has been isolated from its surroundings during al-Aqsa Intifada for ten years due to the annexation wall, south of Tulakrm and a couple of weeks ago, the course of the wall was changed to pass west of the village.  As a result, it was re-integrated with the neighboring villages.

 

Arrests and Maltreatment at military checkpoints

 

 At approximately 14:00 on Sunday, 15 December 2013, Israeli forces established a checkpoint on the main road between Tulakrm, Nablus and Jenin near the intersection of 'Arrabah village, south of Jenin.  While 'Abdel Rahman Jom’aah Najib Ba’ajawi (46) was passing through the checkpoint, Israeli forces arrested him and took him to an unknown destination.

 

On the same Sunday evening, Israeli forces stationed at Za’atrah checkpoint, south of Nablus, arrested Nidal Nihad 'Abbadi (25), a student at Abu Dis University (Jerusalem) from Ya’bod, southwest of Jenin.  Samer Abu Baker, Mayor of Ya’bod, said that Israeli forces arrested 'Abbadi when he was on his way back home from the university and was passing through the checkpoint.

 

At approximately 13:00 on Tuesday, 17 December 2013, Israeli forces, who established a checkpoint near 'Ein Sinia intersection, north of Ramallah, arrested 'Ammar Zuheir As’ad (29), a student at the faculty of Media and Press at the Modern University College from Beta village, south of Nablus.  When he was on his way from Nablus to Ramallah, As’ad was arrested and taken to an unknown destination.

 

 

 

 

 

4. Settlement Activities and Attacks by Settlers against Palestinian Civilians and Property

 

 On 17 December 2013, Israeli forces issued a decision to confiscate 10 dunums of Qasrah village lands, southeast of Nablus.  These confiscated lands are in "al-Wa’ar" area, which has always been attacked by settlers from "Yish Kodish" settlement established on the aforementioned village lands.  Local sources in Qasrah village said that 'Abdel 'Azim Wadi, head of the village council,  was surprised on the aforementioned day morning with a call from the Israeli Liaison informing him about the decision.  Wadi then contacted the Palestinian Liaison and Nablus as they confirmed receiving a copy of the decision.

Ghassan Daghlas, a researcher in settlement affairs in the northern West Bank, said that the Israeli Liaison officially informed the Palestinian side that they confiscated 10 dunums of farmlands in the area between "Yish Kodish" outpost and the southern Qasrah lands.  He added that Israeli forces informed the Palestinian side that Palestinians are denied access to the area and its surroundings, an area of approximately 500 dunums of agricultural lands, i.e. confiscating another 500 dunums later.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

…………………………………………………………

Public Document

For further information please visit our website www.pchrgaza.org or contact PCHR’s office in Gaza City, Gaza Strip by email pchr@pchrgaza.org This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or telephone +972 08 282 4776 – 282 5893.

 



[1] 1 dunum is equal to 1,000 square meters.



Source


:: Article nr. 103464 sent on 20-dec-2013 18:10 ECT

www.uruknet.info?p=103464



:: The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website.

The section for the comments of our readers has been closed, because of many out-of-topics.
Now you can post your own comments into our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/uruknet




Warning: include(./share/share2.php): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/content/25/8427425/html/vhosts/uruknet/colonna-centrale-pagina-ansi.php on line 385

Warning: include(): Failed opening './share/share2.php' for inclusion (include_path='.:/usr/local/php5_6/lib/php') in /home/content/25/8427425/html/vhosts/uruknet/colonna-centrale-pagina-ansi.php on line 385



       
[ Printable version ] | [ Send it to a friend ]


[ Contatto/Contact ] | [ Home Page ] | [Tutte le notizie/All news ]







Uruknet on Twitter




:: RSS updated to 2.0

:: English
:: Italiano



:: Uruknet for your mobile phone:
www.uruknet.mobi


Uruknet on Facebook






:: Motore di ricerca / Search Engine


uruknet
the web



:: Immagini / Pictures


Initial
Middle




The newsletter archive




L'Impero si è fermato a Bahgdad, by Valeria Poletti


Modulo per ordini




subscribe

:: Newsletter

:: Comments


Haq Agency
Haq Agency - English

Haq Agency - Arabic


AMSI
AMSI - Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq - English

AMSI - Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq - Arabic




Font size
Carattere
1 2 3





:: All events








     

[ home page] | [ tutte le notizie/all news ] | [ download banner] | [ ultimo aggiornamento/last update 28/08/2019 00:45 ]




Uruknet receives daily many hacking attempts. To prevent this, we have 10 websites on 6 servers in different places. So, if the website is slow or it does not answer, you can recall one of the other web sites: www.uruknet.info www.uruknet.de www.uruknet.biz www.uruknet.org.uk www.uruknet.com www.uruknet.org - www.uruknet.it www.uruknet.eu www.uruknet.net www.uruknet.web.at.it




:: This site contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of environmental, political, human rights, economic, democracy, scientific, and social justice issues, etc. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. For more info go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.
::  We always mention the author and link the original site and page of every article.
uruknet, uruklink, iraq, uruqlink, iraq, irak, irakeno, iraqui, uruk, uruqlink, saddam hussein, baghdad, mesopotamia, babilonia, uday, qusay, udai, qusai,hussein, feddayn, fedayn saddam, mujaheddin, mojahidin, tarek aziz, chalabi, iraqui, baath, ba'ht, Aljazira, aljazeera, Iraq, Saddam Hussein, Palestina, Sharon, Israele, Nasser, ahram, hayat, sharq awsat, iraqwar,irakwar All pictures

 

I nostri partner - Our Partners:


TEV S.r.l.

TEV S.r.l.: hosting

www.tev.it

Progetto Niz

niz: news management

www.niz.it

Digitbrand

digitbrand: ".it" domains

www.digitbrand.com

Worlwide Mirror Web-Sites:
www.uruknet.info (Main)
www.uruknet.com
www.uruknet.net
www.uruknet.org
www.uruknet.us (USA)
www.uruknet.su (Soviet Union)
www.uruknet.ru (Russia)
www.uruknet.it (Association)
www.uruknet.web.at.it
www.uruknet.biz
www.uruknet.mobi (For Mobile Phones)
www.uruknet.org.uk (UK)
www.uruknet.de (Germany)
www.uruknet.ir (Iran)
www.uruknet.eu (Europe)
wap.uruknet.info (For Mobile Phones)
rss.uruknet.info (For Rss Feeds)
www.uruknet.tel

Vat Number: IT-97475012153