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Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (30 June– 06 July 2011)


July 7, 2011 - Summary : Israeli violations of international law and humanitarian law in the OPT continued during the reporting period (30 June – 06 July 2011): Shooting: During the reporting period, IOF killed two Palestinians and wounded a third one in the Gaza Strip. A Palestinian civilian also died of a previous wound in the West Bank. On 05 July 2011, , Israeli warplanes fired at least one missile at a number of activists of the Palestinian resistance who were at an olive field in the east of al-Musaddar village in the central Gaza Strip, nearly 600 meters away from the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel. As a result, two activists were killed by shrapnel throughout their bodies and a third one was wounded. The Israeli daily Yidiot Aharanot reported on its English website that "the Israeli Air Force targeted a Palestinian terrorist cell to the east of al-Maghazi, while its members were attempting to fire a projectile into Israel, killing two members of the cell and injuring a third one."....

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Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (30 June– 06 July 2011)

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)

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Israeli settlers from "Yits'har" settlement set fire to Palestinian land south of Nablus


PCHR, July 7, 2011

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

 

 

· Two Palestinians were killed by an Israeli air strike in the central Gaza Strip.

- A third Palestinian was wounded in the same attack.

 

· A Palestinian civilian died of a previous wound in the West Bank.

 

· Israeli warplanes attacked a number of civilian facilities in the Gaza Strip.

- A store of fodders was bombarded and a number of civilian facilities were damaged.

 

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

- Dozens of demonstrators suffered from tear Gas inhalation.

- IOF arrested 4 international human rights defenders.

 

· Israeli gunboats opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats in the Gaza Strip.

- A fishing boat was damaged.

 

· IOF conducted 32 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank.  

- IOF arrested 6 Palestinian civilians, including a child.

 

· Israel has continued to impose a total siege on the OPT and has isolated the Gaza Strip from the outside world.

- IOF arrested two Palestinian civilians, at military checkpoints in the West Bank.

 

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

- IOF cut 11 olive trees in Kufor al-Dik village, west of Salfit.

- IOF prevented Palestinian farmers from working on their lands near "Sousia" settlement, south of Hebron.

 

 

Summary

 

Israeli violations of international law and humanitarian law in the OPT continued during the reporting period (30 June – 06 July 2011):

 

Shooting:

 

During the reporting period, IOF killed two Palestinians and wounded a third one in the Gaza Strip. A Palestinian civilian also died of a previous wound in the West Bank. 

 

On 05 July 2011, , Israeli warplanes fired at least one missile at a number of activists of the Palestinian resistance who were at an olive field in the east of al-Musaddar village in the central Gaza Strip, nearly 600 meters away from the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel. As a result, two activists were killed by shrapnel throughout their bodies and a third one was wounded. The Israeli daily Yidiot Aharanot reported on its English website that "the Israeli Air Force targeted a Palestinian terrorist cell to the east of al-Maghazi, while its members were attempting to fire a projectile into Israel, killing two members of the cell and injuring a third one."

 

During the reporting period, Israeli gunboats opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats in the Gaza Strip in two separate incidents. In one of these attacks, a Palestinian fishing boat was damaged. 

 

On 05 July 2011, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at a number of activists of the Palestinian resistance near a 1,000-squre-meter store of fodders belonging to Isma’il Helmi al-Najjar in the east of Gaza City. The missile hit the store and damaged it. Three activists were also lightly wounded. Additionally, a nearby tire workshop belonging to the Dughmosh family and a house belonging to Hafez 'Aashour Dughmosh were damaged.

 

In the West Bank, on 01 July 2011, a Palestinian civilian died of wounds he had sustained by IOF last January. According to PCHR’s documentation, on 20 January 2011, the victim, who holds an Israeli identity card, was traveling in his car at Nabi Younis intersection, northeast of Hebron. Without prior warning, Israeli soldiers stationed at a checkpoint in the area fired at him. He was wounded by a bullet to the head. His car also turned upside down. He was seriously wounded, and was evacuated to Hadassa Hospital. 

 

During the reporting period, IOF used excessive force to disperse peaceful demonstrations organized in protest to Israeli settlement activities and the construction of the annexation wall in the West Bank. As a result, dozens of Palestinian civilians and international human rights defenders suffered from tear gas inhalation.  IOF also arrested 4 international human rights defenders.

 

 

Incursions:

 

During the reporting period, IOF conducted at least 32 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank, during which they arrested 6 Palestinian civilians, including a child. 

 

Restrictions on Movement:

 

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

 

Gaza Strip

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

West Bank

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Settlement Activities:  

 

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

 

On 30 June 2011, IOF cut 11 olive trees in Kufor al-Dik village, west of Salfit. They claimed that the area is part of public land and is located near the bypass road leading to "Elli Zahav" settlement.

 

On 01 July 2011, IOF prevented Palestinian farmers and a number of international and Israeli solidarity activists from plowing Palestinian agricultural areas in Wad al-Sweed near "Sousia" settlement to the southeast of Yatta village, south of Hebron. IOF arrived at the area at 11:00 and forced the farmers and activists to leave it. It is worth noting that the land whose area is 60 dunums,[1] and it had been seized by Israeli settlers since 2004. However, the Israeli High Court had recently issued a decision giving the land back to its Palestinian owners.

 

 

Israeli Violations Documented during the Reporting Period (30 June – 06 July 2011)

 

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

 

Thursday, 30 June 2011

 

· At approximately 01:30, IOF moved into 'Azzoun village, east of Qalqilya. They raided and searched a number of houses and arrested 3 Palestinian civilians:

 

1. Kazem Mofeed Radwan, 18;

2. 'Alaa’ Sameer Saleem, 20; and

3. Usaid Yasser Saleem, 22.

 

Friday, 01 July 2011

 

· In the morning, medical sources at Hadassa Hospital in Jerusalem declared that Jalal Khalil al-Masri, 30, from Ethna village west of Hebron and resident of Jerusalem, died of wounds he had sustained by IOF last January. According to PCHR’s documentation, at approximately 23:30 on Thursday, 20 January 2011, al-Masri, who holds an Israeli identity card, was traveling in his car at Nabi Younis intersection, northeast of Hebron. Without prior warning, Israeli soldiers stationed at a checkpoint in the area fired at him. He was wounded by a bullet to the head. His car also turned upside down. He was seriously wounded, and was evacuated to Hadassa Hospital. IOF claimed that he did not obey orders to stop.

 

· At approximately 10:30, IOF moved into Hijja village, east of Qalqilya. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

· At approximately 18:00, IOF moved into Kharabtha al-Misbah village, north of Ramallah. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.

 

· At approximately 21:30, IOF moved into al-Jiftlek village, north of Jericho. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.

 

· At approximately 21:45, IOF moved into Sinjel village, north of Ramallah. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.

 

Saturday, 02 July 2011

 

· At approximately 09:00, IOF moved into 'Aqabet Jaber refugee camp, southwest of Jericho. They patrolled in the streets for some time and took photographs of historical sites. They withdrew later and no arrests were reported.

· At approximately 15:00, IOF moved into 'Azzoun village, east of Qalqilya. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

· At approximately 18:35, IOF moved into 'Azzoun village, east of Qalqilya. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

· At approximately 23:30, IOF moved into al-Bireh. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.

 

Sunday, 03 July 2011

 

· At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into al-'Ouja village, northeast of Jericho. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.

 

· At approximately 08:20, IOF moved into Far’ata village, northeast of Qalqilya. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

· At approximately 10:45, IOF moved into al-Fundoq village, east of Qalqilya. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

· At approximately 14:30, IOF moved into Tulkarm. They stationed on Nablus-Tulkarm road near Ektaba intersection. Israeli soldiers stepped down from their vehicles. They stopped and searched a number of Palestinian civilian vehicles. They withdrew from the area later and neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

· At approximately 16:15, IOF moved into 'Azzoun village, east of Qalqilya. They patrolled in the streets and held two Palestinian civilians, including a child, for some time: Yousef Ahmed Faisal, 17; and Mohammed Faisal Saleem, 19. They released the two civilians later and withdrew from the village. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

· Also at approximately 16:15, IOF moved into Kufor Thuluth village, southeast of Qalqilya. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

· At approximately 18:00, IOF raided and searched Palestinian houses in al-Ras Street in Hebron. They withdrew later and no arrests were reported.

 

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