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Islamic Jihad: Aqsa shootout natural response to Israeli terrorism

Islamic Jihad about Al Aqsa

The Islamic Jihad on Friday hailed the anti-occupation shooting carried out by three Palestinian young men at al-Aqsa Mosque and which claimed the lives of two Israeli soldiers.

The Islamic Jihad warned of Israeli intents to use the shootout to step up break-ins at al-Aqsa Mosque and aggressions on the peaceful Muslim worshipers.

The Islamic Jihad said the attack is the natural response to the Israeli break-ins at al-Aqsa, dubbing the presence of Israeli forces at the site on Friday a “dangerous violation.”

“The Palestinian people will never forget the Israeli aggressions on al-Aqsa Mosque and terrorism against the Muslim worshipers and sit-inners during holy Ramadan month,” a statement by the Islamic Jihad read.

The movement said Israel’s closure of al-Aqsa on Friday is a crime and an aggression over which the Palestinians shall never remain mum.

(Source / 14.07.2017)

Palestinian mother, daughter detained in J’lem

Palestinian woman and daughter detained

A Palestinian woman was detained Friday afternoon, along with her daughter,  at al-Aqsa’s al-Silsila Gate for allegedly having a knife in her possession.

Eyewitnesses affirmed Israeli police stopped and searched the mother, Uhood Rizk, at al-Silsila Gate.

A knife was allegedly found in her bag.

Both the mother and the daughter were then taken handcuffed to a nearby police station for investigation, the sources added.

(Source / 14.07.2017)

Gaza power plant resumes work after receiving fuel supplies

Gaza power plant works

The energy authority in Gaza announced on Thursday that the power plant resumed its work and started to operate some of its turbines after Egypt allowed in new shipments of paid fuel.

After the Egyptian authorities repaired one of its cross-border power lines in Rafah and the power plant in Gaza resumed its power generation, there would be gradual improvement in supplying homes and facilities with electricity again, according to the energy authority.

One of Egypt’s three power lines that provide Gaza with 27 megawatts of electricity was already back on in Rafah.

The Energy authority in Gaza said it is doing its utmost to ease the electricity crisis with the existing fuel supplies and the other power sources.

Earlier, the electricity supply to Gaza’s two million residents dropped to unprecedented lows, with blackouts lasting for more than 24 hours, the besieged territory’s power distribution company said Thursday, prompting fears of a humanitarian and environmental crisis.

The Palestinian enclave needs at least 400 megawatts of power a day, but only 70 megawatts were available as of late Wednesday, when Gaza’s power plant shut down after fuel shipments from Egypt were interrupted following an armed attack in the Sinai last week.

(Source / 14.07.2017)

Jerusalem Governor: Work ongoing to reopen Al-Aqsa

Zio forces al-Aqsa

Israeli forces take security measures at Al-Aqsa compound after closing the mosque on 14 July 2017

Governor of Jerusalem, Adnan Al-Husayni said today “calls are ongoing in order to pressure Israel to back down from its decision to close Al-Aqsa Mosque and ban Friday prayer in it.”

Al-Husayni told the Anadolu Agency: “The PA and Jordanian governments are contacting international parities to pressure Israel to reverse its decision to close the mosque and prohibit Friday prayer in Al-Aqsa.”

He expressed his hopes that the talks “end in success because the decision to close the mosque and ban prayer is dangerous and cannot be ignored.”

Read: Israel arrests 2 Palestinians after Israelis storm Al-Aqsa Mosque

Al-Husayni warned against “Israeli attempts to impose a status quo in Al-Aqsa Mosque by taking advantage of what happened this morning,” referring to clashes at the site which led to the death of three Palestinians and two Israeli occupation soldiers.

We are hearing statements from Israeli officials regarding their intention to impose new measures, and this is something we reject and condemn.

Firas Al-Dabs, from Al-Awqaf’s media office, told the press: “The Israeli police have detained the mosque’s guards since this morning.”

Sheikh Muhammad Hussein, Mufti of Jerusalem, called on the Palestinians to perform Friday prayers in Al-Aqsa despite Israel’s decision to close the mosque.

This will be the first time since 1969 that the mosque has been closed during Friday prayers.

(Source / 14.07.2017)

Ex-Israeli minister to PA’s Abbas: Peace comes by trust between two parties

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas delivers a speech in Geneva, Switzerland on 27 February 2017

Israel’s newly-elected labour party leader, Avi Gabbay, has criticised the Palestinian Authority (PA)’s President, Mahmoud Abbas, for using the international community to pressure Tel Aviv to reach a peace deal between the two sides, Israel’s Haaretz reported.

Gabbay’s remarks came during his telephone call with Abbas on Wednesday, as the Palestinian president was congratulating him on the victory in the party elections.

Palestinian president Abbas called the new Israeli labor party leader Avi Gabbay to congratulate him on his victory in the primaries

During the call, Gabbay urged Abbas to meet face-to-face with the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss the ongoing issues between Israel and the PA, and to build “mutual trust.”

“Peace is not reached through international meetings or regional summits, it starts by building trust and personal ties between the sides,” Gabbay told Abbas.

Read: Lieberman rules out final peace deal with Palestinians

For its part, the Palestinian news agency Wafa reported yesterday that Abbas stressed during the phone call on the importance of reaching a peace deal for the conflict that is based on the two-state solution. The deal should also take into account the previous international resolutions and agreements, he added.

Gabbay, 50, holds a degree in economics and business administration. He completed his military service at the rank of major in the Israeli army’s intelligence.

His career began in the finance ministry’s budget department, where he worked for some four years before moving to be the director general of Bezeq, a major Israeli telecoms company. In 2014, he was assumed as the environmental affairs minister at Netanyahu’s government.

The former minister in Israel’s center-right Kulanu party, was elected Monday as the new chairman of the Israeli Labor Party, the most prominent opposition party, beating veteran lawmaker and former leader, Amir Peretz, after two rounds of voting.

(Source / 14.07.2017)

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (06– 12 July 2017

13 JUL
10:32 PM

Israeli forces continue systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) for the week of 06 – 12 July 2017.

Israeli forces killed 3 Palestinian civilians, one of whom is a child, in the West Bank. 10 Palestinian civilians were wounded in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, including 2 children and a photojournalist.

Shooting:

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces killed 3 Palestinian civilians, including a child, north and south of the West Bank. They wounded 10 others, including 2 children and a photojournalist. Six of them, including 2 children, were wounded in the West Bank and the 4 others, including the photojournalist, were wounded in the Gaza Strip.

 

In the West Bank, on 10 July 2017, in excessive use of force, Israeli forces killed Mohammed Ibrahim Jabareen (23), from Taqou’ village, east of Bethlehem. They claimed he attempted to run-over and stab Israeli soldiers on bypass road (60). However, his family denied the claim, explaining it was a car accident.

On 12 July 2017, in excessive use of force on 12 July 2017, Israeli forces killed 2 Palestinian civilians, including a child, and wounded a third in Jenin refugee camp, north of the West Bank.

During the reporting period, in addition to the wounded person mentioned above, Israeli forces wounded 5 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children and an international human rights activist. One of them was hit with live bullets, 4 others were hit with metal bullets and one was hit with sound bomb shrapnel. The incidents in which they were wounded were as follows:

On 07 July 2017, 2 Palestinian civilians and an international human rights activist were wounded with metal bullets during their participation in Kufor Qaddoum protest, northeast of Qalqilya.

On 09 July 2017, Nour Hamdan (13) sustained a metal bullet wound to the face during an Israeli incursion into al-Eisawiya village, northeast of occupied Jerusalem.

On 10 July 2017, Jana al-Rajabi (6) sustained a sound bomb shrapnel wound to the hand during an Israeli incursion into Batn al-Hawa neighbourhood in Silwan village, south of Jerusalem’s Old City.

In the Gaza Strip, the border area witnessed peaceful protests against the illegal closure imposed on the Gaza Strip. Israeli forces used force against the protestors, as result, 4 Palestinian civilians were wounded. One of them was hit with a live bullet and the 3 others were hit with tear gas canisters. Among the wounded was journalist Mohammed Baha’ al-Deen Mohammed (30), from Jabalia refugee camp.

 

Incursions:

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 43 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank, and 7 others into Jerusalem and its suburbs. During these incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 33 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children. Eight of them, including 2 children, were arrested in occupied Jerusalem and its suburbs.

Efforts to create Jewish Majority

 

Concerning house demolitions, on 11 July 2017, the Israeli municipality demolished a residential building belonging to Hanan Mahmoud in al-Eisawiya village, northeast of East Jerusalem, under the pretext of non-licensing. The 4-storey building is built on area of 800 square meters and comprises of 6 apartments and 2 stores. Mahmoud’s family mentioned that started building it a year ago.

On 12 July 2017, the Israeli municipality demolished a house belonging to Mousa Ebaidat in al-Sa’la area in al-Mukaber Mount, southeast of occupied Jerusalem, under the pretext of non-licensing.

On the same day, the Israeli municipality demolished a house belonging to Saleh Shwaiki in Beer Ayoub neighbourhood in Silwan village, south of occupied Jerusalem, under the pretext of non-licensing.

In the context of settlers’ attacks against Palestinian civilians and their property in the city, on 06 July 2017, a group of settlers and their guards attacked a number of Palestinian youngsters in Batn al-Hawa area in Silwan village, south of Jerusalem’s Old City. They pepper-sprayed and beat them before the Israeli soldiers intervened to disperse the village residents, who gathered to confront the settlers’ attack.

On 10 July 2017, the settlers attempted to seize a plot of land belonging to Basbous family in Batn al-Hawa neighbourhood in Silwan village. The settlers claimed the ownership of the plot of land to Jews from Yemen, who used to be the landlords before 1948. Ra’fat Basbous said they were surprised by the settlers’ attacking the land adjacent to their house. However, the residents of the area confronted the settlers.

 

Restrictions on movement:

Israel continued to impose a tight 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 been 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 9 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 grave violations of the economic, social and cultural rights and a deterioration of living conditions for 2 million people.  The Israeli authorities have 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.  They also aim at imposing a complete ban on the Gaza Strip’s exports. The Israeli closure raised the rate of poverty to 65%. Moreover, the rate of unemployment increased up to 47% and youth constitutes 65% of the unemployed persons.  Moreover, 80% of the Gaza Strip population depends on international aid to secure their minimum daily needs. These rates indicate the unprecedented economic deterioration in the Gaza Strip.

In the West Bank, Israeli forces continued to suffocate the Palestinian cities and village by imposing military checkpoints around and/or between them. This created “cantons” isolated from each other that hinders the movement of civilians. Moreover, the Palestinian civilians suffering aggravated because of the annexation wall and checkpoints erected on daily basis to catch Palestinians.

Demonstrations in protest against the annexation wall and settlement activities

 

West Bank:

  • At approximately 13:30 on Friday, 07 July 2017, Palestinian civilians and International activists organized a demonstration in the center of Kufur Qaddoum village, northeast of Qalqiliyah. They made their way towards the eastern entrance to the village in protest against closing that entrance since al-Aqsa Intifada with an iron gate. When the protestors arrived at the abovementioned entrance, the Israeli forces heavily fired metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters. As a result, A 30-year-old international activist sustained a metal bullet wound to the abdomen, a 42-year-old civilian sustained a metal bullet wound to the ear and a 25-year-old civilian sustained a metal bullet wound to the right shoulder.
  • Following the Friday prayer, dozens of Palestinian civilians and Israeli and international human rights defenders organized a protest in Bil’in and Ni’lin villages, west of Ramallah; al-Nabi Saleh village, northwest of the city, in protest against the annexation wall and settlement activities. Israeli forces forcibly dispersed the protests, firing live and metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs. They also chased protesters into olive fields and houses. As a result, some of the protesters suffered tear gas inhalation while others sustained bruises as Israeli soldiers beat them up.

Gaza Strip:

 

  • At approximately 15:30 on Friday, 07 July 2017, dozens of Palestinian young men made their way to the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Buraij in the central Gaza Strip, in rejection to the Israeli-imposed closure on Gaza. They gathered near the security fence. They set fire to tires, raised the Palestinian flags and threw stones at the Israeli forces stationed along the abovementioned border fence. The soldiers fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, a Palestinian civilian from al-Buraij refugee camp sustained a live bullet wound to the right leg (PCHR keeps the name of the wounded civilian) while others sustained tear gas inhalation. The wounded civilian was transferred to al-Aqsa hospital in Deir al-Balah and his medical condition was classified as moderate.
  • At approximately 16:30 on the same Friday, dozens of Palestinian civilians gathered few meters away from the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, in response to calls for protests in the border area against the Israeli-imposed closure on Gaza. A number of the young men set fire to tires and threw stones at the Israeli forces stationed along the abovementioned border fence. The soldiers fired live bullets, tear gas canisters and rubber-coated metal bullets at them. The clashes continued until approximately 19:00 on the same day. As a result, 2 civilians from Jabalia refugee camp were wounded. They were transferred to the Indonesian Hospital in Jabalia. Their wounds were classified as moderate.
  • Around the same time, dozens of Palestinian young men gathered near the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Shuja’iya neighborhood, east of Gaza, in response to calls for protests in the border area against the Israeli-imposed closure on Gaza. A number of them set fire to tires and threw stones at the Israeli forces stationed there and in the vicinity of “Nahal Oz” military site. The Israeli soldiers fired live bullets and rubber-coated metal bullets at them. As a result, a number of the civilians sustained tear gas canisters. The clashes continued until approximately 19:00 on the same day. As a result, Mohammed Bahaa’ Eden Mohammed (30), journalist at Shehab News Agency, from Jabalia refugee camp was hit with a tear gas canister to the right hand. He also suffered tear gas inhalation an sustained bruises.

Continued closure of the oPt

Israel continued to impose a tight 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 tighten the closure of the Gaza Strip and close 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.

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.

Israeli forces also continued to impose an almost total ban on the Gaza Strip exports, including agricultural and industrial products, except for light-weighted products such as flowers, strawberries, and spices. However, they lately allowed the exportation of some vegetables such as cucumber and tomatoes, furniture and fish.

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 also continued applying the policy of making certain civilian traveling via the crossing interviewed by the Israeli intelligence service to be questioned, blackmailed or arrested.

Arrests at military checkpoints:

 

  • At approximately 11:50 on Thursday, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance to ‘Azoun village, east of Qalqiliyia. They stopped Palestinian vehicles and checked the passengers’ IDs. In the meantime, the Israeli forces arrested Ashraf Ahmed Mahmoud Sukar (30), from ‘Azoun village. It should be noted that Ashraf is an officer at the Palestinian Intelligence Service.
  • At approximately 19:00 on Thursday, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the eastern entrance to Qalqilyia. They stopped Palestinian vehicles and checked the passengers’ IDs. In the meantime, the Israeli forces arrested Mousa Mahmoud Mousa al-La’ow (30), from Qalqiliyia.

 

  • Efforts to Create Jewish majority

 

Israeli forces escalated their attacks on Palestinian civilians and their property. They have also continued their raids on al-Aqsa Mosque and denied the Palestinians access to it:

Shooting Incidents:

 

  • At approximately 21:30, on Sunday, 09 July 2017, Israeli forces moved into al-‘Issawiyia village, northeast of occupied Jerusalem. They stationed on the village main street, where they heavily and indiscriminately fired tear gas canisters and rubber-coated metal bullets. As a result, Nour Ayman Hamdan (13) was hit with a rubber-coated metal bullet to the face and was then taken to Hadasah- ‘Ain Karem Hospital in West Jerusalem to receive medical treatment. Nour’s father stated that his son was standing along with his friends on his house balcony on the 3rd floor located on the village main street. In the meantime, the Israeli forces moved into the village and fired tear gas canisters and rubber-coated metal bullets in the area. As a result, a girl was wounded. He added that the initial examinations in the hospital showed that the child’s left eye was directly damaged and she needed a CT scan of the eye.

Houses Demolitions

 

  • At approximately 05:00 on Tuesday, 11 July 2017, the Israeli Municipality bulldozers demolished a residential building belonging to Hanan Mahmoud in al-‘Issawiyia village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of non-licensing. The family stated that Israeli Municipality bulldozers accompanied by the Israeli Municipality crews and Israeli officers surrounded the building in al-‘Issawiyia village and then suddenly demolished it. The family said that the building is comprised of 4 floors consisting of 6 apartments. It was built on an area of 800 square meters a year ago. The family added that the Israeli Municipality took photos of the building and issued an administrative demolition decision under the pretext of non-licensing. It should be noted that the family appointed a lawyer to follow up the case and defer the decision until they get the license. The session was supposed to be held at the Israeli Municipality court.
  • At approximately 07:00 on Wednesday, 12 July 2017, the Israeli Municipality bulldozers demolished a residential building in al-Sal’ah area in al-Mukaber Mount neighborhood, southeast of occupied Jerusalem, under the pretext of non-licensing. The house owner, Mousa ‘Odaidat, said that the Israeli Municipality bulldozers demolished his house without warning the family. It should be noted that the house was built in 2012, and the last year a new building was attached to the same building. Five months ago, the Israeli Municipality issued an administrative demolition decision. Mousa ‘Odaidat added that his nephew, Ahmed’Odaidat, along with his wife and their 3 children, were living in the house. After that, the family was forced to leave the house due to the administrative demolition decision, especially as the Israeli bulldozers suddenly raid the houses and demolish them without warning. Mousa ‘Odaidat stated that the house was built on an area of 200 square meters and comprised of 4 rooms and it facilities.
  • At approximately 09:00 on the same day, the Israeli Municipality bulldozers demolished a house belonging to Saleh Showaiki in Beer ‘Ayoub neighborhood in Silwan village, south of occupied Jerusalem, under the pretext of non-licensing. Al-Showaiki stated that the last year in February, he self-demolished part of his house in implementation of the Israeli Municipality decision. He also said that he had recently made reparations to the house, where his son intended to live there after his marriage scheduled in August. Al-Showaiki added that the house was built on an area of 88 square meters and the Israeli Municipality informed him that his house was demolished because he made reparations to the house.
  • The Israeli Municipality bulldozers demolished a carwash  in Beer Ayoub neighborhood, as well as a room used for the carwash, which was built with brick and aluminum on an area of 2.3 meters.

Israeli settlers’ attacks against Palestinian civilians and property

 

  • At approximately 20:00 on Thursday, 06 July 2017, a number of Israeli settlers and their guards beat up and pepper-sprayed Palestinian youngsters in Batn al-Hawa in Silwan village, south of East Jerusalem’s Old City. The Israeli soldiers then moved into the neighborhood to disperse the families who gathered to rebel the setters’ incursion and attack. The neighborhood residents said that a group of settlers provokingly toured Batn al-Hawa neighborhood.  One of the settlers pepper-sprayed Palestinian children and young men who were in the area.  Following this, families from the neighborhood gathered and the Israeli soldiers backed by Intelligence officers.  Verbal altercations then occurred, and the Israeli forces pepper-sprayed.  As a result, a number of civilians suffered gas inhalation and were identified as ‘Oday al-Rajabi, Maher ‘Abdel Wahad Yazan Rajabi and Anas Qara’in.

 

  • On Monday, 10 July 2017, settlers attempted to seize a plot of land belonging to Basbous family in Batn al-Hawa neighborhood in Silwan village, south of occupied Jerusalem’s Old City, claiming it belongs to 3 Jews from Yemen who used to live on this land before 1948. Ra’fat Basbous said that the family was surprised on the abovementioned morning with settlers’ attacking a land belonging to his family and nearby their house.  They accompanied with workers started placing wires to locate the land under the pretext that the Israeli court lately ruled that the land belongs to the settlers but the residents stopped them from doing so.  During this, Israeli forces stormed the land and pepper-sprayed the residents.  As a result, 6 civilians suffered gas inhalation. Ra’fat Basbous added that the police officer informed the family and the residents of Batn Al-Hawa that they are not allowed to enter or use the land while settlers are allowed to without doing any construction works.

It should be mentioned that the land of Basboos family falls within the project of “Ateerat Cohanim” Association to seize 5200 square meters from the Middle Neighborhood in Batn Al-Hawa.; the projected was revealed by the Association last May. They claim that Jews from Yemen owned the land since 1881, and the land is divided into six pieces identified with numbers: 73, 75, 88, 95, 96 and 97. ‘Ateerat Cohanim claims that the Israeli Supreme Court upheld the settlers’ ownership of the land in Batn Al-Hawa.

It should be mentioned that there are 30-35 residential buildings established on the land and sheltering 80 families, who have lived in the neighborhood for dozens of years after they bought the lands and property from the former owners with official papers.  Settlers’ attempts to seize lands and buildings in Batn al-Hawa neighborhood have started for 8 years using roundabout ways.  Moreover, many families living within the threatened land received evacuation notices, but most of them have so far managed to maintain their property.

Settlement activities and attacks by settlers against Palestinian civilians and property

Israeli forces’ attacks

 

  • At approximately 09:00 on Thursday, 06 July 2017, Israeli forces accompanied by military vehicles and a vehicle of the Israeli Civil Administration moved into al-Masafer area, east of Yatta, south of Hebron. The Israeli Civil Administration staff handed the village residents around 22 notices to stop construction works under the pretext that the dwellings and facilities in the area are non-licensed and are located in area (C) according to Also Accord.
  • At approximately 09:00 on Monday, 10 July 2017, Israeli forces accompanied by Israeli military vehicles and a vehicle of the Israeli Civil Administration moved into Qanan al-Nayias area, east of al-Shayyoukh village, north of Hebron. The Israeli Civil Administration staff handed 2 notices to stop the building of 2 under-construction houses that were built on an area of 100 square meters. The abovementioned houses belong to Basheer Idreis Warasnah (50) and Isma’il Ahmed ‘Ayayidah (36).

Recommendations to the International Community

PCHR warns of the escalating settlement construction in the West Bank, the attempts to legitimize settlement outposts established on Palestinian lands in the West Bank and the continued summary executions of Palestinian civilians under the pretext that they pose a security threat to the Israeli forces. PCHR reminds the international community that thousands of Palestinian civilians have been rendered homeless and lived in caravans under tragic circumstances due to the latest Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip that has been under a tight closure for almost 10 years. PCHR welcomes the UN Security Council’s Resolution No. 2334, which states that settlements are a blatant violation of the Geneva Conventions and calls upon Israel to stop them and not to recognize any demographic change in the oPt since 1967.  PCHR hopes this resolution will pave the way for eliminating the settlement crime and bring to justice those responsible for it. PCHR further reiterates that the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, are still under Israeli occupation in spite of Israel’s unilateral disengagement plan of 2005.  PCHR emphasizes that there is international recognition of Israel’s obligation to respect international human rights instruments and international humanitarian law.  Israel is bound to apply international human rights law and the law of war, sometimes reciprocally and other times in parallel, in a way that achieves the best protection for civilians and remedy for the victims.

  1. PCHR calls upon the international community to respect the Security Council’s Resolution No. 2334 and to ensure that Israel respects it as well, in particular point 5 which obliges Israel not to deal with settlements as if they were part of Israel.
  2. PCHR calls upon the ICC in 2017 to open an investigation into Israeli crimes committed in the oPt, particularly the settlement crimes and the 2014 offensive on the Gaza Strip.
  3. PCHR Calls upon the European Union (EU) and all international bodies to boycott settlements and ban working and investing in them in application of their obligations according to international human rights law and international humanitarian law considering settlements as a war crime.
  4. PCHR calls upon the international community 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.
  5. PCHR calls upon the international community and United Nations to take all necessary measures to stop Israeli policies aimed at creating a Jewish demographic majority in Jerusalem and at voiding Palestine from its original inhabitants through deportations and house demolitions as a collective punishment, which violates international humanitarian law, amounting to a crime against humanity.
  6. PCHR calls upon the international community to condemn summary executions carried out by Israeli forces against Palestinians and to pressurize Israel to stop them.
  7. PCHR calls upon the States Parties to the Rome Statute of the ICC to work hard to hold Israeli war criminals accountable.
  8. PCHR calls upon the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions to fulfill their obligations under article (1) of the Convention to ensure respect for the Conventions under all circumstances, and under articles (146) and (147) to search for and prosecute those responsible for committing grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions to ensure justice and remedy for Palestinian victims, especially in light of the almost complete denial of justice for them before the Israeli judiciary.
  9. PCHR calls upon the international community to speed up the reconstruction process necessary because of the destruction inflicted by the Israeli offensive on Gaza.
  10. PCHR calls for a prompt intervention to compel the Israeli authorities to lift the closure that obstructs the freedom of movement of goods and 1.8 million civilians that experience unprecedented economic, social, political and cultural hardships due to collective punishment policies and retaliatory action against civilians.
  11. PCHR calls upon the European Union to apply human rights standards embedded in the EU-Israel Association Agreement and to respect its obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights when dealing with Israel.
  12. PCHR calls upon the international community, especially states that import Israeli weapons and military services, to meet their moral and legal responsibility not to allow Israel to use the offensive in Gaza to test new weapons and not accept training services based on the field experience in Gaza in order to avoid turning Palestinian civilians in Gaza into testing objects for Israeli weapons and military tactics.
  13. PCHR calls upon the parties to international human rights instruments, especially the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), to pressurize Israel to comply with its provisions in the oPt and to compel it to incorporate the human rights situation in the oPt in its reports submitted to the relevant committees.
  14. PCHR calls upon the EU and international human rights bodies to pressurize the Israeli forces to stop their attacks against Palestinian fishermen and farmers, mainly in the border area.

Fully detailed document available at the official website of the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR).

(Source / 14.07.2017)

Israeli forces detain six Palestinians during deadly overnight West Bank raids

Overnight raids WB 6 detained 1 killed

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained at least six Palestinians and killed another during overnight detention raids between Thursday and Friday across the occupied West Bank.In the al-Duheisha refugee camp, located in the southern West Bank district of Bethlehem, Israeli forces shot and killed 18-year-old Baraa Hamamda during a raid. Locals told Ma’an that Muhammad Ubeid and Muath Abu Nassar were detained during the raid.An Israeli army spokesperson later confirmed the two detentions in al-Duheisha to Ma’an, adding that one Palestinian was detained from the Bethlehem-area village of Wadi Rahhal.Additionally, two Palestinians were detained in the Hebron-area town of Dura in the southern West Bank, while one Palestinian was detained from the village of Kafr Raai in the Jenin district of the northern West Bank.Israeli raids in Palestinian towns, villages, and refugee camps are a daily occurrence in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Due to the typically aggressive nature of the raids, clashes often erupt between local Palestinian youth who throw stones and are met in response with live fire, rubber-coated steel bullets, and tear gas, often resulting in serious, sometimes fatal, injuries.According to Palestinian prisoners’ rights group Addameer, there were 6,200 Palestinians held in Israeli prisons as of May.
(Source / 14.07.2017)

Syrian Coalition Sends Letters to UN and Lebanese President Aoun & PM Hariri Calling for Protection of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

President of the Syrian Coalition Riad Seif sent letters to the United Nations and its Secretary-General António Guterres as well as to Lebanese President Michel Aoun and Prime Minister Saad Hariri to stress the need to protect the Syrian refugees in Lebanon, especially in the town of Arsal.

Seif said that the killing, arrest and physical abuse of Syrian refugees is “disgraceful violation of human rights laws and the Lebanese law.” He added that “these acts cannot be justified whatsoever by the fight against terrorism, our common enemy, or to preserve Lebanon’s security.”

One of the reasons why Syrian refugees are in Lebanon is “the intervention of the Hezbollah militias in Syria and its alliance with the regime which practiced violence and terrorism against its people.”

Seif called for the protection of Syrian refugees in Lebanon. “We hope you will provide proper protection to the guests of the Lebanese Republic,” he said. “The Syrian Coalition fully respects and supports the security and safety of Lebanon and the Lebanese people.”

Syrian activists on Thursday staged a protest in front of the United Nations headquarters in Geneva where a new round of negotiations is taking place. Protestors called on the Lebanese authorities to put an end to Hezbollah’s human rights violations against Syrian refugees.

Last week, camps housing Syrian refugees were violently raided, especially in and around the town of Arsal. Around 19 Syrian refugees were killed during the violent raids by the Hezbollah militias and Lebanese army units. Ten more Syrian refugees reportedly died under torture while in the custody of the Lebanese army. Over 350 refugees were detained, mostly from the refugee camps in the Arsal area.

(Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department / 14.07.2017)

Palestinians fear Al-Aqsa closure following attack could affect status quo at holy site

Police at Al Aqsa

JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Following a deadly shooting attack in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem on Friday that left two Israeli police officers and three Palestinians dead, Israeli forces imposed widespread closures on the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and wider Jerusalem area, sparking widespread condemnation from Palestinian officials who called the moves “terrorist procedures.”

Hundreds of Israeli soldiers were deployed across streets around the Old City, preventing people from entering or leaving the area, while dozens of mainly elderly Muslim worshipers were pushed away from the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and the Old City.

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Unable to access Al-Aqsa, worshipers performed Friday prayer in the streets and alleyways leading to the compound inside the Old City.

Firas al-Dibs, Head of the Public Relations and Media department at the Islamic Endowment (Waqf) — which administers the compound — told Ma’an that dozens of Israeli soldiers and intelligence officers raided and completely surrounded Al-Aqsa following the armed confrontations, which took place at the Lions’ Gate entrance to the Old City — where the two police officers, both Druze citizens of Israel were killed — and ended inside the compound where the three Palestinians, also citizens of Israel, were shot and killed.

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Al-Dibs said that Israeli forces prevented Muslims from reaching the mosque, the third holiest site in Islam, while employees of the Waqf were detained for interrogation and had their ID cards confiscated.
Al-Aqsa compound director Sheikh Omar al-Kiswani told Ma’an that Israeli forces banned Waqf employees from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque and detained 15 of the mosque’s guards.
The grand mufti of Jerusalem, Sheikh Muhammad Hussein, told Ma’an that Israeli forces had prevented him from entering Al-Aqsa from multiple entrances on Friday.
Hussein told Ma’an that it was the first time that Israel had prevented Muslims from performing Friday prayers at Al-Aqsa since 1967.
“We insist on reaching the Al-Aqsa Mosque and performing prayers there,” Hussein told Ma’an. “The occupation preventing us from praying marks an assault against our right to worship in this pure Islamic mosque.”
A witness who was at the scene told Ma’an that Israeli forces held some 60 Muslim worshipers who were in the area during the attack, interrogated them, and confiscated their ID cards and mobile phones.
The witness added that Israeli forces raided the mosque with shoes on, in violation of the Muslim tradition which mandates that shoes be taken off in places of worship, and emptied out garbage containers in the compound under the claim that they were searching the containers.
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Meanwhile, Israeli police spokesperson Luba al-Samri said that police chief Roni al-Sheikh “has conducted a session to evaluate the situation” in Jerusalem given how “dangerous, extreme and exceptional the attack was.”
According to al-Samri, al-Sheikh said that the attack “will have consequences on the international level.”
“Israeli police have imposed a closure on the Al-Aqsa compound and will continue banning worshipers from entering until investigations into the incident and searches in the area in accordance to security requirements are done, in order to maintain public safety and order,” al-Samri said.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday to condemn the attack, also reportedly requested that Netanyahu stop Israeli procedures and closures at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound, warning that if such procedures continued, they would lead to consequences that will change the historical and religious status of Al-Aqsa Mosque, according to Wafa news agency.
Following Israel’s occupation of East Jerusalem in 1967, Israel has maintained a compromise with the Islamic trust that controls the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound to not allow non-Muslim prayers in the area. However, non-Muslims are permitted to visit the site during designated times.
Israeli forces nonetheless regularly escort Jewish visitors to the compound, who often carry out Jewish religious rituals and prayers at the site, leading to tensions with Palestinian worshipers.
Palestinians have long feared that Israel has been attempting to shake up the status quo at the holy site, in the shape of routine Jewish incursions on the site and right-wing Israeli calls to demolish the mosque and replace it with a third Jewish temple.
However, according to Wafa, which is owned by the Palestinian Authority (PA), Netanyahu confirmed to Abbas that the status quo at Al-Aqsa mosque would remain in place.
Al-Samri also said in a statement “there will be no changes to the status quo of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and everything will remain the same.”
Wafa added that “the Palestinian presidency has also conducted calls with the Jordanian kingdom to work on ending the Israeli closure of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.”
PA spokesperson Tariq Rishmawi called the closures and ban on worshipers “terrorist procedures” that will “obstruct all international efforts, especially American efforts, to revive peace.”
Rishmawi called upon the international community to immediately intervene “and stop the Israeli occupation from committing more crimes against the Palestinian people and their holy sites.”
“Israeli persistence in committing crimes against the Palestinian people will not stop the Palestinian government from conducting all efforts to reinforce the determination of the Palestinian people in all districts, and especially in East Jerusalem, which will remain the eternal capital for the independent state of Palestine,” Rishmawi said.
(Source / 14.07.2017)

Gaza Power Watch: How Many Hours of Electricity Did Gaza Get Yesterday

A severe electricity shortage in Gaza leaves residents with as little as four hours of power a day in the sweltering summer heat. Who gets electricity and when?

When electricity was available in the Gaza Strip, July 13, 2017.

For several years, Gaza residents received roughly eight hours a day, and many rely on gasoline-fueled generators. Others turn to large batteries to run household appliances, and a privileged few can afford solar panels.

In June, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas requested that Israel reduce electricity purchases and supply to the Gaza Strip, to which Israel acquiesced. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu considers the current electricity crisis in Gaza an “internal Palestinian matter” and insists that Israel has no interest in an escalation of tensions.

Date            Gaza City        Beit Lahia        Deir al-Balah        Khan Yunis              Rafah
9.7.2017     14:00-17:00     no electricity    2:00-6:00            15:00-19:00            3:00-6:00
10.7.2017    7:00-10:00      12:00-16:00      6:00-10:00          only from-20:30    9:00-12:00
11.7.2017   15:00-18:30     10:30-14:30      2:00-6:00              2:00-4:00              1:30-4:30
12.7.2017    7:00-10:00      10:30-14:30      2:00-6:00             11:00-15:00           15:00-19:00

(Source / 14.07.2017)