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PA has to announce ‘death’ of Oslo Accords, insists Hamas official

PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat, Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin after the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993 [Saar Yaacov/Flickr]

PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat, Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin after the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993

A senior Hamas official in Gaza has insisted that the Palestinian Authority should announce the “death” of the Oslo Accords signed with Israel in 1993, Shehab.ps reported on Friday. Mahmoud Al-Zahar made his comments on Turkey’s Channel 9 television.

“Oslo did not bring our nation anything except destruction,” Al-Zahar explained, “and the last chapter of this was Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.” He stressed that the Palestinians have to stick to the option of all kinds of resistance, including “armed resistance”. The PA, he added, should also declare the whole of Palestine to be occupied territory.

However, noted Al-Zahar, the PA does not want to abandon Oslo. He pointed out that the late PA President Yasser Arafat was killed because he wanted to use the “armed resistance” to push Israel to “turn to him” and “to achieve political gains through negotiations”.

When asked about internal reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah, Al-Zahar said that his movement had “conceded everything” to guarantee its success. Nevertheless, he insisted that Hamas would never accept the ongoing procrastination should the PA continue to refuse to take full responsibility for the Gaza Strip.

(Source / 31.12.2017)

Egypt sentences ex-President Morsi, 19 others to 3 years in jail for insulting judiciary

A file photo dated January 24, 2016 shows Egyptians holding portraits of deposed President Mohammed Morsi, who was overthrown in a military coup lead by Abdul Fatah Al-Sisi, now President, next to Consulate General of Egypt in Bebek district of Istanbul, Turkey. ( Mohammed Elshamy - Anadolu Agency )

A file photo dated January 24, 2016 shows Egyptians holding portraits of deposed President Mohammed Morsi, who was overthrown in a military coup lead by Abdul Fatah Al-Sisi, now President, next to Consulate General of Egypt in Bebek district of Istanbul, Turkey

A Cairo criminal court sentenced former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi and 19 others to three years in prison on Saturday, and fined him 2 million Egyptian pounds ($112,700) on charges of insulting the judiciary.

Others tried by the court in the same case including leading Egyptian activist Alaa Abdel Fattah and lawmaker and television presenter Tawfik Okasha were instead given fines ranging from 30,000 to 1 million Egyptian pounds.

The verdicts can still be appealed.

Opinion: The danger posed to life of President Morsi

Morsi, democratically elected after Egypt’s 2011 revolution, was overthrown in mid-2013 by then-general Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, now the president, through a military coup.

He was immediately arrested and is now serving a 20-year sentence after being convicted of inciting the killing of protesters during demonstrations in 2012 and a 25-year sentence for spying for Qatar.

(Source / 31.12.2017)

Investigation into Math Teacher’s Death Closed, No Officer Held Responsible

31 DEC
12:07 AM

The Israeli Police Investigations Division (PID) decided to close its probe into the January killing of Ya’akub Abu-Al-Qi’an, and to not hold any officers responsible for his death, Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, said on Thursday.

Abu Al-Qi’an, a 50-year-old math teacher from Atir-Umm al-Hiran in the Naqab (Negev), Israel’s southern desert region, was killed on 18 January after Israeli police opened fire on his vehicle, as he was driving through the Bedouin village during state preparations for a large-scale home demolition.

That same day, according to WAFA, Adalah filed a request demanding the PID open an investigation into the killing.

“The closure of this investigation means the PID continues to grant legitimacy to deadly police violence against Arab citizens of Israel,” said Adalah in a statement responding to the PID’s decision to close the investigation without bringing any officers to justice.

“Though it was clear from day one that officers opened fire on a civilian without justification and in contravention of the police’s own open-fire regulations, it appears as if the PID is again whitewashing the most serious incidents. Just as the PID failed to hold any officers responsible for the October 2000 killings and the subsequent police killings of more than 50 Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel, this latest decision is further indication of the systemic failure of the PID.”

Adalah added: “The Israeli police and public security minister continue to propagate the same lie they initially promoted the day of the killing, according to which the incident was an intentional vehicular ramming attack against Israeli police officers. This lie was repeatedly refuted by multiple sources and video documentation of the incident.”

It said that despite repeated requests, the PID has yet to provide the widow of Abu Al-Qi’an with her late husband’s autopsy report and ignored her requests to receive updates on developments in the investigation.

“We call on the Israeli state attorney to immediately bring to justice those responsible for the killing of Ya’akub Abu Al-Qi’an,” demanded Adalah.

(Source / 31.12.2017)

Israeli Soldiers Open Fire On Cars Transporting Workers, Abduct Two Drivers, Near Hebron

31 DEC
11:15 AM

Israeli soldiers opened fire, Sunday, on Palestinian cars, transporting workers, causing two to flip over, and abducted the two drivers, near Yatta town, south of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

Rateb Jabour, the coordinator of the National and Popular Committee in southern Hebron, said the soldiers chased Palestinian cars, transporting day laborers, in the at-Tabaqa area, close to the illegal Avigal colony, which was built on Palestinian lands, south of Yatta.

He added that the soldiers opened fire at several cars, causing two to flip over, and abducted the two drivers; one of them has been identified as Suleiman Abed Makhamra, 25.

Jabour also stated that dozens of soldiers have been deployed in many areas, including valleys and junctions, leading to Be’er as-Sabe’ (Beersheba), and various villages and towns in the southern Negev.

In addition, the Israeli soldiers invaded, the village of Deir Nitham, northwest of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, broke into and ransacked homes, and forced children out of their schools after invading them.

Earlier Sunday, the soldiers abducted at least fifteen Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, including ten in occupied East Jerusalem, during violent invasions and searched of homes.

(Source / 31.12.2017)

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (21 – 27 December 2017)

31 DEC
12:29 AM

Israeli forces continued with systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) for the week of 21-27 December, 2017.

Israeli forces escalated the excessive use of force against protests in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Two Palestinian civilians were killed, while 2 others succumbed to their wounds in the Gaza Strip. 128 Palestinian civilians, including 22 children, 2 journalists and a paramedic, were wounded in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

(photo: The 17-year-old girl, ‘Ahed al-Tamimi, during her trial in Israeli “Ofer” Military Court.)

Shooting:

 

During the reporting period, in new crime of excessive use of force, Israeli forces kill 2 Palestinians while 2 others succumbed to their wounds in the Gaza Strip. They also wounded 89 Palestinian civilians, including 14 children, in the Gaza Strip, while 39 Palestinian civilians, including 8 children, 2 journalists, and a paramedic, were wounded in the West Bank. The Israeli forces continued to chase fishermen in the Gaza Sea and target border areas in the Gaza Strip.

 

This high number of casualties and killed persons proves that Israeli forces deliberately killed protectors, especially in the border areas in the Gaza Strip. PCHR’s follow-up showed that it is clear that the Israeli forces heavily and upon a decision use live ammunition; some of which is explosive, to confront the unarmed civilians. Therefore, for the second consecutive Friday, the number of Palestinians, who were deliberately wounded with live bullets increased in addition to directly killing them through direct sniper in peaceful protests. It should be noted that the protestors did not pose any threat to the soldiers.

 

In the Gaza Strip, on 22 December 2017, Israeli forces killed 2 Palestinian civilians. According to PCHR’s investigations, dozens of young men and youngsters gathered few meters away from the border fence with Israel near former Nahal Oz Crossing, east of al-Sheja’eya neighbourhood, east of Gaza City.  They set fire to tires and threw stones at the Israeli forces stationed along the border fence in protest against the U.S. President’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel. During the clashes, the Israeli forces fired tear gas canisters and live bullets at the protestors. As a result, Mohamed Nabil Mohamed Muhasin (30), from al-Shuja’iyia neighbourhood, was killed after he sustained a live bullet wound to the left thigh.

 

In similar circumstances on the same day, Zakaria Adham Hussein al-Kafarna (20), from al-Amal neighborhood in Beit Hanoun, was killed after being hit with a live bullet to the chest while he was near the crossing vehicles’ gate on the asphalt road of the crossing.

 

In the same context, 2 Palestinian wounded persons succumbed to their wounds in similar circumstances. On 23 December 2017, medical sources at the Indonesian Hospital in Jabalia, north of the Gaza Strip, announced the death of Sharif al-‘Abed Mohammed Shalash (28) from Jabalia refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip. Sharif was staying in the Intensive Care Unit ( ICU) after being hit with a live bullet to the abdomen on Sunday, 17 December 2017, while he was participating in a protest organized in the east of the al-Shuhada’a Islamic Cemetery, east of Jabalia.

 

On Sunday morning, 24 December 2017, medical sources at al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City announced that of Mohammed Sami Hashem al-Dahdouh(18), who succumbed to wounds he sustained on 08 December 2017, after being hit with a live bullet wound to the neck, when he was near the border area in “Nahel Oz” area, east of al-Sheja’eya neighbourhood, east of Gaza city. Mohammed while he was participating in a protest against the U.S President Donald Trump’s Decree to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the U.S. Embassy to it.

 

The border areas with Israel witnessed protests against the U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem s the capital of Israel and move the U.S. Embassy to it.  During the protests, the Israeli forces used force against the protestors.  Due to opening fire to disperse the protests, 89 civilians, including 14 children, were wounded; 57 of them were hit with live bullets, 12 were hit with rubber-coated metal bullets, and 20 were directly hit with tear gas canisters.

 

As part of targeting fishermen in the sea, Israeli naval forces heavily opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats, northwest of Beit Lahia, north of the Gaza Strip. They surrounded a fishing boat and then arrested 2 fishermen. The boat was sailing within 300 meters offshore and 1200 meters away from the northern Gaza Strip. Opening fire at Palestinian fishing boats repeated on 22 and 26 December 2017. Moreover, on 23 December 2017, the Israeli naval forces targeted fishing boats in al-Sudaniyia area, west of Jabalia, north of the Gaza Strip.

 

As part of the Israeli airstrikes, Israeli warplanes fired flare bombs, east of ‘Abasan and al-Qararah villages, east of Khan Yunis, south of the Gaza Strip. On 26 December 2017, the Israeli warplanes fired flare bombs again, east of Khuza’ah village, east of Khan Yunis.

 

As part of targeting the border areas, on 21 December 2017, Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of Gaza Valley (Johor al-Deek), opened fire at Palestinian farmers and shepherds. On 27 December 2017, Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel opened fire at empty lands, east of al-Maghazi in the central Gaza Strip. No casualties were reported. On 27 December 2017, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence between the Gaza strip and Israel, east of Beit Hanoun village in the northern Gaza strip, opened fire at the border area. No casualties were reported.

 

In the West Bank, All the cities witnessed protests against the U.S. President’s decision.  During those protests, Israeli forces used force against the protesters.  The shooting to disperse the protests resulted in the injury of 35 civilians, including 8 children, 2 journalist, and a paramedic; 10 of them were hit with live bullets, 27 with rubber-coated metal bullets and 2 were directly with tear gas canisters.

 

Moreover, on 23 December 2017, 4 Palestinian civilians were wounded when a group of Israeli settlers sneaked into the outskirts of Madamah village, south of Nablus. After that, a group of Palestinian young men gathered and then confronted the Israeli settlers. Meanwhile, Israeli forces immediately arrived at the area to protect the settlers and then fired tear gas canisters and rubber-coated metal bullets at the Palestinian young men.  As a result, the 4 Palestinian civilians were wounded.

Incursions:

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 58 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank while they conducted 6 incursions into Jerusalem and its suburbs. During those incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 54 Palestinian civilians, including 8 children, in the West Bank.  Twenty-five of them, including 5 children, were arrested in Jerusalem and its suburbs. During peaceful protests, the Israeli forces arrested 3 Palestinian civilians, including a child, in the West Bank, and 9 others, including a child and a woman, in Jerusalem. As a result, the number of arrested persons increased to 91 civilians, including 15 children and a woman.
As part of the Israeli forces’ maltreatment against Palestinian civilians during the house raids, on 23 December 2017, Israeli soldiers raided a house belonging to Ahmed Jom’ah Najib Ba’jawi in Ya’bud village, southwest of Jenin. After the Israeli forces raided the house, a wrangle broke out between the soldiers and Ahmed’s sons and his nephew. After that, the soldiers beat the 3 young men and then pepper-sprayed the face of one of them. On 27 December 2017, Israeli forces raided and searched a house belonging to Rashid Mohammed Redwan in ‘Azoun village, east of Qalqiliyia. They raided the house searching for Rasheed’s son Mohamed, who was out of the house, and then threatented the family to kill Mohamed. Moreover, the Israeli forces threatened the family of Murad ‘Awad al-Rjoub (38), who was deported to the Gaza Strip, to kill him as well. Murad is from al-Moreq village, southwest of Hebron.

 

In the Gaza Strip, on 26 December 2017, Israeli forces moved into the southeast of Beit Hanoun village in the northern Gaza Strip. They headed to the south side and stationed near Abu Safiyah site, east of Jabalia. The bulldozers leveled the lands that were leveled earlier. On 27 December 2017, Israeli forces moved into the east of Khuza’ah village, east of Khan Yunis, south of the Gaza Strip. They patrolled the area and then levelled lands.

 

Measures to Create A Jewish Majority:

 

As part of the house demolitions, on 23 December 2017, ‘Amr Abu Rajab self-demolished his house in al-Bostan neighborhood in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, to implement the Israeli Municipality decision under the pretext of non-licensing. Abu Rajab said that the Israeli police summoned him last week and informed him that the Israeli Municipality ordering him to self-demolish his house or the Israeli Municipality will demolish it next week and he will pay all costs to the municipality and forces accompanying with it. The demolition costs is estimated at NIS 72.000. The house was built on an area of 45 square meters roofed with tin plates. It should be noted that the Israeli Municipality demolished a house belonging to him and his son in late October.

 

On 26 December 2017, the Israeli Municipality staff demolished a room in Beir Ayoub neighborhood and a barrack, which was established in 2002 in ‘Ain al-Louz neighborhood in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.

 

Settlement activities and attacks by settlers against Palestinian civilians and property

 

As part of Israeli settlers’ attacks against Palestinian civilians and property, on 21 December 2017, a group of Israeli damaged around 20 fruitful olive trees from a plot of land in Madamah village lands, south of Nablus, near “Yitzhar” settlement.

 

On 23 December 2017, around 50 Israeli settlers from “Yitzhar” settlement, which is established at the southern side of Madamah village, south of Nablus, sneaked into the village outskirts. As a result, a group of Palestinian young men gathered and then confronted the settlers. After that, Israeli forces immediately arrived at the area to protect the settlers. As a result, 4 Palestinian civilians were hit with rubber-coated metal bullets.

Two Civilians Succumbed to their Wounds:

 

  • On Saturday, 23 December 2017, medical sources at the Indonesian Hospital in Jabalia, north of the Gaza Strip, announced the death of Sharif al-‘Abed Mohammed Shalash (28) from Jabalia refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip. Sharif was staying in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) after being hit with a live bullet to the abdomen on Sunday, 17 December 2017, while he was participating in a protest organized in the east of the al-Shuhada’a Islamic Cemetery, east of Jabalia.

 

  • On Sunday morning, 24 December 2017, medical sources at al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City announced that of Mohammed Sami Hashem al-Dahdouh(18) succumbed to wounds he sustained on 08 December 2017, after being hit with a live bullet wound to the neck, when he was near the border area in “Nahel Oz” area, east of al-Sheja’eya neighbourhood, east of Gaza city. Mohammed while he was participating in a protest against the U.S President Donald Trump’s Decree to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the U.S. Embassy to it.

 

 

Demonstrations in protest against the U.S. President’s Decision to Recognize Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel:

 

Upon calls for demonstrations protesting against the U.S. President Donald Trump’s Presidential Decree to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the U.S. Embassy to it, Palestinian civilians organized protests against the decision throughout the West Bank and Gaza Strip. As a result, 2 civilians were killed, 128, including 2 children, and 2 paramedics were wounded. Sixty seven of them sustained live bullet wounds, 39 civilians sustained metal bullet wounds and 22 others were directly hit with tear gas canisters. The demonstrations were as follows:

 

West Bank:

 

  • Following the end of Friday prayer on 23 December 2017 , dozens of Palestinian civilians organized a protest in front of al-Hussein Bin Ali Stadium on ‘Ein Sarah Street in the center of Hebron. They arrived at Bab al-Zawiyah Gate area in the center of the city where and Israeli force stationed near a military checkpoint established on al-Shuhada’a Street. The protestors set fire to tires and threw stones and empty bottles at the Israeli soldiers. The soldiers fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, a 19-year-old civilian sustained a live bullet wound to the right thigh.

 

  • Around the same time, dozens of Palestinian youngsters gathered in the vicinity of Howarah Checkpoint at the southern entrance to Nablus. They set fire to tires, put barricades on the street that leads to the abovementioned checkpoint and threw stones and empty bottles at the soldiers. The soldiers fired live and metal bullets and tear gas canisters at the protestors. As a result, 10 civilians, including 2 children, were wounded. One civilian sustained a live bullet wound while 9 civilians sustained metal bullet wounds. Moreover, a civilian’s right leg was fractured after an Israeli military vehicle run him over. Israeli forces also arrested Mohammed Jamal Abu Kamil (12) from Nablus.

 

  • Around the same time, dozens of Palestinian civilians gathered in the vicinity of “Itamar” settlement’s gate where an Israeli outpost is established. They threw stones at the Israeli soldiers stationed at the gate. The soldiers fired metal bullets and tear gas canisters at the protestors. As a result, 2 civilians, including a child, were wounded. One of them sustained a metal bullet to the head and the other sustained a metal bullet wound to the left leg.

 

  • Around the same time, dozens of Palestinian civilians gathered near a checkpoint of Beit Furik village, east of Nablus. They threw stones at Israeli soldiers stationed at the abovementioned checkpoint. The soldiers fired live and metal bullets and tear gas canisters at the protesters and chased them. The soldiers arrested Maher Faleh Nasasrah (18) from Beit Furik village, and Abdul Hadi Kan’an Abu Hanish (18) from Beit Dajan village.

 

  • Following the same Friday prayer, dozens of Palestinian young men gathered in the vicinity of Bilal Ben Rabah Mosque known as “Rachel Tomb” at the northern entrance to Bethlehem. Israeli soldiers forcibly dispersed the protestors firing live and metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters. As a result, 3 civilians sustained metal bullet wounds.

 

  • Around the same time, dozens of Palestinian civilians organized a protest Um Rukbah area, in al-Khader village, south of Bethlehem. Israeli forces fired metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, a civilian sustained a live bullet wound to the thigh.

 

  • Around the same time, dozens of Palestinian civilians organized a protest at the northern entrance to al-Birah. They threw stones and empty bottled at the Israeli soldiers stationed at DCO Checkpoint. The soldiers forcibly dispersed the protestors firing live and metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters. As a result, 5 civilians sustained metal bullet wounds. Among the wounded was paramedic Amir Sa’ed Njoum (30), who sustained a metal bullet wound to the head. Israeli forces also arrested Tha’er Nazih Hejazi (19), who sustained a metal bullet wound to the head and was taken to a hospital in Israel. Moreover, Salem Hamdan (31), a photojournalist at Al Arabiya News Channel, suffered tear gas inhalation.

 

  • Around the same time, dozens of Palestinian civilians organized a protest in the vicinity of “Jishuri” Factories, west of Tulkarm. Israeli forces fired metal bullets and sound bombs at them. As a result, a civilian sustained a metal bullet wound to the left foot.

 

  • Around the same time, dozens of Palestinian civilians protested at the northern entrance to Qalqiliyah. Israeli soldiers fired live and metal bullets and sound bombs at the protestors. As a result, a 15-year-old child sustained a live bullet wound to the right foot.

 

  • Around the same time, dozens of Palestinian civilians gathered at the northern entrance to Salfit. The soldiers forcibly dispersed the protestors firing live and metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs at them. As a result, 2 civilians were wounded. One of them sustained a metal bullet wound to the right leg and the other sustained a Two-Two bullet wound.

 

  • At approximately 14:00, dozens of Palestinian young men organized a protest in Jawabrah Neighborhood at the sub-entrance, which connect between al-‘Aroub refugee camp and the Bypass Road (60), north of Hebron where an Israeli military checkpoint is established. The protestors threw stones at the Israeli soldiers. The soldiers opened fire and fired tear gas canisters at them. As a result, a 17-year-old child sustained a metal bullet wound to the back.

 

  • At approximately 14:30, dozens of Palestinian civilians organized a protest at the entrance to Qarawet Bani Hassan village, northwest of Salfit. Israeli forces fired live and metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the protestors. As a result, a civilian sustained a metal bullet wound to the left leg.

 

  • At approximately 15:00, dozens of Palestinian young men protested in ‘Asida area near the entrance to Beit Ummer village, north of Hebron. They threw stones at Israeli soldiers. The fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, a 15-year-old child sustained a live bullet wound to the right foot.

 

  • Around the same time, dozens of Palestinian civilians organized a protest at the entrance to al-Sawiyah village, south of Nablus. Israel soldiers forcibly dispersed the protestors firing live and metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, a young man sustained a metal bullet wound to the abdomen.

 

  • On Saturday afternoon, 23 December 2017, a Christmas demonstration titled: “Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine” were organized at Nessan Intersection in the center of Bethlehem, and made their way to the northern entrance to the city. When the protestors approached the entrance, Israeli soldiers fired live and metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them and targeted journalists. A solider targeted journalist Hesham Abu Shaqrah from short distance with a tear gas canister to his right hand.

 

  • At approximately 14:00 on Tuesday, 26 December 2017, dozens of Palestinian civilians organized a protest in Jawabrah Neighborhood at the sub-entrance, which connects between al-‘Aroub refugee camp and the Bypass Road (60), north of Hebron where an Israeli military watchtower is established. The protestors threw stones at the Israeli soldiers. The soldiers fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, 3 children sustained live bullet wounds to the lower limbs. They were transferred to the Governmental Hospital in Hebron via an ambulance of the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS).

 

 

Gaza Strip:

 

Friday, 22 December 2017:

 

  • Northern Gaza Strip: the confrontations were mainly in the vicinity of al-Shuhadaa’ Cemetery, east of Jabalia and in the vicinity of Beit Hanoun Crossing. As a result, 24 Palestinians, including 5 children, were wounded. Ten of them sustained live bullet wounds and 14 were hit with tear gas canisters. During the clashes, Isralei soldiers fired live bullets and tear gas canister at the protestors, who gathered few meters away from the border fence with Israel near Beit Hanoun “Erez” as a result, Zakariya Adham Husein al-Kafarneh (20) from al-Amal neighborhood in Beit Hanoun, was killed with a live bullet to the chest while he was near the crossing vehicles’ gate on the asphalt road of the crossing.

 

  • Gaza City: the clashes and Israeli shooting were mainly near former Nahal Oz Crossing, east of al-Shuja’iyah neighborhood. As a result, 25 Palestinians, including 4 children, were wounded. Thirteen of them were hit with live bullets; 12 were hit with metal bullets, 6 paramedics suffered tear gas canisters. According to PCHR’s investigations, at approximately 13:00, dozens of young men and youngsters gathered few meters away from the border fence with Israel near former Nahal Oz Crossing, east of al-Sheja’eya neighborhood, east of Gaza City.  They set fire to tires and threw stones at the Israeli forces stationed along the border fence. Clashes continued until approximately 19:00 on the same day. As a result, Mohamed Nabil Mohamed Muhasin (30), from al-Shuja’iyia neighborhood, was killed after he sustained a live bullet wound to the left thigh.

 

  • Central Gaza Strip: the clashes and Israeli shooting occurred in the eastern side of al-Bureij refugee camp. As a result, 11 Palestinians, including 3 children, were wounded. Nine were hit with live bullets; 2 were directly hit with tear gas canisters; and others suffered tear gas inhalation. Moreover, a PRCS ambulance sustained damage after being hit with a tear gas canister.

 

  • Khan Yunis: the clashes and Israeli shooting were concentrated in 4 areas: ‘Abasan al-Kabirirah; Khuza’ah; and al-Qararah. As a result, 21 Palestinians, including 2 children, were wounded. Nineteen were hit with live bullets and 2 civilians were hit with tear gas canisters. Among the wounded was lawyer Mohammed ‘Esam Ahmed Abu Hajar (27), from ‘Abasan al-Kabirah, sustained a live bullet wound to the left foot. Mohammed was dressing as Santa Claus and distributing gifts to participants.

 

  • Rafah: the clashes and Israeli shooting mainly occurred in the eastern side of al-Shokah village, east of Rafah. As a result, 5 civilians sustained live bullet wounds.

 

Saturday, 23 December 2017:

 

  • Northern Gaza Strip: the confrontations were mainly in the vicinity of al-Shuhadaa’ Cemetery, east of Jabalia and in the vicinity of Beit Hanoun Crossing. As a result, 2 civilians wounded. One of them sustained a live bullet wound to the left foot and the other was hit with a live bullet wound to the neck.

 

  • Gaza City: the clashes and Israeli shooting were mainly near former Nahal Oz Crossing, east of al-Shuja’iyah neighborhood. As a result, a civilian was hit with a tear gas canister to the abdomen.

 

Efforts to Create A 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:

 

  • Use of force against demonstrations protesting the U.S. President’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel:

 

  • For the second consecutive Friday, clashes has been continued in Jerusalem, rejecting the United States President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel and move the U.S. Embassy to it. Following the Friday prayer, 22 December 2017, a massive protest started from al-Aqsa Mosque towards Bab al-‘Amoud (Damascus Gate). When Palestinian worshipers arrived at al-Wad Street, Israeli forces attacked them, closed the street with iron barriers, kept the worshipers away, surrounded hundreds of civilians in the area and then forced them to move backwards to Bab al-‘Asbat (Lions Gate) and the Old City area. Meanwhile, the Israeli forces severely beat and pushed the protestors in addition to dozens of worshipers, who were walking in the area, without excluding women, elderly, and children who were in the area. Moreover, the Israeli forces beat journalists up and prevented them from staying in the area. As a result, Liwaa Wael Abu Rimilah (26), journalist at Palestine Today Channel, sustained bruises and wounds to the right hand after being hit and push by the Israeli forces. In the meantime, the Israeli forces raided shops and houses in the area and prevented civilians from hiding inside their houses and then forced them to leave. They also beat a group of foreigner worshipers, who showed their passports, to inform the Israeli forces that they did not know the side roads and attempt to inquire about a road leading to the Old City. The Israeli forces continued the establishment of iron barriers on Bab al-‘Amoud stairs and in its yards in order to prevent organizing any sit-in. A large force of Israeli soldiers and special Israeli officers deployed in the area and beat 2 women while staying on Bab al-‘Amoud stairs.

Mofeed al-Haj, lawyer at the Palestinian Prisoners Club, said that on Friday morning, the Israeli forces arrested Mohamed Ghaith (11) while he was in the western side of Bab al-‘Amoud yard. They also arrested Ghadah Zaghir after getting her out of Bab al-‘Amoud in the afternoon. Ghadah was later released on condition that she will be deported from Bab al-‘Amoud and Salah al-Deen Street for 5 days. Halah Abu Gharibah sustained wound to the head while getting her out of Bab al-‘Amoud area by force.

In the evening, the Israeli forces arrested 3 Turkish tourists after preventing them from entering al-‘Aqsa Mosque through al-Qataneen Gate. Eyewitnesses said that the Israeli forces prevented a group of Turkish persons from entering al-‘Aqsa Mosque under the pretext that they were wearing T-shirts with Turkey’s flag. When the Turkish persons returned again at al-‘Aqsa Mosque dressing white T-shirts, they were prevented from entering the mosque as well. Meanwhile, the Israeli forces severely beat them up without any reason and then arrested one of them. Few minutes later, 2 others were arrested. Al-Haj said that the Israeli Intelligence Services extended their arrest until Saturday, 23 December 2017. On Saturday, the Israeli Magistrate Court released the arrested Turkish persons on bail of NIS 1,000 for each one and on condition that they will be deported from the Old City until the beginning of 2018. The arrested persons were identified as Adam Kouj, Abdullah Gazal Irmaq, and Mohamed Qarghily. The first and second arrested persons hold Belgian and Turkish nationalities. Moreover, the Israeli forces arrested cameraman, Ameen Siyam; Rami ‘Obaidat; Mohamed Da’nah; and another person from Uzbekistan while suppressing a protest on al-Wad Street.

In Silwan village, south of occupied Jerusalem’s Old City, a 50-year-old civilian sustained a sound bomb shrapnel to the foot when the Israeli forces moved into ‘Ain al-Louz neighborhood in Silwan village. The wounded civilian was then taken to al-Maqased Hospital in al-Tour neighborhood, where he received 8 stiches for a wound on his foot.

  • House demolitions and notices:

 

  • On Saturday, 23 December 2017, ‘Amr Abu Rajab self-demolished his house in al-Bostan neighborhood in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, to implement the Israeli Municipality decision under the pretext of non-licensing. Abu Rajab said that the Israeli police summoned him last week and informed him that the Israeli Municipality ordering him to self-demolish his house or the Israeli Municipality will demolish it next week and he will pay all costs to the municipality and forces accompanying with it. The demolition costs is estimated at NIS 72.000. ‘Amr added that he forced to demolish his house and on Friday, he vacated all his house contents. On Saturday morning,‘Amr self-demolished his 45-square-meter house roofed with tin plates. Moreover, ‘Amr clarified that his house was built in 2005 and used as a grocery store, but 4 months later the municipality forced him to close it under the pretext of non-licensing. He added that in 2009, he turned the grocery store into a house, where his son family lived in it and then he along with his wife and their 3 sons lived in it. Abu Rajab pointed out that the Israeli Municipality demolished a house belonging to him and his son in late October, under the pretext of non-licensing.
  • At approximately 07:00 on Tuesday, 26 December 2017, the Israeli Municipality staff accompanied with a large force of Israeli soldiers moved into ‘Ain al-Louza and Beir Ayoub neighborhoods in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. These staff conducted incursions into commercial shops, where they checked papers and documents and then confiscated some contents. Eyewitnesses said that Israeli bulldozers demolished a brick-roofed room built of tin plates 5 years ago in Beir Ayoub neighborhood. They also demolished a barrack, which was built in 2002 in ‘Ain al-Louza neighborhood. Eyewitnesses added that the Israeli forces broke one of the commercial shops door used for selling gas cylinders and then confiscated 7 gas cylinders. The Israeli forces also confiscated a fridge, which was in front of a shop, and vehicles, which were parked on the village’s streets. Moreover, the Israeli Municipality staffs removed and dismantled some of shops banners, including the banner of “Madar Medical Center” and slogans written on Silwan village’s walls. The village residents said that the Israeli authorities imposed parking violations against vehicles parked in front of houses and shops. One of the residents added that the Israeli forces ordered the owner of a scrap shop to break his shop door under the pretext of non-licensing. The Israeli forces also arrested a civilian along with his donkey in the village and imposed fines against the village residents under the pretext that they had non-licensed animals.

 

  • Settlement activities and attacks by settlers against Palestinian civilians and property

 

 Israeli settlers’ attacks

  • On Thursday, 21 December 2017, a group of Israeli settlers from “Yitzhar” settlement, which is established at the southern side of Madamah village, south of Nablus, damaged around 20 fruitful olive trees from a plot of land in al-Sawanah and al-Rasem areas in the mentioned settlement. The plot of land belongs to Abed al-Rahman Qasem Nassar and Idrees Sadeq Qat.

 

  • At approximately 15:00 on Saturday, 23 December 2017, around 50 Israeli settlers from “Yitzhar” settlement, which is established at the southern side of Madamah village, south of Nablus, sneaked into the village outskirts near al-Sawanah and al-Rasem areas. When the village residents saw the settlers, a group of Palestinian young men gathered and then confronted them. After that, Israeli forces immediately arrived at the area to protect the settlers. The Israeli forces then fired tear gas canisters and rubber-coated metal bullets at the Palestinian young men. Clashes between the Israeli forces and Palestinian young men continued until the evening. As a result, 4 Palestinian civilians were hit with rubber-coated metal bullets.

 

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 11 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 / 31.12.2017)

Israeli authorities grab hold of Palestinian lands in al-Nabi Saleh

Stealing land al-Nabi Saleh

The Israeli occupation authorities seized Palestinian lands in al-Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah, and ransacked Palestinian homes.

Anti-settlement activist Mohamed al-Tamimi said the occupation authorities seized Palestinian lands covering an area of 20 dunums near Israel’s Halamish settlement outpost.

Al-Tamimi added that the Israeli forces fenced off the targeted land with barbed wire and denied the owners’ access into the area.

The activist also said that the Israeli authorities razed cultivated lands at the main entrance to the village, leading to fistfights with Palestinian locals.
At the same time, Israeli forces rolled in the nearby Deir Nidham village and rummaged into Palestinian homes.

(Source / 31.12.2017)

Gaza: 47 percent of basic medicines in hospitals are out of stock

Abdul-Latif al-Hajj

Director of Gaza hospitals Abdul-Latif al-Hajj has warned that the health situation in Gaza is going to deteriorate further due to depleting medical supplies and the failure to pay for cleaning and catering services in hospitals.

In press remarks to the Palestinian Information Center (PIC), Hajj stated that the warehouses of the health ministry hospitals in Gaza are 47 percent short of basic medicines, describing the scarcities in medicinal supplies as burdensome for doctors and families of patients.

He also held the Ramallah-based government responsible for the failure of the health ministry in Gaza to pay its contractors who employ cleaners and other service-providers at hospitals.

He said that after the consensus government took over the ministries in Gaza, the health situation, in particular, started to decline significantly, stressing that Gaza needs permanent solutions to all problems faced by the health sector.

(Source / 31.12.2017)

Israeli court extends remand of anti-occupation protester

Mondher Ameira

Israel’s Ofer Court extended the detention of activist Mondher Ameira who was kidnapped in pro-Jerusalem protests.

A PIC news correspondent said the Israeli occupation authorities brought 43-year-old Mondher America before Ofer Court.

Ameira got his remand extended until January 3. A list of indictments is expected to be filed against him in the upcoming court hearing.

Activist America was kidnapped by the Israeli occupation forces last Wednesday during a march held by the Factional Coordination Committee in Bethlehem to protest Israel’s recognition of Occupied Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

(Source / 31.12.2017)

Israeli MK: we took over Facebook, Google, Twitter

The MK says that Twitter is the least cooperative with Israeli occupation

Israeli ministry of justice said that Facebook, Twitter and other networks removed thousands of materials posted by Palestinians this year on its request.

Social media services like Facebook and Twitter are increasingly likely to remove content from their networks upon request by Israeli ministry of justice officials, according to testimony by a government official at a parliamentary committee meeting on Monday.

An Israeli website specialised in IT news reported the  head of cyber unit at Israel’s State Attorney’s Office Haim Wismonsky telling the government ministers that 85 per cent of government requests to remove content deemed harmful or dangerous were accepted in 2017, compared to 70 per cent last year.

In 2016, the government requested the removal of 2,250 posts or social media pages. This year’s total will not be available for another month, but “the amount of content multiplied several-fold,” said Wismonsky. “There was an enormous spike.”

The parliamentary committee that heard Mr. Wismonsky convened in order to discuss a proposal for a law that would empower an administrative tribunal to order social media companies to remove certain types of content.

Under the so-called “Facebook Law,” two conditions would have to be met for a tribunal to make such a ruling.

First, the court would have to deem the content criminal in nature. Then, the court would have to decide that it represents a threat to an individual, to public safety or to national security. The law would apply to all social media and also to Google search results.

Israeli occupation considers all posts by Palestinians who disclose Israeli crimes against them, their land, property and holy sites as criminal and pose danger on public safety.

Some companies have been more cooperative than others. It is easy to get Google and Facebook to act, Mr. Wismonsky said, adding that Twitter and WordPress are less likely to cooperate.

“There are cases in which we think something poses a threat, but the company says its user agreement has not been violated,” Wismonsky said. “Then, we will want legal backing.”

The parliamentary committee’s chairman Nissan Slomiansky said: “I am not saying that we are going to control these companies but we cannot let them go completely unchecked… We have to agree that every entity obey the laws of the state [of Israel] where it operates.”

(Source / 31.12.2017)

Likud convenes to urge annexing occupied West Bank to Israel

Zionist Jewish gangs, backed by US, UK and other Western powers, occupied 78 per cent of Palestine’s area and created Israeli in 1948. Likud plans to include lands occupied in 1967 to Israel, too

Israeli ruling Likud party is to convene on Sunday to vote on urging party’s leaders to formally annex occupied West Bank to Israel, allow unlimited construction in illegal Jewish settlements.

A number of party heavyweights have released statements or online videos expressing support for the vote, which will take place at the Avenue Conference Centre, near Ben Gurion Airport, Israeli newspaper Times of Israel said.

They include Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, Environmental Protection Minister Ze’ev Elkin and Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz.

According to Times of Israel, the keynote speaker at the confab will be longtime Netanyahu opponent and former cabinet minister Gideon Sa’ar, also a backer of the resolution.

Likud activists in the illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank, who gathered over 900 signatures of Central Committee members, called for allowing the resolution to be presented without requiring the consent of party leaders.

The resolution reads: “Fifty years after the liberation of Judea and Samaria [occupied West Bank], and with them Jerusalem, our eternal capital, the Likud Central Committee calls on Likud’s elected leaders to work to allow unhindered construction and to extend Israeli law and sovereignty in all the areas of liberated settlement in Judea and Samaria.”

Extending Israeli law and sovereignty means considering the occupied Palestinian lands as part of Israel, which was built on 78 per cent of Palestine’s area occupied in 1948.

(Source / 31.12.2017)