Israeli settlers assault human rights volunteers in al-Khalil

Al-Khalil - attack on activists

Extremist Israeli settlers assaulted on Friday a number of anti-settlement activists as well as homes in the neighborhood of Tel Rumeida in al-Khalil, in the southern occupied West Bank.

Murad Amr, coordinator of the Youth against Settlement campaign, said a number of settlers accompanied by soldiers assaulted activists while they were on a volunteering day carrying out cleaning and maintenance works in the area.

Amr added that the settlers also assaulted Palestinian homes and families in the area.

(Source / 10.08.2018)

Palestinians choke on teargas as Israeli troops roll into Tulkarem

Choked on teargas

A number of Palestinians choked on teargas in clashes that broke out at daybreak Friday shortly after Israeli army patrols stormed Tulkarem refugee camp and attacked the locals.

Israeli soldiers cordoned off the home of a Palestinian ex-prisoner before they ransacked it, sparking clashes with Palestinian anti-occupation youth.

The occupation forces targeted the Palestinian protesters with teargas, resulting in dozens of suffocation cases.

Palestinian ex-prisoner Mohamed Farhana was kidnapped by Israeli forces in the assault.

The occupation soldiers ravaged Palestinian homes and subjected the residents to exhaustive questioning.

At predawn time, Israeli troops and settlers stormed Islamic sites in Kifl Haris town, north of Salfit, and performed provocative rituals, triggering tension in the area.

(Source / 10.08.2018)

Hamas cyber team attempts to hack Israelis with fake rocket warning app

NAZARETH, PALESTINOW.COM — An Israeli cyber security firm claimed Thursday that the Hamas resistance group was trying to hack Israelis through a fake version of the Code Red rocket warning app.

The warning came amid a bout of aggressions by the Israeli military on the besieged Gaza Strip.

ClearSky Cyber Security claimed that Hamas had put out a counterfeit app that mimicked the real software that warns Israelis of incoming rockets and mortars.

“When you download the (fake) app it takes control of the mobile phone and allows the operator to track the device, take pictures, record sound and make calls and send messages,” said ClearSky CEO Boaz Dolev.

Dolev added that once the app took control of the phone it was impossible to remove, even if the app was deleted. He urged Israelis to exercise caution and only download apps from recognized stores like Google or Apple.

ClearSky warned that this could be the first stage of a concentrated effort by Hamas to launch cyber attacks against Israel as part of the ongoing round of violence.

However, the firm said that the app had been discovered at an early stage and had not infected very many phones.

(Source / 10.08.2018)

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (02– 08 August 2018)

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09 AUG
9:08 PM

Israeli forces continued with systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) for the week of 02-08 August, 2018.

Israeli forces continued to use excessive force against Palestinian protestors in the Gaza Strip. 2 Palestinian civilians, including a child, were killed while another civilian succumbed to his pervious wounds. 99 Palestinian civilians, including 17 children, a woman and a paramedic, were wounded; 9 of them sustained serious wounds.

Shooting:

Israeli forces continued to use lethal force against Palestinian civilians, who participated in peaceful demonstrations organized within the activities of the “Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege” in the Gaza Strip, which witnessed for the 19th week in a row peaceful demonstrations along the eastern and northern Gaza Strip border area. During the reporting period in the Gaza Strip, the Israeli forces killed 3 Palestinian civilians, including a child, while another child succumbed to his previous wounds. Moreover, the Israeli forces wounded 99 civilians, including 17 children, a woman and a paramedic. Nine of those wounded sustained serious wounds. Another civilian was wounded during launching airstrikes.  In the West Bank, the Israeli forces wounded 6 civilians, including a journalist.

 

In the Gaza Strip, on 03 August 2018, Israeli forces killed 2 Palestinian civilians, including a child, while participating in the Return and Breaking Siege March. The first civilian was killed after being hit with a live bullet that entered his chest and exited his back in eastern al-Zaytoun neighborhood, east of the Gaza Strip. The second civilian was killed after being hit with a live bullet to his abdomen, east of al-Buriej Camp in the center of the Gaza Strip. The second civilian sustained serious wounds and his death was declared on the next day.

 

In new crime of extra-judicial execution, on 08 August 2018, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian and wounded another one while targeting a civilian car carrying them by an Israeli done in the northern Gaza Strip.

 

In the same context, on 05 August 2018, medical sources at al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City announced the death of Ahmed Jihad Ahmed al-‘Aydi (17), from al-Zawaidah village, succumbing to his wounds during his participation in the Return demonstration, east of al-Buraij refugee camp on Friday, 30 March 2018, as he was hit with a live bullet to the head.

 

During the reporting period, while using the excessive force against the peaceful protesters along the Gaza Strip borders, the Israeli forces wounded 99 Palestinian civilians, including 17 children, a woman and a paramedic. Nine of those wounded sustained serious wounds.

 

Injuries in the Gaza Strip during this Week

Governorate Injuries
Total Children Women Journalists Paramedics Critical Injuries
Northern Gaza Strip 15 6 0 0 0 3
Gaza City 29 0 0 0 1 0
Central Gaza Strip 26 8 0 0 0 1
Khan Younis 18 2 1 0 0 3
Rafah 11 1 0 0 0 2
Total 99 17 1 0 1 9

 

As part of targeting the border areas, on 03 August 2018, Israeli forces fired an artillery shell at a border control point belonging to Palestinian armed groups while thousands of civilians participating in the March of Return and Breaking Siege activities. The point is about 300 meters into the west of the border fence with Israel, adjacent to the Return encampment, east of al-Shawkah village, east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.

 

On 04 August 2018, Israeli forces opened fire at agricultural lands adjacent to border fence, east of al-Maghazi Camp in the center of the Gaza Strip.

On 08 August 2018, Israeli forces opened fire at border area adjacent to the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Zaytoun neighborhood, east of Gaza City.

On the same day, Israeli forces fired an artillery shell at a border control point belonging to Palestinian armed groups, east of Gaza City, and no casualties were reported.

 

As part of the airstrikes, on 04 August 2018, Israeli warplanes targeted a number of Palestinian civilians by 2 separated airstrikes while they were present in eastern Jabalia, north of the Gaza Strip, and in eastern al-Buriej Camp in the center of the Gaza Strip. No casualties were reported.  The Israeli forces claimed that those young men flew incendiary kites and fired incendiary balloons at settlements near the Gaza enclave.

 

On 08 August 2018, Israeli warplanes and drones launched airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, in which they fired 37 missiles at least.

 

As part of targeting Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Sea, the Israeli forces continued to escalate their attacks against the Palestinian fishermen, pointing out to the ongoing Israeli policy of targeting their livelihoods. During the reporting period, PCHR documented 7 shooting incidents at the fishermen, including 4 in the northern Gaza Strip, 2 in the centre of the Gaza Strip and 1 in the southern Gaza Strip.

 

In the West Bank, Israeli forces wounded 6 civilians, including a journalist.

Incursions:

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 61 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 15 similar ones into Jerusalem and its suburbs. During those incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 38 Palestinians, including 5 children and a journalist, in the West Bank.  Meanwhile, 30 other civilians, including 9 children, a woman and a journalist, were arrested in Jerusalem and its suburbs. Among those arrested were Ibrahim al-Rantisi, a reporter at Turkish Channel, and Nader Bibars, a program director at Palestine T.V. . It should be noted that Ibrahim was arrested from his house in Rantees village, west of Ramallah, and Nader was also arrested from his house in Wad al-Jouz neighbourhood in the canter of occupied Jerusalem.

 

 

Israeli Forces Continued their Measures to Create a Jewish Majority in occupied East Jerusalem

 

As part of demolishing houses and civilian facilities, on 05 August 2018, Bassam ‘Obaidat was forced to self-demolish his house in ‘Obaidat neighborhood in al-Mukaber Mount, south of East Jerusalem, to implement the Israeli Municipality’s decision. Bassam 90-square -meter house was built many years ago and all his attempts to license his house failed with the Israeli municipality’s insistence to implement the demolition.

 

On 07 August 2018, Israeli forces demolished 2 apartments belonging to Nabeel al-Mohtaseb in Shu’fat neighborhood, north of occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of non-licensing. The roof was comprised of 2 apartments, each of them was built on an area of 100 square meter.

 

In the same context, Israeli military vehicles levelled a number of roads in al-‘Issawyia village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem, as a prelude to implement the “National Parks” settlement project, which they are seeking to build there.

 

 

As part of Settlement activities and attacks by settlers against Palestinian civilians and property

 

As part of demolishing crimes, on 04 August 2018, Israeli forces levelled lands belonging to several Palestinian civilians between “Etzion” and “Alon Chivot” settlements, south of Bethlehem in favor of building a new settlement neighborhood. The lands belong to civilians, from Artas village, southwest of Bethlehem. The expansion works are part of the plan approved by the Israeli government to establish 1,700 settlement units in the area over the next five years.

 

As part of settlers’ attacks against Palestinian civilians and their property, on 02 August 2018, a group of Israeli settlers, from “‘Ofra” settlement established on ‘Ein Yabroud village lands, east of Ramallah, punctured the tires of 10 civilians’ cars and wrote Hebrew slogans on the walls of the village.

Crimes of Extrajudicial Execution:

 

  • In a new crime of extrajudicial executions, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian and wounded another in the northern Gaza Strip after targeting a civilian car driven by them. According to PCHR’s investigations, at approximately 23:25 on Wednesday, 08 August 2018, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a civilian car that was driving on a street in ‘Amer housing project area, southwest of Beit Lahia village in the northern Gaza Strip, as the car was carrying 2 civilians. The missile fell near the car. As a result, ‘Ali Yusuf Mohammed ‘Ali al-Ghandour (34), from Beir al-Na’jah area in Jabalia, sustained shrapnel throughout his body, most of which were in the back. Moreover, another civilian (PCHR keeps his name) was hit with a shrapnel to the right shoulder. The wounded civilians were transferred via a civilian car to the Indonesian Hospital. At approximately 23:55 on the same day. Medical sources at the hospital announced the death of al-Ghandour while classified the other civilian’s injuriy as minor. The airstrike also caused severe damage to the targeted car. It should be noted that the 2 wounded persons are civilians and the targeted area did not witness any incidents.

 

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

 

Israeli forces continued its excessive use of lethal force for the 19th consecutive Friday against peaceful demonstration organized by Palestinian civilians in in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The demonstrations were named as “The Great March of Return and Breaking Siege.” The demonstrations were also in protest against the U.S. President Donald Trump’s declaration to move the U.S. Embassy to it. The demonstrations were as follows during the reporting period:

 

Gaza Strip:

 

  • At approximately 16:00 on Friday 03 August 2018, hundreds of civilians swarmed to the Return encampments established by the Supreme National Authority for the Great March of Return and Breaking Siege, east of Malakah intersection, east of al-Zaytoun neighborhood, east of Gaza City in the 18th consecutive Friday titled “Our Martyrs Children.” The activities included raising flags, chanting national slogans, setting fire to tires and flying kites. Though the demonstrations were fully peaceful, Israeli forces stationed behind the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel deliberately and randomly fired live and rubber bullets and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, Ahmed Yahiya ‘Atallah Yaghi (27), from al-Nasser neighborhood was killed after being hit with a live bullet that entered the chest and exited the back. Moreover, 29 civilians were wounded. Twenty seven of them were hit with live bullet and its shrapnel, one civilian was hit with a rubber bullet, and other civilian was hit with tear gas canister.

 

  • Around the same time, hundreds of civilians swarmed to the Return encampments established by the Supreme National Authority for the Great March of Return and Breaking Siege, 400 meters away from the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Buraij in the central Gaza Strip. Dozens of them approached the border fence, set fire to tires and threw stones at Israeli soldiers stationed behind sand barriers along the border fence. The Israeli forces fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at the participants. The clashes continued until approximately 20:00 on the same day. As a result, 21 civilians, including 16 children, were wounded. Twenty of them were hit with live bullets and one civilian hit with tear gas canister. The wounded civilians were taken via ambulances belonging to Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) to al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir al-Balah. Doctors classified 5 civilians’ injuries as serious and they were then transferred to al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City. The injuries of the other wounded civilians were classified between minor and moderate. At approximately 05:00 on Saturday, 04 August 2018, medical sources at al-Shuhada’a Hospital in Deir al-Balah announced the death of Mo’ath Ziyad Ibrahim al-Suri (15), from al-Nuseirat, succumbing to wounds he sustained in his participation in the abovementioned demonstration. Mo’ath was hit with a live bullet to the abdomen. He was transferred to al-Aqsa Hospital and directly underwent a surgery. Mo’ath stayed then at the ICU until his death was announced.

 

  • Around the same time, thousands of civilians, including women and children swarmed to the Return encampment, east of Khuza’ah village, east of Khan Younis, to participate in the demonstrations established by the Supreme National Authority for “the Great March of Return and Breaking Siege”. They carried out popular and heritage activities, held a wedding for two bridegrooms, chanted national slogans and flew kites and balloons as hundreds of them, including women and children, approached the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel and set fire. A number of them attempted to throw stones at Israeli forces. The Israeli snipers stationed behind sand barriers and hills along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, deliberately and selectively opened fire at participants, who were about 300 meters away from the main border fence and then fired tear gas canisters from military vehicles as a drone flew in the sky. The shooting continued until 20:00 on the evening. As a result, 21 civilians, including 3 children and a woman, were wounded. Sixteen of them were hit with live bullets and its shrapnel and 5 others were hit with a tear gas canister. Doctors classified 3 civilians’ injuries as serious. Moreover, dozens of  civilians suffered severe tear gas inhalation and seizures due to being hit with tear gas canisters. They were taken to the field hospital and then transferred to Nasser, Gaza European and Algerian Hospitals to receive medical treatment.

 

  • At approximately 16:30, hundreds of Palestinian swarmed to the Return encampments established by the Supreme National Authority for the Great March of Return, east of Abu Safiyah Hill, northeast of Jabalia hundreds of Palestinian swarmed to the Return encampments established by the Supreme National Authority for the Great March of Return, east of Abu Safiyah Hill, northeast of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip. The protestors raised Palestinian flags, chanted national slogans and set fire to tires. Dozens of them approached the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel and threw stones at Israeli soldiers stationed behind the border fence. The Israeli forces deliberately and randomly fired live and rubber bullets and tear gas canisters at them. The clashes continued until approximately 21:00 on the same day. As a result, 15 civilians, including 6 children, were wounded. Fourteen of them were hit with live bullets and its shrapnel  and on civilian was hit with a tear gas canister. The wounded civilians were transferred via ambulances belonging to PRCS, Medical Services, and the Ministry of Health to the Indonesian and al-‘Awda Hospitals. Doctors classified 3 civilians’ injuries as serious.

 

  • At approximately 17:00, hundreds of Palestinians swarmed to the Return encampment established by the Supreme National Authority for the Great March of Return, east of al-Shawkah village, east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. A number of young men approached the border fence, flew kites, set fire to tires and threw stones at Israeli soldiers stationed behind the border fence. The soldiers sporadically fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at the protestors. The clashes continued until approximately 19:00 on the same day. As a result, 11 civilians, including a child, were wounded. Ten of them were hit with live bullets and its shrapnel and one civilian was hit with a tear gas canister. Those wounded civilians were taken to the field hospital in the Return encampment and then transferred to Abu Yusuf al-Najjar Hospital in Rafah and Gaza European Hospital in Khan Younis. Doctors classified 2 civilians’ injuries as serious.

 

  • At approximately 16:00 Saturday, 04 August 2018, dozens of Palestinian children and young men gathered near the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Buraij in the central Gaza Strip, to participate in the Return encampment. They threw stones at Israeli soldiers stationed behind sand barriers along the b order fence. The soldiers fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, a 23-year-old civilian was hit a liv bullet to the lower limbs. He was transferred via a PRCS  ambulance to al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir al-Balah. Doctors classified his injury as moderate.

 

  • At approximately 17:00 on Sunday, 05 August 2018, dozens of Palestinian children and young men gathered near the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Buraij in the central Gaza Strip, to participate in the Return encampment. They threw stones at Israeli soldiers stationed behind sand barriers along the b order fence. The soldiers fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at them. The clashes continued until the evening of the same day. As a result, a 17-year-old child, a 15-year-old child and an 18-year old civilian, from al-Buraij refugee camp, were hit with live bullets to the lower limbs. They were transferred via a PRCS ambulance to al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir al-Balah. Doctors classified their injuries as moderate while one of them was transferred to al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City.

 

  • At approximately 15:00 on Monday, 06 August 2018, dozens of Palestinian children and young men gathered near the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Buraij in the central Gaza Strip, to participate in the Return encampment. They threw stones at Israeli soldiers stationed behind sand barriers along the b order fence. The soldiers fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at them. The clashes continued until the evening of the same day. As a result, a young man, from al-Nuseirat, was hit with a live bullet to the lower limbs. He was transferred to al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir al-Balah. Doctors classified his injury as moderate.

 

 

 Child Succumbed to his Wounds:

 

  • At approximately 19:50 on Sunday, 05 August 2018, medical sources at al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City announced the death of Ahmed Jihad Ahmed al-‘Aydi (17), from al-Zawidh village, succumbing to wounds he sustained during his participation in the Return demonstration, east of al-Buraij refugee camp on Friday, 30 March 2018, as he was hit with a live bullet to the head. Ahmed was admitted to many hospitals in the Gaza Strip and then transferred to Ramallah in the West Bank. He was in a state of clinical death since then until his death was announced.

 

West Bank:

 

  • At approximately 13:40 on Friday, 03 August 2018, a group of Palestinian civilians moved from Kufor Qaddoum village, northeast of Qalqiliyah, to the eastern entrance to the village, which has been closed for 15 years. The protestors chanted national slogans demanding end of occupation, condemning the decisions to demolish Khan al-Ahmer Bedouin Community deport the inhabitants and condemning the Israeli forces’ crimes against Palestinian protestors along the eastern border of the Gaza Strip within “The Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege” activities. The protestors threw stones at Israeli soldiers stationed behind sand barriers. The Israeli soldiers fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, a 45-year-old civilian was hit with a rubber bullet to the right hand. Moreover, many protestors suffered tear gas inhalation.

House Demolitions and Notices:

 

  • On Sunday evening, 5 August 2018, Bassam Mahmoud ‘Obaidat was forced to self-demolish his house in ‘Obaidat neighborhood in al-Mukaber Mount, south of East Jerusalem, to implement the Israeli Municipality’s decision. Bassam Obaidat said that his 90-square -meter house was built many years ago and all his attempts to license his house failed with the Israeli municipality’s insistence to implement the demolition. He also pointed out that the Israeli Municipality imposed a financial fine on him due to building his house, so he was forced to self-demolish his house to avoid paying the demolition costs.

It should be noted that ‘Obaidat neighborhood  was subjected to a collective punishment  by the Israeli Municipality, in which it distributed demolition notices to all residents in 2017,under pretexts that the land is owned by an Israeli companغwned by an Israeli companyetextunishment e was forced to self-demolish his house y. It should be noted that a judicial ruling was issued in this case in 1985 in favor of the neighborhood’s residents, but because the neighborhood is located near “Neve Tzion” settlement, in addition to the Israeli Municipality collusion, the case is continuously being raised in order to seize the civilians’ houses in favor of the settlement.

 

  • At approximately 09:00, on Tuesday, 7 August 2018, Israeli forces demolished 2 apartments belonging to Nabeel al-Mohtaseb in Shu’fat neighborhood, north of occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of non-licensing. Nabeel’s mother said that the Israeli forces moved into Shu’fat neighborhood and imposed a security cordon on the area. They started to demolish a roof of 2 apartments, each of them was built on an area of 100 square meter. She pointed out that the construction of the apartments took place 3 months ago and after finishing building them, the Israeli Municipality issued the self-demolition decision. The family self-demolished parts of the apartments, but was surprised with raiding the building and demolishing the apartments without a prior warning.

 

  • In the same context, on Tuesday afternoon, 7 August 2018, Israeli forces levelled a number of roads in al-‘Issawyia village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem, as a prelude to implement the “National Parks” settlement project, which they are seeking to build there. According to eyewitnesses, the Israeli forces levelled roads in the eastern part of the village, leading to agricultural lands. Those agricultural lands are threatened of confiscating and levelling in favor of the settlement project mentioned above.

 

Settlement activities and attacks by settlers against Palestinian civilians and property

 

 Israeli forces’ attacks

 

 

  • On Saturday morning, 4 August 2018, Israeli forces levelled lands belonging to several Palestinian civilians between “Etzion” and “Alon Chivot” settlements, south of Bethlehem in favor of building a new settlement neighborhood. Hassan Braija, Representative of the Wall and Settlement Resistance Committee in Bethlehem, said that the Israeli forces levelled Palestinian lands belonging to civilians, from Artas village, southwest of Bethlehem, adjacent to “Alon Chivot” settlement in order to establish new settlement units. He also added that the expansion works are part of the plan approved by the Israeli government to establish 1,700 settlement units in the area over the next five years.

 

 Israeli settlers’ attacks

 

  • At approximately 05:00, on Thursday, 2 August 2018, a group of Israeli settlers, from “‘Ofra” settlement established on ‘Ein Yabroud village lands, east of Ramallah, punctured the tires of 10 civilians’ cars and wrote Hebrew slogans on the walls of the village. Ahmed Shehada (30), said that the Israeli settlers punctured his car tires, his brother’s car tires, Ibrahime Shehada (25), and 8 other cars belonging to the village residents.

 

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 this year 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 for the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR).

(Source / 10.08.2018)

Women Prisoners’ Update: Susan Abu Ghannam Seized by Occupation Forces

09 AUG
9:19 PM
 

Susan Abu Ghannam, the mother of Mohammed Abu Ghannam, a 22-year-old man slain by Israeli occupation forces in Jerusalem on 21 July 2017, was seized by Israeli occupation forces who invaded her family home in Jerusalem on 5 August. Her detention was first extended for 24 hours and then for another five days as she faces extensive interrogation at the hands of occupation forces. They also confiscated the family’s phones and computers and are allegedly accusing her of “incitement” for posting about politics and about the killing of her son on social media.

Mohammed was shot by occupation forces as he joined in Jerusalem protests against the imposition of electronic gates outside Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Susan Abu Ghannam 

After shooting him dead, Israeli occupation forces attempted to steal the body of Mohammed Abu Ghannam from Makassed hospital in Jerusalem. The Israeli occupation continues to hold the bodies of slain Palestinians hostage in an attempt to suppress Palestinian resistance as a general policy; while Palestinian families are struggling for the release of the bodies, Israeli high courts have upheld the occupation’s policy of holding them hostage.

In order to prevent occupation forces from seizing the body, his family and friends wrapped Mohammed in a sheet after he passed away, carried his body and passed it up over the hospital’s surrounding wall, several meters high. It was carried from there to the cemetery of al-Tur village; on the way, the car was stopped by police. While the occupation attempted to impose a rule of only seven people at the burial, hundreds joined in the funeral procession.

They acted just in time as dozens of military-armed Border Patrol swarmed the hospital, invading the area, forcing people donating blood to leave the hospital before they terrorized the crowds in the hospital’s courtyards by throwing stun grenades and tear-gas canisters at them.

The policy of the confiscation of bodies is, according to Gideon Levy, the brainchild of Gilad Erdan, the same Israeli minister charged with the global anti-BDS mandate and the creator of the “BDS Hate List” of international organizations in support of Palestine, including Samidoun and many others around the world.

The arrest of Susan Abu Ghannam is only the latest incident of Israeli harassment of the family; earlier, her husband, Mohammed’s father, Hassan Abu Ghannam, 47, was arrested days after Mohammed’s funeral.

Lama Khater

Meanwhile, Palestinian writer Lama Khater‘s detention was extended again on Thursday, 2 August for another eight days of interrogation. Palestinian lawyer Firas al-Sabbah said that Khater is facing intense and escalating interrogation throughout the day and night. Seized on 24 July from her home in al-Khalil, Khater had previously been threatened with arrest by occupation forces if she continued to write.

 Abla Al-Aedam

Wounded prisoner Abla al-Aedam, 45, from the village of Beit Ulla in al-Khalil district, is being denied adequate health care treatment on the grounds that she will be released in October.  She continues to suffer from the injuries she suffered when she was shot by Israeli occupation forces on 20 December 2015. She was seriously injured in the face and head, and she continues to suffer severe pain in the head; she has said that she receives painkillers and sedatives rather than treatment for her underlying conditions.

Al-Aedam is the mother of nine children, and her lawyers have noted that she needs medical care so that her health does not continue to decline and worsen. However, Israeli prison officials continue to refuse to provide her with proper treatment allegedly due to costs, citing her upcoming release. After she was shot by Israeli occupation forces she was accused of attempting to stab occupation soldiers in al-Khalil and sentenced to three years in occupation prison.

Nisreen Hassan, 43, is also suffering from an ongoing swelling in her right hand and thumb and has not received treatment, despite having diabetes. Palestinian lawyer Hanan al-Khatib said that she needs specialized orthopedic treatment which she has so far been denied. In addition, Hilweh Hamamreh, 25, also continues to suffer from her injuries sustained when she was shot by Israeli occupation forces. She lost a part of her liver and intestines as well as her pancreas and spleen and needs physical therapy, which continues to be denied her.

Bayan Faraoun 

An Israeli military court continued the hearing of Bayan Faraoun, 24, a graduate of Al-Quds Open University from al-Eizariyeh in Jerusalem, on Thursday, 2 August. Her hearing was scheduled for 13 August; she has been detained since 11 March and has not been convicted or sentenced throughout that time. Faraoun is the fiancee of Ahmad Jamal Azzam, who is serving a sentence of 5 years and 8 months in Israeli prison.

Dima al-Karmi 

On 1 August, the Ofer military court held a hearing in the case of Dina Said al-Karmi, 38, one of a series of Palestinian women, including City Council member Suzan Owawi and writer Lama Khater, seized from al-Khalil. Al-Karmi remains under interrogation at Ashkelon prison since she was seized by Israeli occupation forces on 3 July. Since that time, her interrogation has been repeatedly extended and she has not been charged. She has been subjected to harsh interrogation for many hours at a time and fainted more than once due to her extreme fatigue. Al-Karmi is the widow of Nashat al-Karmi, a leader in Hamas, killed by Israeli occupation forces on 8 October 2010 when they surrounded, invaded and attacked the home where he was staying. She is the mother of an eight-year-old daughter, who is now deprived of both of her parents.

Asiya Kaabneh 

The Israeli occupation military court also held another hearing on the case of Asiya Kaabneh, 41, from the village of Duma near Nablus on 1 August. She has been jailed since 24 April 2017 and her case has been continued repeatedly over a 16-month period with no ruling or sentence against her. She was arrested at Qalandiya checkpoint after Kaabneh says that a female Israeli soldier attacked her. She is the mother of nine children, ranging in age from 4 to 17.

Meanwhile, the Israeli military prosecution refused to release Palestinian prisoner Ataya Abu Aisha, 31, from Kafr Aqab near Jerusalem. Abu Aisha was ordered released by the Central Court after an appeal by her lawyer for early release after completing two-thirds of her sentence. However, the order was contingent on the approval of the military prosecution, which rejected it and continues to hold her in Damon prison. Abu Aisha has been jailed since 15 December 2015, when she was accused of intending to stab Israeli occupation soldiers. She is serving a four-year sentence in Israeli prison.

Palestinian prisoner Manal Da’na, 38, from Silwan in Jerusalem, was released on Sunday night, 5 August after she completed a 13-month sentence in Israeli prison. She was seized by occupation forces in September 2012; Israeli police accused her of attempting to stab them in Jerusalem. She was released under house arrest one month after her arrest and subject to confinement in her home for years on end, until she was finally sentenced on 2 July 2017.

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Israeli Court Extends Remand Of Palestinian Journalist

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Abdul-Nasser Nubani, a lawyer with the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported that the Israeli “Ofer” military court, near Ramallah in central West Bank, has extended the remand of a Palestinian journalist, and released four others.

The journalist, Ala’ Rimawi, 40, was ordered under further interrogation until his court hearing, next Wednesday.

Rimawi was supposed to be released on a 5000 Israeli shekels bail, but the military prosecutor filed an appeal against his release.

The PPS said Israel released for other journalists, identified as Mohammad Sami Alwan, Qoteiba Hamdan, Hosni Anjass and Ibrahim Rantisi, after ordering each of them to pay a 5000 shekels bail.

They were among eight Palestinian journalists, who were taken prison by the soldiers in July and this month.

It is worth mentioning that Ala Rimawi has launched a hunger strike on the first day of his imprisonment on July 30th, 2018.

He was abducted along with three other journalists, identified as Hosni Anjass, Mohammad Alwan and Qoteiba Hamdan.

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Israel minister: Assassinate Hamas leaders

Israeli Cultural Minister Miri Regev

Israel’s Culture Minister Miri Regev said yesterday that the army should carry out extrajudicial executions of Hamas leaders in the occupied Gaza Strip, the Jerusalem Post reported.

“The equation should be very simple: If our children live in fear, then the leadership of Hamas should live in fear,” Regev said.

“We must go back to the policy of targeted assassinations of leaders of this murderous terrorist group.”

Labor leader Avi Gabbay, meanwhile, declared that Israel has “a strong army and weak politicians”, accusing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman of “allowing Hamas to decide when the violence begins and ends”.

Hamas: ‘We will break the siege once and for all’

The current government “doesn’t know how to deter a terrorist organisation or to negotiate,” he added.

Likud MK Oren Hazan urged the government to go further. “We are not hitting Hamas hard enough for fear of an ongoing conflict, even though we are deep inside one.”

“If we would have hit them, they wouldn’t have allowed themselves to shoot 200 rockets in one day. So enough with the stories that we hit them hard. The public isn’t stupid, and neither is Hamas.”

Israel air strikes kill 3 including pregnant mother, toddler in Gaza

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Israel journalist: UAE pilot joined bombing of Gaza

A Palestinian child can be seen among the rubble after Israel carried out an air strike in Gaza [File photo]

A Palestinian child can be seen among the rubble after Israel carried out an air strike in Gaza

Israeli journalist Edy Cohen has claimed that an Emirati pilot participated in the bombing of Palestinian targets in the Gaza Strip three weeks ago during his training on Israeli air force F-35 fighters.

In a tweet, Cohen challenged Dubai’s Deputy Chairman of Police and Public Security, General Dhahi Khalfan, to deny the presence of an Emirati pilot in the Israeli air force during the bombing of the Gaza Strip three weeks ago.

Cohen’s claim days after the Emirati General called on Arabs to recognise Israel’s reality which he said “wants nothing but destroy the Arab world”.

In response to the tweet, Cohen accused Khalfan of being complicit in assassinating the Hamas leader, Mahmoud Mabhouh, in Dubai in 2010.

Read: UAE, Qatar donate funds to stave off Gaza health crisis

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Israel, Hamas agree truce to end Gaza flare-up

Smoke and flames rise into the air after Israeli air strikes targeted points, reported to belong to Hamas, in Ez-Zeitoun town south of Gaza City, Gaza on July 20, 2018 [Ali Jadallah / Anadolu Agency]

Smoke and flames rise into the air after Israeli air strikes hit Gaza City, Gaza on 20 July 2018

Israel and Hamas, the Islamist group that rules the Gaza Strip, agreed on a truce on Thursday, two Palestinian officials said, an understanding that would end an escalation in fighting that has drawn mutual threats of war, Reuters reports.

There was no formal comment from Israel, but an Israeli official who spoke on condition of anonymity denied a cease-fire had been reached. Israel rarely acknowledges reaching any such agreement with Hamas, a group it designates as a terrorist organization and with which it has fought three wars in the past decade.

A surge in cross-border rockets and air strikes in recent weeks have prompted the United Nations and Egypt to try to broker a truce to prevent another all-out conflict.

On Wednesday night and Thursday, Israeli aircraft struck more than 150 targets in Gaza and Palestinian militants fired scores of rockets including a long-range missile deep into Israel, escalating fighting despite the ongoing truce talks.

Read: Israel air strikes kill 3 including pregnant mother, toddler in Gaza

“Egyptian efforts managed to restore calm between Palestinian factions and Israel that will end the current escalation,” a Palestinian official, who also spoke on condition of anonymity, said. “Palestinian factions will respect calm as long as Israel does,” he told Reuters.

A second Palestinian official with knowledge of the talks said the cease-fire would begin at 2045 GMT.

Abu Mujahed, spokesman for the Popular Resistance Committee, a smaller faction in Gaza, said on his Facebook page: “Upon Egyptian and international efforts, a ceasefire between Palestinian resistance began conditional on the commitment of the occupation.”

Hours earlier, after the long-range Palestinian missile attack – the first of its kind since a 2014 war, Israeli air strikes had resumed after a short lull, flattening a multi-storey building that the Israeli military described as a Hamas headquarters.

A pregnant Palestinian woman and her 18-month-old child were killed in the Israeli attacks overnight on Wednesday, as was a Hamas militant, Gaza medical officials said. Hundreds of people took part in the funeral for the woman and child.

The Israeli military said seven people were wounded by Palestinian rockets and mortars that hit southern Israel.

Ambulance sirens echoed through the night in Gaza, where families huddled at home as powerful explosions thundered through the strip. Across the border, rocket warning sirens sounded almost non-stop from sunset on Wednesday in Israeli towns and villages where residents sheltered in bunkers.

The Israeli military said its aircraft had struck more than 150 Hamas targets overnight, while more than 180 Palestinian rockets and mortars hit southern Israel.

Twenty-five miles from the border, air raid sirens sounded in Israel’s main southern city, Beersheba.

Read: Israel’s siege of Gaza is anything but legal

Israeli Army Radio said Palestinian militants had fired a Grad missile capable of reaching Israel’s heartland. Police said they found its remnants in an open area on the outskirts of the city of 200,000 people and that no one was hurt.

Israel responded by hitting the multi-storey building, first with small bombs apparently so that people would evacuate, then flattening it with a huge blast that shook the city and raised clouds of dust and smoke.

Residents said the building had served mainly as a cultural centre. Local health officials said 18 bystanders were wounded by the blast. Hamas denied using the facility.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened his security cabinet late into the night on Thursday. A statement issued by his office before reports a truce had been reached said the forum instructed the military to “keep acting with force against the terrorists”.

The US State Department condemned the launching of missile attacks into Israel.

“We’ve seen reports that 180 or so rocket attacks have taken place, shot from Gaza into Israel, and we fully support Israel’s right to defend itself and to take actions to prevent provocations of that nature,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said.

Read: ‘Hamas delegation has returned to Egypt with all the answers’

Egypt and the United Nations have been trying to mediate a comprehensive cease-fire to prevent an escalation in fighting and to ease the deep economic hardship in Gaza, a narrow strip of land that is home to 2 million Palestinians.

Israel captured Gaza in the 1967 Middle East war but withdrew in 2005, while holding onto most of the separate West Bank, where Palestinians have limited self-rule.

For more than a decade Gaza has been controlled by Hamas under an Israeli-Egyptian blockade that has collapsed its economy, creating what the World Bank has described as a humanitarian crisis with shortages of water, electricity and medicine.

Israel says it has no choice but to enforce its blockade to defend itself against Hamas, which calls for Israel’s destruction and has used Gaza as a base for missile attacks.

Yuval Steinitz, a member of Netanyahu’s security cabinet, told Israel Radio earlier that Israel was “not eager for war” but would make no concessions to Hamas.

UN Middle East envoy Nickolay Mladenov said the United Nations had engaged with Egypt in an “unprecedented effort” to avoid serious conflict, but “the situation can rapidly deteriorate with devastating consequences for all people”.

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Israel mayoral candidate killed Palestinian teen in 1989

Raz Sagi, a candidate for mayor in the central Israeli town of Rosh Ha’ayin [Raz Sagi/Facebook]

Raz Sagi, a candidate for mayor in the central Israeli town of Rosh Ha’ayin

A candidate for mayor in the central Israeli town of Rosh Ha’ayin was convicted of killing a Palestinian teenager during the First Intifada, reported Haaretz.

Raz Sagi, then serving as a company commander in the occupied West Bank, shot Zuhein Abu Hiya in the back as he fled, following confrontations between stone-throwing youth and soldiers in a Ramallah-area village in October 1989.

Chasing the boy, Sagi first shot a plastic bullet in the air, then shot him in the back.

A court subsequently determined “that the boy posed no danger to the soldiers” and sentenced Sagi to three months community service within the military, but he “was not demoted”.

Read: Israel air strikes kill 3 including pregnant mother, toddler in Gaza

Furthermore, “two weeks after sentence was passed, Sagi was pardoned by then-Chief of Staff Dan Shomron”, and “he was subsequently promoted to battalion commander in the Givati Brigade”.

Sagi retired from the military at the rank of colonel after serving as a division commander.

According to Sagi, Haaretz added, “the fact that numerous character witnesses testified in his behalf during the trial as well as his subsequent pardon he later received proved that the army saw no fault in his actions.”

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