Palestinian youth killed by Israeli army at Gaza border

Killed at Gaza border

A Palestinian young man was shot dead and others wounded on Thursday evening by the Israeli occupation forces east of the Maghazi refugee camp, in the central Gaza Strip.

Local sources said a Palestinian young man was fatally shot by Israeli snipers stationed along the border with the blockaded Gaza Strip. Others were also injured during the attack.

Paramedics said an injured youth was rushed to the Shuhada al-Aqsa Hospital. Sometime later, the Palestinian Health Ministry identified him as Mohammad Alaa Abu Sharbin, 20.

At least 233 Palestinians, including 43 children, five girls, three paramedics, and two journalists, have been fatally gunned down by Israeli snipers since the outburst of the Great March of Return on March 30 at the Gaza border. Nearly 24,000 others have been left wounded.

(Source / 08.11.2018)

Army Attacks School Principal In Hebron

08 NOV
1:57 PM

Israeli soldiers attacked, Thursday, the principal Qortoba Basic School, in the Shuhada Street, in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, after she tried to prevent them from attacking her students.

Media sources in Hebron said the soldiers chased several schoolchildren, and tried to prevent the students from entering their school.

The soldiers then assaulted the school principal after she tried to stop them from attacking the students.

They added that the soldiers detained another woman, while trying to reach her home in the Shuhada Street.

Furthermore, the soldiers closed the entrance of a vacant home, in the Old Shallala Street, in Hebron city.

(Source / 08.11.2018)

Army Injures Four Palestinians, Abducts One, In Jenin

08 NOV
9:50 AM

Dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded, on Thursday morning, Jenin refugee camp, in the northern West Bank city of Jenin, injured four young men, and caused many to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation, in addition to abducting one Palestinian.

The soldiers stormed and ransacked dozens of homes in the refugee camp, and interrogated many Palestinians before abducting Mohammad Suleiman Sa’adi, in his twenties.

Many Palestinians protested the invasion, and hurled stones at the armored military vehicles, while the soldiers fired live rounds, concussion grenades and gas bombs.

Medical sources said two young men, identified as Mohammad Ahmad al-Hosary and Ahmad Mohammad Abu al-Haija, were shot with live rounds in their legs, and added that two Palestinians were injured by shrapnel from concussion grenades, and many others suffered the effects of teargas inhalation.

In related news, the soldiers invaded Toura village, southwest of Jenin, and fired many gas bombs and concussion grenades at local protesters.

(Source / 08.11.2018)

Report: IOF continue systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory

Systematic crimes

 

  • Israeli forces continued to use excessive force against unarmed civilians and peaceful protesters in the Gaza Strip
  • A civilian succumbed to wounds he sustained during his participation in the Return and Breaking Siege protests.
  • 77 civilians, including 12 children, a woman, a journalist and 3 paramedics, were wounded; 4 of them sustained serious wounds.
  • Israeli forces continued to open fire at the border areas in the Gaza Strip
  • A Child was killed near the border fence in the central Gaza Strip.
  • A child succumbed to wounds he sustained in the 2014 offensive on the Gaza Strip.
  • Israeli forces wounded 12 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children and a woman, in the West Bank.
  • Israeli forces conducted 88 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank, and 2 limited ones into the southern Gaza Strip.
  • 53 civilians, including 11 children and a woman, were arrested in the West Bank.
  • 10 of them, including 7 children, were arrested in Jerusalem.
  • Israeli authorities continued to create a Jewish majority in occupied East Jerusalem.
  • Two houses were demolished in Beit Hanina in addition to a building of 12 residential apartments in Sho’afat refugee camp and a commercial facility in Silwan.
  • Israeli forces continued their settlement activities in the West Bank.
  • 3 barracks and 5 tents were demolished, uprooted and confiscated in Kherbet Bzeiq in the Northern Jordan Valleys.
  • 7 civilians, including a baby girl, sustained wounds and bruises due to settlers’ attacks against them.
  • 3 shooting incidents were reported against fishing boats in the sea, but no casualties were reported.
  • Israeli forces turned the West Bank into cantons and continued to impose theillegal closure on the Gaza Strip for the 12th consecutive year.
  • 103 permanent checkpoints, 100 temporary checkpoints and 14 closed roads obstruct the movement of Palestinian civilians in the West Bank.
  • 5 civilian were arrested at the military checkpoints in the West Bank.

 Summary

Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (01 – 07 November 2018).

Shooting:

In the Gaza Strip, the Israeli forces killed ‘Emad Shahin (17) from al-Nussairat refugee camo when the Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israeli, east of al-Maghazi in the central Gaza Strip opened fire at 3 Palestinian children and youngsters who approached the border fence.  As a result, one of them was wounded, arrested and then taken by a helicopter to Soroka Hospital.  On 14 November 2018, the Israeli media declared his death after succumbing to his wounds.

On 07 November 2018, the medical sources at al-Ahli Hospital in Hebron declared the death of Ahmed al-Najjar (21) from Khan Younis after he succumbed to wounds he sustained during his participation in the Return Protests, east of Khuza’ah, east of the City.  The above-mentioned civilian was wounded on 26 October 2018 with a bullet that penetrated his abdomen and exited his back during his participation in the Return protests near the Return encampment in eastern Khuza’ah.  At that time, he was referred to the Gaza European hospital where his condition was described as serious and after few days he was referred to al-Ahli Hospital in Hebron until his death was declared.

In the same context, on 02 November 2018, the medical sources declared the death of Mohammed al-Rifi (13) from al-Nafaq Street in Gaza City after he succumbed to wounds he sustained in the 2014 offensive on the Gaza Strip.

As part of using excessive forces against the peaceful protests along the Gaza Strip borders, the Israeli forces during the reporting period wounded 77 civilians, including 12 children, a woman, a journalist and 3 paramedics.  Four of those wounded sustained serious injuries.

Injuries in the Gaza Strip between 01 and 07 November 2018 in Each City

City Injuries
Total Children Women Journalists Paramedics Critical Conditions
Northern Gaza Strip 28 7 1 1 2 1
Gaza City 15 0 0 0 0 1
Central Gaza Strip 4 0 0 0 1 0
Khan Younis 18 3 0 0 0 0
Rafah 12 2 0 0 0 2
Total 77 12 1 1 1 3

As part of targeting the Palestinian fishermen in the sea, the Israeli forces continued to escalate their attacks against the Palestinian fishermen, indicating the on-going Israeli policy to target their livelihoods.  During the reporting period, PCHR documented 3 attacks against the fishermen in the north-western Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip.  However, no casualties or damage to the boat was reported.

In the West Bank, during the reporting period, the Israeli forces wounded 12 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children and a woman, in separate shooting incidents.

Incursions:

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 88 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 9 similar ones into Jerusalem and its suburbs. During those incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 43 Palestinians, including 4 children and a woman, in the West Bank.  Meanwhile, 10 other civilians, including 7 children, were arrested in Jerusalem and its suburbs.

In the Gaza Strip, on 05 November 2018, Israeli forces moved 50 meters into al-Shokah village, east of Rafah City in the southern Gaza Strip.  They levelled lands and set barbed wires around 50 meters away from the western side of the main border fence.

On 07 November 2018, Israeli forces carried a similar incursion into eastern Khuza’ah village, east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip.

Israeli Forces continued to create a Jewish Majority in occupied East Jerusalem:

As part of the Israeli house demolitions and notices, on 06 November 2018, the Israeli forces demolished 2 residential houses belonging to the family of Kamel al-Rajabi and his sons in al-Aqshqariyah neighbourhood in Beit Hanina, north of occupied East Jerusalem under the pretext of building without a license.  The 130-square-meter houses were built 4 months ago and sheltered 3 families of 12 members, including 5 children.

On the same day, the Israeli municipal bulldozers demolished a commercial facility in Beer Ayoub neighbourhood in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, udner the pretext of unlicensed construction.  The facility belonged to Mohamed ‘Odah and was built a year and a half ago on an area of 20 square meters.  The facility is a canteen for selling sandwiches and drinks and supported 3 families.

On 07 November 2018, Israeli municipal bulldozers demolished a residential building in Sho’afat refugee camp, north of East Jerusalem’s Old City, belonging to Mahmoud al-Jaradat under the pretext of the unlicensed construction and its closeness to the annexation wall.  The building was comprised of 4 floors; 3 of which were residential and a ground floor that was used as a car parking.  The building was 600 square meters and included 12 residential apartments; 8 were ready for inhabitation.

Israeli Forces continued their settlement activities, and the settlers continued their attacks against Palestinian civilians and their property

As part of demolition of houses and other civil objects, on 05 November 2018, the Israeli forces demolished, uprooted and confiscated 3 barracks and 5 tents belonging to ‘Omer Bshara in Kherbet Bzeiq in the Jordan Valleys, east of Tubas on 05 November 2018.  Two of these barracks and tents were residential while one of them was used for sheltering sheep.  The Israeli forces confiscated tin plates and the tents and later withdrew.

As part of the Israeli settlers’ attacks against the Palestinians civilians and their property, PCHR’s fieldworkers documented 4 attacks by settlers, including2 in Hebron and 2 in Nablus.  As a result of those attacks, 7 civilians, including a baby girl, were wounded.

(Source / 08.11.2018)

Jerusalem refugees reject plan to replace UNRWA with Israel services

Palestinian women shout slogans during a protest against US aid cuts, outside the UN office in Gaza Strip on 11 February 2018 [SAID KHATIB/AFP/Getty Images]

Palestinian women shout slogans during a protest against US aid cuts to UNRWA outside the UN office in Gaza Strip on 11 February 2018

Palestinian refugees are continuing protests against the replacement of UNRWA services in occupied Jerusalem with that of the Israeli municipality in the city.

Last month, Israeli Mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat, announced that he plans to remove the United Nations’ agency for Palestinian refugees from occupied East Jerusalem, accusing it of “operating illegally and promoting incitement against Israel”.

Protests have been ongoing for ten days and began after Barkat stormed the Shuafat refugee camp, bringing with him municipality workers who have since been providing street sweeping services in an effort to replace UNRWA workers.

“UNRWA has started implementing new projects to improve the environment in the refugee camp that continue until 2020,” activist Muhannad Ghanayim told the Palestinian news website.

Read: Closing UNRWA will not alter Israel’s role in creating Palestine refugees

Palestinian activist Khader Al-Dibbis said that the retention of the protests “proves that the UNRWA is the main representative of the Palestinian refugees, not the Israeli occupation.”

UNRWA was created by the UN in 1949 to offer assistance to the Palestinian refugees who were forcibly expelled from their homes to make way for the creation of the state of Israel in 1948.

UNRWA's lifeline is decreasing due to the cuts made by the Trump administration [AlArabi21News/Twitter]

(Source / 08.11.2018)

Israel: PA must pay $3.8m for false imprisonment of 51 Palestinians

Palestinian Authority police force violently intervening a protest in Ramallah, West Bank, 12 March 2017 [Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency]

Palestinian Authority police force violently intervene a protest in Ramallah, West Bank, 12 March 2017

In a landmark ruling, the Israeli Supreme Court yesterday ordered the Palestinian Authority (PA) to pay 14 million shekels ($3.8 million) to 51 Palestinians it falsely imprisoned.

The ruling upheld previous verdicts made by Israel’s lower courts and formed part of an ongoing legal case against the PA in which it was accused of falsely imprisoning 51 Palestinians on charges of cooperation with Israel and subsequently torturing them.

In June 2017, the Jerusalem District Court issued a judgment of approximately 13.1 million shekels ($3.5 million) against the PA for false imprisonment. A month later, a separate Israeli court ruled that the 51 Palestinians who were tortured by the PA could sue the Authority for damages. According to the Jerusalem Post, the case was based on testimony from dozens of witnesses collected over several years and represented a “bizarre” example of the PA effectively being tried in an Israeli court by Palestinian accusers.

In December 2017, the Jerusalem District Court issued a further judgment of 900,000 shekels ($245,000) in attorneys’ fees for the plaintiffs who brought the case.

The PA subsequently appealed to Israel’s Supreme Court to overturn these rulings, claiming that paying the compensation would present “disastrous economic challenges” that could cause the Authority to collapse. However, yesterday’s judgement upheld all previous court rulings, meaning the PA is obligated under Israeli law to pay all 14 million shekels worth of damages to the 51 Palestinians in question.

READ: PA could collapse if Israel deducts martyrs’ funds, UN warns

Despite the Supreme Court’s ruling, as yet it is unclear how the Palestinians will collect the money owed to them, the Jerusalem Post added. Furthermore, the 14 million shekel figure could represent only a fraction of the total sum the PA could be required to pay, since this relates only to allegations of false imprisonment. If the 51 Palestinians choose to sue the PA for subjecting them to torture – as allowed by July’s District Court ruling – the PA could be required to pay millions more in damages.

In July’s ruling, the District Court said that PA authorities had tortured the Palestinians by “beating them on all parts of the body, hitting them with lead pipes, extinguishing cigarettes on their bodies, hanging them in torture positions for hours and starving them”. Others were “exposed to extreme heat and cold, or extremely hot or cold water was dumped on them.”

This is not the first time that PA authorities have been accused of torturing Palestinian prisoners. In October Human Rights Watch (HRW) issued a report accusing both the PA and Hamas of creating “parallel police states” in which they routinely arrest and torture opponents and critics. The 149-page report found that “Palestinian forces often threatened, beat, and forced detainees into painful stress positions for prolonged periods, including using cables or ropes to hoist up arms behind the back”.

HRW stressed that the PA’s use of torture is systematic and “appear[s] aimed at punishing dissidents and deterring them and others from further activism”. This could constitute “a crime against humanity prosecutable at the International Criminal Court (ICC),” the report added.

READ: Israel calls to cut Palestinian prisoner treatment costs from PA taxes

(Source / 08.11.2018)

Israel occupation forces raid Palestinian school in the northern West Bank

Palestinian children can be seen at school in the West Bank on 11 September 2018 [Mamoun Wazwaz/Anadolu Agency]

Palestinian children can be seen at school in the West Bank on 11 September 2018

Israeli occupation forces raided a Palestinian school in the northern Jordan Valley region of the West Bank this morning, reported WAFA, disrupting classes and confiscating property.

Accompanied by a bulldozer, Israeli soldiers blocked roads leading to the school in Khirbet Ibziq village, northeast of Tubas, preventing students and teachers from reaching it.

The soldiers then raided the campus, dismantling then confiscating “a tent used as an administrative office”.

The tent had been set up after Israeli occupation forces had previously “dismantled and seized two caravans in the school last month”.

According to WAFA, the school, referred to as “Challenge School 10”, “has three classrooms for students from grade one until six and four teachers”.

Challenge Schools have been established by the Palestinian Ministry of Education throughout so-called “Area C” of the occupied West Bank, where Israeli occupation authorities routinely refuse to grant building permits to Palestinians (while facilitating the expansion of illegal Israeli settlements).

Read: Israel to demolish Palestinian homes, school in West Bank

Israel demolishing Palestinian schools - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

(Source / 08.11.2018)

Palestinian fisherman shot dead by Egyptian forces

A Palestinian fisherman stands on his boat in Gaza City on 26 February 2017 [MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images]

A Palestinian fisherman stands on his boat in Gaza City on 26 February 2017

The Palestinian health ministry yesterday said that a fisherman was shot dead by the Egyptian naval forces as he was fishing off the coast of the besieged Gaza Strip.

The head of the Fishermen’s Union Committee, Zakaria Bakr, told Safa that the 32-year-old Mustafa Abu Ouda had been fishing alone in his boat off the coast of the southern border town of Rafah.

Palestinian fishermen suffer from strict Israeli restrictions on fishing, in addition to the Egyptian navy’s hurdles near the southern border of Gaza.

In recent years, at least three Palestinian fishermen were reported dead by Egyptian fire.

Read: Gaza Fisherman battles poverty with boat made of plastic bottles

(Source / 08.11.2018)

Israel approves 640 new settlement units in Jerusalem

Israeli settlements in Jerusalem on 25 October 2017 [AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images]

Israeli settlement units in Jerusalem on 25 October 2017

Israeli District Planning and Building Committee in Jerusalem approved on Tuesday the construction of 640 new settlement units in the illegal settlement of Ramat Shlomo, Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported.

The illegal settlement of Ramat Shlomo is located between the Jerusalem neighbourhoods of Beit Hanina and Shuafat.

According to the newspaper, the committee rejected appeals by anti-settlement group Ir Amim, which argued the new settler units would be built on privately owned Palestinian land.

The NGO described the committee’s decision as a “step that violates the property rights of Palestinian landowners through and through.”

It also said: “This decision is additional proof that Israeli control in East Jerusalem means a regime based on serious discrimination.”

The Palestinian foreign ministry slammed the approval and said the plan which allows Israel “to swallow the West Bank and undermine any international effort to achieve peace based on the two-state solution”.

Read: Israel approves building 20,000 settlement units in West Bank

(Source / 08.11.2018)

Gaza youth dies of wounds he sustained three weeks ago

Ahmed Khaled al-Najjar

A Palestinian youth on Wednesday evening has passed away due to wounds he sustained three weeks ago during the Great Return Marches on the Gaza border.

Ahmed Khaled al-Najjar, 21, from the city of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, had been hit by an explosive bullet in the abdomen about three weeks ago, and was transferred due to the seriousness of his condition for treatment at the Ahli hospital in Hebron.

This brings the number of martyrs of the return marches to 231 since the march began on the 30th of March.

(Source / 08.11.2018)