Israeli navy ships opened fire, on Wednesday morning, on several Palestinian fishing boats near the shore of Gaza city.
Media sources said the Palestinian fishing boats were less than three nautical miles from the shore of the Sudaniyya area, northwest of Gaza.
They added that the attack did not lead to casualties but forced the fishermen back to the shore in fear of further violations.
In related news, Israeli soldiers invaded ‘Atouf village, east of Tammoun, southeast of the northeastern West Bank city of Tubas, and demolished an agricultural room owned by a Palestinian, identified as Eyad Faisal Qalalwa.
Israeli soldiers invaded, on Monday at night, the village of Taybeh, west of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, and fired many gas bombs at protesters, causing several Palestinains to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.
Media sources said the soldiers fired a barrage of gas bombs at random, casing many Palestinians, including families in their homes, to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.
The village, especially the homes near the illegal Israeli Annexation Wall, witness frequent Israeli invasions and violations.
On Tuesday 17th September, the District Court of The Hague will hold a hearing on the admissibility of a case brought by Dutch citizen Ismail Ziada against the former Chief of General Staff of the Israeli Defence Force (IDF), Benny Gantz and former Commander of the IDF Air Force, Amir Eshel for the bombing of the Ziada family home in Gaza. The attack resulted in the death of six members of Mr Ziada’s immediate family.
Mr Ziada, who is of Palestinian origin, contends that he is unable to gain access to justice in Israel due to the discriminatory practices faced by Palestinians seeking accountability for war crimes. The case is being pursued in accordance with Dutch law which upholds the principle of universal jurisdiction in civil proceedings for citizens who are unable to gain access to justice elsewhere. It is a unique case and the first time a Palestinian has been able to make use of civil litigation on the basis of universal jurisdiction to gain access to justice for war crimes. Mr Ziada is represented by Liesbeth Zegveld, a prominent human rights lawyer from Amsterdam.
The bombing of the Ziada family home in the Bureij refugee camp, Gaza, took place on July 20th, 2014. It was a targeted IDF attack that resulted in the death of Ismail Ziada’s 75-year-old mother, three brothers, his sister-in-law, a 12-year-old nephew and a visiting friend. Mr Ziada contends that the attack on the family home was a violation of international humanitarian law and constituted a gross violation of internationally recognised human rights principles.
During the Israeli attacks on Gaza in 2014, approximately 2000 Palestinians, including 500 children, were killed. The Israeli military operation, codenamed “Protective Edge”, was a widespread and systematic attack on civilian targets with the vast majority of casualties being non-combatants.
Mr Gantz and Mr Eshel claim immunity from the Dutch court and contend that Mr Ziada should have presented his claim in an Israeli court. Neither Mr Gantz nor Mr Eshel are expected to be present on the day of the hearing. They will be represented by the law firms Florent and Jahea Raymakers. Since his retirement, Mr Gantz has formed a new political party “Hosen Le-Yisrael” (Israel Resilience Party). On the day of the hearing, Mr Gantz will be running for office against Benjamin Netanyahu in the Israeli national elections.
The Palestinian Justice Campaign is an international, single-issue group of concerned citizens, trade unionists and human rights workers who volunteer to assist the Ziada family in their pursuit for justice.
The Council of Foreign Ministers of the Member States of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) held fully responsible the Israeli government for the consequences of its colonial policies in the occupied territory of the State of Palestine, including the Israeli Prime Minister’s dangerous pledge deliberately seeking to undermine international efforts for a just, lasting and comprehensive peace to realize the two-state vision, and aiming at blowing up the foundations of peace and pushing the entire region towards more violence and instability.
This came during the 16th extraordinary meeting of the OIC council of foreign ministers held at the OIC headquarters in Jeddah, at the request of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, on the “Israeli Prime Minister’s stated intention to annex territories in the Occupied West Bank.”
The council proclaimed absolute rejection and vehemently condemned the Israeli Prime Minister’s stated intention to “apply Israeli sovereignty on all of the Jordan Valley, northern Dead Sea and settlements in the occupied West Bank”, describing it as a dangerous escalation, a further serious encroachment on the historical and legal rights of the Palestinian people, a flagrant breach of the UN Charter, the principles of international law and the relevant UN resolutions, including resolutions 181 (1947), 242 (1967), 252 (1968), 338 (1973), 425 (1978), 465 (1980), 476 (1980), 478 (1980), 681 (1990), 1073 (1996), 1397 (2002), 1435 (2002), and 1515 (2003), along with Security Council resolution 2334 of 2016.
The council decided to respond strongly to “this gravely aggressive statement, while taking all possible measures, both political and legal, such as initiating action with the UN Security Council and General Assembly, international courts and other relevant international organizations and bodies to counter this expansionist colonial policy,” said a statement issued by the council.
It reaffirmed the centrality of the cause of Palestine, renewing principled support to the Palestinian people and their legitimate leadership in their quest to obtain their inalienable national rights, including the right to self determination, the right to establish their sovereign independent state along the lines of 4 June 1967 and with Jerusalem (Al-Quds Al-Sharif) as its capital, and the right of refugees to return to their homes in accordance with resolution 194.
The council “supports and backs up the Palestinian moves and steps to hold accountable Israel, the occupying authority, for its crimes against the Palestinian people, while calling on the Member States to provide all the political, legal, technical and material support necessary for the success of the State of Palestine’s moves with the relevant international bodies,” said the statement.
Israeli soldiers injured, on Saturday evening, 46 Palestinians, including children, after the army invaded the al-‘Ezariyya town, east of occupied East Jerusalem, leading to protests, and fired many gas bombs at protesters and many surrounding homes and cars.
The Palestinian Reds Crescent Society (PRCS) said one child, was directly shot with a gas bomb to her head and was rushed to a medical center in Abu Dis nearby town, before she was moved to Hadassah Israeli medical center for further treatment.
The PRCS added that six members of the same family suffered the effects of teargas inhalation, while in their car, and received the needed treatment.
Local sources said the invasion and protests first started in al-Qanatra Bridge area, before spreading to the rest of the town, and that the soldiers also surrounded the area of al-Aziz Mosque, and fired a barrage of gas bombs and concussion grenades.
The PRCS said its medics provided treatment to at least 40 Palestinians, mostly due to the effects of teargas inhalation, and some who were physically attacked by the army, in addition to a few who fell while the soldiers were chasing them.
Beginning with invasive night raids multiple villages, and ending with 7 structures demolished, 4 families made homeless, 2 Palestinians arrested, 1 beaten and hospitalized, 1 car confiscated, and 1 major access road severely damaged, Israeli Occupation Forces continue their ongoing assault on local communities in Masafer Yatta.
Masafer Yatta is a collection of over 20 villages near Hebron, deep in the south of the West Bank. Most of the Palestinians who live here raise livestock for a living; some are Bedouins, who once traveled with their camels and flocks across the dry and rugged hills, before Israel invaded in 1967 and occupied the area.
Despite archeological excavations showing villages have been there since the early Roman and Byzantine era, the Israeli army declared the area a live firing zone in the 1970s and announced plans to demolish most of the villages. While Palestinians in Firing Zone 918 are forbidden from driving cars or possessing any kind of construction material, Israeli settlers in the settlements of Maon, Avigal, and Susya, illegal under international law, continue to build new houses and farms, and are free to travel in and out of the area.
On September 11th 2019, from 0:00 to 4:00 AM, Israeli soldiers raided multiple villages, breaking into homes, forcing sleeping children and parents outside of their houses and searching rooms, cupboards and fridges, as well as cars and wells, damaging villager’s belongings and terrorizing local residents. The soldiers refused to show residents a warrant or give a reason for the indiscriminate searches; residents say their villages are often used as a training ground for new recruits.
PHOTO [Israeli soldiers raided 8 villages from midnight to early morning, awaking residents and searching houses without giving a reason or warrant.]
At 9:00 AM, 4 bulldozers and excavators, from JCB, Hyundai, and Volvo, and a Scania loading truck, together with dozens of IDF soldiers, Border Police, and Civil Administration agents arrived in the village of Mufakara, a tiny hamlet of approximately 50 inhabitants from the Hamamda clan. 4 structures were demolished and 2 families displaced, including a widow, her 6 daughters and one son. Residents of Mufakara said it was the 5th demolition in their village alone this year; one family had their home, demolished 3 times in 9 months. Civil administration agents also cut and confiscated a water pipe bringing water from At-Tuwani to Mufakara. This is not the first time Israeli Civil Administration has deprived villagers in Mufakara of access to water, a basic human right; Israeli human rights group B’Tselem reports that after having running water for just 6 months, Israeli forces destroyed and confiscated 6 kilometers of piping in February this year. The IOF also confiscated a car owned by the Massafer Yatta Village Council.
PHOTO [Israeli soldiers at the scene of home demolitions in Mufakara]
The IOF also demolished the bathroom of a family living inside a cave passed down for generations.
PHOTO [Israeli forces demolish a family’s bathroom]
In the nearby village of Khallet Ad-Dabe’a, Israeli forces and Civil Administration demolished the houses of a family with 6 children and their uncle’s house. A relative of the family that lost their home was violently assaulted by Israeli soldiers after running past them towards the house, and was hospitalized with multiple injuries. Two Palestinians, head of the At-Tuwani Village Council, Mohammad Rib’ey, and Bakr Fadel Rib’ey, were assaulted, then arrested by the IOF. They were released without charge later in the day.
PHOTO [Relative of the family that lost their home, with his son, after being attacked by Israeli soldiers, was later hospitalized for multiple injuries.]
At the same time as the home demolitions, the Israeli army used excavators to dig holes and pile boulders and rubble onto a key road, cutting off 15 villages from the regional hub of Yatta. For some of these villages, alternative routes to Yatta will turn a 30 minutes trip into one that takes 4-5 hours, much of it through unpaved dirt roads.
Many of the houses demolished on Wednesday were, in fact, built with funding from the EU and international NGOs, as well as the road, which locals say was repaired with EU funding after it was previously damaged by Israeli forces. Regavim, an extremist far right settler group which lobbies for demolitions and against EU development projects in Palestine, is highly active in and around the illegal Israeli settlements in Masafer Yatta.
According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, humanitarian organizations currently providing assistance to communities in Masafer Yatta are impeded by demolition orders “against the items provided”, as well as confiscation of organizations’ vehicles and equipment, and restriction of access to the area.
The Israeli government defends such demolitions by arguing that the houses were built without the legally required permits. A quick look at the numbers, however, show the virtual impossibility of obtaining a housing permit under Israel’s apartheid system. In a 2014 report by the World Bank, only 1.6% of Palestinian housing permit applications were approved; Israeli Civil Administration confirms that from 2008 to 2016, 66 Palestinian applications for construction were approved, while 12,763 Israeli settlement construction applications were approved.
To put that into numbers, an Israeli settler is 193 times more likely to have his application approved than a Palestinian.
Wednesday’s demolitions marked the first demolitions in 1 month and 8 days. The fact that such an extensive round of demolitions occurred just 6 days before Israelis vote in legislative elections did not go unnoticed, as Netanyahu, facing corruption charges and failure to form a government, tries to secure the settler and pro-Occupation vote. With both major Israeli parties declaring their intention to continue illegal settlement growth, and demolition orders pending on 26 of the 28 villages and hamlets in Masafer Yatta, the Israeli apartheid and ethnic cleansing of Masafer Yatta looks set to continue.
On 74th Friday of Great March of Return, 75 civilians were injured as a result of the Israeli military’s continued use of excessive force against peaceful protests along the Gaza Strip’s eastern border; 34 children, 1 woman and 1 journalist, were among those injured this Friday, 13 September 2019.
Israeli forces continued to exercise excessive force against Palestinians using live ammunition and targeting protestors’ upper body; PCHR recorded 35 injuries with live bullets this week, 2 deemed extremely critical.
Israel’s military has been put on high alert along the Gaza border as the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, threatened to launch a military operation against the Gaza Strip at any time.
According to Israeli reports, Israeli military reinforced its presence along the Gaza borders, along with the use of the ‘Iron Dome Missile Defence’ in several nearby cities and villages.
The Supreme National Authority of Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege called for today’s protests, which coincided with the 26th anniversary of the Oslo Accords between Israel and the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), under the slogan “Erase the Oslo Accords from Our History.” The protests lasted from 15:00 to 19:00 and involved activities such as speeches by political leaders and theatrical performances.
Thousands of civilians protested at varied distances from the border fence across the Gaza Strip. The protestors threw stones, Molotov Cocktails and firecrackers at the Israeli forces, while the latter, well-shielded hundreds of meters away, responded with excessive force. As a result, dozens of civilians sustained bullet injuries while others suffocated due to tear gas inhalation.
PCHR has documented 211 killings by Israel since the outbreak of the protests on 30 March 2018, including 46 children, 2 women, 9 persons with disabilities, 4 paramedics and 2 journalists. Additionally, 13,854 were wounded, including 2,959 children, 423 women, 233 paramedics and 214 journalists, noting that many of those injured had sustained multiple injuries on separate occasions.
The following is a summary of today’s events along the Gaza Strip border:
Northern Gaza Strip:
Approximately 1,000 civilians participated in Abu Safiyah area protests, northeast of Jabalia. Speeches, theatrical performances and other segments were performed at the protest central encampment. Dozens of protestors approached the border fence and threw stones at Israeli soldiers, who responded with live and rubber bullets and tear gas canisters. As a result, 15 civilians injured, including 5 children: 6 were shot with live bullets and their shrapnel; 3 were hit with tear gas canisters; and 6 were shot with rubber bullets. Ahmed Mahmoud Abdul Men’em Manoun, 21, sustained serious live bullet wounds in his left leg with damage to bones, veins and tendons.
Hundreds of protestors took part in eastern Malakah area. Speeches, theatrical performances and other segments were performed at the protest central encampment. Dozens of protestors approached the fence and threw stones with slingshots at Israeli soldiers. The soldiers fired live and rubber bullets and tear gas canisters at the protestors. As a result, 11 civilians injured, including 5 children: 5 were shot with live bullets and their shrapnel; 4 were shot with rubber bullets and 2 were directly hit with tear gas canisters.
Central Gaza Strip:
At approximately 15:00, hundreds of civilians, including women and children, took part in the eastern Bureij refugee camp protests; dozens gathered adjacent to the border fence at a range varying between 3 – 300 meters. The Israeli soldiers launched a drone to photograph protestors who had set tires on fire and thrown stones and sound bombs near the borders; also, they shot them with live and rubber bullets and teargas canisters. As a result, 28 civilians were injured, including 14 children and 1 journalist: 13 were shot with live bullets and their shrapnel; 9 with rubber bullets and 6 with tear gas canisters. The wounded freelance journalist, Zakaria Rawhi Bkair, 24, from al-Maghazi, was hit with a rubber bullet to the left hand.
Hundreds of Palestinians participated in Khuza’ah protests. Some approached the border fence, set tires on fire, attempted to throw stones and firecrackers and raised Palestinian flags in addition to chanting national songs. Israeli forces fired live and rubber bullets and tear gas canisters at protesters, wounding 5 civilians, including 2 children and 1 woman and they were transferred to local hospitals: 1 was hit with shrapnel; 2 were shot with rubber bullets and 2 were directly hit with tear gas canisters. Moreover, 13 civilians, sustained minor wounds after being hit with tear gas canister and rubber bullets and they received medical treatment on the spot. The wounded woman, Sabreen Ismail Ibrahim al-Najjar, 42, sustained minor wounds after being hit with a rubber bullet to the head. Sabreen was also previously injured on 16 August 2019.
Hundreds participated in the eastern Shokah protests, where folklore songs and speeches were held. Dozens approached the border fence and threw stones at the shielded Israeli soldiers, who responded with live and rubber bullets and teargas canisters in addition to pumping wastewater at the protestors. As a result, 16 civilians injured, including 8 children; one child deemed in extremely critical condition: 10 were shot with live bullets and their shrapnel and 6 were shot with rubber bullets. Ahmed Naji Sa’ed Abu Qamar, 17, sustained serious wounds after being shot with a live bullet in the head.
Israeli soldiers injured, Friday, dozens of Palestinians, among them children, including a girl with special needs, in the al-‘Isawiya town, in occupied East Jerusalem.
Media sources said the soldiers invaded the town and fired gas bombs at many homes, and streets, without any provocation, causing dozens of Palestinians, including children, to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.
One of the wounded children is a little girl with special needs, who passed out for around three minutes while in her room after suffering the severe effects of teargas inhalation, the Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan (Silwanic) has reported.
The town has been subject to daily invasions, including breaking into homes and the abductions of dozens of youngsters, in addition to the dozens of injuries caused by the soldiers.
On Thursday evening, the soldiers attacked a mosque in al-‘Isawiya, and fired gas bombs, causing at least three Palestinians to suffer the severe effects of teargas inhalation.