200 Olive Trees Cut Down by Illegal Settlers

18 AUG
4:00 AM

Extremist Israeli settlers, early Friday, chopped down 200 fruitful olive trees belonging to Al-Lubban Ash-Sharqiya village, south of Nablus, said a local activist, according to WAFA.

Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors Israeli settlement activity in the northern West Bank, said that settlers from the illegal settlement of Eli broke into Wadi Ali area and chopped down 200 olive trees belonging to Nael Ewesat, a villager from Al-Lubban Ash-Sharqiya.

This came as settlers torched a bulldozer passing nearby Yitzhar settlement and hurled stones and glass bottles at Palestinian vehicles travelling along Nablus-Tulkarem Road, damaging some 40 vehicles.

The attacks came after an Israeli settler was killed by a Palestinian driver in a car accident, initially suspected as a hit-and-run attack late Thursday night.

Settler violence against Palestinians and their property is routine in the West Bank and is rarely prosecuted by Israeli authorities.

It includes property and mosque arsons, stone-throwing, uprooting of crops and olive trees, attacks on vulnerable homes, among others.

Between 500,000 and 600,000 Israelis live in Jewish-only settlements across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank in violation of international law.

All settlements across the West Bank are illegal under international law, particularly article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which establishes that the occupying power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.

(Source / 18.08.2018)

Gaza Strip: Attacks in the Border Areas and Their Consequences

16 AUG
2:52 PM

The term “buffer zone” in land and at sea is used for land and sea areas, which were unilaterally and illegally declared by Israeli forces as areas with no access along the eastern and northern borders and in the sea of the Gaza Strip following the Israeli Disengagement Plan in 2005.

In violation of the provisions of the international humanitarian law, the Gaza Strip’s population are denied access to their property in the “buffer zone” in land while the fishermen are prevented from sailing and fishing in the “buffer zone” at sea .

The area  of the buffer zone vary from time to time according to the Israeli forces declarations, without taking in consideration the international law that bans any changes to the occupied territories.

According to Israeli forces instructions, the “buffer zone” extends to an area ranging between 100 to 1,500 meters in some eastern land borders, while ranges between 3 to 9 nautical miles in the Gaza Strip sea.

Israeli forces expanded the fishing area in the Gaza Strip from 3 to 6 nautical miles following the ceasefire agreement post November 2012 Israeli offensive.

However, there is conflict over the Access Restricted Area (ARA) in land, which increases the risks endured by the Palestinian civilians. In a statement on his official website, the Israeli Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) declared that fishermen could now access the sea up to 6 nautical miles offshore, and that farmers could now access lands in the border area up to 100 meters from the border fence.

However, both references have since been removed from the statement, which obviously indicates the Israeli forces retreat of the above-mentioned ceasefire.

On 21 March 2013, the Israeli forces’ spokesperson announced re-reducing the fishing area allowed for Palestinian fishermen from 6 nautical miles to 3 nautical miles. The same announcement also included the re-expansion of the “buffer zone”  in land up to 300 meters.

However, on 21 May 2013, the Israeli authorities decided to allow fishermen to sail up to 6 nautical miles.

Following the latest Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip in 2014, a ceasefire agreement between Israel and Palestinian armed groups was brokered by the Egyptian government, which allowed fishermen to sail up to 6 nautical miles.

However, the Israeli naval forces have not allowed fishermen to sail up to this limit. The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) observed that all the Israeli attacks have taken place within less than 6 nautical miles.

On 07 March 2015, the Israeli naval forces declared via loud speakers that the allowed fishing area reduced to 4 nautical miles and warned Palestinian fishermen from approaching this area along the Gaza Sea.

On 01 April 2016, the Israeli authorities expanded the fishing area from 6 to 9 nautical miles between the area from Gaza valley to the southern Gaza Strip, while denied access to more than 6 miles in the other areas. On 03 May 2017, the Israeli authorities allowed fishermen to fish up to 9 nautical miles, instead of 6 nautical miles in the Sea in Gaza City and the northern Gaza Strip.

According to field updates followed up by PCHR, the Israeli occupation forces have escalated their attacks against the Palestinian civilians, including farmers and fishermen, and prevented them from safe and free access to their lands and fishing areas.

This constitutes a violation of their rights according to the international human rights standards, including their right to security, personal safety and protection of their property, their right to work, the right to adequate standard of living, and the right to the highest attainable standard of health.

Enforcing the “buffer zone” through the use of live fire which has often led to direct targeting of civilians, is a war crime, where killings under these circumstances constitute a wilful killing in grave violation of the Geneva Conventions of 1949.

Attacks

July 2018

Attacks Total “Buffer zone” on land “Buffer zone” at sea
Shelling 20 20 0
Shooting 545 520 25
Incursions 6 6 0
Land leveling 0 0 0
Detention incidents 5 5 0
Total incidents 576 551                25

 

Consequences of attacks

 

  1. Deaths and injuries

July 2018

Consequences Total “Buffer zone” on land “Buffer zone” at sea
Death of persons 17 17 0
Minors 3 3 0
Women 0 0 0
Injury of persons 493 493 0
Minors 104 104 0
Women 20 20 0

 

  1. Property related violations

July 2018

Consequences Total “Buffer zone” on land “Buffer zone” at sea
Property damaged 2 2 0
Property confiscated 1 0 1
Dunums razed 0 0 0

 

  1. Detention

 July 2018

Consequences Total “Buffer zone” on land “Buffer zone” at sea
Total persons detained 15 8
Minors detained 0 0 0
Women detained 0 0 0

 

Note:

 

  • Among the arrestees were 2 civilians, who were arrested at Beit Hanoun “Erez” crossing.
  • Eight civilians, who were on board of a ship for Breaking Siege, were arrested and their ship was confiscated by the Israeli forces.

Public Document

(Source / 17.08.2018)

Weekly Kafr Qaddoum Protest Violently Suppressed by Israeli Forces

17 AUG
7:31 PM

Dozens of Palestinians suffered the effects of tear-gas inhalation, as Israeli forces suppressed the weekly Kafr Qaddoum march in the northern West Bank district of Qalqilia, on Friday afternoon.

Coordinator of the local popular committee of Kafr Qaddoum, Murad Ishteiwi, said that Israeli forces showered protesters with tear-gas bombs, in addition to opening fire with both live ammunition and rubber-coated steel bullets.

Ishteiwi added, according to Ma’an, that confrontations erupted between hundreds of Palestinian youth and Israeli soldiers, during which Palestinians threw rocks and empty bottles.

Israeli soldiers went up a mountain overlooking the homes of the village, and proceeded to throw tear-gas bombs.

The march was set off from the Omar Bin al-Khattab Mosque, following Friday prayers; hundreds of locals and international and Israeli activists took part in the march, along with a group of Korean journalists who are filming a documentary on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Residents of Kafr Qaddoum began staging weekly protests in 2011, against Israeli land seizures, as well as the closure of the village’s southern road, by Israeli forces. The road, which has been closed for 14 years, is the main route to the nearby city of Nablus, the nearest economic center.

The Israeli army blocked off the road after expanding the illegal Israeli settlement of Kedumim in 2003, forcing village residents to take a bypass road in order to travel to Nablus, which has extended the travel time to Nablus from 15 minutes to 40 minutes, according to Israeli rights group B’Tselem.

(Source / 17.08.2018)

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (09 – 15 August 2018)

16 AUG
9:53 PM

Israeli forces continued with systematic crimes, in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), for the week of 09 – 15 August, 2018.

Israeli warplanes fired 60 missiles targeting many areas in the Gaza Strip; a Pregnant woman and her baby were killed, and 25 other civilians, including 4 children and 4 women, were wounded.

Israeli forces continued to use excessive force against Palestinian protestors in the Gaza Strip. 3 Palestinian civilians, including a volunteer paramedic, were killed, while a civilian succumbed to his pervious wounds. 157 Palestinian civilians, including 27 children, 2 women, 2 journalists, and 2 paramedics, were wounded; 11 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 20th 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 5 Palestinian civilians, including a 9-month pregnant woman, while another civilian succumbed to his previous wounds. Moreover, the Israeli forces wounded 182 civilians, including 31 children, 6 women, 2 journalists, and 2 paramedics. Eleven of those wounded sustained serious wounds. 157 of the wounded persons, including 27 children, 2 women, 2 journalists, and 2 paramedics, were injured while participating in Return and Breaking Siege March, while the rest of the wounded persons were injured during launching airstrikes.  In the West Bank, the Israeli forces wounded 6 civilians, including 2 children. All of those wounded sustained wounds during the incursions.

 

In the Gaza Strip, Enas Suleiman Ahmed Abu Khammash (23), a 9-month pregnant, and her child Bayan Mohammed Kamel Abu Khammash (a year and a half) were killed after a missile fell over thier house in Wadi al- Salqa village in the center of the Gaza Strip. Enas’s husband Mohamed Abu Khammash, who sustained shrapnel wounds throughout his body, rented the house.

 

On 10 August 2018, Israeli forces killed 3 Palestinian civilians, including a paramedic, after opening fire at thousands of Palestinian civilians participated in Return and Breaking Siege March, east of al-Shawkah village, east of Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip. Two of the above-mentioned civilians were killed on the same day while the 3rd one succumbed to wounds he sustained at next day dawn.

 

In the same context, medical sources announced the death of Wesam Yusuf Abdullah Hejazi (30), from Khan Younis, while he was at an ambulance in the Egyptian side of Rafah crossing. Wesam succumbed to wounds he sustained during his participation in the Return demonstration, east of the city. Wesam was wounded on 14 May 2018,  after being hit with a live bullet to the head by the Israeli forces while targeting thousands of participants, who were near the border fence with Israel, east of ‘Abasan al-Kabirah village.

 

 

During the reporting period, while using the excessive force against the peaceful protesters along the Gaza Strip borders, the Israeli forces wounded 157 Palestinian civilians, including 27 children, 2 women, 2 journalists, and 4 paramedics. Eleven 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 35 10 2 0 1 4
Gaza City 50 2 0 0 0 0
Central Gaza Strip 13 2 0 0 0 1
Khan Younis 36 4 0 0 3 3
Rafah 23 9 0 2 0 3
Total 157 27 2 2 4 11

 

 

As part of targeting the border areas, on 10 August 2018, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence between Israel and the Gaza strip fired an artillery shell at a residential house, southeast of al-Buraij, in the central Gaza Strip. As a result, the house was partially damaged, but no casualties were reported.

 

On 15 August 2018, Israeli soldiers stationed behind the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian farmers while they were working in their lands. As a result, the farmers were forced to leave their lands fearing for their lives, but no casualties were reported.

 

 

 

As part of the airstrikes, on 04 August 2018, Israeli warplanes launched dozens of airstrikes at military sites belonging to the Palestinian resistance groups, civilian targets and open lands, in which 60 missiles were fired.  As a result, 25 Palestinian civilians, including 4 children and 4 women, sustained shrapnel wounds, in addition to the injury of dozens of civilians due to scattering the glasses. The Israeli bombing resulted in the destruction of the Sa’ed al-Mishal Cultural Centre located on ‘Aydiyia Street in Southern al-Rimal neighborhood, west of Gaza City.  The 400-sqaure-meter building was comprised of 5 floors, which includes the Egyptian community’s office. The Israeli warplanes directly launched 3 airstrikes at the abovementioned building, causing material damage to nearby houses and shops.

 

 

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 5 shooting incidents at the fishermen, including 4 in the northern Gaza Strip and 1 in the centre of the Gaza Strip. During these attacks, Israeli naval forces arrested 5 fishermen from the same family.

 

In the West Bank, Israeli forces wounded 6 civilians, including 2 children. All of them were wounded during the incursions.

 

 

Incursions:

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 73 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 4 similar ones into Jerusalem and its suburbs. During those incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 53 Palestinians, including 3 children and 2 women, in the West Bank.  Meanwhile, 18 other civilians, including 10 women, were arrested in Jerusalem and its suburbs. Among those arrested were a journalist ‘Ali Dar ‘Ali (35), who works as a reporter at Palestine Channel. ‘Ali was arrested from his house in Barham village, northwest of Ramallah.

 

 

 

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

 

As part of demolishing houses and civilian facilities, on 15 August 2018, the Israeli Municipality demolished a residential building comprised of 2 under-construction apartments belonging to Nader Nsaer Abu Riyalah in al-‘Issawiyia village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of non-licensing. The Israeli Municipality fixed a demolition order to the building 2 weeks ago, so his lawyer headed to the municipality to freeze the order and license the building. The Israeli bulldozers suddenly demolished the building.

 

As part of confiscating lands in favor of settlement projects, Israeli Municipality staff moved into Silwan village, south of Occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They fixed notices to confiscate dozens of dunums in Wadi al-Rababah and al-‘Abbassya neighborhoods and attached numbered maps with them showing the parts that are meant to be confiscated under the pretext of “gardening free lands”. Wadi Hilweh information center in Silwan issued a statement refuting the Israeli Municipality’s claims. The statement said that the notices, which were fixed by the Israeli Municipality staff, threaten dozens of dunums of Silwan village in Wadi Rababahb, Wadi Hilweh, Be’r Ayoub and al-Nabi Dawood neighborhoods. All the lands belong to the inhabitants of Silwan, who have all documents and ownership papers, and some other lands belong to the Greek Orthodox Church. Wadi Hilweh information center refuted the Israeli Municipality’s claim that those plots of lands are empty.

 

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

 

As part of demolishing crimes, on 09 August 2018, Israeli forces demolished a shop belonging to ‘Ali al-Shaiekh Khalil (45) in Marj Na’jah village, north of Jericho. ‘Ali said that he was shocked by the Israeli forces raiding his shop and then demolishing it without allowing him to vacate its contents. It should be noted that the shop was built on an area of 40 square meters and used for selling foodstuffs.

 

On the same day, engineers and surveyors belonging to the Israeli authorities started to place signs and markers for a number of places in Khelet al-Daliya in the center of Nahaleen village, west of Bethlehem, in order to link the area with the settlement street No. (60). This street is wrapped around ‘Arqoub 4 villages to reach “Betar Illit” settlemen, which is established on Khelet al-Daliya lands. The four villages that have border links with each other are part of the so-called Arqoub villages, with a total population of 20,000.

 

On 14 August 2018, Israeli forces demolished an under-construction-house belonging to Mohammed ‘Ali al-Dabwani (35) in Dir Dabwan village, east of Ramallah. The house was completely demolished without any warning under the pretext of non-licensing.The 2-story-house was built on an area of 250 square meters 5 months ago and was overlooking at “Migron” settlement, which was established on the lands of Barqa village, adjacent to Deir Dabwan village.

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 20th 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 10 August 2018, thousands of civilians swarmed to the Return encampment established by the Supreme National Authority for the Great March of Return and Breaking Siege, east of al-Shawkah village, east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. A number of young men approached the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, flew kites, set fire to tires, and threw stones at Israeli soldiers stationed behind the border fence. The Israeli soldiers fired live bullets at them. Two tanks stationed adjacent to the demonstrators’ gatherings and heavily opened fire and fired tear gas canisters at them every now and then at the demonstrators and around them. the clashes continued until approximately 20:00. As a result, Abdullah Sabri ‘Atiyah al-Qutati (22), a volunteer paramedic at the  Pulse of Life Youth Team, was killed. At approximately 18:00, al-Qutati was hit with a live bullet that entered the back and exited the chest. Al-Qutati was on duty along with his colleagues, who were present among the demonstrators, to rescue the wounded civilians. It should be noted that the paramedics, who were wearing the distinctive uniforms that emphasizes the nature of their work, work with a distance of 30 meters away from the border fence. Al-Qutati immediately died after his arrival at Gaza European Hospital in Khan Younis, at approximately 19:00 on the same day. Paramedic  Ra’ed al-Sharif said to PCHR’s fieldworker that he was standing next to Abdullah al-Qutati on a distance of 15 meters away from the barbed wire, which is about 50-100 meters into the west of the main border fence. Moreover, ‘Ali Sa’ed ‘Ali al-‘Aloul (55) was killed after being hit with a live bullet that penetrated his chest at approximately 17:50. Al-‘Aloul died after an hour and half of his arrival at Gaza European Hospital. The clashes further resulted in the injury of 23 civilians, including 9 children and 2 journalists with live bullets and its shrapnel. The wounded journalists were identified as:
  1. Mahmoud Bassam Ahmed al-Jamal (24), a freelance journalist, was hit with a live bullet shrapnel to the left ear
  2. ‘Ala’a Abdul Fattah Ibrahim al-Namlah (35), a reporter at al-Quds Network, was hit with a live bullet to the right leg.

The wounded civilians were taken to the medical point in the Return demonstrations and then transferred Abu Yusuf al-Najjar Hospital in Rafah and Gaza European Hospital in Khan Younis. Doctors classified 3 civilians’ injuries as serious. In addition, dozens of civilians suffered tear gas inhalation and seizures after tear gas canisters were heavily fired by the soldiers stationed along the border fence and by drones hovering over the protesters. An ambulance also was hit with a live bullet to the left door, which led to breaking its window. At approximately 03:30 on Saturday, 11 August 2018, medical sources at Gaza European Hospital in khan Younis announced the death of Ahmed Jamal Suleiman Abu Louli (31) succumbing to his wounds  after being hit with 3 live bullets to the pelvis. Ahmed underwent a surgery that continued for 5 hours as he received 30 blood units. Ahmed then stayed at the ICU until his death was announced.

 

  • 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, east of Malakah intersection, east of al-Zaytoun neighborhood, east of Gaza City in the 20th consecutive Friday titled “Freedom and Live.” 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, 48 civilians, including 2 children, were wounded. Thirty eight of them were hit with live bullets and its shrapnel, 10 were hit with tear gas canisters.

 

  • 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 20:30 on the same day. As a result,13 civilians, including 2 children, were wounded. Eleven of them were hit with live bullets and 2 were hit with tear gas canisters. The wounded civilians were taken via ambulances belonging to Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) to al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir al-Balah. Doctors classified their injuries between minor and moderate.

 

  • Around the same time, thousands of civilians 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 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 tanks stationed adjacent to the demonstrators’ gathering and heavily opened fire every now and then at the  participants in order to disperse them. The Israeli snipers further deliberately and selectively targeted the participants in the back rows, who were about 200 meters away from the border fence The shooting continued until 20:00 on the evening. They also fired tear gas canisters at them. he clashes continued until approximately 20:00 on the same day. As a result, 36 civilians, including 4 children and 3 paramedics, were wounded. Twenty three of them were hit with live bullets and 7 others were hit with tear gas canisters. The wounded civilians were transferred to Gaza European  and Algerian Hospitals in Khan Younis. Doctors classified 3 civilians’ injuries as serious.

 

  • 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 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 20:30 on the same day. As a result, 33 civilians, including 9 children, 2 women, and a paramedic, were wounded. Twenty nine of them were hit with live bullets and its shrapnel  and 4 were hit with tear gas canisters. 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 4 civilians’ injuries as serious. The wounded paramedic identified as Khalid Hasan Ibrahim Ayoub (56), a paramedic at the Civil Defense from Beit Lahia, was hit with a tear gas canister to the back.

 

  • At approximately 18:00 on Saturday, 11 August 2018, Israeli forces stationed behind the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of Malakah intersection, east of al-Zaytoun neighborhood, east of Gaza City, opened fire at a group of civilians participating in the March of Return and Breaking Siege activities. As a result, 2 civilians were hit with live bullets to the lower limbs.

 

  • At approximately 16:25 on Sunday, 12 August 2018, Israeli forces stationed behind the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of Abu Safiyah Hill, northeast of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at a number of civilians participating in the March of Return and Breaking Siege activities. As a result, 2 civilians, including a child, were wounded.

 

 

 

Civilian Succumbed to his Wounds:

 

  • At approximately 22:30 on Sunday, 12 August 2018, medical sources announced the death of Wesam Yusuf Abdullah Hejazi (30), from Khan Younis, while he was in an ambulance in the Egyptian side of Rafah crossing. Wesam succumbed to wounds he sustained during his participation in the Return demonstration, east of the city. According to PCHR’s fieldworker, Wesam died at an ambulance in the Egyptian side of Rafah crossing. Wesam returned to the Gaza Strip after a failed attempt to send him to Turkey for medical treatment. Wesam’s family said to PCHR’s fieldworker that Wesam, who is married and has a child, was wounded on 14 May 2018,  after being hit with a live bullet to the head by the Israeli forces while targeting thousands of participants, who were near the border fence with Israel, east of ‘Abasan al-Kabirah village. During the demonstrations that were organized on 14 May 2018, tents were established for one day. Israeli forces used excessive lethal force killing 16 civilians and causing injuries to dozens of civilians. Many civilians sustained serious injuries, including Hejazi, who was hit with a live bullet to the head. Doctors classified his injury as serious and he entered into a comma in the ICU section at Gaza European Hospital. Wesam also underwent several surgeries, during which he stayed unconscious. The family mentioned that on 01 August 2018, Wesam obtained a medical referral to travel to Nasser Institute For Research and Treatment in Egypt, so that he would then be transferred to Turkey due to prior coordination. However, hospitals in Egypt refused to receive Wesam for his serious health condition. The family was then forced to admit him to Al-Sefarat Hospital in Cairo, which is a special hospital, until the travel procedures complete in Turkey. However, Wesam could not travel due to the refusal of the Egyptian Airline to transfer him. Therefore, the family was forced to bring Wesam Back to the Gaza Strip. He arrived at approximately 17:00  on Saturday, at the Egyptian Hall and stayed there until approximately 22:30 on the same day and his death was announced inside the crossing.

 

 

West Bank:

 

  • At approximately 13:40 on Friday, 10 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 in favor of the entrance to “Kedumim” The protestors chanted national slogans demanding to end the occupation, condemning the decisions to demolish Khan al-Ahmer Bedouin Community and deporting 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. Several representatives of national factions in the northern West bank and a number of foreign and Israeli activists  participated in the demonstration. The Israeli forces dispersed the demonstrators by firing live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, a 50-year-old civilian was hit with a rubber bullet to the chest. The Israeli forces also detained a PRCS ambulance in addition to other vehicles near the demonstration area. The soldiers used these vehicles as shields to hide behind them. they also prevented journalist Ja’far Ishtiyah from recording the incidents.

House Demolitions and Notices:

 

  • On Wednesday, 15 August 2018, the Israeli Municipality demolished a residential building comprised of 2 under-construction apartments belonging to Nader Nsaer Abu Riyalah in al-‘Issawiyia village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of non-licensing. Mohamed Abu al-Humus, Member of the Follow-up Committee in al- ‘Issawiyia village, said that Israeli forces accompanied with bulldozers and Israeli Municipality staff moved into al- ‘Issawiyia village and completely surrounded the schools’ street. After that, the Israeli forces demolished the building, which was comprised of 2 apartments and belongs to Nader Abu Riyalah and his mother. He added that the building was built a year ago and it was sheltering his family, which includes many persons with disabilities. He pointed out that the Israeli Municipality fixed a demolition order to the building 2 weeks ago, so his lawyer headed to the municipality to freeze the order and license the building. The Israeli bulldozers suddenly demolished the building.

 

Confiscating Lands in Favor of Settlement Projects

 

  • On Saturday morning, 11 August 2018, Israeli Municipality staff moved into Silwan village, south of Occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They fixed notices to confiscate dozens of dunums in Wadi al-Rababah and al-‘Abbassya neighborhoods and attached numbered maps with them showing the parts that are meant to be confiscated under the pretext of “gardening free lands”. The notices that were fixed included: “the Israeli Municipality chief wants to use his powers according to paragraph (2) of the law of local authorities (temporary use of an empty plot of land) in 1987. The Israeli Municipality claimed that the gardening activities include ” planting trees, installing a network and irrigation channel, making geotechnical strips, developing landscapes, arranging roads for walking, and Installing seating areas.”

Wadi Hilweh information center in Silwan issued a statement refuting the Israeli Municipality’s claims. The statement said that the notices, which were fixed by the Israeli Municipality staff, threaten dozens of dunums of Silwan village in Wadi Rababahb, Wadi Hilweh, Be’r Ayoub and al-Nabi Dawood neighborhoods. All the lands belong to the inhabitants of Silwan, who have all documents and ownership papers, and some other lands belong to the Greek Orthodox Church. Wadi Hilweh information center refuted the Israeli Municipality’s claim that those plots of lands are empty and explained that all the lands are planted with olive trees, fig and berries for decades. The statement pointed out that the Israeli authorities have prevented the residents from planting new trees for years, in addition to arresting and threatening them by the “Nature Authority” when they work to improve the infrastructure in their lands. Israeli bulldozers also level lands and demolish the facilities established on the lands, especially in the areas of Wadi al-Rababah, where the authorities consider them as “public parks”.

Wadi Hilweh information center added in its statement that the Israeli Municipality claims that the confiscation order for gardening purposes will be temporary, for 5 years. The center explained that the Israeli authorities, whether the Municipality, or the Nature Authority, or the Antiquities Authority, seize the lands of Silwan village in various ways, especially that the lands included in the notices are considered as the most targeted lands in the village in favor settlement projects. Excavation works were conducted on Silwan village’s lands in order to establish a pedestrian bridge, which will link al-Thawri neighborhood and al-Nabi Dawood area, passing through Wadi al-Rababah Valley. In addition, construction works were conducted in the area to build a restaurant and paths for settlers and tourists, in addition to excavating and placing بavasts , in addition to exavacaists , in addition to exavacating and placing phantom graves fake graves. Moreover, the owner families of the lands, threatened by confiscation, emphasized that they deserve more than the Israeli authorities to plant and lay chains and irrigation channels in their lands but the Israeli authorities prevent and chase them if they do any work in their lands, even if they clean them.

 

 

 

 

Settlement activities and attacks by settlers against Palestinian civilians and property

 

 Israeli forces’ attacks

 

  • At approximately 09:00 on Thursday, 9 August 2018, Israeli forces accompanied with a force of the Israeli Civil Administration and a military bulldozer moved into Marj Na’ja village, north of Jericho. They surrounded a commercial shop for selling foodstuffs belonging to ‘Ali al-Shiekh Khalil (45) and demolished it under the pretext of non-licensing. ‘Ali said to PCHR’s fieldworker that the Israeli forces moved into the village, closed the main entrance to the village, imposed a siege on the area, and demolished his shop without a prior warning. He added that he was shocked by the Israeli forces raiding his shop and then demolishing it without allowing him to vacate its contents. It should be noted that the shop was built on an area of 40 square meters and used for selling

 

  • On Thursday morning, 9 August 2018, engineers and surveyors belonging to the Israeli authorities started to place signs and markers for a number of places in Khelet al-Daliya in the center of Nahaleen village, west of Bethlehem, in order to link the area with the settlement street No. (60). This street is wrapped around ‘Arqoub 4 villages to reach “Betar Illit” settlemen, which is established on Khelet al-Daliya lands. Hassan Braija, Representative of the Wall and Settlement Committee, said that Israeli forces are seeking to turn Bateer, Wadi Fukin, Nahaleen and Housan villages, south of Bethlehem, into dwellings under the Israeli control, isolated from Bethlehem.  The four villages that have border links with each other are part of the so-called Arqoub villages, with a total population of 20,000. It was mentioned above that the Israeli forces placed signs and markers in Khelet al-Daliya area in the center of Nahaleen village, in order to link the area with the settlement street No. (60), which is wrapped around ‘Arqoub’s 4 villages, to reach “Betar Illit” settlement. After that, they will work to expand it to reach the road between Nahalin and Housan, opening and closing it for Israeli settlers only. In addition to that, expanding this street to include the street that connects Bateer and al-Khader villages together, after confiscating large areas of the lands.

Braija pointed out that there are at least 3 plans announced by the Israeli forces and they started implementing them at a cost of NIS 185 million. One of those plans is to excavate a tunnel from Jerusalem borders to reach “Beitar Illit” and “Eli Azar” settlements and to make Beir ‘Ouna site a part of Beit Jala city in the center of the road mentioned above. Moreover, they are working to build a railway parallel to that road to make the settlements established in the west of Bethlehem, one of its targets and to be linked with the railway between Haifa and Tal Aviv. In addition, they are working to double the number of Israeli settlers in the settlement of “Beitar Illit” from 60,000 to 120,000 in the next five years.

 

  • At approximately 17:00, on Tuesday 14 August 2018, an Israeli force backed by a military vehicle and a bulldozer and accompanied with a vehicle of the Israeli Civil Administration moved into Deir Dabwan village, east of Ramallah. They surrounded an under-construction-house belonging to Mohammed ‘Ali al-Dabwani (35) and completely demolished it without any warning under the pretext of non-licensing.

Mohammed al-Dabwani said to PCHR’s field worker that the Israeli forces moved into the village on Monday evening and stationed in the center of the village. They surrounded his house from all directions and completely demolished it under the pretext of non-licensing. He added that he was surprised with a phone call from his neighbor informing him about demolishing his house. After that, he arrived to the area in which his house was built. The Israeli forces did not allow him to approach the house until they completely demolished it. He also said that he hasn’t received any construction violation before. The 2-story-house was built on an area of 250 square meters 5 months ago and was overlooking at “Migron” settlement, which was established on the lands of Barqa village, adjacent to Deir Dabwan village.

 

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 / 17.08.2018)

One Palestinian Killed, 156 Injured at Gaza Border

17 AUG
7:21 PM

At least one Palestinian man was killed and 156 others injured, by live bullets or sustained suffocation from teargas inhalation, on Friday, as Israeli forces continued to crack down on the Great March of Return protests at Gaza-Israel border, according to the Ministry of Health.

The forces fired live bullets and rubber-coated steel rounds at the protesters who gathered at many encampments along the border, killing Karim Abul-Fatayer, 30, and injuring 156 other protesters, WAFA reported.

More than 169 Palestinians have been killed and 17,500 others injured since the outbreak of the Gaza border protests on March 30. The protests call for ending the 12-year-long Israeli blockade of Gaza and for the right of return of the refugees.

Most of the casualties occurred on May 14, when Israeli forces attacked Palestinian protesters marking the 70th anniversary of Israel’s occupation of historical Palestine and the ensuing ethnic cleansing of half a million Palestinian refugees.

(Source / 17.08.2018)

Hours Before Her Release, Palestinian Woman Receives Administrative Detention Order

17 AUG
1:40 PM

The Israeli authorities issued, Friday, an Administrative Detention order against a young Palestinian female detainee, just hours before he scheduled release.

The young Palestinian woman, identified as Fida’ Mohammad Ekhlayyel, 21, is from Beit Ummar town, north of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

Fida’ was supposed to be released today, and her family traveled to Tulkarem, in northern West Bank, to welcome her at an Israeli military roadblock, but were informed by an army officer that their daughter will not be released because she received an order, holding her under Administrative Detention.

The family is yet to be informed about how long their daughter will be held under Administrative Detention, especially since her defense attorney has not been informed about that the Israeli Authorities.

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) said Fida’ was taken prisoner on May 29th, 2018, and was charged with “incitement against Israel on social media outlets,” before she was sentenced to 95 days in prison.

The young woman is also a former political prisoner who spent a year in Israeli prisons.

It is worth mentioning that Israel has issued more than 4.000 administrative detention orders during the last three years, 456 of which were issued since the beginning of 2018.

(Source / 17.08.2018)

Colonialist Settler Injures A Farmer; Soldiers Prevent Palestinians From Entering Their Lands In Salfit

15 AUG
2:35 PM

An Israeli guard of the illegal Ariel colony attacked and injured, on Wednesday afternoon, a Palestinian farmer, while Israeli soldiers prevented several others from entering their lands, in Kifl Haris village, north of Salfit, in northwestern West Bank.

Media sources said the farmer suffered various cuts and bruises, and was moved to Yasser Arafat hospital, in Salfit.

They added that the soldiers prevented many farmers from entering their lands, isolated near the illegal colony, and demanded them to obtain permits from the Israeli “Civil Administration Office.”

(Source / 15.08.2018)

Home of 5 Palestinian Detainees Measured for Demolition

15 AUG
1:21 AM

Israeli forces, along with Israeli army engineers, raided the Abu Hmeid family home, predawn Tuesday, in the al-Amari refugee camp that is located in the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah.

Locals said, according to Ma’an, that Israeli forces and army engineers raided the al-Amari refugee camp and inspected the house of Umm Nasser Abu Hmeid, mother of four Palestinian detainees; a fifth is accused of killing an Israeli soldier and another was killed by Israeli forces in 2002.

Troops raided and took measurements of the house, in preparation to demolish it.

Confrontations broke out between Palestinian youth and Israeli forces, following the raid; no injuries were reported.

Abu Hmeid’s son, Islam, was detained by Israeli forces in June, charged with stone throwing and accused of killing an Israeli soldier during confrontations in which he threw a stone on the soldier’s head, later killing him.

Abu Hmeid’s mother has four sons, Nasser, 37, Nasr, 35, Sharif, 29, and Muhammad, 24, who are currently serving multiple life terms in Israeli prisons for resisting Israeli forces during raids or clashes; Abu Hmeid’s sixth son, Abed al-Munim was shot and killed by Israeli forces in the Qalandia refugee cam,p in 2002.

The Israeli courts typically demolish the family homes of Palestinians involved in attacking Israelis, as part of its collective punishment policy against the Palestinian people.

Israel has come under harsh condemnation, over the past several years, for its response to attacks committed by Palestinians on Israelis, which rights groups have said amounted to “collective punishment” on family members and entire communities, in a clear violation of international law.

(Source / 15.08.2018)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct A Palestinian Journalist In Ramallah

15 AUG
8:42 AM

Dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded, on Wednesday at dawn, Borham village, northwest of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and abducted a prominent Palestinian journalist, a correspondent with Palestine TV.

The Palestinian TV has reported that the soldiers invaded the home of its “military correspondent,” Ali Dar Ali, and violently searched the property before abducting him.

It is worth mentioning that Ali is a well-known journalist in Palestine, especially due to his constant reports from the field, and was frequently assaulted by the soldiers who repeatedly attempted to stop him.

His abduction is part of escalating Israeli violations against Palestinian journalists and media outlets in the occupied West Bank.

Israeli soldiers carried out 31 violations against the journalists in July alone, and arrested several reporters.

Just two weeks ago, the soldiers abducted four Palestinian journalists in the occupied West Bank. There were among 520 Palestinians, abducted by the army in July.

Related:

Israeli Occupation Keeps Palestinian Journalist Alaa Rimawi Jailed, Writer Lama Khater Under Interrogation

Information Ministry Calls In International Community To Stop Israeli Violations Against Journalists, Media Outlets

(Source / 15.08.2018)

PA Sends Needed Cancer Medication to Gaza

14 AUG
2:59 AM

The Palestinian Ministry of Health announced that medications were transported into the besieged Gaza Strip, on Monday, for the treatment of cancer.

The Palestinian Minister of Health, Jawad Awad, said that, upon instructions from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, medications were transported on Monday, to the warehouses of the Ministry of Health in Gaza.

Awad added that it is a basic right and a necessity to send the necessary cancer and pain medications to treat all Palestinians in all northern and southern districts.

The ministry confirmed that the medications dispatched are enough for the next three months.

The ministry has been periodically sending shipments of various medications to its warehouses in Gaza, including last month’s shipment of medications for cancer patients, which in addition to the shipment sent on Monday amounts to about 6 million shekels ($1,612,644).

This decision came following reports from health officials in Gaza concerning major shortages of chemotherapy medications.

According to health officials in Gaza, some 700 cancer patients, including 200 children, who were being treated at the Abdel al-Aziz al-Rantisi Hospital in Gaza, did not receive chemotherapy due to a shortage in medications needed to administer it.

Director of the hospital, Muhammad Abu Silmiya, said that more than 45 of 60 chemotherapy drugs needed at the hospital, were already out of stock by Monday morning.

The al-Rantisi Hospital is one of two medical centers that provided chemotherapy in Gaza.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health stressed that it was never behind schedule on sending cancer medications to Gaza, suggesting that health officials in Gaza should have informed the ministry in advance and in official correspondence, concerning the shortage of medications, in order to provide it in time, not to endanger the life of cancer patients.

The ministry added that it is working hard to provide all health services to the Palestinian people in the besieged Gaza Strip, noting that it continuously provides all hospital necessities, such as medicines and medical supplies, in order to maintain the health system and keep it from collapsing.

(Source / 14.08.2018)