Army Injures Many Palestinians In Shu’fat Refugee Camp

20 SEP
3:20 PM

Israeli forces caused, Thursday, many Palestinians to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation, after dozens of soldiers invaded Shu’fat refugee camp, in occupied East Jerusalem, imposed fines on various stores and ticketed many cars, leading to protests.

Media sources said a large military force, accompanied by the police, invaded the refugee camp, and provocatively drove in its streets.

They added that the soldiers then issued fines against many stores in the refugee camp, while the police ticketed many cars.

Many youngsters protested the invasion and hurled stones at the invading soldiers, while the army fire many gas bombs, and rubber-coated steel bullets.

Medical sources said that many Palestinians suffered the effects of teargas inhalation, and received the needed treatment.

(Source /  20.09.2018)

Israeli Soldiers Kills A Child In Southern Gaza

20 SEP
5:42 AM

Israeli soldiers killed, on Wednesday night, a Palestinian child from Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, and injured many Palestinians in several parts of the coastal region.

The Health Ministry in Gaza said the soldiers killed Mo’men Ibrahim Abu Eyada, 15, from Rafah, after shooting him with a live round in the head, east of the city.

According to Israeli Ynet News, the army said they “had no knowledge of any casualties or any live fire used by the soldiers,” and added that “only a very few officials were available for comments, because Israel was marking the Yom Kippur fast day.”

Furthermore, the soldiers fired dozens of live rounds, and high-velocity gas bombs, at Palestinian protesters near the perimeter fence, east of Deir al-Balah, in central Gaza, wounding six Palestinians with live fire, and causing many to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

The two Palestinians were rushed to the Al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir al-Balah, while the medics provided the needed treatment to scores of Palestinians who suffered the effects of teargas inhalation, in addition to various cuts and bruises.

In addition, the soldiers attacked many protesters on Palestinian lands near Kissufim military base, northeast of Khan Younis, in southern Gaza, moderate wounding eight after shooting them with live fire, and causing many to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

Also on Wednesday, the soldiers abducted two young Palestinian men after they crossed the perimeter fence, in southern Gaza, and moved them to an interrogation facility.

The army said dozens of Palestinians “breached the fence from several parts of the Gaza Strip, and managed to return to the coastal region.”

On Tuesday, the soldiers killed four Palestinians, at dawn and during evening hours, east of Khan Younis, and near Beit Hanoun (Erez) Terminal in northern Gaza, and injured dozens of residents with live fire, in addition firing many gas bombs and concussion grenades causing many to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

The slain Palestinians have been identified as Ahmad Mohammad Mohsin Omar, 20, from the al-Shati’ refugee camp in northern Gaza, Mohammad Ahmad Abu Naji, 34, from Jabalia in northern Gaza, in addition to Naji Jamil Abu ‘Aassi, 18, and Ala’ Ziad Abu ‘Aassi, 21, from Khan Younis.

The Health ministry in Gaza said Ahmad Omar and Mohammad Abu Naji, were killed on Tuesday evening, by Israeli army sharpshooters during a protest, against cutting UNRWA funding, near Eretz (Beit Hanoun) Crossing, in northern Gaza.

It added that Naji and Ala’ were killed at dawn, after an Israeli war jet fired a missile at them, east of Khan Younis.

Also on Tuesday, the soldiers killed Mohammad Yousef Sha’ban Oleyyan, 26, in the al-Misrara area, in occupied East Jerusalem, after he reportedly attempted to stab soldiers, and Mohammad Zaghloul al-Khatib, 24, was beaten to death by Israeli soldiers who invaded his home, in Beit Rima town northwest of Ramallah, in central West Bank, while he was sleeping at dawn.

(Source / 20.09.2018)

Israeli Soldiers Assault Many Detainees In Ofer Prison

20 SEP
2:02 PM

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported, Thursday, that undercover Israeli soldiers assaulted many detainees in their room, in Ofer prison, built on Palestinian lands, west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah.

The PPS said the undercover officers of the “Israeli Prison Service” stormed room #9 of Section #15 in Ofer prison, and repeatedly assaulted many detainees.

It stated that ten detainees are held in the room, one of them identified a Mohammad Zaghloul, from the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and is serving a 20-year prison sentence, suffered numerous cuts and bruises to several parts of his body, including under his eyes.

Following the attack and injuries, the detainees decided to return their meals in all sections of the facility, to protest the violation.

(Source / 20.09.2018)

Israel Prevents PPS Lawyer From Visiting Hunger Striking Detainee Khader Adnan

20 SEP
2:43 PM

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported, Thursday, that the administration of the al-Jalama Israeli detention facility, declined a request by one of its lawyers to visit with hunger striking detainee, Khader Adnan.

In a statement, PPS lawyer Saleh Ayyoub, said that Adnan is ongoing with his strike for the 19thconsecutive day.

Ayyoub added that the PPS conducted all legal measures to arrange for this visit, but once he arrived at the facility, the administration claimed Adnan’s medical condition prevents him for visits.

The PPS said that Israel frequently prevents lawyer from visiting with hunger striking detainees, in addition to repeatedly transferring the detainees to various prisons, and constantly makes up justifications to prevent such visits.

It is worth mentioning that Adnan, 40, from Arraba town, near the northern West Bank city of Jenin, started the hunger strike on September 2nd, protesting his continued detention under Administrative Detention orders, without charges.

Adnan has previously held two major hunger strikes. One was a 66-day long hunger strike, in 2012, and another lasted 55 days, in 2015, in protest of his administrative detention.

In related news, the PPS said that three other detainees are also ongoing with hunger strikes;

Omran al-Khatib, 60, from Jabalia in northern Gaza, started the strike 47 days ago, demanding early release after spending 21 years of a 45-year prison sentence, and is suffering from various health issues, including Coagulation, high blood pressure, a chronic stomach disease, high cholesterol and cartilage in the spine.

Detainee Jawad Jawareesh, 36, from Bethlehem, is protesting solitary confinement in Hadarim prison, after he was transferred there from Asqalan prison. He was taken prisoner 17 years ago, and was sentenced to a life term and 30 years in prison.

The third detainee, Ismael Oleyyan, 27, from Bethlehem, started the hunger strike three days ago, protesting being held under an Administrative Detention order.

(Source / 20.09.2018)

Israeli Soldiers Kill A Palestinian In Jerusalem After A Reported Stabbing Attempt

19 SEP
3:48 AM

Israeli soldiers killed, on Tuesday evening, a young Palestinian man in the al-Misrara area, in occupied East Jerusalem, after he reportedly attempted to stab soldiers.

The Palestinian has been identified as Mohammad Yousef Sha’ban Oleyyan, 26, from Qalandia refugee camp, north of occupied Jerusalem.

Eyewitnesses said that the soldiers kept Mohammad’s body on the ground for nearly three hours.

Eyewitnesses said the soldiers fired dozens of live rounds at the young man, repeatedly shooting him, while many bullets also struck a Palestinian store and a car several meters away.

They added that the soldiers closed the entire area and did not allow the Palestinians to enter it, but allowed Israeli colonialist settlers through, while dozens of additional soldiers and police officers were brought to the area and its surroundings.

Fateh movement issued a statement saying that Mohammad was one of its members in Qalandia refugee camp.

Prior to his death, Israeli soldiers killed four Palestinian civilians, including one child, without posing any threat of life of soldiers, in two crimes in the southern and northern parts of the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights has reported.

(Source / 19.09.2018)

Israeli Soldiers Cause Schoolchildren To Suffer Effects Of Teargas Inhalation In Hebron

19 SEP
9:51 AM

Israeli soldiers caused, on Wednesday morning, scores of schoolchildren to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation, after the army surrounded schools in southern Hebron, and attacked students protesting the invasion.

Media sources said the soldiers surrounded an-Nahda School for Boys, and Tareq Bin Ziad Secondary School, in the southern part of Hebron city.

Rawhi Zaro, the head of the an-Nahda School, said the soldiers stopped and provoked many students while trying to enter their school, leading to protests, before the army fired many gas bombs and concussion grenades.

He added that dozens of students, and residents in the area, suffered the effects of teargas inhalation, and received the needed treatment.

There are eleven schools in the southern area of Hebron city, and are subject to frequent Israeli military violations, including repeated invasions, while the students are constantly stropped, harassed and searched by the soldiers, and some of them are also taken prisoner.

(Source / 19.09.2018)

PCHR Calls for Investigation into Death Circumstances of Young Man only Few Hours after Being Arrested by Israeli Forces

19 SEP
3:08 AM

Today morning, 18 September 2018, Mohammed al-Khatib, from Beit Rima village, northwest of Ramallah, died only few hours after being arrested by the Israeli forces.

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) calls for an immediate and impartial investigation into the death circumstances of al-Khatib and expresses its deep concern that the Israeli forces had properly practiced torture against him immediately after his arrest.

According to PCHR’s investigations and eyewitnesses’ accounts, at approximately 06:00 today, 18 September 2018, Israeli soldiers sneaked into Beit Rima village, northwest of Ramallah, via a civilian white Volkswagen Caravelle with a Palestinian registration plate.

The vehicle stopped near a house belonging to the family of Mohammed Zaghloul al-Khatib (24), and the Israeli soldiers stepped out of it to raid al-Khatib’s bedroom.

They had brutally beaten him before arresting and taking him to an unknown destination.  In the morning, an Israeli officer called the brother of the abovementioned and asked him if Mohammed suffers from a certain disease, but his brother denied so.

Shortly, the family received a phone call from the Palestinian Liaison informing them that their son died.  It should be mentioned that al-Khatib was previously wounded by the Israeli forces with a bullet to his foot one year and a half ago.

Moreover, the Israeli authorities so far detain his body and have not delivered it yet to his family or the Palestinian competent authorities.

Bashir al-Khatib, Mohammed’s brother, said to a PCHR’s fieldworker that:

“I woke up to the loud screams of my brother Mohammed, so I immediately went to his bedroom, which is separated from our main house around 10 meters away. 

When I arrived, I saw 10 Israeli soldiers severely and brutally beating him with their riffles and feet throughout his body.  I tried to move them away, but the soldiers forcefully drove me off and tied my hands. 

They then locked my mother, sisters and I in a room in our house.  After Five minutes, we no longer heard the screams of Mohammed, and I saw one of the Israeli soldiers holding Mohammed on his shoulders to a white vehicle and taking him to an unknown destination. 

At approximately 09:00, I received a call from an Israeli officer asking me If Mohammed suffers from any disease. 

I answered No, he does not have any, and the soldiers then surprisingly ended the call. I then received a call from the Palestinian Liaison in Ramallah informing me with the death of Mohammed.”

 The Israeli forces announced that they opened an investigation into the death circumstances of al-Khatib.

They said in a statement that:” When the Israeli forces went to arrest him, he fainted.  The Israeli soldiers immediately treated him and then took him to the hospital where his death was announced.” The Israeli forces claimed that neither resistance nor violence occurred during the arrest!!

It should be noted that this crime is the second to be committed by the Israeli forces in similar circumstances this year.

On 22 February 2018, Yassin Omar Saradeeh (33), from Jericho, died after few hours of his arrest by the Israeli forces who violently beat him.

In addition to these 2 crimes, on 20 May 2018, Palestinian prisoner ‘Aziz ‘Eweisat (53) from  al-Mukkaber Mount village, southeast of occupied East Jerusalem, died in “Assaf Harofeh” Medical Center that he was moved into from “Eshel” Prison after he suffered a stroke. Before the stroke, prisoner ‘Eweisat said to one of the prisoners that he was beaten and maltreated in “Eshel” Prison under claims of pouring hot water on a prison official.

PCHR points out that Palestinian civilians are subject at the very moment of their arrest to brutal beating, physical and psychological torture and inhuman and degrading treatment in the Israeli jails; thus, PCHR:

  1. Calls for immediate and impartial investigation in the death circumstances of al-Khatib in light of suspicions that he was subject to brutal beating;
  2.  Calls upon the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to increase its follow-up of the conditions of the Palestinian detainees and prisoners and Arabs in the Israeli jails in addition to their detention circumstances; and
  3. Calls upon the international community to compel Israel to respect international law and international humanitarian law, in particular the Fourth Geneva Convention and the UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners.

(Source / 19.09.2018)

PCHR: “Within less than 24 hours, Israeli forces killed 4 Palestinian civilians, including a child”

19 SEP
3:18 AM

Date: 18 September 2018: Within less than 24 Hours and Without Posing Any Threat to Life of Soldiers: Israeli Forces Kill 4 Civilians, including Child, in Two Crimes in Southern and Northern Gaza Strip.

Within less than 24 hours, Israeli forces killed 4 Palestinian civilians, including a child, and wounded 44 others, including 7 children, 2 women, 3 journalists and 2 paramedics in 2 separate crimes.

The first was in the southern Gaza Strip When Israeli warplanes launched missiles to kill 2 civilians; one of them was a child, without any justification or threat to the life of soldiers while the second was in the northern Gaza Strip when Israeli forces used excessive force against peaceful protesters near Beit Hanoun “Erez” Crossing.

PCHR’s investigations into the first case emphasize that the two killed were civilians who were present near the barbed-wire fence that is around 50 meters away from the main border fence.

Although no circumstances clarified the reason behind their presence in the scene, they did not pose any threat to the life of soldiers as both were unarmed; moreover, targeting them violates the principle of necessity and distinction.

In the second case, the investigations indicate that the Israeli soldiers used lethal and excessive force against the peaceful protestors who posed no threat or danger to the life of the soldiers in the protests area.

According to PCHR’s investigations, at approximately 22:30 on Monday, 17 September 2018, the Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence with Israel in eastern Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip opened fire at the area near the border fence in eastern al-Qedra, northeast of the city.

After around 20 minutes, an Israeli drone launched 2 missiles at the same area.  Later, the Spokesperson of the Israeli forces,

Avichay Adraee, declared on twitter that a military drone “attacked saboteurs who suspiciously approached the security fence in the southern Gaza Strip and planted a suspicious object near it”.  However, this was refuted by the PCHR’s investigations.

At approximately 00:15 on Tuesday, an ambulance crew belonging to the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) arrived in the vicinity of the area, and the ambulances stopped at the end of Street 2 to the east.

After coordinating with the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC), the ambulances started entering the border area and searching for possibly wounded persons.  Meanwhile, the Palestinian Liaison via phone directed the ambulance crew to where the two persons killed exactly was after the former’s contacted with the Israeli Liaison.

The PRCS crew said to PCHR’s fieldworker that at approximately 00:50 that near the barbed-wire fence established in the Palestinian territories, east of al-Qedra, that is around 50 meters away from the main border fence, they found two bodies of civilians dressed in civilian clothes.

One of them turned into pieces while the second was wounded with shrapnel throughout his body and features of his face was unclear due to the targeting.

The ambulance crew carried the two killed, taking them 300 meters away where the ambulances were parked.  They were then taken to Naser Hospital in Khan Younis.

Moreover, neither firearms nor suspicious objects were found near the bodies unlike what have been said by the Israeli Forces’ Spokesperson.

On Tuesday Afternoon, 18 September 2018, families of the 2 persons killed identified them after their photos were published on social media.  They were namely as Naji Jamil Hasan Abu ‘Aasi (17) and ‘Alaa Ziad Jamil Abu ‘Aasi (20); who are both from Bani Suhaila.

Though the circumstances have not clarified the reason behind their presence in the scene, they posed no threat to the life of Israeli soldiers as they were both civilians and unarmed, noting that the area was calm and did not witness any protests.  Moreover, many infiltrations into Israel for work there were reported in that area.

At approximately 17:00 on Tuesday, 18 September 2018, Israeli forces stationed at the Beit hanoun “Erez” Crossing in the northern Gaza Strip fired live bullets and tear gas canisters to disperse hundreds of civilians who were protesting near the crossing upon calls from the National Committee of March for Return and Breaking the Siege to participate in the “Together for the Rights of Refugees and Breaking the Siege” activity.

The Israeli Forces’ shooting resulted in the killing of 2 civilians who were identified as Mohammed Ahmed Mohammed Abu Naji (32) from Beit Lahia Housing Project who was hit with a bullet to the chest; and Ahmed Mohammed Muhsen ‘Omer (24) from al-Shati’ refugee camp who was hit with a bullet to the chest.  Both of them were taken to the Indonesian Hospital in Jabalia.

Moreover, 44 civilians, including 7 children, 2 women, 3 journalists and 2 paramedics, were wounded.  Seven of the wounded were hit with bullets while the rest were directly hit with tear gas canisters in addition to dozens who suffered tear gas inhalation.  Further, a tear gas canister hit and broke the window of a PRCS ambulance.

PCHR condemns these crimes which further prove that Israeli forces continue to use lethal forces against Palestinian civilians to kill them even though the later posed no threat to the life of soldiers.

PCHR emphasizes that continuously targeting civilians, who exercise their right to peaceful assembly or while carrying out their humanitarian duty is a serious violation of the rules of international law, international humanitarian law, the ICC Rome Statute and Fourth Geneva Convention.

Thus, PCHR calls upon the ICC Prosecutor to open an official investigation in these crimes and to prosecute and hold accountable all those applying or involved in issuing orders within the Israeli Forces at the security and political echelons.

PCHR also reiterates its call upon the High Contracting Parties to the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention to fulfill their obligations under Article 1; i.e., to respect and ensure respect for the Convention in all circumstances and their obligations under Article 146 to prosecute persons alleged to commit grave breaches of the Fourth Geneva Convention.

(Source / 19.09.2018)

Israeli Soldiers Invade al-Khader and Artas, In Bethlehem

18 SEP
2:44 AM

Dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded, on Monday at night, the towns of al-Khader and Artas, south of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank.

Media sources said the soldiers surrounded the two towns, and fired many flares before invading them.

They added that local youngsters protested the invasions and hurled stoned and empty bottles at the military jeeps, while the soldiers fired gas bombs, rubber-coated steel bullets and several rounds of live ammunition.

There have been no reports of injuries, or abductions, and the military later withdrew from the two towns.

The soldiers also invaded and searched several homes in the two towns.

(Source / 18.09.2018)

Palestinian Beaten to Death by Israeli Soldiers

18 SEP
11:10 AM

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported that Israeli soldiers killed, on Tuesday at dawn, a young Palestinian man after abducting him from his home, and repeatedly assaulting him.

The PPS said undercover Israeli soldiers abducted Mohammad Zaghloul al-Khatib, 24, from his home in Beit Rima town, northwest of Ramallah, in central West Bank.

It quoted his brother stating that nearly 30 Israeli soldiers invaded the family home to abduct Mohammad, before continuously and repeatedly assaulting him in his home until he fell unconscious.

He added that the soldiers then took him brother to an unknown destination, and the family was later contacted by an Israeli intelligence officer, asking them whether Mohammad had any “preexisting conditions,” and they assured the officer that their son was completely healthy.

His mother said that the soldiers beat him on the head, then smashed his head several times against the wall until he fell down, unconscious. They handcuffed his prone body, then left the scene, leaving him unconscious and handcuffed with no medical attention.

On Tuesday morning, the Palestinian District Coordination Office was contacted by its Israeli counterpart, informing them that Mohammad was dead, without setting a date for transferring his corpse back to his family.

The family said the soldiers resorted to the excessive use of force against Mohammad, continuously beating him up while abducting him, and accused the military of executing their son.

They stated that the soldiers started beating Mohammad up immediately after breaking into his room, and continued to assault him until he lost consciousness before the soldiers carried him and left the building.

The Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association held Israel responsible for his dead.

In a detailed statement Addameer said: “At around 4 in the morning, Israeli special forces entered the house. Following their arrival, a larger number of regular soldiers arrived as back up. After removing the door to the house, the soldiers attacked the individual’s mother and brought the members of the family into one part of the house. This included the mother, the father and three sons. The soldiers took Mohammad into a separate room, where he was beaten into an unconscious state. He was taken away from the house while in such a state, and taken to an unknown location. After two hours, his family was informed of their son’s death. It was added that the dead had been shot in the leg two years ago during clashes in the village.”

Mohammad was previously shot by the Israeli military two years ago, in the leg.

Addameer stated that, “Killing this young man, who posed no threat to the soldiers, violates international law”. The group added, “This lethal, excessive use of force is an extrajudicial assassination”. The group called on the United Nations to form a committee to investigate this and other crimes by the Israeli military.

The PPS held Israel fully responsible for killing Mohammad, and added that this crime is added “to a long lost of similar crimes and executions, carried out by the soldiers against Palestinian detainees.”

It added that the army has killed 217 Palestinian political prisoners, since Israel occupied the rest of Palestine in 1967.

The PPS stated that the silence of the international human rights organizations is granting Israel a green light to continue its crimes against the Palestinian people, especially since Israel continues to violate the basic rights of the Palestinians with impunity.

The PPS also said that approximately %95 of the Palestinians who are abducted and imprisoned by the Israeli army have been subjected to various forms of torture, during  their arrest, and during interrogation.

Furthermore, the PPS stated that Mohammad is the third Palestinian detainee to be killed by the army this tear, as the soldiers killed Yassin Saradeeh, 33, who was shot and beaten repeatedly while lying on the ground, on February 22nd,  in addition to Aziz ‘Oweisat, 53, who died on May 20, at an Israeli hospital from serious complications after he was assaulted by several soldiers in the prison, when they claimed he attacked an officer with a sharp object.

(Source / 18.09.2018)