A number of civilians suffocated, today, Friday, as a result of inhaling tear gas, during clashes with the Israeli occupation forces, in the village of Deir Abu Mishaal, north of Ramallah.
According to local sources, the occupation soldiers fired rubber-coated metal bullets, stun grenades, and tear gas at the residents and homes in the village, which led to the injury of a number of them by suffocation.
The Ministry of Health in the Gaza Strip announced this morning, Friday, that 116 new cases of Coronavirus have been recorded during the past 24 hours.
In its daily report, the Ministry stated that 114 of the injuries are from within the Gaza Strip, and 2 of the returnees are in quarantine centers, noting that 1578 samples were withdrawn during the same period.
And it indicated that 13 new recoveries were recorded.
Since last March, the total number of injuries has reached 697, of whom 603 are active, including 577 from the inside, 26 from the returnees, 89 recovered, and 5 deaths, including 4 from inside Gaza, and the fifth case from returnees from abroad.
She indicated that the emergency operations room in the Ministry of Health with all its committees is following the developments of the epidemiological situation in the Gaza Strip and doubling its efforts to contain the outbreak, and that the specialized teams are still working around the clock to investigate the epidemiological and follow-up map of contacts in the regions.
She said, “Citizens’ awareness of this dangerous stage and their commitment to preventive controls will break the severity of the epidemic.”
She added, “In front of these increasing numbers of injuries, there is no room for complacency and recklessness for one moment, otherwise we will pay a heavy price in our lives.”
She stressed the need to adhere to immobilizing procedures except for the most urgent necessity, with wearing a muzzle, washing hands and physical distancing, stressing that everyone should intensify preventive measures for the elderly, people with chronic diseases, children and immunocompromised.
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) launched an appeal for $ 94.6 million for the Covid-19 pandemic.
The agency indicated, in a statement, today, Friday, that it is requesting this funding in order to mitigate the worst effects of the pandemic on more than 5.6 million Palestine refugees registered with it in the Middle East, for a period ending at the end of December 2020, with special focus on Health, cash aid, and education.
She added that, since last July, cases of Covid-19 virus (Corona) have been increasing alarmingly in the West Bank, Lebanon and Syria, with more cases recorded recently in Jordan, and the first local transmission of the virus was recorded in Gaza in late August, confirming This appeal is necessary in order to control the spread of the epidemic in the Palestine refugee camps, and also to help prevent a major outbreak.
The agency indicated that the previous appeal allowed it to continue providing health services and hospitalization services, in addition to adopting measures that greatly helped contain the spread of the virus, such as home delivery of medicines, telemedicine and medical triage systems.
In this regard, UNRWA Commissioner-General Philip Lazzarini said, “The Agency will continue to take drastic measures as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic until at least the end of December. This new urgent appeal will work to sustain our health, education and emergency services. In parallel, we will work to raise it. Our relief interventions in response to increasing poverty and despair among Palestine refugees. “
He continued: The repercussions of the closures related to the Covid-19 virus have paralyzed economies across the region, leaving millions without a stable source of income, and therefore UNRWA will support Palestine refugees with cash and food aid. In Gaza, the Agency provided a home delivery service for food parcels from March to August. Special measures to mitigate risks will be introduced in food distribution centers if the situation allows for the resumption of regular distributions. In Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Gaza, UNRWA will provide cash assistance to nearly one million refugees. In view of the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic in the West Bank, which includes East Jerusalem, UNRWA will provide support to families in quarantine with food and non-food items.
He added: This fall, UNRWA will receive more than half a million students who will “return to learning” in all of its five fields of operations, using a range of innovative methods, including face teaching and rotating education, stressing that UNRWA in this regard gives The priority for the safety of school students and their families, and all possible measures will be taken to ensure a safe learning environment for students.
“I call on our global partners to continue to help millions of Palestine refugees stay safe. In these turbulent times, the predictability of the Agency’s services, specifically health and education, helps maintain a sense of normality and stability in Palestine refugee communities,” Lazarini added.
Yehya Abed, a member of the Gaza-based Advisory Committee against Mers-CoV, spoke of three scenarios expected to occur with the outbreak of mers-CoV within the Gaza Strip.
Abed stressed that the biggest threat center in the Gaza Strip is the northern region, saying: “The cases of Gaza and its north compared to the population warn that the threat in the north is three times higher in Gaza City, and that the rest of the casualties in the central and southern areas are promising and that the situation is stable.”
“The epidemiological map is that the chains of infection within the community are determined and the procedures that are carried out on the ground are the distribution of cases and the epidemiological map, and the closure of the streets depends on the epidemiological map,” Abed told Voice of Al-Aqsa radio.
Abed reviewed three possible scenarios in the sector due to the outbreak of the coronavirus within the community.
He said: “The first scenario, since the first hour of the emergence of the first case was to think of the most difficult scenario to return to the zero situation, which is to control all the cases discovered and the return of Gaza as before, and that achieving this scenario is difficult, especially after the experience of Gaza and the north.”
“The second scenario is what happens in the majority of the world’s most accepted countries.” Sporadic injuries are increased by dozens and then by hundreds and if the instability of the number of cases for a period of time, will open areas less dangerous and then enter the phase of smart closure, which is the opening of all areas and the emergence of any injuries in them again, means closing them as happened in more than one country, and after the phase of intelligent closure is the stage of coexistence with the virus, which is the scenario likely to be applied in the Sector.”
He continued: “The third scenario is that cases are rampant in the Gaza Strip and thousands of cases are recorded, and if the lack of full compliance with preventive measures by the public, Gaza will live this scenario.”
“The danger is not in the virus, but in the danger that questions the ability of the virus to destroy and that it is weak,” Abed said. The virus is infectious, dangerous and has not weakened, and skepticism leads to destruction and is still fierce,” he said.
On the work of the medical staff, he said: “Medical staff are two types. His type of work inside the wards is prone to injury and the second works at greatest risk and it moves everywhere and works to take samples from all the injured.”
He noted that “the Advisory Committee has submitted its recommendations to the Crisis Committee to reduce the period of quarantine for returnees through the crossings, especially after the announcement of injuries within the community and there is an amendment to the number of tests taken from them.”
“Living up is not to be friends with the virus, but to carry out social life activities with the least chance of the virus and to prevent the virus from reaching us, which depends on commitment,” he said.
He added: “The process of spacing is either compulsory or voluntary and that compulsory obligation will be voluntarily converted and then the human being is in line with reality.”
He noted that “Corona is a virus, not bacteria, as some have spoken, a virus known to people to be infectious and that the genetic map of it has been handed over by China to all laboratories in the world.”
Today, Friday, the Minister of Health, Mai Al-Kailah, announced that 3 deaths, 806 new infections with the Coronavirus and 692 recoveries were recorded during the past 24 hours, after performing 5,076 examinations in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
It reported that the deaths were recorded in the Hebron governorate of a citizen (76 years), a citizen (75 years), a citizen (70 years) from the Qalqilya governorate, a citizen (64 years) from Ramallah and al-Bireh governorate, and a citizen (76 years) from al-Eizariya in the Jerusalem governorate.
In the epidemiological report on the latest developments in the Coronavirus in Palestine, Al-Kaila indicated that the rate of recovery from the Corona virus in Palestine reached 67.9%, while the rate of active infections reached 31.5%, and the death rate was 0.6% of all infections.
She indicated that the new infections were distributed in the governorates as follows:
Hebron Governorate (224).
Nablus governorate (26).
Bethlehem Governorate (61).
Qalqilya Governorate (43).
Ramallah and Al-Bireh Governorate (61).
Jericho and Al Aghwar (14).
Gaza Strip (98).
Suburbs of Jerusalem (54).
And the Minister of Health added that new recoveries were recorded in:
Jenin Governorate (4).
Ramallah and Al-Bireh (157).
Nablus governorate (79).
Qalqilya Governorate (36).
Hebron Governorate (119).
Salfit Governorate (1).
The suburbs of Jerusalem (216).
Al-Kailah pointed out that there are 33 patients in the intensive care rooms, including 5 patients on artificial respirators.
Some Arab countries have been exerting pressure on the Palestinians to accept the ‘peace plan’ drawn up by US President Donald Trump, diplomatic sources have said.
The sources told Lebanese Al-Mayadeen news channel that Bahrain has rejected a request filed by Palestine to hold an emergency meeting of the Arab League to reject the Israeli-Emirati normalisation agreement which was agreed in mid-August.
“Bahrain has also rejected the Palestinian request to place a clause rejecting normalisation on the sidelines of the League’s regular session,” the sources said, stressing that “Bahrain has threatened Palestine that it would put a clause on its part to support normalisation and encourage the deal of the century,” in reference to Trump’s ‘peace deal’.
“There is a secret fierce battle at the Arab League,” the sources said, adding that “Palestine is fighting a battle against attempts to silence it and prevent it from rejecting normalisation.”
On 13 August, US President Donald Trump announced a peace deal between the UAE and Israel brokered by Washington.
Abu Dhabi said the deal was an effort to stave off Tel Aviv’s planned annexation of the occupied West Bank, however, opponents believe normalisation efforts have been in the offing for many years as Israeli officials have made official visits to the UAE and attended conferences in the country which had no diplomatic or other ties with the occupation state.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu however denied this saying annexation is not off the table, but has simply been delayed.
The bodies of dead Palestinians alleged to be “terrorists” will not be returned to their families by Israel following a security cabinet decision on Wednesday. The policy, slammed by rights groups as “barbaric”, is part of a new strategy by Defence Minister Benny Gantz, intended to use the corpses as a bargaining chip in prisoner exchange negotiations.
“Refusal to return the bodies of terrorists [sic] is part of our commitment of maintaining the security of Israeli citizens, and of course to bring [dead or missing soldiers] home,” explained Gantz. “I hope our enemy understands and internalises the message well.”
According to the Jerusalem Post, there are four Palestinian corpses currently being withheld by Israel despite the Geneva Convention stating that parties to an armed conflict must bury each other’s dead honourably. Ramy Abdu, the founder of the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor, said that this is an act that is considered a war crime, reported Al-Jazeera.
Adalah, the Palestinian human rights organisation based in Haifa, denounced the cabinet decision. “The Israeli security cabinet’s decision to withhold the bodies of Palestinians is extremely problematic and is clearly driven by motivations for vengeance,” it said. “The policy of using human bodies as bargaining chips violates the most basic universal values and international law which prohibit cruel and inhuman treatment. This position has indeed already been supported by three Israeli Supreme Court justices. This is an extreme and barbaric policy and there is no country in the world that would adopt it.”
Israel’s Supreme Court will now demand an examination of the state’s continued withholding of bodies and seek the legal justification for the continued suffering of Palestinian families affected by this decision, explained Adalah, which will continue to work against any policy of collective punishment.
The Israeli authorities have routinely withheld the bodies of Palestinian assailants or alleged assailants, a practice widely condemned by local and international human rights groups. Indeed, it holds the remains of hundreds of Palestinians from as far back as 1967. They are kept in morgues or otherwise buried in unkempt graves in what is known as the cemetery of numbers. Gantz said that this is all part of a broader campaign of “deterrence”.
Official statements from Israel and the United Arab Emirates regarding their agreement to normalise relations are intended to make the deal acceptable in terms of its objectives, who benefits from it and the strategic implications for the Palestinian issue and the region. “Security” is obviously pushed as the most important of these objectives, even though one of the signatories to the deal is an occupation state committing war crimes and human rights violations on a daily basis.
Those on the receiving end, the Palestinians, are involved in a legitimate struggle for their freedom and rights, which are enshrined in international laws and conventions. Normalisation is ongoing, despite this obvious injustice.
There are vested interests involved in all of this. The UAE, for example, wants to buy advanced F-35 jet fighters from America, which Israel opposes, but Washington wants to claim the credit for normalisation in the run up to the presidential election in November. F-35s are the bait in the trap, and the UAE has fallen for it. The US will now have to give Israel even more support in order to maintain its qualitative military superiority in the Middle East.
The next candidate on the list for normalisation is Sudan. The bait dangled in front of its leadership is the lifting of US sanctions and removal of Khartoum from the “supporters of terrorism” list.
Normalisation agreements thus meet the needs of the Trump administration and the Israeli government. They improve Donald Trump’s chance of electoral success and a second term in office, while Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is looking for a lifeline following his trial on corruption charges. Right-wing support for him has declined, weakening his position in a coalition government. There have also been demonstrations in Israel in protest at his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Others are critical of him seeking to establish relations with Arab countries to end Israel’s isolation in the region.
Observers suggest that Sudan will only have a few benefits from normalisation with Israel, limited to technological and scientific assistance, as well as intelligence sharing and perhaps new channels of communication with the White House. Sudan will be within the Zionist fold and unable to adopt the more usual pragmatic alliances for bargaining chips to manage its various crises. Yet again, Israel will be the all-round winner, pulling together more regional states into an anti-Iran and anti-Turkey axis.
Regardless of the nature of Israel’s relations with regional countries, though, it is the Palestinians who will lose out the most due to normalisation. Indeed, their cause will no longer be a political issue centred on human rights, and a central cause for Arab and Islamic nations, but rather a security issue that concerns the Palestinians alone.
The UAE’s perfidious normalisation plan with Israel – Cartoon
Israel’s intention for normalisation is clearly for economic gains and political and military hegemony. No matter what the Arab states might get from these agreements, US law makes it incumbent upon America to make sure that Israel remains on top in the region. This was seen after Israel signed treaties with Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994.
There are some serious ethical and moral issues involved here, not least the bypassing of established international laws and conventions at the expense of a people deprived of their legitimate rights in full view of the world’s media; all of the politicians and commentators can see what is happening, but choose to ignore it. Israel’s “security” takes priority over everything, human rights and international law included. The US, Israel’s allies in the West and now regional states are all complicit in this. In the meantime, Israel’s US taxpayer-funded occupation and colonisation of Palestine continues unabated.
Israel has granted itself a degree of “exceptionalism” which has been accepted by the international community — the euphemism for the United States and the West — allowing it to act with impunity. It also means that Israel is allowed to have nuclear weapons while working aggressively to ensure that Iran, for example, or other regional powers are prevented from even having nuclear power for entirely peaceful purposes. While possessing one of the best equipped armed forces in the world, Israel and its lobbyists have also managed to convince governments that it faces an existential threat from the largely civilian population of the Gaza Strip. Hence, it is allowed to launch vicious military offensives against the Palestinians in the name of “self-defence”, which is an outrageously untrue claim.
The reality is that treaties and agreements with Israel are worthless, because the occupation state never fulfils its own obligations under such deals, whereas it is the Arabs and, especially, the Palestinians who must make concession after concession until there will be no more to concede. Israel wants as much of Palestine as possible, and will do everything it can to achieve its goal of “Greater Israel” across the region. Normalisation is part of this process.
Nevertheless, despite all of this, Israel remains a fragile state, aware that its presence in the region on land that it continues to steal from the indigenous population is not permanent; that injustice never succeeds in the long run. Its political leaders are afraid to travel to many countries where the principle of universal jurisdiction still counts for something and they could be arrested for war crimes. They should take more notice of the people they are oppressing and learn from them that they will not be silent in the face of the occupation and the usurpation of their legitimate rights.
Israel markets illusions of a fake “peace for peace” deal that perpetuates the deprivation of the rights of others and their displacement, and yet real peace is impossible without justice. That has been the case throughout history and remains so today. Israel and its allies are caught in this cycle like the rest of us, and they know for certain that changes must be made before they too perish to be replaced by someone else. Ultimately, whatever happens, they will be among the losers.
Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) Weekly Report for August 27 – September 02, 2020
Israeli occupation forces (IOF) continued to commit crimes and multi-faceted violations against Palestinian civilians and their properties, including raids into Palestinian cities that are characterized with excessive use of force, assault, abuse and attacks on civilians. This week, IOF wounded 6 Palestinian civilians, including a child in excessive use of force during raids into Palestinian cities and suppression of peaceful protests in the West Bank. IOF also continued its policy of demolishing and destroying Palestinian houses and facilities for its settlement expansion schemes.
End of this week, Dawoud Tal’at al-Khatib (48) died inside Ofer Prison due to a heart attack, only four months before his release date. Al-Khatib, from Bethlehem, had been imprisoned by Israel for the past 18 years, and had suffered extremely difficult health conditions during his years in prison, the latest of which was a heart attack in 2017. The determination to continue his detention aggravated his critical health condition, finally dying of a heart attack on 02 September 2020.
The curfew continues in the Gaza Strip for the second week in a row to limit the spread of coronavirus after cases were discovered outside quarantine centers. PCHR fears a catastrophic deterioration in living conditions if the curfew is maintained for a lengthy period without a protection mechanism for the poor, unemployed and limited-income families, as well as daily workers who have lost their sources of income due to the state of emergency and curfew. PCHR warns of the catastrophic implications of coronavirus spread in the Gaza Strip, especially with its already-exhausted health care system due to 14 years of illegal and inhumane blockade and collective punishment policies imposed by IOF on the Gaza Strip.
This week, PCHR documented 151 violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law (IHL) by IOF and settlers in the oPt. It should be noted that the limitations due to the corona virus pandemic, has limited PCHR’s fieldworkers mobility and ability to conduct field documentation; therefore, the information contained in this report are only part of the continued IOF violations.
IOF shooting and violation of right to bodily integrity: IOF wounded 6 civilians, including a child in IOF excessive use of force in the West Bank: 2 civilians, including a child, wounded in Jenin; 1 injury during clashes in Hebron; 2 in IOF suppression of Kufur Qaddoum protest in Qalqilia; and an injury in Bethlehem. IOF assaulted an elderly Palestinian in Tulkarem, dragged on the ground and severely beaten and humiliated in an incident that was documented by media and journalists.wIsraeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory
In the Gaza Strip, IOF opened fire 5 times at agricultural lands eastern Khan Younis and Rafah, southern Gaza Strip.
IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians: IOF carried out 70 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids of civilian houses and shootings, enticing fear among civilians, and attacking many of them. During this week’s incursions, 38 Palestinians were arrested, including 6 children and a journalist. In Gaza, IOF conducted a limited incursion into eastern Rafah, southern Gaza Strip.
Settlement expansion activities and settlers’ attacks: IOF continued its settlement expansion operations in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, PCHR documented 7 violations, including:
Settler-attacks: PCHR documented arson attack on a vehicle and anti-Arab vandalization in Nablus.
Israeli closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement: On Monday, 31 August 2020, Israeli authorities declared the re-opening of Karem Abu Salem Crossing, allowing the re-entry of fuel and construction material into the Gaza Strip.
Israeli authorities also decided to re-expand the fishing area as it was before the recent punitive measures imposed on the Gaza Strip. This came after an understanding had been reached to contain the Israeli escalation in the Gaza Strip, which began on 10 August. During which, Israel imposed punitive measures on Gaza, in alleged response to the launch of incendiary balloons towards Israeli settlements adjacent to the Gaza Strip.
The Gaza Strip still suffers the worst closure in the history of the Israeli occupation of the oPt as it has entered the 14th consecutive year, without any improvement to the movement of persons and goods, humanitarian conditions and bearing catastrophic consequences on all aspects of life.
For the second consecutive week, curfew is still imposed on the Gaza Strip to contain the outbreak of coronavirus, especially after coronavirus cases were confirmed outside the quarantine centers in the Gaza Strip. As a result, the suffering of Gaza Strip population has increased, PCHR fears a catastrophic deterioration in living conditions if the curfew is maintained for a lengthy period without a protection mechanism for the poor, unemployed and limited-income families, as well as daily workers who have lost their sources of income due to the state of emergency and curfew.
Meanwhile, IOF continued to divide the West Bank into separate cantons with key roads blocked by the Israeli occupation since the Second Intifada and with temporary and permanent checkpoints, where civilian movement is restricted, and they are subject to arrest.
I. Shooting and Other Violations of the Right to Life and Bodily Integrity
At approximately 02:00 on Thursday, 27 August 2020, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles stormed al-Fawar refugee camp, south of Hebron. They patrolled the camp streets and stationed in the southern area while soldiers deployed between civilians’ houses in the center of the camp. A number of soldiers raided and searched a 3-storey house that includes 5 apartments for Abu Hashhash family. The soldiers Iyad Mahmoud Ahmed Abu Hashhash (40)’s apartment and attacked him by severely beating him and arrested him. The soldiers also attacked Iyad’s brother Yaqoub (35) and heavily beaten hit his nose, causing its fracture, after they raided his apartment. The soldiers handcuffed Yaqoub and took him to his brother’s apartment and began beating both brothers with their hands, feet and their rifles’ butts. As a result, Iyad and Yaqoub fainted. After IOF’s withdrawal of the house, taking Iyad with them, Yaqoub was transferred to al-Ahli Hospital where received medical treatments as doctors selected an appointment for his nose surgery. When Yaqoub returned home, he found out that Israeli soldiers stole NIS 5,800 that were in his bedroom. It should be noted that Israeli soldiers raided the house a month ago and attacked Yaqoub and broke his nose as he previously underwent a surgery for his nose.
At approximately 23:30 on Thursday, 27 August 2020, Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence, east of al-Shoka village, east of Rafah, opened fire at agricultural lands. No casualties were reported.
At approximately 13:30 on Friday, 28 August 2020, a number of Palestinian young men gathered at Bab al-Zawiyah area in the center of Hebron and threw stones at Israeli soldiers stationed at a military checkpoint established at al-Shuhada’a closed street. A number of Israeli soldiers fired sound bombs at the stone-throwers. The young men dispersed in Beir al-Sabe’a and Wadi al-Tuffah areas and returned to the checkpoint and threw stones at Israeli soldiers stationed behind cement cubes and threw stones at them again. The soldiers fired live bullets at them. As a result, an 18-year-old young man was shot with a live bullet in his left knee. The soldiers chased him and arrested him, taking him to the checkpoint. At approximately19:30, a military ambulance arrived at the area and transferred the wounded civilian to the Governmental Hospital in Hebron. His injury was classified as moderate.
At approximately 13:00 on Saturday, 29 August 2020, IOF stationed at the northern entrance established at lands of Kufur Qaddoum village, north of Qalqilia, suppressed a protest in which dozens of Palestinian civilians participated. IOF chased the young men who gathered in the area. Clashed with them, and fired rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, 2 civilians were shot with 2 live bullets in their lower extremities.
At approximately 01:00 on Sunday, 03 August 2020, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles stormed al-Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron and stationed near the UNRWA distribution center. The soldiers patrolled between neighborhoods and threw many leaflets threatening the camp’s residents due to the so-called “violence and riots and continued throwing of stones.” In the meantime, dozens of young men gathered and threw stones at IOF’s infantry units while the latter indiscriminately fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters at stone-throwers and between houses. As a result, a number of stone-throwers suffocated due to tear gas inhalation. Clashes between IOF and young men continued until 02:30 when IOF fired a barrage of live bullets in the air to withdraw from the camp. Neither arrests nor house raids were reported.
At approximately 02:15 on the same Sunday, IOF stormed Hebron and stationed on al-Malek Faisal street and deployed between houses. They raided and searched Carpentry and furniture factory owned by Taha Abu Suneinah family after opening the door with special tools. In the meantime, a number of Palestinian young men gathered and threw stones and empty bottles at IOF while the latter indiscriminately fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters. Asa result, a sound bomb fell in the Internal Medicine Department’s room in Aaliyah Governmental Hospital, which adjacent to the incidents area. Patients, as a result of that, patients, who are infected with Covid-19 About 25 patients also suffocated and they were taken to other departments in the hospital. At approximately 04:00 on the same day, IOF withdrew from the area. No arrests were reported.
At approximately 20:30 on Monday, 31 August 2020, IOF signed to guard the annexation wall in the northeast of Faqqua village, northeast of Jenin, opened fire at Mahmoud Taleb Mahmoud Shaheen (18), while he was returning home, which is 200 meters away from the above-mentioned wall. As a result, Shaheen was shot with a live bullet in his right leg and he was transferred to Dr. Khalil Suleiman Hospital in Jenin for medical treatment.
At approximately 03:50 on Tuesday, 01 September 2020, IOF stormed al-Saf and al-Mahd streets in the center of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a number of houses and arrested Shadi Mohammed al-Harimi (31) and Touni Asa’ad Qatan (27). In the meantime, a number of Palestinian young men gathered near al-Mahd Square and threw stones and Molotov Cocktails at IOF stationed in the area while the latter immediately fired rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, a number of young men suffocated due to tear gas inhalation.
At approximately 13:00, IOF stationed at lands of Shufah and Jbarah villages, southeast of Tulkarem, suppressed a protest in which dozens of civilians participated. IOF chased the young men who gathered in the area, clashed with them, and fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. IOF attacked Khairi Hanoun (64), from Anabta village, east of Tulkarem, by beating him on his feet. They detained him and released him after an hour and half. IOF further attacked many journalists, who were covering the protests, including: Fadi Yaseen, photographer of Palestine TV. Many civilians, in addition, suffocated due to tear gas inhalation.
At approximately 00:20 on Wednesday, 02 September 2020, IOF stationed along the border fence, east of Khan Younis, fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at agricultural lands, east of al-Qararah village, adjacent to the border fence.
At approximately 04:00, on the same Wednesday, IOF stationed at a military watchtower established in Rachel’s Tomb area, adjacent to Bilal Ben Rabah Mosque, north of Bethlehem, opened fire at a 32-year-old civilian while walking in the area. As a result, he was shot with a live bullet in his foot. He was transferred to Beit Jala Hospital for medical treatment.
At approximately 04:15, IOF stormed Ash-Shuhada village, southeast of Jenin, north of the West Bank. IOF surrounded a house owned by Ihab Hatem Husein Darwish Asous (27). In the meantime, a number of Palestinian civilians gathered and threw stones at IOF while the latter responded with live bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters. As a result, a 16-year-old child was shot with 2 live bullets. He was transferred to Dr. Khalil Suleiman Governmental Hospital for medical treatment. IOF arrested civilian Asous before they withdrew from the village.
At approximately 08:30 on the same Wednesday, IOF stationed along the border fence, east of Khan Younis, fired live bullets at agricultural lands, east of Khuza’a village, adjacent to the border fence. No casualties were reported.
II. Incursions and Arrests:
Thursday, 27 August 2020:
At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Biddu village, northwest of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Ayyoub Mohammed al-Khadour’s (28) house and arrested him. It should be noted that al-Khadour was a former prisoner in the Israeli prisons.
At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Qutna village, northwest of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Mos’ab Saleem Shamasna’s (23) house and arrested him.
At approximately 02:30, IOF moved into Jabal Hindaza village, east of Bethlehem. They raided and searched Na’eem Mousa Abu ‘Ahour’s (18) house and arrested him. It should be noted that Abu ‘Ahour was wounded with a live bullet to his leg while present around al-Quds power station near Bilal Bin Rabah Mosque, on the northern entrance of Bethlehem.
Around the same time, IOF moved into al-‘Arqa village, southwest of Jenin. They raided and searched Nael Mohammed Yehya’s (24) house and arrested him.
At approximately 03:10, IOF moved into Rujeib village, southeast of Nablus, north of the West Bank. They raided and searched Khalil Abdul Khaleq Mohammed Dwaikat’s house, who stabbed an Israeli soldier in Bitah Tikva in Israel on 26 August 2020, to take the measures of the house before the demolition. It should be noted that the Israeli authorities uses the demolition as a collective punishment policy against the Palestinian families.
At approximately 03:30, IOF moved into al-‘Abayat village, east of Bethlehem. They raided and searched Omar Khaled Ayyad’s (17) house and arrested him.
At approximately 03:30, IOF moved into Qarawat Bani Zeid village, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched Amer Bassam Sneif’s (31) house and arrested him. Later, IOF released him.
At approximately 03:50, IOF moved into Beit Loqya village, southwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched Najeeb Ahmed Najeeb Mafarja’s (35) house and arrested him.
At approximately 06:30, IOF moved into Jin Safout village, east of Qalqilia. They raided and searched Karam Khamees Shobaki’s (22) house and arrested him.
At approximately 07:00, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles and bulldozers moved 100-meters in al-Shwaika village, east of Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip. They launched from al-Motabaq Gate adjacent to the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel. They combed and leveled lands and redeployed again at approximately 11:00.
At approximately 14:00, IOF arrested Ghassan Alian (55), from Bitir, west of Bethlehem, after referring to the Israeli Intelligence Services in “Gush Etzion” settlement, south of the city.
IOF carried out (6) incursions in Beit Ammer, Hadab al-Fawwar, Sa’eer villages in Hebron; Faqoua’, southeast of Jenin; Tayaseer, east of Tubas; Karf Ein, northwest of Ramallah. No arrests were reported.
Friday, 28 August 2020:
At approximately 02:00, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into al-‘Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron. They raided and searched Bara’ Abdul Hai Jawabra’s (19) house and arrested him.
At approximately 03:50, IOF moved into Azun village, east of Qalqilia. They raided and searched Karam Fares Shbaita’s (18) house and arrested him.
At approximately 22:30, IOF arrested 3 civilians while present in al-Wad street in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, after severely beaten them. IOF took them to al-Qishla investigation center in the Old City. The arrestees are: Khaled al-Sokhn (23), Abdullah al-Julani (28), and Mohammed Zein (21).
IOF carried out (6) incursions in Hebron, al-Fawwar refugee camp, and Yatta in Hebron governorate; Yamoun, west of Jenin; Kufur Qaddoum and Hibla, east of Qalqilia. No arrests were reported.
Saturday, 29 August 2020:
At approximately 16:00, IOF moved into al-Bostan street in Obaid neighborhood, west of al-‘Isawiya, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Mo’tasem Hamza Obaid’s (17) house and arrested him. It should be noted that Obaid was arrested 10 days prior and released on house arrest for two weeks.
IOF carried out (4) incursions in al-Samoua’, Hebron, Beit Ammer, and al-Mowreq villages in Hebron governorate. No arrests were reported.
Sunday, 30 August 2020:
At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Nahaleen village, west of Bethlehem. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Mahmoud Maher Shakarna (17) and handed Hamdan Yousef Fannoun (32) a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services in Gush Etzion settlement, south of the city.
At approximately 02:30, IOF moved into al-Shwaika suburb, east of Tulkarem. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Sameer Abdul Qader Mohammed Omar (47), and Sameh Adnan Mohammed Obaid (31), and arrested them.
At approximately 07:00, IOF set an ambush near Haddad Resort, east of Jenin, north of the West Bank, arrested Yaser Waleed Khuzeima (30), from Qabatya, southeast of Jenin, after stopping and searching his car. IOF took him to an unknown destination and left his car. It should be noted that Khuzeima is a former prisoner in the Israeli prisons.
At approximately 15:00, IOF stopped a bus and forced (4) children to get out of it in order to arrest them, in the central Jerusalem, and took them to “al-Bareed” police station in Salah al-Dein street. The arrestees are: Ahmed Dari (17), his sister Noumi (16), Yasmine Qaisiya (16), and Sajeda Abu Roumi (16).
Eyewitnesses said that IOF stopped and searched a bus in Nablus street, and checked their ID cards, and forced some of them to get out of the bus claiming that they were not wearing their masks properly. They added that IOF beaten an pushed some of them and arrested (4) students returning from their schools to their houses in al-‘Isawiya. As a result, Qaisiya and Abu Roumi were released on bail, Dari was released after several hours on condition that to be under the house arrest for two days, and banning her entry to Damascus Gate “Bab al-‘Amoud” for 10 days.
IOF carried out an incursion in Sabastya, northwest of Nablus. No arrests were reported.
Monday, 31 August 2020:
At approximately 02:00, Israeli infantry unit moved into Hebron’s Old City. They raided and searched Saif al-Dein Mahmoud al-Ja’bari’s (22) house and arrested him.
At approximately 02:30, IOF moved into Nablus, north of the West Bank. They raided and searched Mohammed Hilal al-Titi’s (22) house and arrested him.
At approximately 04:00, IOF moved into Anata village, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Mohammed Mahmoud al-Rifai’s (21) house and arrested him.
At approximately 08:00, IOF arrested Khalaf Hussain Obaidallah (26), while present at Kisan village’s entrance, southeast of Bethlehem. IOF took him to an unknown destination.
At approximately 19:00, IOF moved into Bab Hatta village, one of the occupied East Jerusalem’s neighborhoods. They raided and searched Ameer Farid al-Basti’s (23) house and arrested him.
At approximately 19:45, a group of Mista‘arvim (Israeli Special Unit disguised as Palestinian civilians) arrested Nizar Issa Obaid (22), from Kufur Qaddoum, east of Qalqilia, while working in al-Natour petrol station in Tulkarem. According to a surveillances camera that documented the incident, a vehicle with a Palestinian registration plate came to the police station, when Obaid came to refill their vehicle, two men got out of the car and arrested him.
At approximately 23:00. The Israeli Intelligence Services summonsed 3 members of Fatah Movement in Silwan, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, for investigation in al-Bareed police station in Salah al-Dein street. Shadi al-Mtawr, Fatah Movement secretary in Jerusalem, said that the Israeli Intelligence Services summonsed Fawzi Sha’ban, Mohammed Abu Sowi, and Ahmed al-‘Abbasi, to investigate them about their presence in a meeting about the demolition of houses in Silwan. IOF released them after several hours on bail (3,000 NIS/each) and with a 3-month ban from attending al-Bostan neighborhood’s sit in in Silwan for 3 months.
IOF carried out (4) incursions in Ethna, Surif, and Karma villages in Hebron governorate; and Tulkarem. No arrests were reported.
Tuesday, 01 September 2020:
At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Hebron, and stationed at al-Salam street. They raided and searched Ma’moun Hussain al-Natsha’s (25) house and arrested him.
IOF carried out (2) incursions in Dura and al-Samoua’ in Hebron governorate. No arrests were reported.
Wednesday, 02 September 2020:
At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Yatta, south of Hebron, and stationed in Roq’a area. They raided and searched Shadi Bader al-‘Amour’s (30) house and arrested him.
At approximately 05:00, IOF moved into al-Fridis village, east of Bethlehem. They raided and searched Jom’a Abu Moheimed’s (29) house and arrested him.
At approximately 18:00, IOF moved into al-‘Isawiya, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched the house of the Photojournalist, Mohammed Qarout Edkaik’s (27) house, arrested him, and confiscated his equipment, cameras, and many of his files and personal papers.Samer Edakaik, Mohammed’s brother, said to PCHR’s fieldworker that IOF stormed, searched, and confiscated several cameras, wireless device, personal papers, and a laptop belonging to Mohammed. He confirmed that IOF handcuffed his brother and took him to “al-Bareed” police station in Salah al-Dein street.It should be noted that Edkaik is a photojournalist in al-Jazeera channel and many other news agencies, and he is a social media activist, who has thousands of followers.
IOF carried out (4) incursions in Hebron, Ethna, Beit Owa, and Deir Samit villages in Hebron governorate. No arrests were reported.
III. Settlement Expansion and Settler Violence in the West Bank:
a. Demolition and Confiscation of Civilian Property
At approximately 09:00 on Thursday, 27 August 2020, IOF backed by military construction vehicles and accompanied with Israeli Civil Administration officers moved into ‘Arraba village, southwest of Jenin. The military construction vehicles demolished Rami Ahmed Abu Mashaikh’s under-construction bakery, which was built on an area of 170 square meters 3 months ago. It should be noted that 12 days ago, IOF notified to stop working in the bakery as a prelude to demolish it, under the pretext of illegal construction in Area C. Also, IOF notified Mostafa ‘Ali Hammad to demolish his carpenter shop for similar reason.
On Sunday, 30 August 2020, Khaled Mahmoud Mohammed Basheer implemented Israeli Municipality decision and self-demolished his house in Jabal al-Mokkaber village, southeast of occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of non-licensing. Basheer said that 3 months ago, he built for his son a 50-square-meter house comprised of a room, a kitchen and a bathroom. Basheer clarified that the Israeli municipality staff along with the Ministry of Interior raided his house 2 weeks ago and handed him a demolition notice. Basheer added that he was forced to self-demolish his house to avoid paying demolition costs estimated at NIS 100,000 for the municipality staff. He also said that in 2014, the municipality staff demolished his son Mahmoud’s house in al-Sal’ah neighborhood in Jabal al-Mokkaber village and imposed a fine of NIS 80,000 of him under the pretext of non-licensing.
On Monday, 31 August 2020, ‘Odai and ‘Abed al-Salam al-Razem implemented Israeli Municipality decision and self-demolished their houses in al-Ashqariyia neighborhood in Beit Hanina village, north of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, under the pretext of non-licensing. ‘Abed al-Salam al-Razem said that his family comprised of 6 persons and his brother’s family comprised of 3 persons are living in their 65-square-meter house from 8 years. He clarified that 5 years ago, the municipality staff raided their houses and notified his brother to demolish the houses, in addition to imposing a fine of NIS 40,000 on them. ‘Abed al-Salam added that during the past years, he and his brother attempted to license the houses, but in vain. He also said that the Israeli court issued the final demolition decision against their houses a month ago, and if they would not implement it, the municipality staff will do so and force them to pay the demolition costs estimated at NIS 125,000.
At approximately 06:30 on Tuesday, 01 September 2020, IOF backed by military construction vehicles moved into Tuqu village, southeast of Bethlehem, where they ordered Mohammed Fahed Shawareeh to stop construction work in his house and confiscated the construction material. Mayor of Tuqu village, Tayseer Abu Mefreh, said that IOF seized construction materials from Shawareeh’s under-construction house. He added that Shawareeh was handed a cease-construction notice a week ago, under the pretext of non-licensing.
At approximately 10:00 on Wednesday, 02 September 2020, IOF backed by military construction vehicles and accompanied with Israeli Civil Administration officers moved into al-Masafer area in Yatta, south of Hebron. IOF were deployed between Palestinians’ houses while military construction vehicles demolished 2 tin-plate-houses, under the pretext of non-licensing.
The demolitions were as follows:
Mahmoud ‘Isaa Rab’i: House made of tin plates and bricks, with 16 inhabitants;
Mahmoud ‘Isaa Rab’i: Barracks made of tin plates and bricks, for livestock;
Fadel ‘Isaa Rab’i: House made of tin plates and bricks, with 15 unhabitants.
It should be noted that on 23 February 2012, Israeli authorities distributed 2 cease-construction notices to the two house and barrack.
At approximately 10:00, IOF backed by military construction vehicles and accompanied with Israeli Civil Administration officers moved into Beren village in eastern Hebron. IOF were deployed between Palestinians’ houses while military construction vehicles demolished Faraj Mohammed Ghaith’s 40-square-meter room built of bricks, under the pretext of non-licensing.
At approximately 13:00, IOF backed by military construction vehicles and accompanied with Israeli Civil Administration officers moved into Deir Dibwan village, east of Ramallah. IOF brought special Israeli workers to dismantle and confiscate 3 residential tents, under the pretext of non-licensing in Area C.
The residential tents belong to:
Suliman Mostafa Ka’abnah: dismantling and confiscating a residential tent sheltering his family comprised of 7 persons.
‘Oda ‘Awwad Ka’abnah: dismantling and confiscating a residential tent sheltering 8 persons.
Suliman Salem Ka’abnah: dismantling and confiscating a residential tent sheltering 8 persons.
It should be noted that IOF demolished properties belonging to the mentioned civilians for the 2nd time and without a prior warning, noting that these properties were previously demolished on 25 August 2020.
b. Israeli Settler Violence
At approximately 02:30 on Friday, 28 August 2020, Israeli settlers, from “Price Tag” group, attacked the southern side of Asira al-Qibliya village, southeast of Nablus. The settlers set Wael Mousa ‘Asayrah’s vehicle ablaze and vandalized his house walls with racist slogans.
Ramallah (QNN)- Israeli authorities continued its arrest policy last month although of the second wave of the Coronavirus pandemic, arresting 330 Palestinians including 36 children and 12 women, according to a new report by Palestine Center for Prisoners’ Studies.
In its monthly report on Israeli arrests, the center stated that one arrest was registered at the Gaza border while the number of arrested members of the legislative council has risen to 7 after arresting Ahmad Attoun (54 years old) and Abdel Jaber Fuqaha.
Israeli forces also arrested journalist Mus’ab Saeed (29 years old) after breaking into his house in northern Ramallah, and Musafa Abu Rmouz (43 years old) and prevented him from entering Al Aqsa mosque for 6 months.
the head of the center, Riyad Al Ashqar, added that the occupation state continued to target Palestinian women, arresting 12 of them, including a master’s student from Bireh, who was subjected to torture, and Salam Imhesen, who has been arrested several times. A teacher at Al Aqsa mosque compound, a wife of a prisoner, and a whole family of four was arrested in August as well.
Israeli authorities also continued to arrest more Palestinian children, arresting 36 children under the age of 18, most of them are from occupied Jerusalem.
The report noted that more Palestinian prisoners joined an open hunger strike to protest their administrative detention, while others suspended their strike after an Israeli promise to fulfill their demands. Khalil Abu Iram (54 years old), who is serving a life sentence, suspended his strike that he started to demand meeting his jailed son Ahmad after the Israelis promised to move him to Ofer jail.
Other prisoners continue to go on a hunger strike for the 40th day in a row, while Israeli courts continued to issue more administrative detention orders, issuing 82 orders in August.
Regarding Covid-19 in Israeli jails, 12 prisoners tested positive due to the lack of protection measures, rising the toll of Covid-19 patients in Israeli jails to 19. The Israeli Prison Service (IPS) claimed that the 12 prisoners were negative for the virus after a week of testing them before announcing that they were positive, raising concerns about the Israeli seriousness of protecting Palestinians from the virus.