A young man was shot by metal bullets in the face in Kafr Malik

A young man was wounded by rubber-coated metal bullets in the face, this evening, Friday, during clashes with the Israeli occupation army in the village of Kafr Malik, east of Ramallah.

Local sources reported to “Wafa”, that the young man was wounded with a rubber-coated metal bullet below the mouth, and was transferred to a medical center in Silwad village, and from there to the Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah, where his condition was described as stable.

Earlier, settlers, with weapons and police dogs, attacked a peaceful march condemning the establishment of a settlement outpost on the lands of “Ras El-Tin”, which belongs to the lands of Kafr Malik.

(Source / 19.12.2020)

Two international experts: The occupation has killed 155 Palestinian children with live ammunition since 2013

Two United Nations human rights defenders called for an impartial and independent investigation, and expressed deep concern about the lack of accountability for the killing of Palestinian children in recent years.

On December 4, the child, Ali Abu Ali, was wounded in the stomach by live ammunition by the Israeli army, during a demonstration in which Palestinians participated in the village of Mughayir to protest against construction in a nearby settlement outpost. He died after his wounds in a hospital.

According to information collected by civil society organizations and the United Nations Human Rights Office in occupied Palestine, the Israeli forces fired live ammunition, rubber bullets and tear gas, and hit the child Abu Alya from a distance of 100-150 meters, “in response to the stone throwing of the protesters.”

Abu Alia did not pose a threat …

Michael Link, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, and Agnes Callamard, the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, said in a statement that the killing of the child Abu Alya by Israeli forces – in The circumstances in which there was no threat of death or serious injury to these forces, is a flagrant violation of international law.

“Deliberate lethal force can only be justified when forces face an immediate threat of using lethal force or serious harm,” the statement added. The two human rights experts said they were not aware of any allegations that Israeli forces were in danger at any moment.

The two experts said that the child, Ali Abu Ali, is the sixth Palestinian child to live in the West Bank and was killed by Israeli forces using live ammunition.

The Israeli forces announced that they would start an investigation into the death of the child Abu Alia. However, the two experts noted that the investigations conducted by the Israeli army into the deaths of Palestinians rarely lead to adequate accountability.

The two experts added that civil society organizations have documented the killing of 155 Palestinian children by Israeli forces, using live ammunition or crowd control weapons, since 2013. Only 3 indictments have been issued regarding criminal charges related to crimes directly related to these killings.

In the first case, the charges were later dropped. In the second case, the soldier in charge reached an agreement with the prosecution and was sentenced to 9 months imprisonment on charges of causing death by negligence. In the third case, the soldier was convicted of not obeying orders and was sentenced to one month in prison in the military prison.

A prompt and independent investigation is required.

Michael Link and Agnes Callamard called on the government of Israel either to conduct a civil, independent, transparent, impartial and prompt investigation in accordance with international standards into this deeply troubling human rights record, or to allow an impartial and independent international review of human rights.

The statement said: “This investigation – local or international – must be directed towards ensuring that children living under occupation do not suffer death or injury when exercising their legitimate right to protest, and that the culture of impunity for military misconduct has ended.”

The two experts stressed the need for children to enjoy special rights under international law, and indicated that this “low level” of legal accountability for the killing of many children by Israeli forces is not appropriate for a country that “declares that it lives according to the rule of law.”

According to the information received, one thousand and 48 Palestinian children were injured throughout the occupied territories between November 1, 2019 and October 31, 2020.

(Source / 19.12.2020)

UN experts voice concern over impunity for killing of Palestinian kids

155 Palestinian children killed by Israeli forces since 2013

Ali Ayman Abu Aliya
“Ali Ayman Abu Aliya “

NEW YORK, (PIC) – Independent UN human rights experts on Thursday called for an impartial and independent investigation into the killing of a 15-year-old Palestinian child by Israeli forces at a West Bank protest this month.

“The killing of Ali Ayman Abu Aliya … in circumstances where there was no threat of death or serious injury to the Israeli security forces – is a grave violation of international law,” special rapporteurs Michael Lynk and Agnes Callamard said in a statement.

“Intentional lethal force is justified only when the security personnel are facing an immediate threat of deadly force or serious harm,” they added.

The boy was the sixth Palestinian child killed in 2020 by Israeli forces using live ammunition, said the experts. On 4 December, he was shot in the abdomen by an Israeli soldier during a protest staged by Palestinian youths against the construction of a nearby illegal Israeli settlement outpost. He died later on the same day in a hospital.

Information gathered by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and civil society organizations affirmed that protesters had thrown stones at Israeli forces, who responded with rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas and, eventually, live ammunition, according to the experts’ statement.

Some 1,048 Palestinian children have been injured by Israeli security forces across the occupied Palestinian territory between November 1, 2019 and October 31, 2020, added the experts, citing information received.

“Children enjoy special protected rights under international law … each of these killings raises deep concerns about Israel’s adherence to its solemn human rights and humanitarian law obligations as the occupying power,” they said.

Israeli forces announced that they would conduct an investigation into Abu Aliya’s killing. The human rights experts noted, however, that investigations by the Israeli defense forces of fatal shootings of Palestinians by its soldiers rarely result in appropriate accountability.

Civil society organizations have documented the deaths of 155 Palestinian children by Israeli forces using live ammunition or crowd-control weapons since 2013, the experts underlined. Only three indictments on criminal charges have been issued for offences directly tied to those killings, they noted.  

“In one case, the charges were dropped; the responsible soldier reached a plea deal and was sentenced to nine months jail for death by negligence; and in the third, a soldier was convicted of not obeying orders and sentenced to one month in military prison.” Their statement, which was published on the UN website, read.

“This low level of legal accountability for the killings of so many children by Israeli security forces is unworthy of a country which proclaims that it lives by the rule of law,” the experts stated.

They called on the Israeli government to either conduct an independent, impartial, prompt and transparent civilian investigation according to international standards, or to allow an international impartial and independent human rights review to be conducted.

“Such an investigation – domestic or international – must be directed towards ensuring that children living under occupation no longer face death or injury when exercising their legitimate right to protest, and that the culture of impunity for military misconduct is ended.”

Special Rapporteurs are part of what is known as the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council. The experts work on a voluntary basis; they are not UN staff and do not receive a salary. They are independent from any government or organization and serve in their individual capacity.

(Source / 19.12.2020)

#Save-Mutassim: E-campaign launched to save cancer-stricken prisoner

Mutasem Raddad

GAZA, (PIC) – Activists on social media launched on Friday evening a massive electronic campaign during which they called for saving the sick prisoner Mutassim Raddad, 38. Raddad suffers from cancer.

Raddad is from Tulkarem and has been detained in the Israeli occupation prisons since 2006, as he was sentenced to 20 years in prison. He is being held in the Ramlah Clinic prison which the prisoners call “the slaughterhouse” due to the lack of the minimum health conditions necessary for the sick prisoners. 

Since 2008, Raddad suffered from a chronic inflammatory bowel disease, which causes permanent bleeding. He also suffers from high blood pressure, a dangerously elevated heart rate, difficulty breathing, nerves and bones problems, blurred vision, and permanent pain that causes sleep deprivation. In 2018, he was infected with a virus that weakened his immunity.

The activist Amir Daoud wrote on the Twitter platform under the hashtag #Save_Mutasim, “60 pills are taken daily, suffering from osteoporosis and cancer, daily pain, and inability to sleep. I met him at the beginning of his disease and his pain was great. He is a permanent resident in hospitals and Ramlah Clinic.”

Other activists interacted with the hashtag one of them, Ihab Miqdad, wrote, “Raddad suffers from cancer and urgently needs surgery and the occupation does not provide him with treatment, seeking to kill him.” 

The journalist Imad Dalloul, the broadcaster of Voice of the Prisoners, said, “Article 81 of the Fourth Geneva Convention obliges parties to the conflict to protect prisoners and provide treatment free of charge, as well as to provide the medical care required by their health condition .. #Freedom_to_Mutassim_Raddad.”

According to the Palestinian Prisoners Club, the number of sick prisoners in the occupation prisons is approximately 700, of whom 300 suffer from chronic diseases and 10 of them have cancer and tumors of varying degrees.

(Source / 19.12.2020)

Injuries during clashes with IOF in Kafr Qaddum

Kafr Kaddum

QALQILYA, (PIC) – Clashes erupted on Saturday evening between the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) and the Palestinian youths in Kafr Qaddum town, to the east of Qalqilya city in the northern West Bank. Several Palestinians suffered breathing difficulty in the confrontations.

Local sources reported that IOF soldiers stormed Kafr Qaddum and fired tear gas canisters and several citizens suffered breathing problems.

The IOF soldiers attacked a march protesting settlements, and the people of the village started chanting patriotic slogans calling for an escalation of the resistance. They also threw stones at the IOF soldiers.

On Friday, the protesters in Kafr Qaddum managed to take down an occupation drone and smashed it with stones. This drone was intended for filming and firing tear gas canisters.

The village recently witnessed escalation in IOF raids, which was represented by frequent night raids and ambushes in deserted houses with the aim of suppressing the weekly march but the citizens insist on maintaining the weekly event until the achievement of its goals.

For the tenth year in a row, the weekly anti-settlement marches continue to demand the opening of the main road of Kafr Qaddum town, which the IOF closed for settlement expansion.

IOF closed the main entrance to the village to expand the Kedumim settlement, which is built on the village’s lands, and link it to scattered outposts sprawling over an area of 4,000 dunums of the village’s land.

(Source / 19.12.2020)

IOF prohibits planting of olive trees in Jalud village

IOF in the West Bank

NABLUS, (PIC) – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Saturday prevented Palestinian citizens from planting olive trees on Palestinian-owned swaths of land in Jalud village, south of Nablus.

Local official Ghassan Daghlas said that the IOF barred local residents from Jalud from planting several olive trees in an area located near the village school at the pretext the area is Israeli state land.

Daghlas affirmed that all the villagers were intending to plant the trees on privately owned land belonging to local residents.

(Source / 19.12.2020)

Israeli settler opens fire on Palestinians

Jewish settlers brawl with Palestinians reacting to them for trying to seize agricultural lands of Palestinians in al-Ras region in Selfit, West Bank on November 30, 2020 [Issam Rimawi - Anadolu Agency]
Jewish settlers brawl with Palestinians reacting to them for trying to seize agricultural lands of Palestinians in al-Ras region in Selfit, West Bank on November 30, 2020 

A Jewish settler on Friday opened fire on Palestinians protesting against illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, footage shot by Anadolu Agency shows.

Clashes erupted Friday between Palestinians and Jewish settlers during a demonstration in al-Mughayyir village in Ramallah.

Anadolu Agency cameraman Hisham Abu Shakra recorded footage of a settler who opened fire at Palestinian protesters.

Israeli soldiers tried to prevent the growing tension between Palestinians and the Jewish settlers.

READ: Israel to construct 8,300 settlement units in West Bank

Eyewitnesses said that the Jewish settler who opened fire on protesters was not detained by the Israeli authorities.

More than 400,000 Jewish settlers currently live in more than 250 illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank.

International law views both the West Bank and East Jerusalem as “occupied territories” and considers all Jewish settlement-building activity there as illegal.

(Source / 19.12.2020)

Press Release: Israeli forces carry out a land incursion and threaten to remove Palestinian farmers’ crops

Al Mezan condemns the act and calls for international intervention – Al Mezan Center For Human Rights 18-12-2020 14:01

On Wednesday morning, 16 December 2020, Israeli military bulldozers crossed the perimeter fence into the Gaza Strip, east of Khan Younis, reaching up to 200 meters into agricultural lands in Abasan al-Kabira, Khuza’a, and al-Fukhari. For hours, Israeli troops razed and leveled Palestinian lands and crops—some of which had been prepared for planting—and eventually left placards written in both Arabic and Hebrew demanding that the Palestinian farmers uproot their crops in the area “within a certain time frame” otherwise the military “is going to remove them.”

During a similar incident on Thursday, 17 December 2020, farmers in the Rafah district also reported that they had found similar placards on their farmlands located 100 meters from the perimeter fence.

Israel, the Occupying Power, continues to carry out land incursions and to maintain its closure policy over the Gaza Strip even against the backdrop of the COVID-19 global health crisis and related concerns for the financial situation and food insecurity in the Strip, directly violating its obligation to protect the human rights of civilians in the occupied Gaza Strip.

These regular incursions and movement restrictions in the Israeli-imposed buffer zone in Gaza are not only life-threatening, but they also severely harm the livelihoods of thousands of Palestinian farmers. For instance, Israel periodically conducts aerial spraying of herbicides over Palestinian farmlands to destroy vegetation adjacent to the perimeter fence and has often employed lethal force to ward off farmers. At a time when families across the whole Gaza Strip are at higher risk of food insecurity and poverty, the impact of Israel’s relentless attacks on farmlands in the buffer zone has increased.

Al Mezan strongly condemns Israel’s targeting of Palestinian farmers and warns of the grave repercussions it has on their lives, most notably, the role such attacks play in stifling the Strip’s economic development and exacerbating the dire living conditions of Gaza’s population, especially during the pandemic.

Accordingly, Al Mezan calls on the international community to uphold its moral and legal obligations towards the Palestinian people by exerting pressure on Israel to cease all the attacks against Palestinian farmers and lift the blockade and closure unilaterally imposed on the Gaza Strip, in addition to ensuring accountability for all suspected violations of international law perpetrated in the occupied Palestinian territory.

(Source / 19.12.2020)

OCHA: West Bank Demolitions and Displacement – November 2020

Summary

  • Record number of demolitions and seizures since OCHA started documenting this practice in 2009.
  • The freeze on the demolition of inhabited homes in East Jerusalem was discontinued on 11 November.
  • 75 per cent of a Jordan Valley herding community demolished.
  • Infrastructure dismantlement disrupts water supply to 700 people.

Overview

  • In November, the Israeli authorities demolished, forced people to demolish, or seized 178 Palestinian-owned structures across the West Bank: this is the highest such figure in a single month since the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) began systematically documenting this practice in 2009. This month’s incidents resulted in the displacement of 158 people and otherwise affected the livelihoods or access to services of over 1,000 others. All structures, except for one demolished on punitive grounds, were located in Area C or East Jerusalem and were targeted due to a lack of building permits, which are nearly impossible for Palestinians to obtain.
  • Of the affected structures, 43 had been provided as humanitarian aid, for a total cost of 82,000 euros. It is the largest number of EU-funded structures targeted in a single month since January 2017, bringing the total number of such structures demolished or seized since the start of 2020 to 114.
  • About 50 per cent of all structures targeted this month were in small herding communities in sections of Area C designated closed for Israeli military training (‘firing zones’). The largest such incident took place on 3 November in Humsa Al Bqai’a, in the northern Jordan Valley, where the Israeli authorities demolished 83 structures, or about three-quarter of the community, including 29 structures provided as humanitarian aid. A total of 73 people, including 41 children were displaced as a result, but have been able to remain in the area following the delivery of emergency shelters and other assistance.
  • Additional 13 structures were targeted in the Massafer Yatta area of Hebron, most of which is also declared a ‘firing zone’. This included a donor-funded water network, part of which had already been dismantled in October, which served some 700 people from four communities. This incident took place on 25 November on the basis of an expedited procedure (Military Order 1797), while legal partners were presenting the case in court, to try and halt the removal of the network.
  • Nearly 30 per cent of Area C, where 38 Palestinian communities (5,000 people) are located, is designated as ‘firing zones’. These communities, many of which have existed in the area since prior to the start of the Israeli occupation, have limited access to basic services and are at heightened risk of forcible transfer. At least ten unauthorized Israeli settlement outposts are also located either partially or completely in ‘firing zones’.
  • At least nine of the structures targeted in November were dismantled and seized without prior notice. The percentage of structures seized without prior notice out of all structures targeted (demolished and seized) has been on the rise in recent years reaching almost 30 per cent in 2020. Another 13 structures (including the water network) were demolished on the basis of Military Order 1797, which provides affected people with a shortened prior notice, of 96 hours, to try and prevent the demolition.
  • Also this month, the Israeli High Court of Justice (HCJ) extended until 15 July 2021 the deadline given to the Israeli authorities to respond to a petition filed by an Israeli settler organization, demanding the demolition of the Khan al Ahmar Bedouin community. Although technically possible, legal partners estimate that a mass demolition is not likely before that date. Khan al Ahmar is one of 18 communities to the east of Jerusalem, located within or next to an area planned for a major settlement project (E1), which face the risk of forcible transfer.
  • The freeze on the demolition of inhabited homes in East Jerusalem, announced on 1 October in the context of the ongoing pandemic, was discontinued on 11 November, when the Israeli authorities demolished a home in Sur Baher, displacing a family of five. Overall, 21 structures were demolished in East Jerusalem this month, including six by the owners, following the issuance of demolition orders.
  • In 2020, 47 per cent of the 166 structures demolished in East Jerusalem were demolished by their owners to reduce the fines and expenses imposed by the municipality, up from an average of 23 per cent between 2016 and 2019. This rise is attributed to the increased pressure exerted by the Jerusalem Municipality, which has been empowered by new Israeli legislation passed in recent years. On 11 November, however, the Ministry of Justice announced a temporary freeze of that legislation.
  • On 2 November, the Israeli authorities punitively demolished a Palestinian home in Area B of Rujeib village (Nablus), belonging to a Palestinian being prosecuted for the killing of an Israeli man in August 2020. A family of eight, including four children, was displaced as a result.

See the full report here.

(Source / 19.12.2020)

Video| Locals of Kafr Qaddum down Israeli drone

Qalqilya (QNN)- Locals of Kafr Qaddum on Friday downed an Israeli military drone, which has been used to throw tear gas at peaceful protesters in the village’s anti-settlement weekly protest.

Local sources said Israeli forces repressed the protesters and attacked journalists, covering the protest, which called for opening the village’s road that has been closed for 17 years.

Israeli soldiers threw tear gas and sound bombs at Palestinians houses, causing dozens of suffocation cases.

Local sources added that the locals downed the Israeli drone, targeting it with stones.

Quds News Network on Friday

Pictures of the Israeli drone, which has been downed by locals of Kafr Qaddum while it was tear gassing a peaceful protest in the village.

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(Source / 19.12.2020)