Israel to target 300 people a day in next Gaza offensive

Chief of Staff of the Israeli occupation army, Aviv Kochavi on 12 November 2019 in Tel Aviv [Amir Levy/Getty Images]
Chief of Staff of the Israeli occupation army, Aviv Kochavi on 12 November 2019 in Tel Aviv

Chief of Staff of the Israeli occupation army, Aviv Kochavi, has revealed that his goal is to kill 300 Palestinian fighters per day in any possible offensive on the besieged Gaza Strip, Maariv newspaper revealed last week.

Israeli intelligence does not expect a major operation to be launched against Gaza in the near future, but the army has been training extensively to deal with a scenario of attacking Gaza and causing much damage to its military and civilian infrastructure, media reports and analysts have said.

Unlike previous offensives, which lasted for more than a month, the Israeli army intends to make future attacks shorter and at the same time cause greater damage.

The Israeli daily reported that reoccupying Gaza, which has been under a strict Israeli siege for 14 years or ending Hamas’ rule, are off the table. The plan in a future attack, the paper explained, would be to damage Hamas’ resistance abilities forcing it to agree to a ceasefire.

Recent media reports have revealed that Israel had proposed a prisoner swap with Hamas through Egyptian mediators, but the Palestinian movement refused it because it fell short of its demands.

READ: The international narrative about Gaza, the illegal blockade and Covid-19

(Source / 25.12.2020)

Morocco’s King Mohammed VI reiterates support for Palestine cause

King Mohammed VI of Morocco in Rabat, Morocco on 30 March 2019 [ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images]
King Mohammed VI of Morocco in Rabat, Morocco on 30 March 2019

In a letter addressing Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas yesterday, Morocco’s King Mohammed VI reaffirmed his kingdom’s position with regard to supporting the Palestinian cause, despite his recent decision to re-establish diplomatic relations with the occupation state of Israel.

The letter, which followed phone calls with Abbas after Rabat normalised ties with Tel Aviv two weeks ago, reassured the Palestinian leadership of Morocco’s commitment to the Palestinian cause, based on the so-called two-state solution.

The message also came a day after a US-Israeli delegation, which included Jared Kushner, a senior adviser and son-in-law to US President Donald Trump, were received at the royal palace in Rabat having taken a historic Israel-Morocco direct commercial flight.

The king also reiterated that as Chairman of the Al-Quds Committee, which is an offshoot of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), he will “spare no effort to preserve the ancient historical identity” of Jerusalem as a holy site for the three monotheistic faiths.

READ: Morocco expects 200,000 Israel tourists next year

The agreement overseen by the Trump administration will offer recognition of Morocco’s sovereignty over the disputed Western Sahara in exchange for Rabat’s normalised ties with Tel Aviv. In his letter, the king added that Morocco’s stance on Western Sahara “will never be neither today not in the future at the expense of the Palestinian people’s struggle.”

Morocco has become the fourth Arab state this year to normalise relations with Israel under US-brokered deals, following BahrainSudan and the UAE. However, Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita yesterday stressed that Morocco’s move was distinct from those of the other Arab states, noting that “we were pioneers” in recognising Israel in the 1990s. He also said that Morocco’s former monarch had called for Arab states to recognise Israel in the 1980s.

Following the so-called Abraham Accords between the UAE, Bahrain and Israel initiated in August, Morocco’s Prime Minister Saad Eddine El-Othmani rejected reports suggesting that Morocco would be among the next countries to normalise diplomatic ties with Israel, referring to the Palestinian cause as a “red line” for Rabat.

READ: Algeria Islamic party: Morocco PM a ‘traitor’ after normalising with Israel

A growing number of countries in the MENA region are normalising ties with Israel - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]
A growing number of countries in the MENA region are normalising ties with Israel – Cartoon 

(Source / 25.12.2020)

Social media suppresses up to 80% pro-Palestine content

Logos of popular social media apps on 12 January 2020 [Raşit Aydoğan/Anadolu Agency]
Logos of popular social media apps on 12 January 2020 

Palestinian social media posts have been suppressed by as much as 80 per cent, a new study by Sada Social Centre has found. Details of the worrying scale of this anti-Palestinian censorship was uncovered by the NGO which monitors social media content related to Palestine and campaigns for free expression.

Experts spoken to by the organisation said that the sudden increase in the suppression of content follows the normalisation of some Arab countries with Israel in recent months. Sadia’s finding confirm those of ImpACT International for Human Rights Policies. In June, the London-based think tank discovered that Facebook had blocked accounts belonging to Palestinian activists, bloggers and journalists, violating their right to voice opinions freely.

Palestinians have for years complained that Facebook is targeting their accounts, deleting them without notice. The latest suspicions about content suppression were raised when Sada was inundated with complaints from Palestinians and Arabs with accounts onFacebook regarding a sharp drop of between 50 and 80 per cent in the number of people accessing their posts. Most of the people who complained are said to have millions of followers on social media.

An investigation revealed that these platforms were publishing content only in Arabic that highlighted the normalisation of Arab countries with the Zionist state. Social media experts confirmed that the suppression was planned and orchestrated. Apparently this can be done relatively easily through the management of data algorithms in Facebook, which isn’t always easy to detect.

list of Palestinian media agencies which experienced content suppression was published by Sada Social Centre earlier this year when it identified 45 cases of content suppression in a single month. While Facebook is said to be the most frequent offender,Tik Tok also censors Palestine-related content. The organisation has asked Facebook to clarify why this is happening.

It is also calling on international human rights bodies to follow up on this issue and speak out against the threat it poses to freedom of expression.

READ: Arabs in Israel protest Israel police’s inaction in fight against violence

(Source / 25.12.2020)

US labels illegal settlement products as ‘Made in Israel’

An aerial view of Pisgat Ze'ev, an illegal Israeli settlement in East Jerusalem and the largest residential neighbourhood in Jerusalem with a population of over 50,000 on October 04, 2018 [Mostafa Alkharouf /Anadolu Agency]
Israeli settlement units in Jerusalem on 4 October 2018

The US has started to label products from illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories as “Made in Israel”. Washington claims that this is to mark goods in accordance with import laws and regulations.

In a statement published yesterday by US Customs and Border Protection, it called for the accuracy of the labelling on products from territories held by Israel, the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Gaza to be “consistent with the United States’ foreign policy approach.”

Under the new ruling, all products made and packaged in the areas controlled by Israel and its military – including those in the West Bank formerly held by the PA – are to be marked as Israeli-made. The areas mentioned include the West Bank’s Area C, where around 150,000 Palestinians live under Israel’s full control.

The order came into effect yesterday and follows last month’s landmark visit to a settlement by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Prior to Pompeo’s visit, he announced that the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against illegal settlement goods will be branded as “anti-Semitic” by the US.

READ: It’s time to tear up the Oslo Accords

The labelling of goods from Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories has long been a debated issue. Prior to the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993, the US required all products from those areas to mention Israel. Since 1995, however, products from the West Bank and Gaza have been required to be labelled from those territories; two years later, they were allowed to have the joint label of “West Bank/Gaza”.

In 2016, under President Barack Obama, it was ruled that wrongly labelling settlement goods as “Made in Israel” could lead to fines being levied.

Even though the new ruling has now come into effect, importers have been given a 90-day grace period to implement the changes to their labels.

This new development ensures that consumers who want to buy products from the Palestinian territories and not Israel or its settlements can do so more easily. Nevertheless, such labelling gives US legitimacy to the settlements, all of which are illegal under international law.

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

Trump doesn't care about International Law and makes illegal settlements legal - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]
Trump doesn’t care about International Law and makes illegal settlements legal – Cartoon

(Source / 25.12.2020)

Gaza suffers $1.5bn losses from siege, covid this year

shoppers wearing face masks to stem the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic in Gaza on 10 December 2020 [Ashraf Amra/Anadolu Agency]
Shoppers wearing face masks to stem the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic in Gaza on 10 December 2020

Gaza’s economy has suffered a loss of $1.5 billion dollars this year, announced the head of Gaza’s National Committee for Breaking the Siege.

Palestinian politician Jamal Al-Khudari stressed in a statement published today that this year was the most dangerous due to Israel’s ongoing blockade of the coastal enclave which was exacerbated by the outbreak of coronavirus.

Since June 2007, Gaza residents have been under a strict Israeli land, air and sea embargo, which even hinders their access to medical care.

Under this oppressive siege, Israel has reduced the entry of goods to a minimum, while external trade and exports have been stopped except in very exceptional cases.

Moreover, the poverty rate jumped from 40 per cent in 2007 to 56 per cent in 2017, leaving more than one million Palestinians with no income.

Al-Khudari explained that the economic repercussions of the blockade and virus threaten the food security of almost 70 per cent of families in Gaza, while more than 85 per cent live below the poverty line.

READ: Europe MPs call for ending siege on Gaza, allowing covid relief in

Additionally, the unemployment rate in the besieged Gaza Strip has risen further to 60 per cent which has affected more than 350,000 workers directly and indirectly and led to the closure of several factories, companies and workshops who had to lay off thousands of employees.

The official urged the free world to move quickly in a “moral, humanitarian and legal” manner to stand by and save Gaza. He pointed out that “the world should not wait for what is coming for the people of Gaza” and “urgent action and strong moves should be taken to save what is left to save.”

Unemployment in #Gaza hits 70% as a result of Israel’s continued siege and the coronavirus lockdowns
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(Source / 25.12.2020)

Erdogan says Turkey wants better ties with Israel, but ‘Palestine policy is our red line’

President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan makes statements after chairing Cabinet meeting, in Ankara, Turkey on December 14, 202 [Doğukan Keskinkılıç / Anadolu Agency]
President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan makes statements after chairing Cabinet meeting, in Ankara, Turkey on December 14, 2020 

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that Turkey would like to have better ties with Israel and that talks at intelligence level continued between the two sides, but criticised Israeli policy toward Palestinians as “unacceptable”, reports Reuters.

The two countries have had a bitter falling out in recent years, despite strong commercial ties, expelling ambassadors in 2018. Ankara has repeatedly condemned Israel’s occupation in the West Bank and its treatment of Palestinians.

Speaking to reporters after Friday prayers in Istanbul, Erdogan said Turkey had issues with “people at the top level” in Israel and that ties could have been “very different” if it were not for those issues.

Erdogan said:

The Palestine policy is our red line. It is impossible for us to accept Israel’s Palestine policies. Their merciless acts there are unacceptable.

“If there were no issues at the top level, our ties could have been very different,” he added. “We would like to bring our ties to a better point.”

Read: Turkey’s Erdogan reiterates pledge to work towards an independent Palestine

Turkey and Israel, former allies, expelled each other’s top diplomats in 2018 over clashes when dozens of Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces on the Gaza border. Ankara and Tel Aviv continue to trade with one another.

In August, Israel accused Turkey of giving passports to a dozen Hamas members in Istanbul, describing the move as “a very unfriendly step” which his government would raise with Turkish officials.

Hamas seized Gaza from forces loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in 2007, and the group has fought three wars with Israel since then. Turkey says Hamas is a legitimate political movement that was elected democratically.

Morocco foreign minister: ‘Normalisation talks with Israel started in 2018’ 

Israel, which has formalised ties with four Muslim countries this year, said on Wednesday it was working towards normalising ties with a fifth Muslim nation, possibly in Asia. Tunisia said on Tuesday it did not intend to normalise ties.

Ankara has slammed the US-brokered rapprochements between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco, with Erdogan previously threatening to suspend diplomatic ties with the UAE and withdraw its envoy. It also slammed Bahrain’s decision to formalise ties as a blow to efforts to defend the Palestinian cause.

Palestinians have censured the US-brokered deals, seeing a betrayal of a long-standing demand that Israel first meet their statehood demand. Egypt and Israel established full relations in 1979 and Jordan in 1994.

Read: UAE, Bahrain activists hail Israel army as ‘defenders of humanity’

(Source / 25.12.2020)

Bethlehem sends signal of hope with quiet Christmas celebrations


Bethlehem’s leaders say they want to be a beacon of hope

Palestinian marching band parade as part of Christmas celebrations in Bethlehem, West Bank on December 24, 2020 [Issam Rimawi / Anadolu Agency]
Palestinian marching band parade as part of Christmas celebrations in Bethlehem, West Bank on December 24, 2020 [Issam Rimawi / Anadolu Agency]
Palestinian marching band parade as part of Christmas celebrations in Bethlehem, West Bank on December 24, 2020 [Issam Rimawi / Anadolu Agency]

The Palestinian town of Bethlehem celebrated Christmas Eve on Thursday with only small numbers attending the traditional events due to COVID-19 restrictions, but town leaders say they are determined to send a message of hope, reported Reuters.

Just 12 months ago, Bethlehem, revered as the birth place of Jesus, was celebrating its busiest festive season for two decades, amid a sustained drop in violence and a corresponding surge in the number of pilgrims and tourists.

But now, hotels that were adding new wings in 2019 are shuttered and many festivities will be followed mostly online.

Nevertheless, aware that the world’s eyes are upon their town at this time of year, Bethlehem’s leaders say they want to be a beacon of hope.

“There are restrictions on the movement of people and on social networking but it is Christmas, Christmas gives people hope for better times,” said Mayor Anton Salman, standing next to the huge Christmas tree in Manger Square.

Read: Even Santa Clause would need a visa and travel permit if he was a Palestinian

“So we are celebrating the holiday in all means, the only thing missing at this stage is the big crowd, like it used to be in the previous years, but people in Bethlehem are optimistic that the future will be better.”

The newly-appointed Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Pierbattista Pizzaballa, who himself contracted the virus and recovered, will lead this year’s reduced celebrations, but 85-year-old Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will be absent from the annual Midnight Mass at the Nativity Church, a Palestinian official said.

Palestinian marching band parade as part of Christmas celebrations in Bethlehem, West Bank on December 24, 2020 [Issam Rimawi / Anadolu Agency]
Palestinian Christians light candles and pray at Church of the Nativity during a Christmas ceremony in Bethlehem, West Bank, on December 24, 2020 [Issam Rimawi / Anadolu Agency]
Palestinian marching band parade as part of Christmas celebrations in Bethlehem, West Bank on December 24, 2020 [Issam Rimawi / Anadolu Agency]

(Source / 25.12.2020)

OCHA: Protection of Civilians Report – Occupied Palestinian Territory

United Nations Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Occupied Palestinian Territory (UNOCHA)

Protection of Civilians Report: December 8-21, 2020

  • On 21 December, a 17-year-old Palestinian boy from Qabatiya (Jenin) reportedly opened fire at a police post in the Old City of Jerusalem and was subsequently shot and killed by Israeli forces who chased him. A police officer reportedly fell while running and was lightly injured.
  • On 20 December, an Israeli woman was found dead in a forest near the Tal Menashe settlement (Jenin), where she lived; the Israeli authorities suspect she had been attacked by a Palestinian. A series of stone throwing and physical assault incidents by Israeli settlers against Palestinians (mostly outside the reporting period) have been associated by the Israeli media with this case.
  • A total of 73 Palestinians, including 16 children, were injured in multiple clashes with Israeli forces across the West Bank. The bulk of the injuries (57) were recorded in protests against settlement activities in Kufur Qaddoum (Qalqilia), Al Mughayyir and Kafr Malik (Ramallah). Fourteen Palestinians were injured in clashes during search-and-arrest operations in the cities of Tulkarem and Nablus and in Jaba’ village (Jenin). Two Palestinians were injured near Jenin, while trying to cross into Israel through Barrier breaches. Ten of the Palestinians injured during this period were hit by live ammunition, 17 by rubber bullets, and 40 were treated for inhaling tear gas.
  • Israeli forces carried out 183 search-and-arrest operations and arrested 154 Palestinians across the West Bank. Most operations were recorded in the governorates of Nablus (39) and Tulkarem (35), followed by Jerusalem (28) and Hebron (23).
  • A home located about one kilometre away from Israel’s perimeter fence east of Gaza city was hit and severely damaged by an Israeli tank shell, reportedly fired accidentally. On at least 22 occasions, Israeli forces opened warning fire near the fence, and off Gaza’s coast, apparently to enforce access restrictions. Twice, Israeli bulldozers levelled land near the fence, inside Gaza. Israeli forces deployed signs at about 100 metres away from the fence ordering Palestinian farmers to move away their crops, or otherwise they would be forcibly removed.
  • A total of 21 Palestinian-owned structures were demolished or seized due to a lack of Israeli-issued building permits, displacing 14 people and otherwise affecting over 100. Two homes were seized in two Bedouin communities (Abu Nuwar and Az Za’ayyem Za’atreh) located in Area C of the Jerusalem governorate, within or nearby an area planned for a large settlement expansion project (E1). Another 16 structures were demolished or seized elsewhere in Area C, seven of them in another Bedouin community (Ras ‘Ein al ‘Auja) in the Jordan Valley. The remaining three structures, in East Jerusalem, were demolished by their owners to avoid higher expenses and fines. 2020 has recorded the second highest number of structures demolished (after 2016) since OCHA began systematically documenting this practice in 2009.
  • Israeli forces bulldozed some 30 dunams of agricultural land near Suba village (Hebron), on grounds that it had been declared ‘state land’. About 930 olive, grape, almond and cactus trees were uprooted or damaged during the incident, in addition to agricultural terraces, metal bars and fences and a gate. The livelihoods of eight families were affected.
  • Eight Palestinians, including three children, were injured and at least 740 Palestinian-owned trees and saplings were damaged by perpetrators believed to be Israeli settlers. In three separate incidents, Israeli settlers physically assaulted and forced out of their land Palestinian farmers from the community of Susiya, injuring a boy and an elderly man; this is one of multiple communities in Area C at risk of forcible transfer. Another three similar incidents affected farmers and other residents from Kisan village (Bethlehem). Three Palestinians were injured nearby Hebron following the death of the above-mentioned Israeli woman, including a boy and his father at Beit ‘Einun junction and a shepherd near Asfar settlement. The other three injuries were physically assaulted in East Jerusalem, the Jordan Valley and Nablus. Five incidents involving the vandalizing of some 740 trees and saplings were recorded, one of them in the Khallet Athaba’ community (Hebron), where 400 olive and almond trees were damaged. Since the start of 2020, at least 8,550 trees have been damaged by people known or believed to be Israeli settlers.
  • Two Israelis were injured and 17 Israeli-plated vehicles were damaged while travelling on West Bank roads by perpetrators believed to be Palestinians, according to Israeli sources. The incidents involved the throwing of stones and paint bottles.
  • On 21 December, a 16-year-old Israeli boy was killed and four other settlers were injured when their car crashed while being chased by Israeli police, east of Ramallah. The Israeli authorities reportedly suspected they had thrown stones at Palestinian cars.

(Source / 25.12.2020)

Army Abducts A Palestinian Accused Of Killing A Settler

Undercover Israeli forces abducted, Thursday, a Palestinian man believed to be behind the death of an Israeli settler, last Monday, near Nablus, in northern West Bank.

Media sources said the undercover soldiers broke into the home of Mohammad Marouh Kabaha, 36, in Toura village, west of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, and abducted him.

They added that the soldiers ransacked the home before detaining and interrogating his entire family for many hours in their property.

Israeli sources claimed the Palestinian “confessed under interrogation” that he killed the Israeli settler woman, identified as Esther Horgan, 52, who was found in the forest close to her home in Menashe illegal colony, earlier Monday.

The sources added that, according to the Shin Bet investigation into the incident, the Palestinian has no political affiliation, and is not a member of any resistance group.

Israeli Channel 13 claimed the man “waited in the forest for an Israeli victim,” and added that he surprised the woman before repeatedly striking her on the head and hid her body.

While some Israeli media agencies are trying to claim the incident is “nationally motivated,” or related to the ongoing conflict resulting from the illegal occupation and colonization of Palestine, the motives remain unclear.

Details of the investigation remain under a gag order by the Israeli security and military.

(Source / 25.12.2020)

PCHR: Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

Summary for December 17 – 23, 2020

Israeli occupation forces (IOF) continued to commit crimes and multi-layered 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 that are mostly conducted after midnight and in the early morning hours. This week witnessed an escalation in settler attacks, mainly uprooting and cutting trees and seedlings, assaults on civilian houses and vehicles, and assaults on civilians as one was ran over by a car.

Settlers’ attacks peaked on Monday, as the settlers carried out 12 assaults all under IOF protection across the West Bank. Additionally, IOF demolitions of Palestinian homes and properties continued as part of Israel’s de facto annexation and under various pretexts in the West Bank.

This week, the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) documented 193 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:

Six civilians, including a child, were wounded during IOF excessive use of force in the West Bank: a child was wounded near the Annexation Wall in Jenin; 4 civilians were wounded in an IOF incursion into Nablus; and a sixth person was wounded in IOF shooting at his vehicle in Hebron before arresting him. Additionally, dozens of civilians suffocated due to tear gas inhalation, which was used by IOF to suppress protests and during incursions into Palestinian cities.

In the Gaza Strip, 6 IOF shootings were reported at civilians, journalists, farmers, shepherds and agricultural lands, and twice at fishing boats eastern and western Gaza Strip.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians:

IOF carried out 68 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, 45 Palestinians were arrested, including 6 children and 2 women.

Demolitions:

PCHR documented 6 incidents, including:

Occupied East Jerusalem: barn self-demolished, and 2 houses were demolished (one by its owners) in Silwan; two commercial barracks and a wall in Jabal Mokabber and Wadi Jier area were demolished.

Hebron: 2 houses, barracks and water well were demolished in Khirbet al-Simia, west of as-Samu; manual digging equipment and power generator were also confiscated in Khirbet Zanuta, eastern ad-Dhahiriya.

Settler-attacks:

PCHR fieldworkers reported and documented 19 settler-violence incidents:250 trees uprooted in Kisan village, eastern Bethlehem;Assault on several houses and shepherds and a Palestinian ran over in Hebron;Water irrigation system, and orange trees cut in Khan al-Laban in Nablus;30 olive tree seedlings cut in Al-Mughayyir, northeastern Ramallah.50 olive tree seedlings south east of Nablus.

On Monday, 21 December 2020, witnessed an increase in settler assaults, as PCHR fieldworkers documented 12 assaults, including settler protests, assaults on vehicles and civilians and chanting discriminative slogans across the West Bank.

Israeli closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:

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.

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 02:30 on Thursday, 17 December 2020, IOF moved into Ramallah in the center of the West Bank and stationed in ‘Ein Musbah neighborhood. IOF raided and searched Mo’tasem Ayman Zaloum’s (21) house and arrested him, taking him to an unknown destination. When IOF withdrew from the city, a group of Palestinian young men gathered, set fire to tires and threw stones at IOF, who responded with rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters. As a result, many civilians suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot.
  • At approximately 03:00, a large number of IOF accompanied with dozens of Israeli soldiers and Special Forces moved into Dheisheh refugee camp. IOF raided and searched several houses, from which they arrested Mohammed Suliman Diyrieh (18) and Hussain Eyas Diyrieh (18). Meanwhile, a group of Palestinian young men gathered and threw stones and empty bottles at IOF, who attacked the protestors, chased them on the camp’s streets and fired heavy teargas canisters in the area. As a result, many protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation.
  • At approximately 09:30, IOF stationed along the Gaza’s border fence with Israel, east of Khan Younis, fired live bullets at a group of journalists, farmers and a staff of the Ministry of agriculture, who were present 200 meters away from the border fence, east of al-Fukhari village, to follow up on the IOF incursion into the area and the warnings they had put on for farmers yesterday. Due to the heavy shooting, the journalists, farmers and staff of the Ministry of agriculture were forced to leave; no casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 11:00, IOF moved into ‘Anin village, west of Jenin, north of the West Bank, and stationed near the village’s High School. IOF fired teargas canisters on the school’s yards. As a result, many teachers and students suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot.
  • At approximately 11:00 on Friday, 18 December 2020, and for the ninth consecutive week, a peaceful protest took off in Beit Dajan village, northeast of Nablus, with the participation of the National Action Factions in Nablus, which started from the village Council heading to the lands under threat of confiscation east of the village. The protesters raised Palestinian flags and chanted slogans against the Israeli occupation, settlers, annexation wall and the Deal of Century. When the protestors arrived at the area, they found a large number of Israeli soldiers awaiting them. IOF suppressed the protest and fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the protestors. As a result, many civilians suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot.
  • Around the same time, a peaceful protest took off in the center of al-Mughayyir village, northeast of Ramallah, at the call of the villagers, towards lands under the threat of confiscation and in protest to the establishment of new settlement outposts in Ras al-Teen area near the eastern entrance to the village. The protestors raised Palestinian flags and chanted slogans against the Israeli occupation, settlers and annexation wall. When the protestors arrived at the area, they found a large number of Israeli soldiers awaiting them. The protestors chanted slogans again against the Israeli occupation and settlers. IOF immediately suppressed the protest and fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the protestors. As a result, 4 civilians sustained rubber bullets wounds in their lower extremities and received treatment on the spot. Also, dozens of protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation.
  • At approximately 14:00, a number of Palestinian young men gathered in Bab al-Zawiyia area in the center of Hebron and threw stones at a military checkpoint established at the northern entrance to Hebron, so-called Checkpoint (56). IOF chased the stone-throwers in the village’s market and fired sound bombs and teargas canisters at them. As a result, many stone-throwers suffocated due to teargas inhalation. The clashes continued until 17:00; no arrests among the protestors were reported.
  • At approximately 12:00 on Saturday, 19 December 2020, IOF stationed along the Gaza’s border fence with Israel, northeast of Deir al-Balah city in the center of Gaza Strip, fired live bullets and teargas canisters at Palestinian shepherds; no casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 14:00, IOF stationed near the annexation wall, west of Araqah village, west of Jenin, north o the West Bank, opened fire at Eyad Ghasan Mohammed Shalameesh (15), from Burqin village, wounding him in his right leg. IOF claimed that he approached the annexation wall halls. Shalameesh was taken to Khalil Suliman Hospital for treatment.
  • At approximately 01:00 on Monday, 21 December 2020, IOF moved into Nablus, north of the West Bank, and stationed on al-Basha Street in Ras al-‘Ein neighborhood, south of the city. IOF raided a 6-storey building belonging to Abu Daher family. Meanwhile, a number of Palestinian young men gathered and threw stones and empty bottles at IOF vehicles. Violent clashes erupted between IOF and Palestinian young men, resulted in the injury of 4 civilians with Two-Two bullets in their feet. The wounded civilians were taken to Rafidia Hospital for treatment. Before IOF withdrawal, they arrested ‘Anan Saleem Yousef Abu Duhair (43) and took him to his company located on the 2nd floor of the building. IOF searched the company and confiscated a PC set, DVR and some documents.
  • At approximately 06:30, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Waha Shore, northwest of Beit Lahia, north of the Gaza Strip, chased Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles and opened heavy fire around them until 07:30, causing fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 12:25, IOF stationed in (16) military site, northeast of Beit Hanoun, north of the Gaza Strip, opened sporadic fire at Palestinian shepherds approached the border fence, causing fear among them and forcing them to flee. Neither casualties nor material damage were reported.
  • At approximately 14:15, IOF stationed in (16) military site, northeast of Beit Hanoun, north of the Gaza Strip, opened heavy fire at Palestinian shepherds approached the border fence, causing fear among them and forcing them to flee. Neither casualties nor material damage were reported.
  • At approximately 22:00, IOF stationed along the Gaza’s border fence with Israel, east of al-Bureij refugee camp, opened fire at agricultural lands; no casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 02:00 on Tuesday, 22 December 2020, IOF stationed along the Gaza’s border fence with Israel, east of Abu Safia area, east of Jabalia refugee camp in northern Gaza Strip, opened sporadic fire at the border area; no causalities or material damage were reported.
  • At approximately 08:30, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Waha Shore, northwest of Beit Lahia, north of the Gaza Strip, chased Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles and opened heavy fire around them until 07:30, causing fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 01:00 on Wednesday, 23 December 2020, IOF opened fire at a vehicle belonging to Ahmed Faisal ‘Arafat al-Rajbi, 21, from Bani Na’im village, while present in al-Jalajel area, east of Hebron, wounding him with a live bullet in his back. IOF chased al-Rajbi’s vehicle and detained him for half an hour without providing aid to him. Al-Rajbi was arrested and then taken via an Israeli ambulance. It should be noted that IOF prevented a staff of the Palestine Red Crescent Society from reaching and helping him.

II. Incursions and Arrests:

Thursday, 17 December 2020:

  • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into al-Mughayyir village, northeast of Ramallah. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Jamal Rabah al-Haj (29). IOF took him to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 10:00, IOF moved into Ras al-Amoud neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Asma’ Mohammed Owais’s (24) house and arrested her. Owais was taken to one of the police stations in the city, she was interrogated for several hours before releasing her. It should be noted that Owais’s brother, Baker Mohammed Owais (22) was arrested 3-weeks ago.
  • At approximately 12:00, IOF arrested Ra’eda Sa’eed al-Khalili (37), while performing prayers at Bab al-Rahma, in the Al-Aqsa Mosque. IOF took her to one of the investigation centers in the city, and released her, after several hours of investigation, on conditions that banning her entry to the Al-Aqsa Mosque for a week. It should be noted that al-Khalili was arrested 8 times from the same place.
  • At approximately 19:00, IOF stormed a store in al-Wad street, in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, and arrested the store owner’s son, Naji Akram Zughayyar (26).
  • IOF carried out (2) incursions in Birzeit, north of Ramallah; and Aqabat Jabr refugee camp, southwest of Jericho governorate. No arrests were reported.

Friday, 18 December 2020:

  • At approximately 01:30, IOF moved into al-Eizariya, east of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Hashem Mohammed Rajabi’s (23) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 18:00, IOF stationed at Mazmouriya checkpoint, east of Bethlehem, arrested Alaa Mansour Khleif (29), while passing through the checkpoint. IOF took him to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 13:50, IOF stationed at ‘Inab military checkpoint, east of Tulkarem, arrested Zeid As’ad Fuqaha (17), from Anabta, east of Tulkarem. IOF took him to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 18:00, IOF arrested Tareq al-Joulani (18), while present near Bab al-‘Amoud area in the occupied East Jerusalem. IOF took him to one of the investigation centers in the city.
  • At approximately 17:30, IOF moved into Zububa, southwest of Jenin. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Osama Hesham Atatra (37).
  • At approximately 20:00, IOF moved into Zababdeh village, southwest of Jenin. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Mohammed Zeidan ‘Ar’arawi (22).
  • IOF carried out (2) incursions in Jenin and Jaba villages, south of Jenin. No arrested were reported.

Saturday, 19 December 2020:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into al-Tur neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Ameer Sami Abu al-Hawa (19) and Abdul Rahman Eyad al-Hidra (24) and arrested them.
  • At approximately 10:30, IOF arrested Zeid As’ad Foqaha (19), from Anabta, east of Tulkarem, while referring to the Israeli Intelligence Services, that recently summon ed him. IOF took him to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 12:30, IOF arrested Nabil Saleh Abdullah (38), from Kisa village, south of Bethlehem. IOF prosecuted his vehicle near the entrance of al-Maniya village, southeast of the city.
  • At approximately 17:30, IOF moved into the eastern neighborhood in Jenin, north of the West Bank. They arrested Yamen ‘Atiq (17) and Ibrahim Taher al-Sa’di (17), while present on the entrance of Ganim evacuated settlement, near the above-mentioned site.
  • IOF carried out (2) incursions in Beit Kahil and al-Shuyukh in Hebron governorate. No arrests were reported.

Sunday, 20 December 2020:

  • At approximately 01:30, IOF moved into Anabta, east of Qalqilia, north of the West Bank. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Mohannad Ahmed Hammad (19).
  • At approximately 01:45, IOF moved into Huwara, southeast of Nablus. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Oday Jamal Owda (19).
  • At approximately 04:00, IOF moved into Azzun, east of Qalqilia. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Sa’eed Ziyad Abu Haniya (24) and confiscated his vehicle.
  • At approximately 16:00, IOF arrested Mohammed Mousa Obaid (17), while present near the eastern entrance of al-‘Isawiya village, northeast the occupied East Jerusalem. IOF took him to one of the investigation centers in the city.
  • At approximately 18:00, Israeli Intelligence Services arrested Waheeb Khaled Abu al-Hums (18), from al-‘Isawiya, northeast the occupied East Jerusalem. while referring to al-Bareed police station in Salah al-Dein street, that recently summoned him via a phone call. IOF extended his arrest until the next day.
  • IOF carried out (5) incursions in Burin, southeast of Nablus; Hebron, Halhul, Sa’ir and Surif villages in Hebron governorate. No arrests were reported.

Monday, 21 December 2020:

  • At approximately 01:30, IOF moved into al-‘Isawiya village, northeast the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Omar Marwan Obaid (20) and Ameen Omar Hamed (24) and arrested them.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Silwan, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Ahmed Younis al-Ghoul’s (21) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF moved into Jenin, north of the West Bank. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Mahmoud Kamel al-‘Ayya (36).
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into Jenin refugee camp, west of Jenin. They raided and searched several houses and Yazan Abdul Razek Hannoun (19) and Saber Mohammed Shaqfa (20).
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into al-Eizariya, east of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Mo’ayad Ahmed al-Khateeb (26) and Ali Eisa Mamdouh (21), and confiscated a vehicle belonging to Atta Maher Hamdan.
  • At approximately 03:30, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into al-Mughayyir village, northeast of Ramallah governorate. They raided and searched Abdullah Zaghloul al-Na’san’s (25) house and arrested him. Additionally, IOF confiscated a white vehicle holding an unregistered plate belonging to Mansour al-Haj Bishara, a prisoner in the Israeli prisons.
  • At approximately 06:00, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved 200-meters to the east of al-Shawka village, east of Rafah. They levelled 48-acres of land planted with vegetables, and irrigation networks, and deployed again at approximately 09:00.The following are the details of the damages:– 5-dunams planted with peas, irrigation network at a 30-dunam land belonging to Nahed Hamdi Madi,
    – 5-dunams planted with peas, irrigation network at a 30-dunam land belonging to Mohammed Hamdi Madi,
    – 5-dunams planted with potatoes, irrigation network at a 30-dunam land belonging to Sameer Hamdi Madi,
    – 7-dunams planted with potatoes, irrigation network at a 40-dunam land belonging to Ishaq Mansour Abu Mo’ammar,
    – 10-dunams planted with potatoes, belonging to Abdullah Mahmoud Matbouli,
    – 8-dunams planted with peas, belonging to Jamal Mohammed Madi, and
    – 8-dunams planted with peas, belonging to Hamad Marzouq Madi.
  • At approximately 12:20, IOF arrested Ahmed Abd Atiya (19) and Hussain Mahmoud Atiya (18), while present near the entrance of al-‘Isawiya, northeast the occupied East Jerusalem. IOF took them to one of the police centers in the city.
  • At approximately 15:40, IOF stationed at Ariel rotary, south of Kifl Hares, arrested Ahmed Isma’el Abu Naser, from Dir Istiya, north of Salfit, after chasing him between the olive trees. IOF released him after the intervention of the Palestinian Military Liaison. It should be noted that Ahmed is a person with disability.
  • At approximately 22:30, IOF arrested (3) civilians while present at the Madaris neighborhood, at al-‘Isawiya, northeast the occupied East Jerusalem. IOF took them to al-Bareed police center in Salah al-Dein street in Jerusalem. The arrestees are: Mohammed Haitham Mustafa (18), Mohammed Mousa Mostafa (18), and Younis Wissam Abu al-Hums (18).
  • IOF carried out (2) incursions in Tulkarem and Tulkarem refugee camp. No arrests were reported.

Tuesday, 22 December 2020:

  • At approximately 01:30, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into Abwein, northwest of Ramallah, and stationed in the center of the village. They raided and searched Majdi al-Khayyat’s house, after bombing the main door, and detained all the house members in the balcony, and damaged the house contents. No arrests were reported.
  • At approximately 04:00, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into al-Dhahiriya, south of Hebron. They raided and searched Mohammed Bassam al-Battat’s (25) house and arrested him.
  • IOF carried out (5) incursions in Aqabat Jabr refugee camp in Jericho; Hebron, Beit Ummar, Adisa, east of Sa’ir, Hadab al-Fawwar village in Hebron governorate. No arrests were reported.

Wednesday, 23 December 2020:

  • At approximately 01:30, IOF moved into Qabatiya, southeast of Jenin. They raided and searched Mahmoud Omar Sadiq Kmeil’s (17) house, who was killed in 21 December 2020, on grounds of accusing him of carrying out a shooting attack near Bab Hutta in Jerusalem. IOF interrogated Mahmoud’s family for over than an hour. Meanwhile, IOF raided Mohammed Tawfiq Mohammed Kmeil’s (17) house, in the same area, and arrested him.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Salfit, north of the West Bank. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Nizar Mohammed Darabiya (26), from Gaza living in Salfit.
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF moved into al-Arouj village, southeast of Bethlehem. They raided and searched Munir Mohammed Ta’amra’s (37) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into Teqoa, east of Bethlehem. They raided and searched Qusai Ali Abu Mfarreh’s (18) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 15:00, IOF arrested Malek Abdul Rahim Sidr (16), while present near Bab al-Rahma, one of the Aqsa Mosqu’s gates in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City and arrested him.
  • IOF carried out (5) incursions in Mirka, southeast of Jenin, al-Lubban Qablan and SEBASTIA in Nablus; Halhul; and Imreish in Hebron. No arrest were reported.

III. Settlement Expansion and Settler Violence in the West Bank

a. Demolition and Confiscation of Civilian Property

  • On Sunday morning, 20 December 2020, ‘Ali Rweidi self-demolished a barrack he uses for grazing animals in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, pursuant to the Israeli Municipality decision for unlicensed construction and banning animal-grazing near houses.‘Ali Rweidi said that he built the barrack 5 years ago on an area of 145 sqm for grazing sheep and chicken. He added that the Israeli Municipality has haunted him since 2016 under the pretext of grazing animals near residential houses in occupied Jerusalem. Only few weeks ago, the municipality crews handed him a notice to demolish his barrack himself or it would and then fine him ILS38,000. Rweidi said that he had to self-demolish the barrack although it is adequately far from the neighbors’ houses and none of them complained. He added that he incurred huge losses as he had to sell the animals less than the original price before demolishing the barrack.
  • At approximately 08:30, IOF backed by military and Israeli Civil Administration vehicles, including an excavator and a bulldozer, moved into Kherbet al-Simiya, west of as-Samu village, south of Hebron. The soldiers deployed in the area and the vehicles started the demolition of 2 houses, a barrack and water well.1. Shehdah Rezq al-Qawa’in – An inhabited house (100 sqm), barrack (600 sqm) and water well (300 m³)2. Ahmed Soliman al-Qawa’in – An inhabited house (120sqm)The demolition was for alleged illegal construction in Area C as an Israeli Civil Administration officer handed the 2 owners notices to stop work 3 years ago. The 2 civilians hired a lawyer to obtain licenses but had not received any response from the competent committee even until the demolition was carried out. It should be noted that the 2 civilians live in Israel and come from time to time to stay in their houses for completing the construction works in the barrack in order to move the sheep there and then permanently stay. Moreover, the Israeli authorities vacated the houses before the demolition.
  • On Monday afternoon, 22 December 2020, Shahirah Ghaith self-demolished her house in Wadi Qaddoum neighborhood in Silwan, southern Old East Jerusalem, pursuant to Israeli Municipality decision for unlicensed construction. Ghaith stated that she separated from her husband 10 years ago and have 5 children, whom she raises on her own. She said that only few months ago, she built the house (70 sqm) of tin plates and 2 rooms with a kitchen and bathroom with her brothers’ help due to her poor economic conditions. She moved in with her family last September; however, the Municipality did not leave her alone and issued a decision to demolish the house. She added that she hired a lawyer to postpone the decision but was surprised with the police officers in the morning surrounding her house. When she asked them why, one of them told her that the Municipality refused to freeze the demolition, so the bulldozers will demolish the house next day and she will be pay the demolition costs (ILS 70,000). She then asked the officers to help them with the demolition to avoid paying the fine.
  • At approximately 10:00 on Tuesday, 22 December 2020, IOF accompanied by a Civil Administration SUV and a truck moved into Kherbet Zanouta, east of ad-Dhahiriya village, south of Hebron. The soldiers deployed at the Kherbet Zanouta’s entrance while the Israeli Civil Administration crew started confiscating hand digging tools, a generator and vehicles belonging to Soliman al-Battat, who was digging a water well in Sho’eib al-Khdeirat’s land. The Civil Administration officer took photos of the area dug and hanged a notice to stop work near it. They then arrested Soliman al-Battat and withdrew, but later released him. It should be noted that the Israeli authorities had noticed a week ago 10 facilities, including residential rooms in al-Kherbeh, allegedly for unlicensed construction.
  • At approximately 11:00, IOF demolished a commercial barrack in Wadi al-Jeer area between Abu Dis and Al-Eizariya villages, east of occupied East Jerusalem, allegedly for unlicensed construction. Mahmoud al-Basha, who owns the barrack, said that the Israeli Municipality demolished a barrack he used for auto-repair and was built of bricks, steel and tin plates on an area of 150 sqm allegedly for unlicensed construction.
  • In the evening, the Israeli Municipality vehicles demolished Kazem Abu Shafe’a’s house in al-Bustan neighborhood in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, under the pretext of unlicensed construction. Abu Shafe’a, 28, stated that the IOF accompanied by the Israeli Municipality crews moved into the Al-Bustan neighborhood in Silwan, and unexpectedly surrounded his house starting to demolish it with light vehicles. Abu Shafe’a added that he built the house on an area of ​​50 sqm last August to live with his wife and two children near his family in the neighborhood. Abu Shafe’a added that he had to build a small unlicensed house consisting of two rooms and utilities, to avoid rented houses, which cost huge amounts of money in Jerusalem. Abu Shafe’a pointed out that the Israeli Municipality crews had raided his house last October and handed him a decision to stop construction works, and after a week they handed him an administrative demolition order for the house. On the same day evening, they raided his house and started the demolition, ordering him to destroy the iron staircase leading to his house; otherwise the crews will return and demolish it.

b. Settler Attacks on Palestinian Civilians and their Property

  • On Thursday morning, 17 December 2020, Israeli settlers uprooted 250 trees in a Ayoub Youssif ‘Abiyat’s land, in Kisan village, east of Bethlehem. Ahmed Ghazal, Deputy Head of the village council, stated that settlers from “Abbi Nahal” settlement established on Kisan village lands raided the land under the IOF protection, uprooted 250 trees and stayed there for few hours. Ghazal added that the recent escalation of settlers’ attacks aims at seizing lands from Kisan village to annex them to their settlement. He said that the settlers intensified their assaults in the last 2 days as last night they raided the village and threw stones at some houses and attacked farmers and shepherds an hour before using their wild dogs which tore and killed many sheep. As a result, the villagers confronted the settlers and forced them to leave the area.
  • At approximately 01:30 on Friday, 18 December 2020, settlers from “Mitzpe Yair“ settlement outpost established on the Palestinian lands of eastern Yatta, south of Hebron, attacked the 2 houses belonging to Mohammed ‘Ali Jabrin (63) and Isma’il Mohammed Jabrin (53) in Kherbet Sha’b al-Batem in al-Masafer area, east of Yata, south of Hebron. They also assaulted the 2 civilians and insulted them.‘Ali Mohammed Jabrin made the following statement to PCHR fieldworker:“I woke up to knocks on my house door. As soon as I had put my clothes on, 2 settlers opened the room door and entered; one of them in his 30s and namely Youssef whom I know. He started shouting at me by asking where his stolen sheep was. I was astonished at his attitude and told him I do not know what he was talking about. My kids woke up and stood at the room corner in fear while the settler kept shouting and was flashing with a torch at me and my kids. He then kicked twice my right leg and asked one of my sons to go to his uncle Ismail who lives near us in order to call the Israeli police. The settler said in Arabic “I will go to Ismail” and then rushed to my brother’s house. I stood at the house door and it was very dark while I could hear screams coming from my brother Ismail’s house. When the settler left, I learnt from my brother that the settler entered the house shouting and woke up his children after disarranging their bed blankets. He also attempted to assault Ismail allegedly searching for stolen sheep.”
  • At approximately 04:30 on Friday, 18 December 2020, five settlers from “Mitzpe Yair“ settlement outpost assaulted ‘Omer Jebril Ahmed Hoshiyah’s (37) house in the Center area, east of Yata, south of Hebron. The settlers severely beat Hoshiyah in front of his family and held him outside for a hour, claiming they were searching for stolen sheep. As a result, Hoshiyah sustained various injuries.Samirah Mohammed Rashed Hoshiyah (64) said to PCHR’s fieldworker:“I live in the Center area in Masafer Yata with my husband and 37-year-old son and his wife and 3 kids. We live in rooms built of bricks and tin plates. At approximately 04:30, I heard cars’ movement near the house and noticed cars and torches lights, but I did not care about what was going on outside as I thought they were Palestinian workers going to their work in Israel. Shortly, I woke my son ‘Omer to tell him what is going on outside, so their wife and kids woke up as well. Few minutes later, the house door was opened, and we were surprised with 2 settlers in plain clothes screaming in Arabic “where is the master here?” my son approached them, but the 2 settlers pushed him to the ground and started punching him all over his body. I shouted at them, but the settler shut the door. My daughter-in-law and her children started crying. I opened the door again to ask the settlers what they want from him, but none of them answered and took him inside their vehicle; meanwhile, 2 other settlers arrived and opened the sheep barn and searched it. My daughter-in-law and I started taking the sheep back inside and no one spoke to us. This remained until 6:00 when the settlers released my son ‘Omer. His mouth was bleeding and one of his teeth was broken. Later, we learned that settlers were searching for sheep they claim were stolen from them.”
  • Early on the same day, settlers from the “Price Tag” group in “Ma’ale Levona” settlement outpost, which is established on the lands of Al-Lubban ash-Sharqiya village, southeast of Nablus, northern West Bank, attacked Khan al-Laban area, east of the village. The settlers sabotaged the water system there, broke the doors leading to it and broke the orange trees. It should be mentioned that Khan al-Laban is an old building established in the Ottoman era and has been exposed to daily raids by settlers under the protection of the IOF, aiming to seize and connect it with the surrounding settlements in the village.
  • At approximately 19:00, a group of settlers from ” Adei Ad” settlement established on Al Mughayyir village lands, northeast of Ramallah, sneaked into the eastern agricultural area near the eastern entrance to the village. The settlers cut 30 olive seedlings (planted 5 to 6 years ago) belonging to Rawhi Marouh al-Na’san (66). The settlers withdrew back to their settlement.
  • On Sunday, 20 December 2020, settlers from the “Price Tag” groups in “Ahyah” outpost, established on the eastern lands of Jaloud village, southeast of Nablus, uprooted 50 olive seedlings in Mohammed Fawzi Haj Mohammed’s land that were planted only days ago in the eastern village area.
  • At approximately 13:00, settlers from “Mitzpe Yair“ settlement outpost established on the Palestinian lands of eastern Yata, south of Hebron, assaulted ‘Issa Mahmoud Yousif Jabrin (43) while shepherding in al-Zweirah area and forced him to leave with his sheep.‘Issa Jabarin said to PCHR fieldworker:“I was shepherding in al-Zweirah area, east of Kherbet Sha’b al-Batm, where I live, when one of the settlers namely Youssef, who is in his 30s and lives in “Mitzpe Yair“ settlement outpost, arrived holding a stick and started hitting the sheep to distance them. When I tried to stop him, he grabbed my neck and tried to chock me. I pushed him away, and he stepped back and did a phone call. Few minutes later, 3 settlers from the same settlement were coming towards me that when I knew the settler Youssef had called them for help in order to attack me. I took my 150 sheep and left the area. Now, I cannot shepherding anymore in fear of the Israeli settlers’ attacks.”
  • At approximately 10:00 on Monday, 21 December 2020, settlers from “Asfar” settlement established on the eastern lands of Sa’ir village, north of Hebron, attacked shepherds who were in al-Qanoun area and unleashed their dogs towards the shepherds, forcing them to leave the area to their houses. Two settlers’ vehicles them chased the shepherds to their houses in al-Qanun area, and when young men present there attempted to stop the settlers, a setter’s vehicle ran over Subhi Mohammed ‘Abdel Fattah Shalaldah (33) and threw him on the street. As a result, Shalaldah sustained bruises all over his body. This area has been under the attacks of “Asfar” settlers, particularly shepherds.
  • At approximately 15:30 on Monday 21 December 2020, settlers crowded at the entrance to “Shavei Shomron” settlement that connects Nablus and Tulkarem, west of Nablus. The settlers rioted the streets and threw stones at the Palestinian civilian cars traveling on the street. As a result, Sadeq Sedqi Sadeq Khatatbah (24), from Beit Foriq village, northeast of Nablus, was hit with a stone in the head while traveling his car on the street and then taken to Rafidia Governmental Hospital in Nablus, where his wound required 10-15 stitches and had a puffed left eye.
  • At approximately 16:30, groups of settlers gathered at the intersection of Kufur Qaddoum village, north of Salift, to provoke the Palestinians traveling their cars near the intersection and later withdrew.
  • At approximately 17:00, tens of settlers from “Givat Harsina and Kiryat Arba” settlements established on the Palestinian lands of eastern Hebron closed the Bypass Road (60) leading to Hebron. The settlers threw stones at the Palestinian vehicles before the very eyes of the IOF and Israeli police, who tried to provide protection for them. At approximately 18:00, a settler attacked with stones a truck travelled by Mohammed Ziad al-Tmeizi (35) from Ethna village, west of Hebron and his nephew, MAhmpud Ayatullah al-Tmeizi (13) near the intersection of Deit ‘Aynoun. As a result, the rear window’s glass was broken and shattered to wound the child in his forehead. Al-Tmeizei had to pull his car over and informed the Israeli police about what happened. He then took his nephew to al-Ahli Hospital in Hebron for treatment while the road remained close in front of the Palestinian vehicles until late at night.
  • At approximately 19:00, tens of settlers gathered near Huwara checkpoint and at the intersection of “ Yitzhar” settlement, southeast of Nablus, and rioted on the street. They mobbed on the main street in Huwara village chanting in Hebrew “Death to Arabs” and this village belongs to them and provoking Muslims by saying “Allahu Akbar.”
  • At approximately 19:10, settlers gathered at Za’tarah intersection, south of Nablus, and threw stones at the Palestinian vehicles traveling by. At approximately 23:10, the settlers withdrew, and no damage to the vehicles was reported.
  • In the evening, groups of settlers gathered to riot the streets, intersections and roads to the Palestinian villages of al-Mughayyir, Taybeh, Beitin, Burqa, and ‘Ayoun al-Haramiyah (on the main Ramallah-Nablus Street) in Ramallah and al-Bireh, but no casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 23:30 on Tuesday, 22 December 2020, settlers on Ramallah-Nablus Street near Al-Lubban ash-Sharqiya village, south of Nablus, attacked with sticks and stones a Skoda black car travelled by Eyad ‘Eid Sa’id from al-Mughayyir village, northeast of Ramallah. They severely beat him with the sticks, causing him bruises and wounds all over his body and damage to his car and its all four windows. The settlers later withdrew to ” Eli” settlement established on the lands of Al-Lubban ash-Sharqiya village.

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(Source / 25.12.2020)