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

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

Summary for June 24 – 30, 2021

Israeli forces 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, turning the West Bank into isolated blocks of land. Israeli settlement expansion on Palestinian properties and land continued. Meanwhile, the Gaza Strip enters its 15th year under closure, exacerbating the humanitarian hardships across the territory.

Israeli Forces shooting and violation of right to bodily integrity:

19 Palestinians were wounded, including 2 journalists and a child, during the excessive use of force by the Israeli army in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem: 5 were wounded, 1 classified critical, in attacks on a protest in Jabal Sbaih, Nablus; 6 others, including a journalist, were wounded in army attacks on Kufur Qaddoum protest, Qalqilia; and 2 others, including a child, were wounded in Jenin; another 2, including a journalist, were wounded during a demolition in Silwan, occupied Jerusalem. Dozens suffocated due to tear gas inhalation, fired by the army in its attacks on the West Bank.

In the Gaza Strip, one shooting incident by the army was reported against agricultural lands in eastern Rafah.

Army incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians:

The army carried out 121 incursions into the occupied West Bank. Those incursions included raids of civilian houses and shootings, enticing fear among civilians, and attacking many of them. During this week’s incursions, 80 Palestinians were arrested, including 9 children and two sisters. During these raids, Israeli forces stole money from at least two houses, including a journalist’s.

Demolitions:

PCHR fieldworkers documented 8 violations:

Settler-attacks:

PCHR fieldworkers reported and documented 5 attacks by Israeli settlers on Palestinian civilians and their properties:

Israeli closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:

The Israeli authorities continued to impose collective punishments against the people of the Gaza Strip by closing Karm Abu Salem and Beit Hanoun “Erez” Crossings (with partial operation).

On Thursday, 24 June 2021, IOF expanded the fishing area in the Gaza Sea to 9 nautical miles after it was limited to 6 (allowed fishing area was 15 nautical miles before the aggression) after the aggression. IOF also announced superficial facilitations on the restriction on the import of goods to Gaza, as some raw materials used exclusively for civilian objects were allowed entry.

Starting Monday, 28 June 2021, the Israeli authorities allowed the entry of fuel for Gaza’s sole power plant.

Meanwhile, the authorities 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 19:30 on Thursday, 24 June 2021, the army stationed near “Avatar” settlement outpost, which is established on Sabeih Mount few weeks ago, south of Beita village, southeast of Nablus, opened fire at Palestinian young men who carry out activities, including setting fire to tires protesting at the establishment of the outpost on the mount. As a result, a Palestinian young man was shot with a two-two bullet in his shoulder and was taken to Rafidia Hospital for treatment.At approximately 13:00 on Friday, 25 June 2021, a group of Palestinians, including children, gathered in the center of Beita village, southeast of Nablus, and headed towards Sabeih Mount in southern Nablus, to protest the establishment of the outpost there. The Palestinians gathered in the western side of the mount and set fire to tires on a road leading to the mount. After that, the army indiscriminately opened fire at the protestors. Accordingly, violent clashes erupted, during which, the protestors threw stones at the army, who continued to fire live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at the protestors. The clashes continued until17:50 and resulted in the injury of 4 protestors; 3 of them were shot with live bullets and one was shot with a rubber bullet in his back. The wounded were taken to Rafidia Governmental Hospital for treatment, where the injury of one of them was reported critical. PCHR keeps the names of those wounded.Around the same time, the army stationed at the northern entrance to Kufur Qaddoum village, east of Qalqilia, suppressed a protest organized by dozens of Palestinians. The army chased the Palestinians gathered in the area, clashed them and fired rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at them. As a result, 6 Palestinians were shot with live and rubber bullets; one of them was a journalist namely Mohammed ‘Enaiyia (30), a cameraman at Palestine TV. Mohammed was shot with a rubber bullet in his foot. PCHR keeps the names of those wounded.At approximately 18:00, the army stationed near “Yitzhar“ settlement, which is established in south-eastern Nablus, opened fire at a Palestinian young man, under the pretext that he attempted to carry out a stabbing attack near the settlement. As a result, the young man was wounded and arrested later. It was found later that the arrestee was Mohammed Kamal Jamil ‘Aranda (36), from Einabus village. Mohammed suffered from mental disorders.At approximately 19:00 on Tuesday, 30 June 2021, the army suppressed a peaceful protest organized by dozens of Palestinians in al-Bustan neighborhood in Silwan, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, protesting at the demolition of residential houses and facilities in favor of establishing (King’s Garden) Park on al-Bustan’s lands. According to PCHR’s follow up, dozens of Palestinians gathered on al-Bustan neighborhood’s main street, condemning the demolition carried out by Israeli municipality crews in the morning. The protestors raised Palestinian flags, during which, the army deployed on nearby roads, surrounded the protestors, suppressed them and pushed and beat them. Afterwards, violent clashes erupted between the army and Palestinians in al-Bustan neighborhood and in nearby neighborhoods and continued until midnight. During which, the army fired rubber bullets, teargas canisters and sound bombs at the protestors. As a result, dozens of them suffocated due to teargas inhalation. It should be noted that Silwan village is the closet to Jerusalem walls and comprised of 12 neighborhoods built on 5640 dunams of lands; 6 of those neighborhoods are under the threat of forced displacement and houses demolition. The Israeli municipality handed more than 6817 demolition orders to the residents of al-Bustan, Baten al-Hawa, ‘Ein al-Louza, Wadi al-Helwa, Wadi al-Rababa, and Wadi Yasoul neighborhoods, so at least 7500 Palestinians became under the threat of displacement.At approximately 04:30 on Wednesday, 30 June 2021, the army moved into Jenin refugee camp, west of Jenin. Meanwhile, a group of Palestinians gathered and threw stones at military vehicles. Soldiers immediately fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at the protestors. As a result, two protestors, including a child, were injured. The child was shot with a live bullet in his left leg while the other protestor sustained shrapnel wounds in his head. Both of them were taken to Dr. Khalil Suliman Hospital for treatment. PCHR keeps the names of those wounded.At approximately 06:00, the army stationed along the Gaza’s border fence with Israel, east of al-Shawka village, east of Rafah, opened fire at agricultural lands, but no casualties were reported.

II. Incursions and arrests

At approximately 00:35, soldiers moved into Huwwarah village, southeast of Nablus. They raided and searched several houses and arrested two children, identified as Zeid Fo’ad Khudair Owda (15), and Ahmed Mahmoud Ghassan Owda (15).At approximately 01:00, soldiers moved into Jabal al-Mawaeh area in Bethlehem. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Sa’ad Abdullah Nawawrah (39) and Ahmed Atta al-Herimi (27), both are members of the Administrative Committee of the Palestinian Detainees and Ex-Detainees Society and arrested them.Around the same time, soldiers moved into Beit Ummar, north of Hebron. They raided and searched 3 houses belonging to Khamis Mohammed Za’aqiq (33), Khaled Mahmoud Sleiby (26) and Waheed Hamdi Abu Mara (48) and arrested them.At approximately 02:00, soldiers moved into Dahiyat al-Salam area in Anata, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Abdul Salam Jamal Salama’s (28) house and arrested him.At approximately 03:00, soldiers moved into Eizariya, east of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Mohammed Hani Far’oun’s (24) house and arrested him.At approximately 04:10, soldiers moved into Beita, southeast of Nablus. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Sufian Rebhi Dawoud (28), and Mohannad Hamdallah Dweikat (25).At approximately 04:50, soldiers moved into Burin, southeast of Nablus. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Ahmed Mohammed Emran (25).At approximately 17:00, soldiers severely beat and arrested Huthaifa Habeeb Abdeen (19) and Anas Ahmed Abu Shousha (20), while walking on al-Wad street, one of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City’s streets. Soldiers took them to one of the detention centers in the city.At approximately 18:30, soldiers stationed at one of the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood’s checkpoints, north of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, arrested Bashar Ya’ish (26). IOF took him to one of the detention centers in the city.At approximately 23:00, soldiers arrested Yousef Jawdat al-Shaweish (20) and Hamza Sa’di al-Joulani (19), while present near their houses in Bab Huta neighborhood, one of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City’s neighborhoods. The army took them to one of the detention centers in the city.At approximately 23:35, soldiers moved into Silat al-Harithiya village, west of Jenin. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Marwan Adel Sabbah (39).Israeli forces carried out (5) incursions in Ya’bad, Silat al-Harithiya, Kafr Dan, Ti’anik and Dayr Ghazale villages in Jenin governorate. No arrests were reported.

At approximately 02:00, soldiers moved into Salem village, northeast of Nablus. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Waseem Sameer Rasheed (19), and Thameen Turki Hamdan (24).At approximately 10:00, soldiers arrested Khamis Shehada (48), an employee in the Islamic Endowments (Waqf) Department, after severely beating him and his sons while present in Bab al-Silsila area, one of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Gates in the Old City. Soldiers took him to one of the detention centers in the city.At approximately 13:30, soldiers arrested Nidal Sufian al-Natshah (46), after getting out of the Aqsa Mosque through al-Silsila Gate. The army took him to al-Kishle police center and released him after several hours of investigation, then they handed him an order to ban his entry to the Aqsa Mosque for 6 months.At approximately 22:30, soldiers moved into Shu’afat refugee camp, north of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched 2 homes of Yazan Sandouqa (14) and Ibrahim Sandouqa (15) and arrested the two children.Soldiers carried out (3) incursions in Hebron, Tapuah, and Dayr al-‘Asal al-Tahta in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

At approximately 02:00, the army moved into Isawiya village, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Fo’ad Derbas’s house, severely beaten and arrested his 2 sons: Adam (20) and Majd (18). The army took them to unknown destination.At approximately 03:30, the army moved into Jenin. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Ahmed Mahmoud ‘Aaref Ja’far (26).At approximately 17:00, the army stationed at the entrance of Karm al-Jaouni area whose residents are living under the threat of forcible eviction and to be replaced by Israeli settlers in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, north of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, severely beaten and arrested 2 siblings: Asala (24) and Alisar Mohammed Abu Hasna (21). Asala and Alisar were taken to a police center on Salah al-Dein street for investigation and released after several hours on condition of house arrest for 5 days. It should be noted that Asala sustained serious bruises in her hand.

Activist Muna al-Kurd stated that while Alisar and Asala were passing through one of the established checkpoints, heading back home, they were attacked and harassed verbally by the Israeli soldiers. They headed to the Israeli police officer to submit a complaint against the soldiers, and suddenly the Israeli soldiers attacked, severely beaten and arrested the girls, and took them to Salah al-Dein police center. It should be noted that Alisar and Asala are living with their father and 2 brothers in their mother’s house, Amal Mahmoud al-Qasem, who is deceased. Al-Qasem’s house is one of the four houses which are under the threat of forcible eviction which the Israeli Court postponed the decision of their eviction until the beginning of next August.At approximately 20:00, the army arrested Khaldoun Rawhi al-Barghouthi (47), from Kobar village, north of Ramallah governorate, while travelling with his vehicle near Bir Nabala area, northwest of the occupied East Jerusalem. Soldiers confiscated his vehicle and took him to an unknown destination.Soldiers carried out (3) incursions in Dura, Halhul and Sa’ir in Hebron governorate. No arrests were reported.

At approximately 02:00, soldiers moved into the southern side of Hebron, and stationed at Abu Sneina neighborhood. They raided and searched Yazan Taha Abu Sneina’s (25) house and arrested him.At approximately 09:00, Israeli infantry unit launched from the military camp near “Kiryat Arba’” settlement, stormed al-Hariqa neigborhod, south of Hebron. They raided and searched 2 houses and arrested two children, identified as Ramzy Thyab Irfa’iya (15), and Zayed Ni’man Da’na (17).At approximately 22:00, soldiers moved into al-Tur neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Ra’ed Hazem al-Sayad (16) and Abdullah Eyad al-Hidra (21).At approximately 23:00, soldiers moved into Anata village, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Adham Hatem al-Yasini’s (22) house and arrested him.Israeli soldiers carried out (2) incursions in Halhul and Beit Ummar in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

At approximately 02:00, soldiers moved into Idhna, west of Hebron. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Haris Mohammed Awad (40) and Isam Ayed Tmeizi (39), but no arrests were reported.At approximately 02:00, soldiers moved into Azzun, east of Qalqilia. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Laith Samer Saleem (24).Around the same time, the army moved into Anabta village in Tulkarem. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Ahmed Ali Sharaqa (23).At approximately 02:30, the army moved into al-Bireh, north of Ramallah governorate, and stationed at Um al-Sharayet neighborhood. They raided and searched Basel Hussam M’alla’s (24) house and arrested him.Around the same time, the army moved into Am’ari refugee camp, southeast of al-Bireh, and stationed at al-Shuhada street. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Sufian Bassam Miqdadi (23). During the withdrawal, soldiers randomly threw sound bombs and teargas canisters behind them.At approximately 03:00, soldiers moved into Mohammed Anwar Muna’s (39) house, a reporter for Snd News Agency, in Zawata village, west of Nablus. Muna was interrogated about his journalistic work. Meanwhile, the army deployed and searched the house, and confiscated (3200 NIS), including (2200 NIS) from his children’s saving boxes and (1000 NIS) from his wife’s purse. Before the withdrawal, the army wrote on a paper the value of the confiscated money.Around the same time, the army moved into Beit Hanina, north of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (4) civilians; Salama (27) and Ahmed Yousef Ghaith (24), Bahjat Mohammed Mas’oud (25), and Kareem Jamal Abu Ta’a (25).At approximately 04:30, the army moved into Jalazone refugee camp, north of Ramallah, stationed on the UNRWA school street, and deployed between civilians’ houses causing fear and panic among civilians. They raided and searched Fares Khamees al-Haridi’s (18) house, detained all his family in one room and arrested him.At approximately 09:00, soldiers deployed in Hebron’s Old City arrested Anas Sa’d al-Dein al-Merwani (20), from Hebron, while present near the Ibrahimi Mosque. The army took him to a police center in “Kirayt Arba’” settlement, east of Hebron.Israeli soldiers carried out (3) incursions in Halhul and Beit Ummar in Hebron; and Tulkarem, as soldiers dropped the lightened banner of the martyr Ashraf Na’alwa. No arrests were reported.

At approximately 01:00, an Israeli special undercover unit “Mista’arvim” sneaked into Bil’in village, west of Ramallah, using a bus. They stationed in front of Hamza Ghazi al-Khateeb’s (24) house, raided and searched the house to arrest the above-mentioned citizen. Meanwhile, another force of soldiers stormed the village and surrounded al-Khateeb’s house to cover withdrawal of the special unit.Around the same time, soldiers reinforced with several military vehicles moved into Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (4) civilians and took them to an unknown destinations. The arrestees are: Samer Khaled al-Badawi (22), Islam Jamal al-Jundi (25), Zakariya Nabil al-Qiq (19), Fadel Tayseer al-Qiq (20).At approximately 03:00, the army moved into Nablus. They raided and searched Omar Maher Shalhoub’s (39) house and arrested him.Around the same time, soldiers reinforced with several military vehicles moved into Dura, southwest of Hebron governorate. They raided and searched Saleem Yousef al-Rajoub’s (40) house and arrested him.At approximately 23:00, the army arrested Mousa Maher Kash’am (24), while present in Baten al-Hawa neighborhood in Silwan, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, and took him to one of the detention centers in the city.

At approximately 01:00, soldiers moved into the southern side of Hebron. They raided and searched Obaida Izzat al-Ajlouni’s (28) house and arrested him.At approximately 01:30, the army moved into Dheisha refugee camp, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Mohammed Wa’el Manna’ (17) and Maher Mohammed al-Walaji (18) and arrested them.At approximately 02:00, the army moved into Nablus. They raided and searched the house of the Engineer ‘Alaa Sameeh al-A’raj (34), in al-Ma’ajin neighborhood, west of Nablus, and arrested him.At approximately 02:15, the army moved into ‘Anza village, southeast of Jenin. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Mohammed As’ad Ataya (25), and Ahmed Jaber Obaid (23).At approximately 02:30, the army moved into Rujeib village, southeast of Nablus. They raided and searched Bara’ Na’el Dweikat’s (23) house and arrested him.At approximately 03:00, the army moved into Bayt Dajan village, northeast of Nablus. They raided and searched Naseer Ridwan Abu Thabet’s (24) house and arrested him.Around the same time, the army moved into Irtas village, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (3) civilians. The arrestees are: Kamel Mahdi Zaghloul (18), Zeidan Mohammed Zeidan (20) and Ahmed Mohammed Abu Rayya (23).Around the same time, soldiers moved into Kufur Qaddoum, northeast of Qalqilia. They raided and searched a house belonging to Bashar (28) and Mohammed Mahmoud Ishteiwi (30), damaged the house contents, confiscated (10,000 NIS) and arrested them.

Their brother, Aqel Ishteiwi, stated that:

“A large Israeli force stormed our 2-storey house, where Mohammed is furnishing the ground floor to get married, and the rest of the family is living in the upper floor. The Israeli soldiers stormed Mohammed’s apartment, damaged its contents, and then they headed to our house and completely destroyed all the house’s contents, and my 2 brothers were blindfolded and arrested. After the withdrawal, I saw my sister’s bag which contained a (10,000 NIS) for university premiums, was thrown empty in the kitchen, and the money was stolen.”

At approximately 10:00, soldiers arrested Nasrallah Munir al-A’war (20), from Silwan, while present in Ras al-Amud neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.At approximately 12:00, soldiers moved into Jabaal al-Mukaber neighborhood, southeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. they raided and searched Mohammed Khaled Oweisat’s (20) house and arrested him.Soldiers carried out (3) incursions in Yatta, Surif and Shuyukh villages in Hebron. No arrests were reported.

III. Settlement Expansion and settler violence in the occupied West Banka. Demolitions, Confiscations, and Notices

On Saturday morning, 26 June 2021, Hamzah Mahmoud Abu Sal’oum self-demolished a residential room within his house in al-Thawri neighborhood, south of occupied East Jerusalem, pursuant to the Israeli Municipality’s decision under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

Abu Sal’oum said that he built that room in 2013 on an area of 34sqms for his 18-year-old son Jebril, who is with a disability. Abu Sal’oum said that the Israeli Municipality immediately prosecuted him and issued a demolition decision. In July 2013, the Israeli court fined him with ILS 27,000, but he could postpone the decision for few years. In 2019, the court fined him again with ILS 17,000. He said that he reached a dead end the municipality did not give him a legal license for the construction of the room and so was forced to implement the demolition by his own hands.On Tuesday morning 29 June 2021, the Israeli municipality demolished a commercial facility in al-Bustan neighborhood in Silwan, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, under the pretext of unlicensed construction amid Israeli heavy firing of rubber-coated bullets, teargas canisters and sound bombs. Meanwhile, a journalist sustained shrapnel wounded while other civilians sustained bruises due to the soldiers’s attacks. the army also arrested 5 civilians, who were the facility’s owner and his family, including a child.

According to PCHR’s investigations, at approximately 09:00, Israeli heavy forces accompanied with the municipality’s vehicles and crews moved into al-Bustan neighborhood. They deployed the neighborhood alleys and closed its entrances, banning the entry and exit of the residents. They also closed all the surrounding intersections, including Wadi al-Rababah and al-‘Ain intersections and stopped the vehicles, causing traffic jam in the village neighborhoods and streets. The army surrounded and raided “al-Khalil Butchery” owned by Nedal Harbi al-Rajabi (43) amid heavy pepper spraying at those who were inside. A fistfight broke out between the civilians and soldiers, who severely beat them. As a result, the facility’s owner, his son Harbi (18), his child Ahmed (16), his brothers Qasem (39) and Fadi (36) sustained bruises and then arrested and referred to detention facilities. Meanwhile, the municipality crews emptied contents from the butchery and demolished it.

Khaled Abu Tayeh, Member of Silwan Lands Defense Committee, said that soldiers banned the neighborhood’s residents from approaching the demolition area and violently beat them. They heavily fired rubber-coated bullets, teargas canisters and sound bombs. As a result, dozens suffocated and sustained wounds but were treated on the spot. Meanwhile, Labib al-Jazmawi, al-Jazeera photojournalist, sustained minor burns in his hand and waist after being hit with a teargas canister in his hand, requiring his referral to the clinic for stitches.

Abu Tayeh added that the commercial facility demolished by the Israeli municipality bulldozers was established 10 years ago on an area of 30 sqms and supports 13 individuals. The municipality issued in 2016 a demolition notice and imposed a fine of ILS 20,000 on al-Rajabi Family and the latter paid it. Abu Tayeh said that the butchery was among 17 houses and facilities in al-Bustan neighborhood that were notified by the Israeli Municipality and given 21 days, which ended, for the self-demolishing their property according to “Chemnitz Law,” which bans appeals or objections to the demolition decisions. Abu Tayeh pointed out that al-Bustan neighborhood which includes 100 houses, where 1550 individuals live and are under the threat of forced displacement after the Israeli Municipality rejected last March the engineering projects submitted to the municipality to organize and license the houses and the neighborhood. The Municipality also refused to extend and freeze the demolition decisions, aiming to establish the “King’s Garden”, on the ruins of the neighborhood.

It should be mentioned that the suffering of al-Bustan residents started in 2004 when the Israeli municipality decided to demolish the Palestinian houses in the neighborhood under the pretext of unlicensed construction even though some of those houses were built in 1948 and 1967. In 2005, the Israeli municipality distributed demolition decisions to owners of 100 houses and implemented 10 of them while it imposed high fines on others. The neighborhood extends over 70 dunums; 65% of its residents are children and women.At approximately 10:30, soldiers backed by a military vehicle and accompanied with the Israeli Civil Administration vehicle moved into Um Qussah area to the east of Yatta, south of Hebron. The Civil Administration officer fixed a notice to stop construction works to a school wall. The notice included stopping the construction works in all the school utilities, including bathrooms and a clinic built of tinplate. The notice gave the school until 14 July 2021, to settle the legal issues before the Military Objections Committee.At approximately 11:00, the Israeli municipality’s bulldozers demolished a house belonging to Fadelallah Mohammed al-‘Abbasi in al-Sweih neighborhood in Silwan, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, under the pretext of unlicensed construction, amid soldiers’ beating and pushing its residents and firing rubber bullets, teargas canisters and sound bombs inside it and in its surrounding.

Fadelallah al-‘Abbasi said that he was surprised with the army raid of the family building after destroying the main door and raiding his house in the third floor, forcing him and his family to get out without a prior warning. He added that soldiers violently attacked all the family members and terrified the children and women, who suffocated due to inhaling the teargas that was fired by IOF inside the house. Al-‘Abbasi said that his brother Khalil and his cousins Seif and Mohammed Mahmoud al-‘Abbasi and Sai’d No’man al-‘Abbasi sustained wounds in the head, face and extremities before arresting and taking them to the Post Police Center on Salah al-Deen Street. He added that his house was built on an area of 60sqms and included 2 small rooms, a kitchen and WC last February to live with his wife and children, Salah (4) and Mohammed (2). He said that the Israeli municipality handed him a demolition order around a month ago; during which his lawyer initiated the legal proceedings necessary for postponing or freezing the decision. A hearing was scheduled, but the Israeli municipality surprised him in the morning and implemented the decision without a warning. Al-‘Abbasi added that the IOF demolished his house on his belongings and gave him only 5 minutes to evacuate.On Tuesday, 29 June 2021, soldiers handed 2 demolition notices to owners of 2 inhabited houses sheltering 4 siblings from Abu al-Teen family in Somei’a area in ‘Ain al-Jweizah neighborhood in al-Waljah village, northwest of Bethlehem, under the pretext of unlicensed building.

Salam Abu al-Teen, wife of one of the notified houses’ owners, said that 18 individuals, most of them are children, live in the 2 houses in in ‘Ain al-Jweizah neighborhood in al-Waljah village. She added that the four siblings: Hussein, Mohammed, Tariq and Mohammed Nasser Abu al-Teen and their families used to live in Sho’afat refugee camp in Jerusalem and lately decided to build 2 small houses in al-Waljah, but the Israeli authorities prosecuted them and fixed an administrative demolition notice for the 2 houses giving them 15 days to implement it.At approximately 08:00 on Wednesday, 30 June 2021, soldiers demolished an under-construction house in al-Baq’an area, north of Burqin village, west of Salfit. The 200-sqm house is comprised of four bedrooms, a living room, a kitchen and 4 bathrooms belonging to Mousa Ahmed Amin Abu Tabikh (56).

Abu Tabikh said:

“At approximately 08:00, my neighbors called to tell me that IOF’s bulldozers were demolishing my house. Amonth ago, I received a demolition notice giving me 96 hours to appeal, which coincided Thursday that means it is impossible to do anything within the 96 hours. On Sunday, I went to obtain a precautionary paper for stopping the demolition, but they told me I cannot have this paper and asked for more papers to stop the demolition. I gave them all the needed papers and the officer called me later to tell me that the demolition was cancelled and I can continue building. However, I was surprised today with the bulldozers carrying out the demolition. I called the governorate, which told me to contact the Liaison but the bulldozers were almost done. I also planted the area with 450 olive trees but was ordered to return the land as it was before or the trees will be uprooted. I do not what to do now as I am originally from Yatta in Hebron and intended to live here where I work.”

In the morning as well, the Israeli authorities notified 2 under-construction houses to stop the construction works in Kisan village, east of Bethlehem. Ahmed Ghazal, Deputy Chief of the Kisan Village Council, said that the Israeli authorities notified 2 houses belonging to ‘Omer ‘Ali ‘Abyyat and Hussein Yousif ‘Abbyat to stop construction works under the pretext of unlicensed construction.At approximately 14:00, the army backed by military vehicles and accompanied with an Israeli Civil Administration vehicle and a mounted crane truck moved into Kherbet Zanouta, south of al-Thaheriyah village, south of Bethlehem. The soldiers deployed between the dwellings and the Israeli civil administration officer started dismantling two tinplate dwellings; the first belonged to ‘Abdel Halim Mahmoud al-Tol (70), who lived with his wife while the second belonged to his son, Mahmoud, who lived with his wife and 5 kids. Before leaving, the Civil Administration officers handed al-Tol a warrant of the tin plates.

b. Israeli Settler attacks on Palestinian civilians and their property

At approximately 22:00 on Saturday, 26 June 2021, under the army’s full protection, Israeli settlers living in al-Ghawi family building, which they forcibly took over in al-Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem, assaulted the residents of Karam al-Ja’ouni area, which is under the threat of forcible displacement, and insulted them in addition to throwing stones at them. As a result, the residents gathered in front of ‘Abdulatif Family house in the neighborhood attempting to confront the settlers’ assaults. Soldiers intervened and suppressed the residents, forcibly dispersing them. They were severely beaten up by soldiers, who also arrested Samir ‘Abdulatif (41) and his 15-year-old son, Khalil. The Red Crescent crews said that they evacuated 4 persons who sustained wounds and bruises due to the army attacks.On Tuesday, 29 June 2021, a group of settlers from “Ahya” settlement established on the lands of Jalud village, east of the village, southeast of Nablus, assaulted the agricultural lands in the eastern side of the village near Rujeib School for Boys and uprooted 50 olive and grape seedlings that were planted 5 years ago. They also confiscated a water pump used for irrigation from a barrack belonging to Hashem Ahmed ‘Abdel Hadi Hamoud from the village.In the same morning, a group of settlers, from “Esh Kodesh” settlement established on the lands of Qusra village, southeast of Nablus, north of the West Bank, assaulted the agricultural lands in the eastern area “Ras al-Nakhil area” and uprooted 50 olive seedlings, which were planted 1 to 2 years ago, belonging to Qusay ‘Abdel Men’aem Abu Reidah from the same village.At approximately 16:00, a group of settlers from “Yitsahar” settlement established on southeastern lands of Nablus assaulted the agricultural lands in southeastern Burin village set fire to the agricultural lands. The fire reached the olive fields and tens of dunams owned by the Palestinian farmers of Burn village before the fire being extinguished.On Wednesday early morning, 30 June 2021, a group of settlers from “Ayha” settlement established on the lands of Jalud village, east of the village, southeast of Nablus, assaulted the agricultural lands in the eastern side of the village near Rujeib School for Boys. They cut the branches of ten trees that were planted 50 and 70 years ago belonging to Rajeh Mohammed Salamah Hamoud from the same village.

(Source / 02.07.2021)

Army Injures 61 Palestinians Near Nablus

Israeli soldiers injured, on Thursday evening, 61 Palestinians during protests in Sbeih Mountain in Beita town, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

Ahmad Jibril, the head of the Emergency Department of the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) in Nablus, said Israeli soldiers fired a barrage of gas bombs, concussion grenades, and rubber-coated steel bullets at the protesters.

He added that six Palestinians were shot with the rubber-coated steel bullets, and 55 suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation.

Local sources said the Palestinians reopened many roads that were blockaded by the soldiers to prevent them from reaching their lands in Sbeih Mountain before the soldiers assaulted them and fired the gas bombs, concussion grenades, and rubber-coated steel bullets at them before the residents started hurling stones at the soldiers.

There were marching while holding Palestinian flags, torches, and were chanting for ongoing struggle until liberation and independence and the removal of Israel’s illegal colonies.

The Palestinians hold nightly protests on their lands in Sbeih mountain after the illegal Israeli colonialist settlers occupied its rooftop and installed an outpost in early May of this year.

(Source / 02.07.2021)

After 58 Days Of Hunger Strike, Israel Refuses To Transfer Detainee To Palestinian Hospital

Attorney Jawad Boulos of the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) stated, Thursday, that the Israeli authorities are refusing to release a Palestinian detainee, identified as Ghadanfar Abu Atwan, 28, who entered the 58th day of the hunger strike, to a Palestinian hospital despite a ruling from the Israeli Supreme Court suspending the arbitrary Administrative Detention orders against him, holding him captive without charges or trial.

Boulos stated that the ruling was not a surprise but is another proof that the Israeli occupation authorities are proving once again that even rulings by the Supreme Court cannot be trusted, especially since the court ordered the suspension of the Administrative Detention order without voiding it.

He added that Atwan, who is currently at an Israeli medical center, is still refusing medical treatment, and is demanding to be released to receive the needed treatment at a Palestinian hospital.

The PPS said that Atwan is facing a serious health deterioration, and could face further complications, including paralysis and other conditions that could impact his heart, liver, and other vital organs, and could lead to his death.

Boulus said that, while the Israeli Supreme Court ordered the suspension of the Administrative Detention orders against al-Ghadanfar due to his serious health condition as stated by reports from Kaplan Israeli medical center, the fact remains that these orders have not been voided, but only frozen.

“This means that Israel is trying to turn him into an ‘unofficially imprisoned Palestinian’, who would remain at the medical center, but stays imprisoned by the security personnel of the medical center instead of the soldiers,” Boulos said, “This also means that he is still a political prisoner, and his family cannot move him anywhere, let alone to a Palestinian hospital, although they can visit with him.”

“This ruling seems to be a ‘new invention of the Israeli legal system,’ supported by the Supreme Court, to vacate their responsibility for anything that might happen to the detainee, including death,” Boulos added, “Although he is not allowed to go home or anywhere else, Israel now can claim he is just a patient receiving treatment.”

The lawyer added that the Israeli judges said in their decision, Thursday, that once the detainee regains his health and his condition improves, the Israeli prosecution and security agency still “have the right to renew the Administrative Detention orders against him.”

It is worth mentioning that Abu Atwan, from Doura town south of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, is also a former political prisoner, who was repeatedly abducted and imprisoned by Israel and held a hunger strike in the year 2019 protesting the arbitrary Administrative Detention orders.

Boshra Tawil

In related news, detainee Jamal Tawil, 59, continues a hunger strike he started 29 days ago, protesting the abduction and imprisonment of his daughter, Bushra Tawil.

Bushra, a Palestinian journalist, is also held under the Administrative Detention orders.

It is worth mentioning that Bushra was only able to see her father for 53 days over the last nine years due to his and her repeated abduction and imprisonment by Israel.

Bushra was first taken prisoner in the year 2011 when she was only 18 years of age, and was released under the Shalit prisoner swap deal, but was later abducted and imprisoned several times, including being held under Administrative Detention orders four times, including when she was held for seven months without charges.

(Source / 02.07.2021)

Army Abducts Three Palestinians In Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Thursday evening, three young Palestinian men in Bab al-Amoud, in the occupied Palestinian capital, Jerusalem.

Eyewitnesses said the soldiers stopped, detained, and interrogated several young Palestinian men, before abducting three.

They added that the soldiers took the three young men to an interrogation facility in the city.

It is worth mentioning that Bab al-‘Amoud witnesses daily Israeli violations, including the abduction of many Palestinians, in addition to assaults by the soldiers and police officers.

Also on Thursday evening, the soldiers injured 61 Palestinians during protests in Sbeih Mountain in Beita town, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

The soldiers also abducted three young Palestinian men near Jenin, in northern West Bank.

In related news, the soldiers abducted, overnight until morning hours Thursday, eighteen Palestinians from their homes in several parts of the occupied West Bank, including Jerusalem.

(Source / 02.07.2021)

Israel Forces introduce new semi-autonomous weaponized tanks to Gaza Border

image of semi autonomous tank with machine gun Photo posted on twitter @manniefabian

Israeli Forces have fortified their siege of Gaza by adding a robotic tank to the arsenal of weapons and stationed military personnel further fortifying their siege of Gaza. 

The tank is called the Jaguar and has the ability to transport itself to preset destinations, is armed with a machine gun that can deploy lethal and non lethal projectiles such as regular bullets and those coated in rubber, cameras, and the ability to self destruct if in the hands of anyone not authorized to control it. The tank is also capable of navigating terrain, bypassing bumps and obstacles using sensors and an advanced driving system. According to the Eurasian Times New Agency.

The border of Gaza is already a very difficult to permeate barrier. In addition to drones, sensor infused “smart fencing” guarded by troops and armored vehicles, SentryTech towers armed with remote control .50 caliber machine guns which have the capacity to destroy non armored vehicles, Israel has made the recent addition of tanks which can behave autonomously.

Ground soldiers also stand at the Gaza barrier, as well as soldiers in watchtowers who are known to shoot at farmers and fishermen they believe are too close to the siege barrier. There are no defined borders, however Palestinians are not allowed to be within 300 meters of the one mile wide buffer zone which has been unilaterally designated by Israel.

This restriction of movement proves to be dangerous for farmers, who are forced to leave the land they tend when soldiers open fire on them if they are deemed too close to the buffer zone. As recently as late June 2021, there have been reports of farmers and fishermen being shot at with live bullets, forcing them to vacate their work.

Since 2006, Israel has imposed an air, land and sea blockade of Gaza, which has resulted in food and resource scarcity as well as 80 percent of leaving 80 percent of the population reliant on international aid to survive. 

(Source / 02.07.2021)

Hamas condemns Israel’s targeting of location in Gaza

Gaza Strip (QNN)- The Islamic resistance movement, Hamas, has condemned Israel’s bombardment of a location in the Gaza Strip on Friday dawn.

Hamas spokesman in the Gaza Strip, Fawzi Barhoum, said in a statement that the occupation’s bombing of the resistance sites are only demonstration scenes for the new government to appease the settlers and cover its growing internal crises.

Barhoum reiterated that the Palestinian resistance groups have managed to coordinate their actions and will respond to the Israeli crimes in highly coordinated actions.

Barhoum also asserted the right to respond to the Israeli violations and protect the interests of the Palestinian people as long as the Israeli occupation continues its escalation.

Barhoum said the Palestinian people will not change the rules of engagement already imposed by the resistance in response to Israeli crimes and violations as it will continue its resistance at all costs to get the Palestinians’ rights and end their suffering.

On Thursday night, the Israeli jets struck a target in the southern Gaza Strip, breaking the ceasefire for the third time.

(Source / 02.07.2021)

‘Israel’ strikes targets in Gaza, breaks ceasefire

Gaza Strip (QNN)- The occupation state of ‘Israel’ has launched a series of airstrikes on several targets in the Gaza strip on Thursday night, breaking the ceasefire for the third time.

The Israeli jets struck targets in the southern Gaza Strip, on Thursday night, no injuries were reported, however.

Last month, ‘Israel’ launched a series of airstrikes twicely on several targets in the Gaza strip, as the Palestinian resistance warned the occupation state against the settlers’ raid in Jerusalem, which was approved despite the warnings.

These raids came less than a month after Israel’s 11-day bombardment of Gaza in May and followed a march in occupied East Jerusalem by Israeli nationalists that drew Palestinian condemnation and anger.

Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip started on May 10 and ended with a ceasefire brokered by mediator Egypt on May 21, killing at least 279 Palestinians, including 69 children and 40 women and injuring 1,910 others.

19 families in the Gaza Strip have been wiped off the population civil registry during Israel’s 11-day aggression, the Palestinian Health Ministry said, including 41 children and 25 women.

More than 90,000 Palestinians were displaced from their homes, and much of Gaza’s infrastructure and many residential buildings were completely destroyed or levelled.

Health centres, media offices, as well as schools were among the structures targeted during the 11-days of constant bombardment.

(Source / 02.07.2021)

Breaking| Israeli forces injure 6 Palestinian protesters in Beita

Nablus (QNN)- 6 Palestinian protesters were injured today by Israeli occupation forces in Beita village in Nablus in the northern of occupied West Bank.

The Palestinian Red Crescent said that 5 Palestinians were injuried as the Israeli forces shot the protesters with rubber-coated bullets.

Another protester also suffocated teargas fired at them by the occupation forces during the protests.

Local sources also said the forces directly attacked a Red Crescent ambulance with a tear gas canister.


The occupation authorities plan to evacuate dozens of Israeli settlers on Friday from the illegal settlement of Evitar in the occupied West Bank, after a deal was reached between a settler leader and the occupation government of new Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.

Yossi Dagan, head of settler organisation the Shomron Regional Council, struck a deal with Israel’s defence minister, Benny Gantz, and interior minister Ayelet Shaked, that will turn Eviatar into a religious school and a military base for the Israeli forces.

‘Israel’ will keep about 50 caravan houses settlers installed in May on Palestinian lands belonging to the residents of the occupied West Bank village of Beita, while settlers would “return” to the land when Israeli occupation authorities designate it as “state-owned.”

In early May, a group of Israeli settlers set up caravans on Jabal Sabih, and with the help of Israeli occupation forces have since prevented any Palestinian access to the area.

Within days, settlers installed mobile houses, built roads and raised an Israeli flag over the settlement.

Since then, Beita has witnessed several protests against the new settler outpost on Jabal Sabih, which lies on the southern outskirts of the village and comprises an estimated 30 percent of Beita’s entire land area.

The livelihoods of at least 17 Palestinian families – more than 100 people – are threatened as they depend on harvesting their olives on land they have owned for generations.

(Source / 02.07.2021)

Israeli settlers attack Palestinian father and his son in Masafer Yatta

Hebron (QNN)- Israeli settlers today attacked a Palestinian father and his son in Masafer Yatta in the south of the occupied West Bank.

Coordinator of the anti-wall and anti-settlements popular committees, Rateb Jabour, said that a group of armed settlers attack a number of Palestinians in Maghayer al-Abeed, northeast of Yatta, using sticks and stones and wounding a 55-year-old father and his 23-year-old son in the head and hand.

They were taken to a hospital in Hebron city for urgent medical treatment, as their injuries were reported to be serious.

Masafer Yatta, a collection of almost 19 hamlets that rely heavily on animal husbandry as the main source of livelihood. It is located in Area C of the West Bank, under full Israeli administrative and military control.

Home demolitions, confiscation of the most basic infrastructure and military training exercises are part of everyday reality in the area, forcing many to live in natural caves, as they vow to stay in Masafer Yatta no matter what the obstacles.

In many Palestinian communities located in Area C of the West Bank under full Israeli military control, Israeli-designated “firing zones” or “closed military zones” are forbidden for Palestinians to live on without permission from the Israeli occupation authorities, which is rarely granted.

There are nearly 700,000 Israeli settlers living in 256 illegal settlements and outposts scattered across the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Israeli settlements are illegal under international law.

(Source / 02.07.2021)

Yale students denounce Israeli ‘apartheid’ and ‘ethnic cleansing’

New Haven (QNN)- The student council in Yale University has approved a statement denouncing Israel for “genocide”, “ethnic cleansing” and “apartheid” in occupied Palestine.

The Yale College Council, the undergraduate student government, approved the statement earlier this week.

The vote was 8-3 in favour, with four abstentions.

“As students at one of the most privileged academic institutions in the world, we must call out injustice wherever it may occur,” said the students.

“We stand against the discriminatory application of the law that strips Palestinians of basic rights. We stand against the violent expulsions of those living under occupation in Sheikh Jarrah.”

The statement also connected legitimate Palestinian resistance to Israel’s occupation with the civil rights movements in the US which saw Black Americans work to dismantle racial segregation during the 1950s and 60s.

Many see a clear parallel in racialised segregation between Jews and non-Jews in ‘Israel’ and the then legal racism in the American south.

The recent release of reports by prominent human rights groups declaring ‘Israel’ to be an apartheid state has reinforced this view.

“We call upon Yale students to recognise the connections between America’s domestic racial oppression and its imperial oppression of people of colour worldwide,” the students continued.

“Just as Israel’s military enforces the apartheid system against Palestinians, the US police enforces the system of white supremacy against Black Americans.”

The statement was adopted a month-and-a-half after an open letter was released on 14 May by a collective of Jewish Yale students demanding accountability for ‘Israel’.

Over 50 student organisations are said to have endorsed the letter, including the Yale College Democrats, the Yale Women’s Centre and the Yale Literary Magazine.

The letter called on Yale University to join the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign.

Inspired by the success of the anti-apartheid movement against white domination in South Africa, BDS seeks to end Israel’s apartheid regime in Palestine.

Concerns were also raised over the growing misuse of allegations of anti-Semitism to silence critics of ‘Israel’.

“We envision a Judaism that is inherently anti-racist and anti-Zionist,” said the letter.

“We will not allow our Jewishness and our history of struggle to be weaponised in order to commit pogroms, ethnic cleansing and genocide.”

(Source / 02.07.2021)