Three people have died in the Gaza Strip and 486 tested positive for coronavirus over the last 24 hours, the Palestinian Ministry of Health said yesterday.
Eleven critically ill COVID-19 patients are also receiving intensive care in hospitals and two patients have been placed on ventilators, it added.
There were 172 recoveries in the occupied West Bank and the besieged Gaza Strip during that period.
Some 98.1 per cent of the total cases have recovered from the disease, according to data from the ministry.
The occupied Palestinian territories have reported the highest coronavirus infection rates since May.
According to Reuters, at least 1,045,439 doses of covid vaccines have been administered in the area so far. Assuming every person needs two doses, that’s enough to have vaccinated about 11.2 per cent of the country’s population.
Hamas yesterday rejected Israel’s construction plans around the Ibrahimi Mosque in occupied Hebron, describing it as “aggression” against Palestinian sanctities.
Hamas spokesman, Hazem Qassem, told Anadolu that the Israeli plan to change the Ibrahimi Mosque’s features and build an elevator is part of “the Israeli ongoing aggression against the sanctities of our people”, adding that “the Israeli occupation is trying to falsify reality, history and facts”.
Qassem explained that the Israeli measures aim at Judaising the region in favour of settlement projects, and changing the Palestinian identity in the city of Hebron.
In May 2020, then Israeli Defence Minister and current Prime Minister, Naftali Bennett, issued an expropriation order for a portion of the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron to allow the occupation authorities to build a corridor and an elevator to facilitate settler access to the mosque.
The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague is examining the possibility of opening an investigation into Israel’s demolition of the homes of dozens of Palestinians in the village of Khirbet Humsa in the occupied Jordan Valley.
The investigation comes in response to a petition titled “Israel Practices a War Crime” filed by the Combatants for Peace organisation; which includes former Israeli soldiers and Palestinians who are working together to end the Israeli occupation.
In its petition, the organisation said: “While [Israeli] military forces are acting to expel the shepherd community in Khirbet Humsa, they were able to find creative solutions for settlers living in and near Firing Zone 903, which shows that the need for ’training’ is just an excuse to make demographic changes.”
Last month, the Israeli forces demolished homes and residential structures and confiscated the belongings of some 60 Palestinians in the village, situated in an area that the Israeli military declared as Firing Zone 903.
It was the third demolition campaign of its kind by Israeli occupation forces this year.
Last June, as many as 50 European politicians, including former prime ministers and ministers, denounced Israel’s attempts to accuse the ICC of anti-Semitism and obstruct it from carrying out its responsibilities.
In a joint letter, published by the Guardian, the signatories regretted the “escalating attacks on the ICC, its staff and civil society groups collaborating with it,” and affirmed their refusal to “undermine the ICC’s investigation of crimes in the occupied territories.”
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has reduced the number of settlement units in the occupied Palestinian territories that his government intends to approve next week by more than 1,000 for fear of backlash from America, Israel’s Kan reported.
An Israeli planning council committee is expected to meet next week to approve 2,000 new housing units for illegal Jewish settlers in the occupied Palestinian territories, as well as about 1,000 units for Palestinians living in the West Bank’s ‘Area C’, which is under Israeli military and administrative control.
The anticipated approval would be the first after a hiatus of almost a year.
Meanwhile, no official date has been set for Bennett’s visit to the US to meet with President Joe Biden at the White House.
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.
Army shooting and violation of right to bodily integrity:
Israeli soldiers killed a Palestinian civilian and wounded 3 others in the West Bank: a journalist, a child, and a person with disability. Additionally, another Palestinian civilian died of wounds he sustained in an army attack in Jenin. On 6 August 2021, soldiers killed 37-year-old Imad Ali Mahmoud Dweikat with a bullet in the chest; the victim was not involved in the clashes in Beita, as he was standing by an olive tree at least 150 meters from the area, and he did not pose any threat -nor were there any event that did- to soldiers. A child, and a journalist, were also wounded during attacks on the peaceful protest against settlement expansion in Beita, southeastern Nablus. Also, Deyaa Yusuf Yassin Kmail (24) died on 11 August 2021 of wounds he sustained during an army raid into Jenin. Additionally, a person with a disability was wounded as a tear gas canister hit him during an army raid into Dayr al-Ghusun, northern Tulkarm; they arrested him after his injury, and later released him.
In the Gaza Strip, the military launched an air strike that caused damage to an agricultural land in Beit Hanoun. Additionally, two IOF shootings at fishing boats were reported in northern Gaza.
Army incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians:
Israeli forces carried out 143 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, 75 Palestinians were arrested, including 10 children.
In the Gaza Strip, Israeli forces conducted a limited incursions into Central Gaza Strip.
PCHR fieldworkers documented 13 violations:
Hebron: two under-construction houses demolished; cease-construction notice served against a house in Si’ir; also in Yatta, the army demolished a water well, a room, and a barracks.
Ramallah: two residential tents and sheep barns dismantled and confiscated in Ramun; a barracks (used as shelter) was demolished on Ras al-Mo’rajat – the main road connecting Jericho and Ramallah.
Occupied East Jerusalem: Construction of settlement project initiated on the grounds of Jerusalem International Airport in
Qalandia: 7 houses self-demolished in Beit Hanina; residential building demolished in Silwan
Jenin: 3 commercial facilities and water tank (used for vineyards) demolished in Yabad
Bethlehem: paved road in Battir bulldozed; chicken barn demolished in al-Walaja
Nablus: two barracks demolished in Luban e-Sharkiya
PCHR fieldworkers reported and documented 4 settler attacks:
Bethlehem: dozens of olive trees cut in Jab’a; agricultural lands razed and the owner assaulted in Kisan
Jenin: smashed windows of vehicle in Kafr Ra’i
Hebron: assault on Palestinian civilians in the Old City
Israeli closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:
This week, Israeli occupation authorities continued to ban the entry of dozens of goods, including construction materials, in collective punishment measures against the Gaza Strip as the Israeli closure imposed on the territory entered its 15th year, without an end in sight that would fulfil Palestinians’ right to enjoy their economic, social, and cultural rights. Despite the Israeli occupation’s announcement of a series of relief measures on both Karm Abu-Salem and Beit Hanoun crossing, severe restrictions remain in place as several types of products and raw materials are banned entry.
On Monday, 9 August 2021, the Presidential Committee for coordinating the entry of goods to the Gaza Strip via Karm Abu-Salem crossing announced that the Israeli occupation reversed its decision to allow the entry of certain goods to Gaza. According to the Committee, the goods in subject include 34 types, mostly cell phones, laptops/computers, and connection/internet materials.
Meanwhile, occupation authorities continued to divide the West Bank into separate cantons with key roads blocked by the Israeli occupation since the 2000 Second Intifada -still closed to this date- and with temporary and permanent checkpoints, where civilian movement is restricted, and they are subject to arrest, especially at al-Karama border crossing, alongside the Palestinian-Jordanian border.
I. Shooting and other Violations of the Right to Life and Bodily Integrity
At approximately 05:45 on Friday, 06 August 2021, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Waha Shore, northwest of Beit Lahia, and off al-Sudaniyia Shore, west of Jabalia, north of the Gaza Strip, chased Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles and opened sporadic fire at them. The shooting and chasing continued until 09:00 on the same day, which caused fear among the fishermen and forced them to flee. No casualties were reported.On the same day, soldiers killed a Palestinian civilian and wounded a child, and a journalist, during its attacks on a peaceful protest against settlement expansion in Beita, southeastern Nablus, northern West Bank. According to PCHR investigations, the victim was not involved in the clashes, as he was standing by an olive tree at least 150 meters from the area. Additionally, there were no threats to the lives of soldiers during the protest, eliminating any justification to the murder crime. This crime is yet another stark example of the army’s unjustifiable relaxed shooting standards in disregard for Palestinian civilians’ lives.
According to PCHR investigations, at approximately 13:00 on Friday, 6 August 2021, a peaceful protest took off from Beita village towards Mount Sbaih, where settlers established “Avitar” settlement outpost three months ago. The protestors held Palestinian flags and chanted against the occupation and settlers. Upon their arrival to Mount Sbaih, they found Israeli troops stationed in the area; the soldiers fired at the protest and violent clashes erupted. A group of the protestors threw rocks at soldiers, who continued to fire live and rubber-coated bullets, as well as tear gas and stun grenades, at the protestors. The clashes continued until 15:17 and resulted in the death of a Palestinian civilian; a journalist and a child were wounded as well. The victim was identified as 37-year-old Imad Ali Mahmoud Dweikat from Beita village; he was shot with a live bullet in the chest and died after his arrival to Rafidia Hospital. Additionally, several other Palestinian civilians suffocated due to tear gas inhalation.
Kifah ‘Enad ‘Abed Bani Shamsa said to PCHR’s fieldworker that:
“On 06 August 2021, I performed the Friday prayer in Beita village Park near al-Hawata area and Sbieh Mount, south of Beita village, southeast of Nablus. At approximately 13:30 following the prayer, a number of Palestinians who performed the Friday prayer in the village’s mosque flocked to the area below Sbeih Mount to protest against the establishment of “Avitar” settlement outpost. A group of the villagers and I distributed food and drinks to Palestinians participating in the protest, which developed to clashes with IOF. During the clashes, the army fired sound bombs, teargas canisters and live and rubber bullets at protestors. At approximately 15:10, I withdrew from the area of clashes and headed towards the ambulances parking. When I was four meters away from the parking, I saw my friend Imad Ali Mahmoud Dweikat ( 37) standing under an olive tree, 150 meters away from the clashes. I headed to him and stood next to him. We talked with each other for 5 to 7 minutes. Suddenly, Imad fell beside me on his right side and flipped onto his abdomen. I saw blood come out of his mouth, so I knew that he was injured. I flipped him onto his back and put my hand on his chest to stop the bleeding, noting that I did not hear any gunshots at that time. Afterwards, ambulance officers came, put Imad on a stretcher, got him into the ambulance, and then took him to the field hospital in the village. After that, Imad was transferred to Rafidia Governmental Hospital in Nablus. Few minutes later, he was pronounced dead. The villagers and I headed to the hospital to say goodbye to him.”
PCHR investigations show that the Israeli army’s use of excessive force and snipers to kill in a premeditated and unjustifiable manner. In a matter of a few weeks, the army has killed 6 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children, during its attacks on peaceful protests against settlement expansion in Beita. This fact suggests that the army’s conduct is in fact a systemic and political decision that is repeated on more than one occasion, eliminating any base for allegations of a security necessity or real threat.
At approximately 02:55 on Saturday, 07 August 2021, an Israeli drone fired a missile at an agricultural land belonging to Zakaria Ahmed Mohammed Hamdan (77) in the center of al-Qerman Street in Beit Hanoun, north of the Gaza Strip. Five minutes later, an Israeli warplane fired 2 missiles at the land, causing severe damage to it. Also, nearby houses’ windows were broken, but no casualties were reported.At approximately 21:15 on Saturday, 07 August 2021, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Waha Shore, northwest of Beit Lahia, and off al-Sudaniyia Shore, west of Jabalia, north of the Gaza Strip, chased Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 1-5 nautical miles, opened sporadic fire at them and fire flare bombs in the sky, causing fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.At approximately 01:45 on Tuesday, 10 August 2021, IOF moved into Dayr al-Ghusun, northern Tulkarm. IOF raided several houses and arrested 5 civilians. During the raid, IOF shot a tear gas canister at Loay Zeyad Abu-Zaytoun, a person with disability, and wounded him in the face. The army arrested Abu-Zaytoun and took him to an Israeli hospital; he was later released to the Palestinian Red Crescent Society.
Aby-Zaytoun’s brother, Ayman, gave the following testimony to PCHR fieldworker:
“A large Israeli occupation force raided the village, as my brother Loay – who is mentally disabled, was getting out of the house. Soldiers shot a tear gas canister at him, causing severe wounds in his face. They arrested him and took him on foot to the center of the village; there were traces of his blood on the ground where he marched. The army put him in a military vehicle that drove into the area adjacent to the annexation wall where an Israeli ambulance arrived and gave him first aid. He was taken to Meir Medical Center. At approximately 19:00, an Israeli ambulance transferred him to a PRCS ambulance, who transported him to Dr. Thabet Thabet hospital, where we were shocked to find out that he was not given any medical care at the Israeli hospital, the blood on his face was not even cleaned. The doctors diagnosed him with retinal damage, fractures in the nose and jaw; he needs surgical intervention.”
Following the Friday prayers on Wednesday, 11 August 2021, dozens of Palestinians organized a peaceful sit-in to demands cessation of Israeli construction in the vicinity of the al-Haram al-Ibrahimi mosque, in the center of the Old City of Hebron, the latest of which was the construction of an elevator to allow settlers access to the roof of the mosque. Large forces of the Israeli Border Police arrived at the area, fired stun grenades at the participants, and arrested: Yazan Yusry Taha (36) and Akram Fakhry Massouda (42). They were taken to the Ibrahim Mosque police station. The Border Police also shut all gates leading to the Ibrahimi Mosque.At approximately 17:15 on Wednesday, medical sources at Nablus Specialty Hospital announced the death of Diaeddin Mohammad Sabarini, 25 from Jenin, of wounds he sustained in an incursion into Jenin. According to PCHR investigations, the army moved into Jenin at approximately 02:00 on Tuesday, 3 August 2021. During the raid, a number of Palestinians gathered and threw stones at military vehicles. In response, the soldiers fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at the protestors. As a result, two protestors were injured with live bullets; including Sabarini, 25, whose condition was deemed serious. He remained in the hospital until his unfortunate death.
II. Incursions and arrests
Thursday, 05 August 2021:
At approximately 01:00, the army moved into al-Sawahera, southeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Shadi Aziz Hilsa’s (21) house and arrested him.Around the same time, the army arrested two children, Mahmoud Mohammed Sabarnah (17) and Yasine Adel Za’aqiq (16), after raiding and searching their houses in Beit Ummar, north of Hebron.At approximately 02:00, the army arrested Mohammed Eissa Hijazi (19), after raiding and searching his house in Jabal al-Mawaleh area in Bethlehem.At approximately 02:20, the army arrested Mansour Mahmoud ‘Abahera (31), and Sharif Mohammed al-Bashir (32).At approximately 02:30, the army arrested Najeh Abdullah al-Kilany (66), along with his sons, Mahdi (30) and Mujahed (24), after raiding and searching their house in al-Far’a refugee camp, south of Tubas.At approximately 11:00, the army arrested (4) civilians including 2 children after raiding and searching their houses in Baten al-Hawa neighborhood in Silwan, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. The arrestees are: Nasim Zuhair Dumiri (14), Ahmed Saleh Kash’am (20), Mohammed Samer Sarhan (18), and his brother, Sultan (16).At approximately 10:30, the army arrested Yousef al-Rashaq (23), from al-Bustan neighborhood in Silwan, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, after summonsing him to refer to Moscovia Detention Center, in West Jerusalem, for investigation.At approximately 13:00, the army arrested Abdul Hameed Majed Deiriyah (26), from Bayt Fajar, south of Bethlehem, after summonsing him for investigation in “Gush Etzion”At approximately 04:40, the army arrested Mo’ayad Fayez al-Qaq (27), from Kifl Haris village, north of Salfit, while passing through a temporary military checkpoint established at the entrance of Wadi Qana near Deir Istiya, north of Salfit.At approximately 17:00, the army arrested Anwar Sami Obaid (23), after storming his engagement party in al-‘Isawiya village, north of the occupied East Jerusalem, and transferred him for investigation before extending his arrest. It should be noted that Obaid was arrested over than 28 times during the last 10 years, as in the last 2 years the army intensified tracking Obaid between summonses, house arrest in evening hours, house arrest and ban his entry to East and West Jerusalem.Israeli forces carried out (3) incursions in Hebron, Bani Na’im, and Dayr al-‘Asal al-Fawqa in Hebron governorate. No arrests were reported.
Friday, 06 August 2021:
At approximately 00:30, Israeli forces arrested Mohammed Yousef Deiriyah (21), while passing through a temporary military checkpoint established at the western entrance of Bayt Fajar, south of Bethlehem.At approximately 14:00, Israeli forces arrested Abdul Jabbar Tamim Salem (24), from Bazariya in Nablus governorate, while present at Bab al-Amud area in West Jerusalem.At approximately 22:00, Israeli forces arrested Majed Ragheb al-Jo’ba (41), while getting out of the Aqsa Mosque in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, through Bab Huta, and took him to Bab al-Asbat police center. It should be noted that al-Jo’ba is a former prisoner who was banned to enter Jerusalem and West Bank for 6 months in 2018, and allowed him to enter Izariya, Israel and East Jerusalem. This decision was extended several times, and he recently received several summonses for interrogation, arrested 3 times during this year and warned to take serious actions against him.
Saturday, 07 August 2021:
Israeli forces carried out an incursion in Marda village, north of Salfit. No arrests were reported.
Sunday, 08 August 2021:
At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces arrested Ibrahim Na’eem Roumi (21), after raiding and searching his house in Beit Jala, west of Bethlehem governorate.Around the same time, Israeli forces arrested Mohammed Khaled al-Shawaheen (39), after raiding and searching his house in Yatta, south of Hebron governorate.At approximately 10:00, Israeli forces arrested Nitham Roshdi Abu Romouz (40), while present in the Aqsa Mosque yards in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.At approximately 12:00, Israeli forces handed Jameel Eissa al-Abassi (41) a summons to refer to Moscovia Detention Center in 2 hours after raiding and searching his house in Ras al-Amud neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.At approximately 23:00, Israeli forces arrested two children, Mohammed Eyad Deiriyah (15) and Anas Fadel Deiriyah (16), from Bayt Fajar village, southwest of Bethlehem, while present near the western entrance of the village.Israeli forces carried out (2) incursions in Halhul and Surif villages in Hebron. No arrests were reported.
Monday, 09 August 2021:
At approximately 06:00, Israeli forces arrested Wafa Khalil Idris (23) and Waleed Hammad al-Silmi (23), after raiding and searching their houses in al-Am’ari refugee camp, south of al-Bireh.At approximately 07:00, Israeli forces reinforced with 6 military bulldozers moved 50-100 meters into the west of the border fence with Israel, east of al-Maghazi. They leveled and combed lands adjacent to the border fence and redeployed again at approximately 15:00.Around the same time, Israeli forces arrested (7) civilians after raiding and searching their house in Beita village, southeast of Nablus. The arrestees are: Zuhair Ahmed Bani Shamsa (45), Osaid Mohammed Mo’alla (23), Mo’tasem Met’eb Dweikat (32), Abdul Rahman Mohammed Ma’ali (18), Ahmed Emad Hamayil (31) and Islam Hamed al-Jaghoub (29).At approximately 07:30, Israeli forces arrested Mahmoud Mohammed Taym (38), after raiding and searching his house in Ein Beit al-Ma’ refugee camp, west of Nablus.At approximately 14:00, Israeli forces arrested Mohammed Naser al-Qawasmi (24), after raiding and searching his house in Anata village, northwest of the occupied East Jerusalem.At approximately 15:00, Israeli forces arrested Mohammed Yousef Houshiyah (40), from Yatta, after stopping his vehicle on a military checkpoint establishes at the northern entrance of the city.Israeli forces carried out (2) incursions in Jalazone refugee camp and Deir Abu Masha’al village near Ramallah. No arrests were reported.
Tuesday, 10 August 2021:
At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces arrested Mahmoud Jaber (25), while passing through Shu’afat refugee camp checkpoint, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem.At approximately 01:45, Israeli forces arrested (6) civilians including a child, after raiding and searching several houses in Dayr al-Ghusun village, north of Tulkarm. The arrestees are: Ahmed Abdul Fattah Badran (31), Firas Subhi Owda (44), his son Hamza (14), Eyas Subhi Owda (42), Abdul Mun’im Tayseer Owda (18), Yaser Ibrahim Ghanem (55), and Lo’ay Zeyad Abu Zaytoun (24). Abu Zaytoun, who suffers from a cognitive disability, was arrested after he sustained a teargas canister in his face and referred to one of the Israeli hospitals before releasing him in the same day evening.At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces arrested (3) civilians including a child, and confiscated 70,000 NIS while raiding and searching the houses of Subhi As’ad Ghanem, and his sons, Firas and Eyas in Dayr Ghusun village, north of Tulkarm.
The arrestees include one child: Hamza Firas Ghanem (14), his father and uncle, Firas (44) and Eyas (42).
Their brother, Eyad Ghanem, stated that:
“A large number of Israeli forces stormed our 3-storey house and detained all my family in one room on the ground floor, except my father who remained with them while they were searching and damaging the contents of the house. Meanwhile, they went to the first floor where they confiscated 70,000 NIS and some bank checks, as my brother withdrew this amount of money from the bank to finish his house, and they damaged his new bedroom. Then they went to the second floor to Eyas’s apartment and damaged his new bedroom which he brought 2 months ago, and then they arrested my brothers, Eyas and Firas, and my nephew Hamza (14).”
At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces arrested Hafiz Mohammed al-Fasfous (29) and Mo’taz Mohammed al-Sharha (30), after raiding and searching their houses in Dura, southwest of Hebron governorate.At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces arrested Ihsan Ma’arik Hamamera (26), after raiding and searching his house in Husan, west of Bethlehem.At approximately 03:35, Israeli forces arrested Mohammed Khalil Atta (17), after raiding and searching his house in Dair Abu Masha’al village, northwest of Ramallah.At approximately 05:15, Israeli forces arrested Baher Rfiq Salhiya (37), after raiding and searching his house in Ras Karkar village, northwest of Ramallah.Around the same time, Israeli forces arrested the former prisoner, Israr Hatem Ma’rouf (21), after raiding and searching his house in Ein Qiniya village, northwest of Ramallah.At approximately 10:00, Israeli forces arrested Mus’ab Hamdan al-Rifa’i (28), after raiding and searching his house in Anata village, northwest of the occupied East Jerusalem.At approximately 12:00, Israeli forces arrested Ibrahim Atiya (26), after raiding and searching his house in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, north of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.At approximately 13:45, Israeli forces arrested Laith Abdul Raheem Mallouh (21) and Yosra Ahmed Zeidan (24), from Deir Istiya village, north of Salfit.Israeli forces carried out (13) incursions in Yatta and Samu in Hebron; Beitunia and Shuqba in Ramallah; Aqraba, Sebastia and Beita in Nablus governorate; Jenin, Jalamah, Kafr Qud, Kufeirat, Burqin and Kafr Dan in Jenin governorate. No arrests were reported.
Wednesday, 11 August 2021:
At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces arrested Izz al-Dein Osama Salah al-Dein (19) and Zayed Ahmed Kan’an (20), after raiding and searching their houses in Hizma village, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem.At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces detonated the main door and stormed a money exchange shop belonging to Tayil Mohammed Owda, in Nablus, causing damage, and then they withdrew.At approximately 02:20, Israeli forces arrested Mo’ad Emad Kan’an (30) and Eyad Yousef Malaysha (24), after raiding and searching their houses in Jaba’ village, south of Jenin.At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces arrested Haitham Rida Jarrar (25), after raiding and searching his house in al-Zawiya village, southeast of Jenin.At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces arrested Ahmed Mohammed Sbayten (23), after raiding and searching his house in Husan village, west of Bethlehem.At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces arrested (3) civilians after raiding and searching their houses in Kafr Qalil village, southeast of Nablus. The arrestees are: Jaber Hasan Mansour (27), Khaled Waleed ‘Amer (23), and Ahmed Atiya Mansour (23).At approximately 18:00, Israeli forces arrested Alaa Nidal Zughayar (26), while present near Bab al-Asbat gate, one of the Aqsa Mosque’s gates in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
III. Settlement Expansion and settler violence in the West Banka. Demolitions, Confiscations, and Notices
At approximately 06:00 on Thursday, 05 August 2021, IOF backed by military vehicles and accompanied with Civil Administration vehicles and 4 excavators moved into Sa’ir village, north of Hebron, and stationed in Wad al-Sharq area. The soldiers deployed in the area while the excavators started demolishing 2 houses built of stones and concrete, allegedly for unlicensed construction in Area C.
The demolitions included the following:
An under-construction house of 2 floors and small room on the roof built on an area of 400sqms in addition to a 160cbms well belonging to Khalil ‘Ali Yasin Thalji, who was supposed to move with his wife and son Mohammed to the house.
An under-construction house of 2 floors and small room on the roof built on an area of 400sqms in addition to a 160cbms well belonging to Hayel Mohammed ‘Ali Thalji, who was supposed to move with his wife and 4 children; the eldest is 9 years old, as well as his father and brother.
Moreover, walls of concrete surrounding the 2 houses were demolished as well as a 10-sqm caravan used for storing construction tools. The Civil Administration officer also handed ‘Ali Yasin Thalji a notice to stop construction works in a house he owns with the same specifications near what was demolished, ordering the house’s owner to settle his legal matters and submit a challenge to the Civil Administration until 01 September 2021.
During the demolition, many young men gathered and threw stones at the soldiers stationed in the area while the army randomly fired sound bombs and teargas canisters at the stone-throwers and civilians in the area on the main road. As a result, a number of them suffocated due to teargas inhalation while the Border Guard officers arrested 4 civilians namely Jamal Mohammed ‘Ali; Kamal Mohammed ‘Ali Thalji (42); and Yazan ‘Ahed Hijazi Thalji (25) and released them at 18:00.At approximately 06:30, the army, backed by 3 military vehicles and accompanied with an Israeli Civil Administration vehicle and a truck mounted train moved into Bariyah area in Ramun village to the west of “Caramilo” military checkpoint, northeast of Ramallah, where a Bedouin community belonging to al-Ka’abnah family lives. Israeli forces brought workers from an Israeli private company to dismantle and confiscate 2 residential tents and 2 sheep barns belonging to Mahmoud Salem Ka’abnah and his son ‘Odah, allegedly for building in Area C and without any prior warning.At approximately 09:00, the army, accompanied with a bulldozer and Civil Administration SUV moved into al-Rasifiyah area on al-Mo’arajat road between Jericho and Ramallah. The bulldozer demolished a residential barrack of steel and bricks on an area of 20sqms and sheltering Mohammed Soliman Salem Ka’abnah (45) and his family of 16, including 2 women and 14 children. The demolition came without any prior warning and allegedly for building in Area C.The same morning, the Israeli authorities started implementing the new settlement neighborhood construction plan on the lands of abandoned Jerusalem International airport in Qalandia village, north of occupied East Jerusalem. It should be mentioned that the Israeli municipality in occupied Jerusalem started infrastructure works and building many streets in Qalandia Checkpoint as Road 45 was closed from the industrial area in “Atarot” settlement to the checkpoint in order to establish a huge settlement neighborhood on an area of 1,240 dunums that would include 6,900 to 9,000 settlement units in addition to stores on an area of 300,000 sqms. Moreover, 45,000 sqms will be allocated for a hotel, water tanks and other facilities. It should be noted that the construction and organization committee in Israel approved in 2020 the plan and the Ministry of Housing, which claims property of these lands to the Israel’s National Fund, will supervise the project in cooperation with the Israeli municipality. The project will isolate Jerusalem from the West Bank, particularly the northern area, which will be closed for good, as part of the establishment of a settlement belt surrounding the City and building settlement units for settlers. The settlement projects also aims at expanding and changing Jerusalem’s boundaries in addition to cutting off the Palestinian villages in the area and blocking any communication even with the Palestinian neighborhoods and communities.On Friday morning, 06 August 2021, 7 siblings from al-Radaydah family self-demolished their houses in al-Ashqariyah neighbor in Beit Hanina village, north of occupied East Jerusalem, implementing the Israeli Municipality’s decision under the pretext of building without a license, displacing 46 individuals, including 32 children under 15.
‘Ali Ahmed Mahmoud Radaydah, owner of one of the houses demolished, said that he built his house 15 years ago on a land owned by his family on area of 2 dunums and then helped his other 6 brothers build their houses next to each other. Radaydah said that he received a demolition decision of 2 houses 10 years ago; during which many hearings were held at the courts that imposed 2 financial fines of 65,000 and 35,000. Al-Radaydah added that the Israeli court lately issued an administrative decision to demolish all the houses and refused to postpone or freeze the demolitions decisions, giving the family a last chance to self-demolish their houses or the municipality crews will do so and fine them with 100,000 to 200,000 shekels for the demolition costs. Radaydah added that he and his brothers were forced to self-demolish their houses by renting 2 excavators that cost him 30,000 shekels. Al-Radaydah said 46 persons, including 32 children under 15, have become homeless, allegedly for establishing the houses on a green and unorganized land, which the municipality refused to license for construction. Meanwhile, the municipality seeks to implement a new settlement plan in area on 70 dunums and issue prompt construction licenses for settlers.At approximately 06:00 on Monday, 09 August 2021, Israeli forces, accompanied with 2 bulldozers and an Israeli Civil Administration SUV moved into Yabad village via its eastern entrance, southwest of Jenin. The bulldozers immediately demolished 3 commercial facilities and a water tank used for irrigating the grapevines.
1.‘Omer ‘Abdel Rahman Zaid al-Kayani in Yabad – An 80sqm butchery only built of cement, one year ago, was demolished; 120sqm stores built of cement and roofed with tinplate were demolished.
2. Mohammed Khaled ‘Atatrah in Yabad – A 300-sqm coffee shop and carwash were demolished.
3. ‘Abdel Fattah Sadeq ‘Abdel Qader al-Sha’er in ‘Arraba – A water tank used for irrigating grapevines on an area of 6 dunums; A shed of steel was also demolished while 6 fruitful grape seedlings planted 6 years ago were uprooted
On Tuesday, 10 August 2021, Military vehicles levelled a road in Battir village, west of Bethlehem, while clashes broke out between the villagers and Israeli forces.
Zaki al-Batmah, Member of Battir Municipality, said that Israeli forces moved into eastern Battir village and levelled a road in Karam Hadidone area. He added that the villagers attempted to confront the army and prevent their vehicles from levelling the road, but clashes broke out; during which the army fired teargas and sound bombs heavily. As a result, tens of civilians suffocated due to teargas inhalation. Al-Batmah said that the army assaulted him and Said Abu Harthiyah, the municipality’s employee, causing them bruises and wounds.
The settlers have recently targeted the village by establishing mobile houses and tents to seize it and building a new settlement outpost; however, the villagers could confront them and removed the tents.At approximately 08:30 on the same day, army bulldozers demolished a building of 2 floors belonging to Remah and ‘Ali ‘Odah in Beer Ayoub neighborhood in Silwan village, south of occupied Jerusalem’s Old City, allegedly for unlicensed construction.
Shadi ‘Odah, the brother of the houses’ owners, said that his 2 brothers built their houses 4 years ago after obtaining a “construction line” license from the Israeli municipality in prelude to obtain the needed legal licenses. ‘Odah added that his 2 brothers received an order to demolish the 2 houses, so the family headed to the Israeli courts, but the judge refused to postpone or freeze the decision. ‘Odah said that the family was surprised with the army’s raiding of the houses in the morning and giving the residents half an hour to evacuate and empty the contents before the demolition. ‘Odah said that the construction of the 2 houses cost them more than 700,000 shekels in addition to 150,000 shekels his brothers paid for the engineers for the licensing procedures. ‘Odah added that the first floor was of 100 sqms where his brother ‘Ali and his wife and 2 kids live while the second floor of 95 sqms shelter his mother and his 2 brothers.At approximately 07:00 on Wednesday, 11 August 2021, army bulldozers moved into a poultry farm in al-Walaja village, northwest of Bethlehem, allegedly for unlicensed construction.
Head of the village council, Khader al-A’araj, said that IOF accompanied with a bulldozer moved into ‘Ein Jweizah area after moving into al-Natouf area from the eastern side of the village via a gate in the annexation wall. They headed to a poultry farm that included a barrack and an agricultural room belonging to Shadi Mousa ‘Abdel Sheikh from Beit Safafa village, south of occupied Jerusalem, and demolished it while the animals ran away. As a result, many of the animals died due to the demolition and the hot weather. Al-A’raj added that the army, 2 weeks ago notified the farm’s owner of an administrative demolition decision. The demolition losses exceeded 400,000 shekels, i.e. USD 121,000, especially that the farm had 300 poultry birds from different types.At approximately 09:00, the army, accompanied with a bulldozer and an Israeli Civil Administration SUV moved via the main entrance into Al-Lubban ash-Sharqiya village, southeast of Nablus. The bulldozer immediately demolished 2 barracks of tinplate on an area of 90 square meters and used as an automobile repair shop belonging to Khalil Ibrahim Khalil ‘Aweis, from the same village, allegedly for illegal construction in Area C.Around the same time, the army backed by military vehicles and accompanied with an Israeli Civil Administration vehicle, a bulldozer, and an excavator moved into Khelet al-Dabe’a, east of Yatta, south of Hebron. IOF deployed in the area while the vehicles demolished a water well under constriction belonging to ‘Ali Jaber Dababsah. The latter received a notice within the (1797) military decision that gives citizens 96 hours to submit papers necessary for licensing the facility. IOF also demolished a 75sqm dwelling of bricks and tinplate sheltering 12 individuals, including 7 children, belonging to Mohammed ‘Ali Dababsah, who was previously notified.
It should be noted that the demolition was allegedly for unlicensed construction while regarding the military order, the Israeli authorities referred when issuing this notice to Article (4) of the military order no. (1797) that targets the new buildings and facilities, which were resided less than a month ago, as well as the buildings that have been under-construction for 6 months.
This decision deprives citizen’s right to legally defend his facility or dwelling, and the Israeli authorities started using this order and obtained powers and legal cover from the Israeli Supreme Court, which rejected all petitions and challenges that were applied by human rights organizations to defend the Palestinian houses in addition to authorizing the Civil Administration to implement this decision.At approximately 11:00, the army backed by military vehicles and accompanied with an Israeli Civil Administration vehicle, a bulldozer and an excavator moved into Kherbet al-Fakhit, east of Yatta, south of Hebron.
The army, deployed in the area while the vehicles carried out the following demolitions:
1. A 30-sqm agricultural room belonging to Fo’ad Fadel al-‘Amour who received on 27 July 2021 a notice within the 1797 military decision that givens citizens 96 hours to submit their papers needed for licensing the facility.
2. A 200-sqm barrack of tinplate sheltering 400 sheep belonging to Akram Sari Mohammed Abu Sabha.
The Israeli authorities demolished Abu Sabha’s facility without a prior warning as they previously demolished a dwelling, tents and barrack for the same person on 18 October 2020.
Kherbet al-Fakhit is part of Kherab Masafer Yatta village with a population of about 80 people, who depend on agriculture and livestock. Al-Fakhit is bordered to the east by Kherbet al-Majaz, to the west by Kherbet Shaab al-Butm, to the north by Kherbet al-Tabban, and to the south by the Green Line and the Annexation Wall.
b. Settler attacks on Palestinian civilians and their property
On Friday morning, 06 August 2021, Israeli settlers cut tens of olive trees in Shaqif al-Dab’a area in Jab;a village, west of Bethlehem.
Head of the Jab’a village council said that the settlers raided a plot of land belonging to Ref’at Hasan al-Tous in Shaqif al-Dab’a area, southeast of the village, and cut tens of olive trees planted 60 years ago. It should be noted that the army prevent Jab’a village’s farmers from entering their agricultural lands of 40 dunums, which were isolated by the annexation wall in 2005. The army stationed at al-Jab’a crossing and known as “Hala Border Crossing,” which isolates the lands occupied in 1948 from the lands occupied in 1967, allows the lands’ owners from the village to enter their lands twice a year only according to the security coordination. It is once for plowing the land and trimming the trees and the other for harvesting the fruits after the season ends and the fruits are seized by the settlers of “Jab’out” and “Beit ‘Ayem” settlements.At approximately 16:00 on the same day, a group of settlers from “Movi Dotan” settlement established on the lands of Jenin assaulted a car parked under Jabal Abu al-Shawareb in the northern side of Kafr Ra’ie village. The car belongs to Ibrahim Hafez Melhem from the same village when he was visiting his land. As a result, his car sustained severe damage due to big stones thrown at it.At approximately 12:30 on Saturday, 07 August 2021, a group of settlers from “Beit Hadasa” settlement established on Palestinian lands in Hebron’s Old City, threw stones at houses belonging to the families of Sedr and Abu Hayyah in Souq al-Thahab area while the army was stationed on the houses’ roof near the settlement outpost were watching. Twenty minutes later, an Israeli Police force arrived and forced the settlers to go away. When the police left, the army raided al-Shalalah street in front of the houses that were stoned. The soldiers beat up 2 brothers; one was a child and arrested them: Yasin (17) and Sa’ed (19) ‘Abdel Khaleq Nabil Seder. Around 02:00, Yasin was released near Hebron’s municipal center, where IOF established a military checkpoint, while Sa’ed was released at approximately 04:00 from an interrogation center from “Karyat Arba’” settlement police station, east of Hebron. ‘Abdel Khaleq Seder told PCHR’s fieldworker that his son Yasin sustained nose fractures due to the army’s beating while the Israeli police asked his son Sa’ed to return the next day in order to complete the interrogation.At approximately 08:00 on Monday, 09 August 2021, a group of Israeli settlers moved into an agricultural land next to “Abi Hanahel” settlement established on western Kisan village, east of Bethlehem, and started leveling it to establish electricity poles after beating the owner.
Ahmed Ghazal, Kisan Village Council’s deputy chief, said to PCHR’s fieldworker that the settlers moved into an agricultural land rented by Hussein ‘Abdullah al-‘Abyyat and his sons in the western side of the village. Ghazal said that the army prevented the owner of the land and his sons from entering the land where the settlers were levelling it, planting pine and olive trees in large numbers, and establishing electricity poles. Ghazal added that fistfights occurred between settlers and villagers, who tried to prevent settlers from seizing the land, but the army increased their numbers in the area and detained the owner of the land ‘Abyyat and his sons for several hours.
It is noteworthy that Kisan village has been under large-scale settlers’ attacks, including the seizure of its lands in favor of expanding the existing settlements, assaults on the owners of agricultural lands there, preventing them from reaching their lands, and causing damage to their agricultural crops.
GENEVA, Thursday, August 12, 2021 (WAFA) – Mary Lawlor, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, expressed concern yesterday over arrests, harassment, criminalization, and threats targeting human rights defenders by the Israeli occupation forces.
“Arrests and raids on the homes of Palestinian human right defenders [by Israeli occupation forces] form part of a wider crackdown against those defending the human rights of Palestinians in the Occupied Palestinian Territory,” she said.
Lawlor was alarmed by the arbitrary arrest and detention of Farid Al-Atrash, a human rights defender and lawyer at the Independent Commission for Human Rights (ICHR).
Mr. Al-Atrash was detained by Israeli military forces after peacefully participating in a demonstration in Bethlehem on 15 June and released on bail eight days later.
The rights expert also voiced concern over the forcible transfer of Palestinians living in the Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan neighborhoods in Jerusalem.
“Muna Al-Kurd, Mohammed Al-Kurd, and Zuhair Al Rajabi, human rights defenders at the forefront of protecting their communities against forced displacement, have been arrested and interrogated,” she said.
Another activist, Salah Hammouri, a Palestinian-French human rights defender and lawyer, is also at risk of having his permanent residency permit in Jerusalem revoked.
“I am shocked that members of the Health Work Committee, who provide health services to Palestinians living in remote areas of the West Bank, were arrested, interrogated and may be criminalized because of their human rights work,” Ms. Lawlor added.
Three Committee personnel are currently in prison. Director Shatha Odeh and former project coordinator, Juana Ruiz Sánchez, are being held in one facility, while accountant Tayseer Abu Sharbak, is in another. They are being tried on charges of participating in what has been described as “an illegal organization”, said Ms.
Lawlor called on Israeli occupation authorities to immediately release them, and to investigate allegations of ill treatment against the two women rights defenders.
“The deteriorating health of Odeh and the solitary confinement of Sánchez are extremely worrying,” the UN expert said, noting that the rights defender, who has chronic underlying health conditions, had initially been denied access to necessary medication and clean clothes.
Lawlor underlined the importance of safeguarding Palestinian human rights defenders in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, especially those who are protecting their communities’ rights to housing, healthcare, and freedom of assembly and association.
“I call on the [Israeli] authorities to stop targeting these human rights defenders and allow them to carry out their legitimate and peaceful work free from any kind of restrictions,” she said.
Israeli soldiers abducted, on Thursday evening, four young Palestinian men from the al-Lubban ash-Sharqiya town, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.
Media sources said the soldiers installed a roadblock at the main entrance of the town, before stopping and searching dozens of cars, and interrogated many Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.
They added that the soldiers abducted four young men, identified as Ahmad Samir Daraghma, Ahmad Wajeeh Daraghma, Abdullah Othman Oweiss, and Ahmad Mansour Awaisa, before taking them to a nearby military base.
On Thursday at dawn, the soldiers abducted eleven Palestinians, including siblings, in addition to a father and his son, in Tubas, Jenin, Nablus, Bethlehem, and Hebron, in the occupied West Bank.
The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported, on Thursday evening, that two detainees have suspended the hunger strike, after reaching agreements with the Israeli Prison Authority regarding ending their arbitrary Administrative Detention orders and added that ten detainees are ongoing with the strike.
The PPS stated that the two detainees are Amjad Nammoura, from Doura town, and Fadi al-‘amour, from Yatta, south of the southern West Bank city of Hebron.
It added that Nammoura, who held a hunger strike for eight days, and al-Amour who held the strike for 23 days, have suspended their strike after the Israeli Prison Authority agreed not to renew their current Administrative Detention orders.
On August 10th, the PPS stated that detainee Ahmad Nazzal, from Jenin, in northern West Bank, suspended the hunger strike, which lasted for 21 days, after reaching a similar agreement.
Nazzal was forced into solitary confinement in Megiddo Israeli prison during his three-week hunger strike.
The PPS added that the following detainees are ongoing with the hunger strike, protesting being held under the Administrative Detention orders without charges or trial: (As of Thursday evening August 12th)
Salem Ziyadat, from Bani Neim – Hebron, started the strike 32 days ago.
Mohammad A’mar, from Tulkarem, started the strike 30 days ago.
Kayed al-Fasfous, from Doura – Hebron, started the strike 29. days ago.
Rafat Darawish, from Doura – Hebron, started the strike 29. days ago.
Miqdad al-Qawasma, from Hebron, started strike 22 days ago.
Mojahed Hamed, from Silwad – Ramallah, started the strike 30 days ago.
Yousef al-Amer, from Jenin refugee camp – Jenin, 15 started the strike days ago.
Ahmad Hamamra, from Bethlehem, started the strike 13 days ago.
Akram al-Fasfous, from Doura – Hebron, started the strike 8 days ago.
Ala’ al-A’raj, from Tulkarem, started the strike 5 days ago.
On Friday, a group of illegal Israeli colonizers, accompanied by many soldiers, invaded archeological sites on Palestinian lands in Beit Ummar town, north of the northern West Bank city of Hebron.
Local activist Mohammad Awad said the soldiers accompanied dozens of colonizers into the sites, and conducted tours while carrying maps of the Palestinian lands and the sites.
Awad added that the colonizers and the soldiers also invaded archeological areas south of Beit Ummar.
He said the sites are close to the illegal Karmie Tzur colony, which was built on stolen Palestinian lands in Beit Ummar, and extends to the Gush Etzion colonialist block.
Awad stated that the residents fear that Israel intends to illegally annex more of their lands to occupy all the sites and to expand its colonies in the area.
All of Israel’s colonies in the occupied West Bank, including those in and around occupied East Jerusalem, are illegal under International Law, the Fourth Geneva Convention in addition to various United Nations and Security Council resolutions. They also constitute war crimes under International Humanitarian Law.