RAMALLAH, (PIC) – The Palestinian minister of health Mai al-Kaila announced on Friday that 11 deaths, 580 new cases of the coronavirus were recorded during the past 24 hours.
The minister said in the daily epidemiological report of coronavirus that 7 deaths were recorded in the Gaza Strip while 4 deaths were recorded in the West Bank, adding that 1,540 recovery cases were recorded in the same period.
She pointed out that there are 64 critically ill patients who have been admitted to intensive care units while 134 others are treated in the West Bank’s COVID-19 sections in various hospitals including 11 who have been placed on ventilators.
The recovery rate of the coronavirus reached 96 percent while the rate of active infections reached 3 percent and the death rate was 1 percent of all infections, Kaila said.
Regarding the vaccination campaign, the total number of people who received the corona vaccine in the West Bank and Gaza Strip reached 2,369,197 including 1,712,010 in the West Bank and 657,187 in the Gaza Strip, the minister concluded.
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC) – The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) froze the administrative detention of Palestinian hunger striker Kayed al-Fasfous but he refused to end his strike until ending his detention and releasing him immediately.
The Palestinian Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees said on Thursday that Fasfous has been on hunger strike for 92 days and is currently held in the Israeli Barzilai hospital.
The family said that Israeli soldiers guarding the detainee left his room after the IOA decision.
For his part, Fasfous said in a press release that he will not end his strike until ending his detention immediately and setting him free.
Six Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails are on hunger strike demanding an end to their administrative detention while a seventh joined them five days ago in support of their demands.
NABLUS, (PIC) – A group of Jewish settlers stormed on Friday morning an archaeological area in al-Badhan village, northeast of Nablus city.
The settlers barged their way into Wadi al-Badhan, a famous springtime holiday destination, amid heavy military protection.
Local sources said that Israeli occupation forces (IOF) were deployed since the early morning hours to pave the way for a number of buses with settlers on board.
Wadi al-Badhan is considered one of the most beautiful natural landscapes in Palestine given its abundance of water springs, greenery, cool air and high biodiversity.
According to the Applied Research Institute of Jerusalem (ARIJ), settlers frequently attack the village, illegally dumping their wastewater onto the village land, thus polluting the villagers’ crops and trees.
The village of al-Badhan is named after the valley and has a population of about 4,000 people.
BETHLEHEM, (PIC) – The Israel occupation forces (IOF) shot and killed a Palestinian young man as clashes erupted west of Bethlehem on Thursday evening.
Israeli media sources claimed the young man was throwing Molotov cocktails on a West Bank street leading to Gush Etzion illegal settlement before being shot dead by Israeli forces.
A second Palestinian was detained by the Israeli troops in the area, the sources added.
Palestinian medical authorities confirmed the young man’s death. According to Israeli media reports, he was 16 years old.
Meanwhile, two Palestinian young men were arrested at Za’tara military checkpoint erected south of Nablus.
Every morning, tens of thousands of Palestinian workers cross Israeli military checkpoints on their way to their workplaces, in Israeli and Palestinian cities beyond the Green Line.
However, Israeli checkpoints – which flagrantly violate Palestinians’ freedom of movement and cut the West Bank into cantons – have become death traps where Palestinians are immediately sentenced to death for the slightest mistake or even on mere suspicion.
The Palestinian Authority yesterday denied recent Israeli reports claiming it had refused to provide protection for the prisoners who had escaped the high security Gilboa Prison last month.
“What was recently claimed by Israeli media about the Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh refusing to provide protection for the six heroic prisoners who dug their freedom tunnel with their own hands in the fortified Gilboa Prison was fake news,” the PA’s spokesperson said on Facebook.
Ibrahim Melhem added that the rumours aimed at “weakening the national unity and creating a rupture in the national consensus,” stressing that Shtayyeh had praised the “heroism of the six escaped prisoners.”
“The Palestinian people won’t stop attempts to regain their freedom,” Melhem added, called for the “release of all our captive sons and daughters imprisoned in the occupation’s prisons.”
Israeli media reported on Wednesday that the PA had refused to protect two of the escaped prisoners.
On 6 September six Palestinian prisoners escaped from Gilboa Prison after digging a tunnel out of the prison. They were recaptured within two weeks and now face additional charges.
Israel’s poor communications with the Palestinian Authority had weakened the Arab government and strengthened resistance movement Hamas, former Shin Bet chief Nadav Argaman said yesterday.
In a ceremony which saw Argaman replaced by Roman Bar yesterday, the outgoing spy chief said: “Poor dialogue between Israel and the Palestinian Authority and the steps taken by [Palestinian President] Abu Mazen, led to the weakening of the authority, whether economically or popularly.”
“The current reality is that Hamas is strong, and the Palestinian Authority is weak. The relative calm that we have seen in recent years in Judea and Samaria [the occupied West Bank] is misleading. There are attempts to carry out operations all the time. There is calm because all the operations are thwarted successfully, not from the absence of attempts.”
Argaman also said that “Israel must find a way to cooperate with the Palestinian Authority and advance economic projects with international assistance.” Israel must also “severely strike Hamas in Judea and Samaria and in the Gaza Strip as well as it’s leadership abroad.”
Israeli human rights group, B’Tselem, revealed harrowing details of the Palestinian teenager who was kidnapped and tortured with fire by a group of Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank two months ago, in a report released last week.
On August 17th, 15-year-old Tareq Zbeidi and five of his friends were enjoying a picnic near their village of Silat a-Daher, based in the Jenin district of the northern West Bank.
However, a large group of Israeli settlers from the nearby Homesh Israeli settlement later arrived in cars in the area, carrying stones and sticks.
The Palestinian boys quickly fled the scene, as one of the settlers began throwing stones at them and managed to escape back to their village. However, according to B’Tselem, Tareq failed to keep up with his friends due to a leg injury he suffered just two weeks prior to the incident.
He told the rights group, “The settlers drove towards me and hit me with their car, and I fell to the ground. The car stopped, and four settlers got out. Some were holding sticks. They attacked me and hit me in the shoulder, legs and back.”
Moreover, they bound his hands and feet and chained him to the hood of their car, before driving him to Homesh, where they slammed on the brakes, causing him to fall to the ground.
He added that, upon arrival at the settlement, other settlers ran over to kick and taunt him. His ordeal consisted of being pepper-sprayed and spat in the face, all the while being cursed at in Arabic and Hebrew.
As they continued to assault him, the Israeli settlers carried and hung him from a tree to “burn his feet”.
“I was left hanging like that for about five minutes, with my eyes covered. I felt them cutting and rubbing the skin of my left foot with a sharp object. I was in so much pain. I couldn’t take it. Suddenly, I felt a strong burn on my right foot, from a lighter or something similar. It lasted a few seconds. I screamed and cried in pain and fear. It wasn’t till then that they took me down from the tree,” Tareq recounted.
He was then struck in the head with a stick and lost consciousness.
According to B’Tselem, Israeli soldiers arrived shortly after in a military jeep and the settlers accused Tareq of throwing stones at them.
When Tareq regained consciousness on the floor of the military jeep, the soldiers threatened to arrest him if he threw stones again. “They said they knew everything about me and that if anyone threw stones at the settlers, he’d come to my house and arrest me.”
Tareq’s uncle and older brother immediately put him in a Palestinian ambulance and took him to a hospital in Jenin, after picking him up from the station.
“I was taken to the ER, where I was examined and X-rayed. They found bruises and wounds on my shoulder, back and legs, as well as wounds and burns on my feet. I stayed there until the next afternoon, and then I was discharged,” said Tareq, adding that, despite being discharged, his body was sore and he could not walk because of the cuts and burns on his feet.
Settlers usually attack Palestinians and their property in the West Bank. Israeli and Palestinian estimates indicate that there are about 650,000 settlers in the West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem, residing in 164 settlements and 116 outposts.
B’Tselem noted that the attack on Tareq was the tenth settler attack on Palestinians near the settlement, documented by the group since the beginning of 2020.
“This case may be exceptionally cruel, but settler violence against Palestinians, often with the participation of soldiers, has long since become part of Israeli policy in the West Bank and integral to the occupation routine,” B’Tselem said in the report.
“The long-term result of these violent acts is the dispossession of Palestinians from growing swathes of the West Bank, facilitating Israel’s takeover of land and resources there.”
Palestinian Centre for Human Rights: Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (oPt)
Summary for October 7 – 13, 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. Dozens of Israeli settlers attacked Palestinians in Hebron under Israeli military protection.
The Israeli settlement expansion works continued on Palestinian lands and properties. Meanwhile, the Gaza Strip enters its 15th year under closure, exacerbating the humanitarian hardships across the territory.
Israeli army shooting and violation of right to bodily integrity:
Israeli forces wounded 5 Palestinians, including 3 children, in excessive use of force in the West Bank: 3, including a child, were wounded in the army’s assault on Kufur Qaddoum weekly protest; a child in an army incursion into Tamun; another child was shot by soldiers in Silwad before Israeli forces arrested him – he was later transferred to an Israeli hospital.
In the Gaza Strip, the Israeli Navy opened fire 8 times at fishing boats in the Gaza Sea and confiscated one boat, the army opened fire twice on agricultural lands in eastern Gaza and shot at municipal crews putting out a fire at landfill in eastern Juhr al-Dik.
Israeli army incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians:
IOF carried out 154 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, 76 Palestinians were arrested, including 22 children and a woman.
Occupied East Jerusalem: two residential barracks demolished in Bab al-Shams; graveyard bulldozed; a dwelling dismantled in Abu Nowar Bedouin community
Hebron: cease-construction notice served against a land in Yatta
Ramallah: lands bulldozed and cease-construction notice served in Ni’lin
Salfit: 40-dunums receive confiscation notice in Yasuf
Bethlehem: new settlement road constructed on a bypass road built on Palestinian lands in eastern Bethlehem
Hebron: 100 olive tree seedlings cut in Tarqumiyah; shepherd assaulted in eastern ad-Dhahiriya
Occupied East Jerusalem: Palestinian civilians, and a vehicle assaulted – one wounded, several windshields smashed in Beit Iksa
Salfit: Palestinian-owned vehicles vandalized
Israeli closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:
The Israeli occupation authorities continued to ban the entry of dozens of essential items, 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.
Meanwhile, 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 03:00 on Thursday, 7 October 2021, Israeli Navy gunboats in the northern Gaza sea chased Palestinian fishing boat sailing at 3 nautical miles and opened fire at them, stirring fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. The shooting continued until 05:30. No casualties were reported.
• At approximately 02:00 on Friday, 8 October 2021, Israeli Navy gunboats in the northern Gaza sea chased Palestinian fishing boat sailing at 3 nautical miles and opened fire at them, stirring fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.
• At approximately 12:30 on Friday, 24 September 2021, soldiers stationed on the northern entrance to Kufur Qaddoum village, northern Qalqilya, suppressed a peaceful protest led by dozens of Palestinians. Soldiers chased the protestors and clashed with them; soldiers fired bullets, tear gas canisters and stun grenades. As a result, 3 Palestinians, including a child, sustained bullet wounds in the back and extremities.
• At approximately 08:00, Navy gunboats in the northern Gaza sea chased Palestinian fishing boat sailing at 3 nautical miles and opened fire at them, and fired light bombs in the sky, stirring fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.
• At approximately 12:00 on Saturday, 9 October 2021, Navy gunboats in the northern Gaza sea chased Palestinian fishing boat sailing at 3 nautical miles and opened fire at them, stirring fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. The shooting recurred at 19:30 and 22:30. No casualties were reported.
• At approximately 22:00, Israeli forces arrested Anas S. Mahmoud (17) and Obada M. Abu-Jum’a after assaulting both of them; Israeli forces forced Palestinian civilians out of Bab al-Amoud in occupied Jerusalem. Dozens of Palestinians had gathered in Bab al-Amoud, protesting the ban on entering the area for the past 3 days. Meanwhile, soldiers, mounted police with canines, chased and assaulted Palestinians. Confrontations broke out in the area, and the army fired sound bombs intensely, causing terror among the public.
• At approximately 08:45 on Sunday, 10 October 2021, Israeli forces stationed along Gaza border area opened in eastern Khuza’a, Khan Younis. No casualties were reported.
• At approximately 18:15, Navy gunboats in the northern Gaza sea chased Palestinian fishing boat sailing at 3 nautical miles and opened fire at them, stirring fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.
• At approximately 02:15, on Monday, 11 October 2021, Navy gunboats in the northern Gaza sea chased Palestinian fishing boat sailing at 3 nautical miles and opened fire at them, stirring fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.
• At approximately 08:30, Israeli forces stationed along Gaza border area opened fire in eastern al-Qarara, Khan Younis. No casualties were reported.
• At approximately 19:30, Israeli forces stationed along Gaza border area opened fire at municipal crews putting out a fire in a landfill in eastern Juhr al-Dik, Gaza. They were forced to flee for safety.
Emad Helles, Head of Solid Waste Treatment Department at the Gaza Municipality, told PCHR’s fieldworker:
“At approximately 19:30, four employees of the Gaza Municipality went to the landfill located east of Wadi Gaza, accompanied by a construction vehicle and a municipal water vehicle to put out a fire that broke out there. After they arrived and as they were trying to put out the fire, an Israeli military SUV came and stopped inside the border fence, about 100 meters from their location. A number of soldiers got out of the SUV and opened fire at them. They were forced to flee, fearing for their lives. About an hour later, the municipal crews returned to the place after coordinating with the occupation authorities through the Palestinian Civil Affairs Office. Within two hours, the municipal crew managed to put out the fire.”
Helles also reported that military drones were flying over the area as the fire was being put out.
• At approximately 20:00, Israeli forces assaulted Palestinians in Bab al-Amoud for the 4th consecutive day, chased them in the neighboring areas and assaulted them amidst heavy firing of sound bombs. Soldiers evacuated the area with force and shut it completely with large police presence. Israeli forces arrested Sultan M. Shwaiki (16) after assaulting him.
• At approximately 04:00 on Tuesday, 12 October 2021, Israeli forces moved into Tamun in Jenin. Palestinians gathered as soldiers invaded the village; the soldiers fired rubber and live bullets, tear gas canisters and stun grenades. As a result, a child sustained a live bullet in the left thigh; he was taken to hospital for treatment. Several other Palestinians suffocated due to tear gas inhalation and received treatment in the field.
• At approximately 11:00, Navy gunboats in the southern Gaza sea confiscated a fishing boat (rowboat) and took it to an unknown location. According to fisherman, Ibrahim A. Miqdad (26), Israeli forces confiscated his boat while anchored at 6 nautical miles. At approximately 17:00, he went into sea with two other fishermen to the location where they had anchored his confiscated boat. He said that the boat is used for lighting purposes, and the fishermen left it at sea as a mark of where they work. The boat had a generator, anchors, and flashlights on it.
• At approximately 19:00, Israeli forces stationed near Silwad entrance, northeastern Ramallah, opened fire at a child standing 100 meters away. They arrested him and took him to a hospital in Israel. The wounded child was identified as Yanal Haytham Ameen Hamed (15).
• At approximately 22:00, Israeli forces assaulted Palestinians in Bab al-Amoud for the 5th consecutive day, chased them in the neighboring areas and assaulted them amidst heavy firing of sound bombs. Soldiers evacuated the area with force and shut it completely with large police presence. Israeli forces fired sound bombs, and pumped sewage water at shops, vehicles, and passersby, making the whole area smell unbearably foul. Nonetheless, dozens of Palestinians gathered in protest to the army assault. Meanwhile, several armed illegal Israeli settlers came and provoked Palestinians, insulting them and threatening them. Israeli forces assaulted the Palestinians violently, and arrested 4 children: Yehia Badran (16), Hamza al-Shaweesh (16), Mohammed Abu Snaina (16), and Montaser al-Hassouni (15).
• At approximately 02:00 on Wednesday, 13 October 2021, Israeli forces moved into Beit Ummar, northern Hebron, and raided Issa Ibrahim Ekhlail’s (24) house. They searched the house and withdrew later. Palestinians in the area confronted the soldiers, who in turn fired tear gas and sound bombs at them; the locals threw rocks at the military reinforcements. As a result, several Palestinians suffocated due to tear gas inhalation. Israeli forces deployed in the area, and smashed Rebhi Tumar Ekhlail’s windshield. Israeli forces later withdrew.
• At approximately 09:00 on Wednesday, 13 October, Navy gunboats in the northern Gaza sea chased Palestinian fishing boat sailing at 6 nautical miles and opened fire at them, stirring fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.
• At approximately 22:00, Israeli forces assaulted Palestinians in Bab al-Amoud for the 6th consecutive day, chased them in the neighboring areas and assaulted them amidst heavy firing of sound bombs. Soldiers evacuated the area with force and shut it completely with large police presence. Israeli forces fired sound bombs, and pumped sewage water at shops, vehicles and passersby, making the whole area smell unbearably foul. Israeli forces stopped a vehicle near Musrara roundabout, assaulted the passengers and forced them out while assaulting them. Soldiers also chased a 16-year-old in the area, causing him to fall and break his leg.
II. Incursions and arrests
Thursday, 07 October 2021:
• At approximately 00:00, Israeli soldiers arrested Islam Mahmoud Shahwan (25), after raiding and searching his house in Hable village, south of Qalqilya.
• At approximately 01:00, Israeli soldiers arrested Mahmoud Khalil Abu Tarboush (46), and his son, Mohammed (19), after raiding and searching their houses in ‘Azza refugee camp, north of Bethlehem.
• At approximately 02:00, Israeli soldiers arrested Adham Mohammed Abu Srour (16), after raiding and searching his house in Dawha, west of Bethlehem.
• At approximately 02:30, Israeli soldiers arrested 3 civilians after raiding and searching their houses in Wadi al-Far’a village, south of Tubas governorate. The arrestees are: Abdul Naser Mustafa Abdul Raziq (56), his son Hussam (26), and Basheer Ghassan Abu Khaizaran (45).
• At approximately 03:10, Israeli soldiers arrested Yousef Ibrahim Mustafa Afana (22), after raiding and searching his house in Tal village, southwest of Nablus governorate.
• At approximately 05:10, Israeli soldiers arrested Hasan Mohammed al-Zaghal (23), after raiding and searching his house in Zububa, west of Jenin.
• At approximately 06:00, Israeli soldiers arrested Ra’fat Fawwaz al-Zaidani (28), after raiding and searching his house in Dayr Jarir village, northeast of Ramallah.
• At approximately 11:00, Israeli soldiers arrested the activist Mohammed Abu al-Homos (55), while present in the Aqsa Mosque’s yards in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
• At approximately 16:00, soldiers arrested Mo’ayad Mujahed ‘Alqam (29), from Beit Ummar, north of Hebron, after stopping his vehicle in al-Mantara area while returning home from his agricultural land. IOF took him to an unknown destination.
• At approximately 18:05, soldiers stationed at al-Jalamah military checkpoint, north of Jenin governorate, arrested Ahmed Bassam Kmeil (26), from Qabatiya, southeast of the city.
• Israeli forces carried out (9) incursions in Nablus and Jamma’in, southeast of Nablus governorate; Kafr Dan, west of Jenin; Sa’ir, Bayt Kahil, Yatta and Surif villages in Hebron; Beitunia, west of Ramallah governorate; and Jericho. No arrests were reported.
Friday, 08 October 2021
• At approximately 00:55, soldiers stationed at al-Hamra military checkpoint, north of Ramallah, arrested Izz al-Dein Emad Ghareeb, from Jenin refugee camp, west of Jenin governorate, while passing through the abovementioned checkpoint.
• At approximately 02:15, soldiers arrested Nimir Talal Zakarnah (22) and his brother, Mohammed (24), after raiding and searching their house in Qabatiya, southeast of Jenin governorate.
• At approximately 11:30, soldiers arrested Mahmoud Zuhair Ishteiwi (26), while present in the Al-Aqsa Mosque’s yards in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
• At approximately 14:00, soldiers arrested (4) children from al-‘Isawiya village, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem, while present in the Aqsa Mosque’s yards in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. The arrestees are: Mohammed Hamza Obaid (13), Montaser Naser Sabtah (15), Fares Ahmed Obaid (14) and Mohammed Alaa Obaid (14).
• At approximately 22:00, soldiers arrested Hisham al-Khateeb (32), after raiding and searching his house in al-Jadawil area in Bayt Jala, east of Bethlehem governorate.
• Israeli forces carried out (3) incursions in Hebron and Fawwar refugee camp in Hebron governorate; and Jalazone refugee camp, north of Ramallah. No arrests were reported.
Saturday, 09 January 2021
• Soldiers carried out (15) incursions in Arraba, Zububa, Ti’anik, Rumana, Tayibe and ‘Anin villages in Jenin governorate; ‘Anata, Kafr al-Labad, Shufa and Far’un villages in Tulkarm governorate; Dayr Balut and Kafr Thulth in Salfit governorate; Halhul, Surif and Bani Na’im in Hebron. No arrests were reported.
Sunday, 10 October 2021
• At approximately 02:00, soldiers arrested (4) children after raiding and searching their houses in Bayt Fajar. The arrestees are: Mousa Mohammed Dairiyyah (17), Reda Hisham Deiriyyah (16), Radi Mahmoud Deiriyyah (16), and Mohammed Rami Taqatiqah (15).
• At approximately 06:30, a group of undercover “Mista‘arvim” (Israeli Special Unit dressed like Palestinian civilians) sneaked into Jenin, using a Tundra. Four Mista’rivim get out of the tundra carrying bags and stationed on Abu Bakr street, in the city center, and then arrested Bahaa Ibrahim Abu al-Yaja (30), from Jenin refugee camp, west of the city.
• At approximately 08:00, soldiers arrested Ahmed Saleem Sheikha, along with his daughter, Nada, after raiding and searching their house in Anata, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem.
• At approximately 10:00, soldiers arrested Ikrama Sa’eed Sabri (82), the Head of the High Islamic Supreme Council, after raiding and searching his house in al-Sawana neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
After releasing Sabri he stated that soldiers stormed his house, arrested him, took him to Moscovia Investigation Center and interrogated him for 6 consecutive hours. He clarified that he was interrogated about his speeches in Bab al-Rahma prayer area (Golden Gate), as he was accused of calling for riots inside al-Aqsa Mosque. Sabri indicated that he denied all the charges against him and released on conditions that banning his entry to the Aqsa Mosque for a week.
• At approximately 13:00, soldiers summonsed Jamal ‘Amro (65), a specialist in the Jerusalem Affairs, for investigation at Moscovia Investigation Center in West Jerusalem, after raiding and searching his house in Thuri neighborhood, south of the occupied East Jerusalem.
• At approximately 14:00, Israeli forces arrested Mus’ab Obaidiyyah (27), while present near al-Asbat Gate (Lions’ Gate), one of the Aqsa Mosque’s Gates in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
• Soldiers carried out (10) incursions in Usarin, Bayt Wazan, Beit Iba and Sarra in Nablus governorate; Arraba, Silat al-Harithiya, ‘Anin, Tayibe, Rumana and Ti’anik villages in Jenin governorate. No arrests were reported.
Monday, 11 October 2021:
• At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces arrested Saleh Jamal Halabiya along with his brother, Jamal, after raiding and searching their house in Abu Dis village, east of the occupied East Jerusalem.
• At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces arrested Sufian Ahmed al-‘Amour (37) and Eissa Mohammed al-‘Amour (38), after raiding and searching their houses in Yatta, south of Hebron governorate.
• At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Dayr Samet, southwest of Dura, southwest of Hebron governorate. They raided and searched Dawoud Abdul Wahab al-Horoub’s (36) house, but no arrests were reported.
• At approximately 02:10, Israeli forces arrested Issam Zeyad ‘Amer (23), after raiding and searching his house in Kafr Qallil village, southeast of Nablus governorate.
• At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces arrested (5) civilians after raiding and searching their houses in Beita, southeast of Nablus governorate. The arrestees are: Ahmed Abdul Salam Rayyan (32), Arafat Mohammed al-Rafa (42), Rami Jamal Abu Ayyash (25), Ahmed Abdul Hadi al-Shurafa (28), and Suliman Anis Khudair (26).
• At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces arrested (5) civilians, including a child, after raiding and searching their houses in al-Khader village, south of Bethlehem. The arrestees are: Mohammed Khader Sbeih (21), Saleh Rizq Mousa (22), Mohammed Hamad Sbeih (16), Ahmed Khaled Mousa (19), and Jehad Omar Salah (22).
• Around the same time, Israeli forces arrested Emran Riyad Haroun (26), after raiding and searching his house in Tulkarm.
• At approximately 05:00, Israeli forces arrested Anas Taqateqa (30), after raiding and searching his house in Umm Salmuna village, south of Bethlehem.
• Israeli forces carried out (4) incursions in Tulkarm, Far’un, Tulkarm refugee camp and Nur Shams refugee camp, in Tulkarm governorate. No arrests were reported.
Tuesday, 12 October 2021:
• At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces arrested Jehad Omar al-Sir (22), after raiding and searching his house in al-Khader, south of Bethlehem.
• At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces arrested Hisham Abdul Qader Dweikat (19) and Abdul Qader Kayed ‘Adili (30), after raiding and searching their houses in Beita, southeast of Nablus governorate.
• At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces arrested Wissam Mousa al-Halayqa (39) and Abdullah Zayed al-Halayqa (38), after raiding and searching their houses in al-Shuyukh village, north of Hebron.
• At approximately 04:30, Israeli forces arrested Abdullah Ahmed Ikhlayil (25) along with his brother, Saif (22), after raiding and searching their house in Beit Ummar, north of Hebron.
• At approximately 03:05, Qassam Majd al-Barghouthi (30), after raiding and searching his house in Kobar, north of Ramallah.
• Around the same time, Israeli forces arrested Mousa Mohammed Ladadwah (35), after raiding and searching his house in Abu Shukhaydam village, north of Ramallah.
• At approximately 05:00, Israeli forces arrested Mohammed Maher Zaytoun (13) and Jehad Kayed al-Rajabi (10), after raiding and searching their houses in Silwan, south of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
• At approximately 14:00, Israeli forces arrested Ayham Sufian al-Hedra (13), after getting out of his school in al-Tur neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
• Israeli forces carried out (2) incursions in Nuba and Dura villages in Hebron. No arrests were reported.
Wednesday, 12 October 2021
• At approximately 00:30, Israeli forces arrested Mahmoud Ali al-Douri (17) and Qusai Mousa al-Nouri (17), after raiding and searching their houses on al-Saf street in central Bethlehem.
• Around the same time, Israeli forces arrested Nedal Mahmoud Ibdah (44), after stopping him on a temporary military checkpoint established near Hares village, north of Salfit.
• At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces arrested Ahed Yousef al-Shomali (22) and Ahmed Mohammed Nasri (28), after raiding and searching their houses in Beit Sahur, east of Bethlehem governorate.
• At approximately 02:15, Israeli forces arrested Murad Barakat Khudair (28), after raiding and searching his house in Beita, southeast of Nablus governorate.
• At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces arrested Mousa Majed Daghlas (26), after raiding and searching his house in Burqa village, northwest of Nablus governorate.
III. Settlement Expansion and settler violence in the West Banka. Demolitions, Confiscations, and Notices
• At approximately 08:00 on Thursday, 07 October 2021, Israeli forces demolished 2 residential barracks belonging to Murad and ‘Omran Mohammed Za’atrah for the third time in al-Zanbah area known as Bab al-Shams village in Az-Za’ayyem village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem.
‘Abdel Qader Qleib, Mayor of Az-Za’ayyem village said that Israeli forces demolished 2 residential barracks built of wood, tinplate and cloth belonging to Murad and ‘Omran for the third time in a year. He added that Israeli forces demolished 2 dwellings belonging to the brothers first time on 14 December 2020 only 3 months after their marriage while in the second time their dwellings were demolished on 16 June 2021
It should be noted that Bab al-Shams village was established in 2014 in az-Za’ayyem village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem, upon a decision issued by the Palestinian Cabinet to challenge the Israeli settlement activity in the area. Days after residents established tents, occupation authorities issued a decision to demolish the village
• At approximately 10:30, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles and accompanied with an Israeli Civil Administration vehicle moved into Tal Ma’in area, east of Yatta, south of Hebron. Israeli forces deployed in the area, and the Civil Administration officer handed Sa’id Hamamdah a notice to stop construction works in his land, according to the Israeli Civil Administration’s claims that he infringed upon the monuments in the area. The Israeli authorities use different claims for the notices they handed to civilians to prevent them from building in Area C.
On Sunday, 10 October 2021, the Israeli municipality bulldozers continued excavation works in al-Shuhadaa’ Cemetery adjacent to al-Yousifiyah Cemetery in al-Asbat Gate area in central occupied East Jerusalem. As a result, bones and bodies of those who were buried there appeared, inciting rage among civilians who gathered to attempt to stop the excavations there
Head of the Islamic Cemeteries Committee in Jerusalem, Mustafa Abu Zahra, said that the Israeli occupation authorities have continued the razing and excavation works to turn al-Shuhadaa’ Cemetery into a park. While working in the morning, bodies of Muslims buried there were exhumed, so parts of their bodies appeared. Abu Zahra added that the Israeli Antiquities Authority claimed when it arrived at the cemetery that the workers made a mistake as the instructions directed to them were to work on the site and lay sand without any razing work because it already knows there is a cemetery there. Abu Zahra explained that desecration of the cemetery is humiliating, shocking and unjustified. He added that it is clear that the attack on Al-Shuhadaa’ and Yousifiyah Cemeteries has been ongoing for years, until the excavation and razing works reached archaeological ruins close to the threshold of Bab Al-Asbat
Therefore, outraged Palestinian civilians gathered to protest against the desecration of the cemetery in front of it and performed the Maghreb and ‘Ishaa at the entrance. After the protesters finished the night prayer, Israeli forces attacked them and fired sound bombs at them to disperse them forcibly
It is noteworthy that the al-Shuhadaa’ and al-Yousifyah cemeteries have been under systematic attack over the past years. In 2014, IOF prevented the burial at al-Shuhadaa’ cemetery and removed 20 graves of Jordanian soldiers who were martyred in 1967. Meanwhile, in November 2020, they demolished the wall of the cemetery adjacent to al-Asbat Gate, removed its archaeological staircase, closed the stairs leading to it, and built the street that leads from the gate to the Friday Market along the northern wall to Burj al-Laqlaq, under the pretext of excavation and maintenance works. It is noteworthy that the Islamic Cemeteries Committee resorted to the Israeli court and submitted documents proving that the cemetery belongs to the Islamic Endowments. At the time, the court issued a decision to ban any works in the cemetery, but after a while, a person was buried there; as a result, the grave was taken as an excuse to abolish the decision. In late July, the court’s judge responded to the Israeli municipality and Nature Authority’s request to resume razing the cemetery land after seven months of issuing a precautionary order to stop it. The Yousifiyah cemetery is one of the most famous Islamic cemeteries in Jerusalem. It is located to the north of Al-Asbat Gate and houses the graves of Palestinian families who live in Jerusalem. It also includes to the north al-Shuhadaa’ Cemetery, where the Jordanian soldiers martyred in 1967 are buried
• At approximately 07:00 on Tuesday, 12 October 2021, Israeli Civil Administration crews dismantled a dwelling belonging to Soliman al-Jahalin in Abu Nowar Bedouin Compound, east of al-‘Izzariya village, east of occupied East Jerusalem, for the second time and confiscated it.
Al-Jahalin said that Civil Administration and Israeli police moved into the area and closed it. They dismantled his dwelling built of tinplate and wood for the second time, and then confiscated it. He added that he lived in the 45-sqm dwelling with his wife and 6 children
It should be noted that the occupation authorities have sought for years to empty the Bedouin compounds of their residents in East Jerusalem to implement its settlement projects and turn the eastern West Bank into a complete Israeli settlement area
• At approximately 10:00, soldiers backed by military vehicles and a bulldozer and accompanied with the Israeli Civil Administration vehicle moved into southern Ni’lin village, west of Ramallah. IOF deployed in the area while the bulldozer levelled part of an agricultural land. The Civil Administration officer handed notices to stop construction works under the pretext of unlicensed building.
1. Munir Mnawar Ahmed ‘Orabi – A 100 sqms plot of land, where sand was stored
2. Ahmed ‘Awad Ahmed Mustafa – 160sqms – Retaining walls
Ahmed Mustafa said that last year Israeli forces demolished in the same area around 600 meters of retaining walls around a 4-dunum plot of land although he prepared the legal papers necessary for the construction license and received a receipt from the Israeli Civil Administration. Today after building the walls again, Israeli forces handed him another notice for the same land.
• On Wednesday, 13 October 2021, military vehicles levelled lands in ‘Osh Ghorab area in Beit Sahour, east of ‘Osh al-Ghorab in Beit Sahour to build a new settlement road leading to the bypass road on the eastern village land.
Director of the Wall and Settlement Commission in Bethlehem, Hasan Breijiyeh, said that the settlement road connects ‘Osh Ghorab area with bypass road established on eastern Bethlehem that leads to the settlement established there and connecting it with Har Homah Settlement established on Abu Ghoneim Mount area, east of occupied East Jerusalem. Breijiyeh added that the settlement road of 670 meters will annex around 2 dunams from Beit Sahour, and that the settlement project in the area will threaten the surrounding areas of 100 dunams, noting that the area has been declared as a military zone where Palestinians are denied access
• At approximately 18:00, the Israeli occupation authorities notified to confiscate tens of dunams from Yasuf village lands, east of Salfit, in favor of Tafouh settlement expansion at the expense of the village.
• Head of the village council, ‘Abdullah ‘Abiyah, said that the Israeli authorities notified a number of villagers to confiscate 40 dunums of 160 dunums in favor of the expansion works in Tafouh settlement and gave them a month to appeal. The Israeli authorities changed this land from agricultural to residential area for the Israeli compounds in 2016 in the eastern area of the village
b. Settlers’ attacks on civilians and their property
• On Thursday morning, 07 October 2021, a group of settlers from “Telem” settlement established on the Palestinian lands of al-Teeba area in Turqomiya, northwest of Hebron cut more than 100 olive seedlings planted 3 years ago in a land belonging to ‘Aziz Jamil Ja’afrah. Ja’afrah planted the seedlings after the settlers uprooted olive seedlings from his land in August 2020. Only 12 dunums of the land were reclaimed out of 40 dunums, which belonging to the family, within the lands declared by the occupation authorities as State Property in 1982 and where Palestinians are not allowed to reclaim their lands.
• At approximately 01:00 on Friday, 08 October 2021, a group of Israeli settlers attacked a vehicle belonging to Mohammed Mahmoud Samrin (18) when he was with his 4 cousins on Yafa Street in West Jerusalem. They assaulted him with a sharp tool, causing deep wound in his hand.
Mahmoud Samarin, Mohammed’s father, said that his son was with 4 of his cousins heading at 01:00 from Silwan to Yafa Street in Wedt Jerusalem to buy lunch when a group of settlers intercepted their vehicles and attacked his son by stabbing him with a sharp tool 3 times and damaged the vehicle. Samarin said that his son sustained a deep injury in his hand that required 30 stitches. Samarin said that he went to the Hadassa al-‘Isawiya Hospital to see his son, but he was surprised that the medical crews there did not take care of his son and decided to discharge him from the hospital although he was very tired. When they were on their way out from the hospital to go home, his son fainted, so he took him back to the hospital
He added when they were at the Emergency Department with his brother, ‘Alaa’, the medical crews there asked them to leave; they were treated in a very humiliating way and pushed out of the department. When the father refused leaving his son unconscious alone, the emergency crew called the hospital security, who assaulted the father and his brother. Few minutes later, police raided the department, arrested and assaulted them and along with Mahmoud’s cousins, Mohammed Issa Samarin and Mohammed Ziad Samarin; there were beaten and electrically shocked. They were then taken to Salah al-Deen police station and after hours they were tried and it was decided to release them on bail of 500 shekels for each and house arrest for 3 days
• At approximately 13:00 on Saturday, 09 October 2021, a group of Israeli settlers broke the windows of civilians’ cars in Beit Iksa village, northwest of occupied East Jerusalem.
Mayor of Beit Iksa, Sa’adah al-Khatib, said that settlers of Har Shamwil settlement complex established on the village lands broke windows of 5 vehicles parked near the gates separating the village lands from occupied East Jerusalem. The cars’ owners are forced to park there before going to their workplaces. Sa’adah added that the settlers have sought to isolate the area and to be used by the villagers. He said four months ago there was a similar incident when settlers burnt four vehicles in the same area, broke their windows and punctured the tires
• At approximately 16:00, settlers from Sham’ah settlement established on the Palestinian lands that were confiscated from eastern Ad-Dhariya village, south of Hebron, assaulted Sa’id Mahmoud Khdeirat (44) when he was herding his sheep in the pastoral lands near Zanouta village, forcing him to leave the area under threat. They chased him and one of them pushed him to the ground. A number of villagers then arrived and took him to a clinic in Ad-Dhariya village.
• At approximately 05:00 on Wednesday, 13 October 2021, a group of settlers assaulted Palestinians’ vehicles parked at the western entrance to Merda village in Melh al-Ghoul neighborhood in Salfit. The settlers punctured some of the vehicles’ tires and wrote racist slogans on vehicles and walls.
Dr. Manif al-Khafsh said that at the Dawn prayer, residents of Melh al-Ghoul neighborhood woke up to see that their vehicles were attacked by settlers while they were asleep. Their tires were also punctured while hostile slogans were written on the vehicles and walls. The vehicles belong to Hussam Hassan ‘Abdullah Suleiman, Yasser Ibrahim Ibdah, Sa’eed ‘Awad Ibdah, Shawkat Shawqi Abu Baker and his two brothers, Nader and Imad.
Israeli soldiers injured, on Thursday evening, many Palestinians in Douma village, south of Nablus, and abducted two at the nearby Za’tara permanent military roadblock, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.
Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official who monitors Israel’s colonialist activities in northern West Bank, said the soldiers invaded Douma and tried to confiscate a bulldozer on Palestinian land, leading to protests.
Daghlas added that the soldiers fired gas bombs and concussion grenades at the Palestinians, causing dozens to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation.
In addition, the soldiers abducted Adham Luay Zakarna, from Qabatia town, and Mohammad Yousef Araysha, from Meithalun, south of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, after stopping them at the Za’tara military roadblock, south of Nablus.
Israeli soldiers killed, on Thursday at night, a Palestinian child, and abducted another near Beit Jala city, west of Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank.
Local sources said the soldiers fired many live rounds at two Palestinian children in the Be’er Owna area in Beit Jala city, killing one.
The slain Palestinian child has been identified as Amjad Osama Jalal Abu Sultan, 15, from the Hindaza Mountain area, southeast of Bethlehem.
They added that the soldiers abducted another child, identified as Mohammad Khalil ‘ Al-Arouj, 14, and took him to an interrogation facility.
In a short statement, the Israeli army claimed the soldiers opened fire at the Palestinians when they “tried to hurl Molotov cocktails at the Tunnels Road,” connecting the Gush Etzion colony with occupied Jerusalem.
In related news, Israeli sources said a Border Police officer was seriously injured after being struck by a Palestinian car near Qalqilia, in northern West Bank.
They added that the officer sustained several injuries to the head and abdomen and was rushed to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem.
The Israeli army claimed that the incident was a “deliberate attack,” and added that the driver, Salah Nazzal, 22, from Qalqilia, was also injured in the head before he was taken to Hadassah hospital, where he was also interrogated by the Israeli Shin Bet security service.