PCHR: “IOF Raid Al-Aqsa Mosque, 153 Palestinians Wounded, including 3 Journalists and 3 Paramedics and At Least 400 Detained”

The Palestinian Center For Human Rights (PCHR): At least 153 Palestinians were wounded, including six in critical state, three journalists, and three paramedics, during the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) raid and extensive attacks at dawn today on thousands of worshipers at al-Aqsa Mosque and its yards in occupied East Jerusalem. IOF launched a mass-arrest campaign after its breach into the holy mosque, at least 400 worshippers were arrested.

As per PCHR investigations, as al-Aqsa Mosque’s gates were opened and thousands of worshipers arrived for al-Fajir (dawn) prayers on Friday, 15 April 2022, the atmosphere was extremely tense due to the heavy IOF presence in the area, and on the rooftops near al-Silsila and al-Magharba gates.

Thousands of worshippers gathered and prayed; after al-Fajir prayer, young men prepared wooden roadblocks around the al-Qibli prayer hall in anticipation of a possible IOF raid.

They fired firecrackers towards al-Magharba gate where IOF stationed. Immediately, IOF raided the entire Mosque with hundreds of troops; the soldiers started shooting live bullets, tear gas canisters and stun grenades aggressively and randomly. As a result, dozens of worshipers and gathered civilians were wounded.

All the while, clashes erupted between young Palestinian men who threw stones and pieces of wood at IOF who continued to fire rubber-bullets, sounds bombs, and tear gas canisters; the latter also assaulted the worshipers all over the holy Mosque’s grounds and shut all pathways leading to the holy site, banning medical crews entry, and hindering ambulances’ access to Bab al-Asbat area to transport the wounded to hospitals.

IOF also attacked al-Aqsa Mosque guards, medical and media crews, and paramedics, with rubber-bullets, and clubs; IOF threatened the rescue crews attempting to reach the wounded inside the Mosque and confiscated the key to several ambulances. IOF also surrounded al-Aqsa Mosque’s clinic while offering first aid to dozens of wounded persons and fired tear gas canisters at it.

Earlier today, IOF troops mounted the roof of al-Qibli Mosque shattered the top windows, and installed snipers on top. They shot live bullets, rubber-bullets, and tear gas canisters inside the mosque where hundreds were worshiping and praying.

Minutes later, large numbers of IOF entered the mosque, and forced worshippers to lay down. The soldiers physically and violently assaulted the praying crown, and arrested hundreds. This is a precedent for IOF attacks on Palestinian worshippers.

The attacks and raid lasted for hours. At approximately 10:00, IOF took hundreds of hand-cuffed arrestees through al-Magharibah gate, searched, and inspected them near the Western Wall. Minutes later, IOF reentered the holy Mosque, and forced worshippers to evacuate, pushed and assaulted the women present in the area as well, causing clashed to reignite.

Meanwhile, settlers tried to raid al-Aqsa Mosque carrying sheep upon calls from settlement organizations to slaughter them for ritual sacrifices in the mosque, but the Israeli police stopped them.

Due to IOF’s widescale suppression operation that continued for hours, 152 Palestinians were injured and taken to al-Makassed Hospital and the Red Crescent field hospital as announced by the Red Crescent Society in Jerusalem.  According to PCHR fieldworkers’ follow-up, 3 paramedics were among those injured; one was injured with a rubber bullet in the neck and the other 2 sustained fractures in their hands.  Also, 3 journalists were wounded and identified as Mohammed al-Samarin, Nirseen Salem, who were both injured with rubber bullets, and photojournalist Rami al-Khatib, who sustained injuries in the head and hands after IOF severely beat him with batons.

Moreover, 2 of al-Aqsa guards were injured with rubber bullets in their eyes.  Soliman Turkman, the Nursing Director at al-Makassed Hospital, said to PCHR’s fieldworker that at least 75 persons injured arrived at the hospital, including one in critical condition, 5 admitted to the Operating Room immediately, and 35 admitted to the hospital’s departments.  Turkman added that injuries varied and included women, children, and elderlies.

Lawyer Feras al-Jabrini said that IOF arrested more than 400 Palestinians from al-Aqsa mosque; most of them were in al-Qibli Chapel and took them in buses from Bab al-Magharba area to Matsuda Adumim Interrogation Centre.

It should be noted that on Thursday afternoon, 14 April 2022, around 2000 worshippers performed I’tikaf in the Qibli Chapel in al-Aqsa Mosque despite IOF’s harassment and heavy deployment in the mosque yards, at its gates and around it to.

This was upon national calls to mobilize on Friday dawn, 15 April 2022, against settlers’ attempts to hold sacrifices after calls from settlement organizations for the Jewish Passover holiday, which start today and continue for a week, provoking extensive outrage among Palestinians.  Therefore, the Israeli authorities announced to stop any sacrifice attempts.

PCHR strongly condemns IOF’s suppression of the Palestinian worshippers and raid and desecration of al-Aqsa Mosque and its chapels as well as firing live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters inside it.  PCHR warns of the serious repercussions of the escalating violence and settlers’ conduct that is backed by IOF’s official protection.

PCHR reiterates that East Jerusalem is an occupied city, and the Israeli authorities’ measures taken after the occupation of the City in 1967 would not change its legal status as an occupied territory.

PCHR also reiterates its call upon the High Contracting Parties to the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention to fulfill their obligations under Article 1; i.e., to respect and ensure respect for the Convention in all circumstances and their obligations.

PCHR believes that the international community’s silence conspiracy encourages Israel to commit more violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law, including creating a Jewish majority in occupied East Jerusalem.

(Source / 16.04.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Two Palestinians, Injure several others, In Hebron And Bethlehem

Israeli soldiers abducted, Friday, two Palestinians and injured several others, including one who was shot with a live round, in Bethlehem and Hebron, in the occupied West Bank.

In the southern part of the West Bank, media sources in Hebron said the soldiers abducted two young men, Yousef al-Azza and Abdullah Abu Aidha, in the Tal Romeida neighborhood in the center of the city.

The soldiers also detained several Palestinians for a few hours during a provocative procession by illegal Israeli colonizers in the area.

The Palestinians, largely from the families of Abu Haikal, Ghanem, and Abu Aisha, were not allowed to reach their homes in the neighborhood until the colonizers concluded their procession.

In Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem in the West Bank, the soldiers shot a young man with live fire in the leg during protests at the eastern entrance of ‘Aida refugee camp, north of the city.

The Palestinian suffered a moderate injury and was moved to Beit Jala governmental hospital. Several Palestinians suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation.

In related news, the army detained two Palestinians after the soldiers stopped and searched their car near the junction of Shilo illegal Israeli colony south of Nablus, in the northern part of the West Bank.

The soldiers also caused many Palestinians to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation at the main entrance of Beita town, south of Nablus.

(Source / 16.04.2022)

Soldiers Injure Dozens Of Palestinians In Hebron And Nablus

On Friday, Israeli soldiers shot at least one Palestinian with live fire and caused dozens to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation in the Bab az-Zawiya area in the center of Hebron city, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank. The army also injured many Palestinians in Beita and Beit Dajan, near Nablus, in the northern part of the West Bank.

Media sources said the soldiers stationed at the permanent military roadblock at the entrance of Shuhada Street invaded the center of Hebron city, especially the Ziqaq al-Emyan Street and Bab az-Zawiya attacked many Palestinians to force them to leave the area.

They added that the soldiers fired several live rounds, gas bombs, and concussion grenades at many Palestinians and several stores in the area.

One Palestinian was shot with a live round in the pelvis before the medics rushed him to a hospital in Hebron; his condition was described as moderate.

Dozens of Palestinians suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation, cuts, and bruises before the local medics provided them with the needed treatment.

In Nablus, the soldiers invaded Beita town, south of the city, leading to protests, and fired many gas bombs and rubber-coated steel bullets, causing dozens of injuries.

In addition, illegal Israeli colonizers invaded the water spring area in Qaryout village, southeast of Nablus, leading to protests before Israeli soldiers fired many live rounds and gas bombs at the Palestinians, causing many to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation.

In Beit Dajan, east of Nablus, the soldiers attacked the weekly procession against the illegal colonies and fired many live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets, and gas bombs.

Medical sources said three Palestinians were shot with rubber-coated steel bullets and caused many, including two journalists, to suffer the severe effects of tear gas inhalation.

In related news, the soldiers abducted two Palestinians and injured several others, including one who was shot with a live round, in Bethlehem and Hebron, in the occupied West Bank.

(Source / 16.04.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Injure Many Palestinians In Nabi Saleh

On Friday, Israeli soldiers shot four Palestinians with live fire and rubber-coated steel bullets and caused dozens to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation in Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah, in the central West Bank.

Local sources said the Palestinians nonviolently marched at the village’s main entrance before the soldiers attacked them with live rounds, including expanding bullets, rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs, and concussion grenades.

Several Palestinians hurled stones at the soldiers who attacked the procession before the army fired more bullets at them.

Medical sources said a young man was shot with expanding bullets in the legs, two were shot with rubber-coated steel bullets, and dozens suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation.

In related news, the soldiers shot a young man with an expanding bullet after stopping his car at the entrance of Nabi Saleh. The injured Palestinian is from the al-Jalazoun refugee camp north of Ramallah.

(Source / 16.04.2022)

Israeli Army Injures Many Palestinians In Kufur Qaddoum

On Friday, Israeli soldiers attacked the weekly procession in Kufur Qaddoum, east of the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia, causing dozens of injuries.

Morad Eshteiwi, the media spokesperson of the Popular Committee in Kufur Qaddoum, said the Palestinians marched from the center of the town, carrying Palestinian flags, and chanting against the seriously escalating Israeli violations.

Eshteiwi added that the soldiers attacked the procession before several young men hurled stones at the soldiers.

The army shot three young men with rubber-coated steel bullets and caused dozens of residents to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation.

Eshteiwi said today’s procession came to condemn the escalating Israeli violations in Al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied Jerusalem, and the worshipers in the holy sites, and serious escalation against the Palestinians.

He added that the Palestinians continue their resistance and struggle until liberation and independence despite the ongoing Israeli escalation and crimes across occupied Palestine.

The Palestinians have been holding weekly processions in Kufur Qaddoum for the last eighteen years, demanding the army to reopen the village’s main road the soldiers blockaded to allow easy access to the illegal colonizers driving to and from Kedumim illegal colony built on stolen Palestinian lands.

(Source / 16.04.2022)

A Scarred Childhood: Israeli Attacks against Palestinian Children in the Occupied West Bank in 2022

The State of Palestine presents a blistering account of Israeli abuses against Palestinian children during the first three months of 2022 – adding to the growing library of reports on Israel’s human rights violations.

Reposted from State of Palestine Negotiations Affairs Dept., April 12, 2022

For over five decades, Palestinian children and their families have experienced the injustices of the Israeli occupation. To our children, this occupation has served as a school of daily experiential learning.

This happens at Israeli-monitored checkpoints that fragment our towns and restrict our movement; during clashes where Israeli occupation forces shoot and sometimes kill, unarmed Palestinians; during repressive curfews, closures, home raids, and demolitions; through settler violence, and the day-to-day humiliations faced by a people under occupation.

Undoubtedly, the occupying Power has constituted an informal curriculum, whose master teachers have instilled and cultivated existential fear, a profound sense of insecurity, loss, bitterness, and anger in the hearts and minds of our children.

The impact of Israel’s oppressive policies against our children, in violation of international law and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, is tremendous and far-reaching since they touch not only the five senses but leave deep physical, mental, psychological, emotional, and spiritual scars that are hard to heal given the continued occupation.

In over twenty years and based on documentation by Defense for Children International- Palestine (DCIP), more than 2,200 Palestinian children were killed by the Israeli occupying forces and settlers in the occupied Palestinian territory. At the end of 2021, the same organization conducted an investigation and concluded that last year was the “deadliest year for Palestinian children since 2014.”

Since the beginning of the year, Israel, the occupying Power, has continued to terrorize the Palestinian people, including women, children, and the elderly. As a result, many Palestinians have been killed, hundreds injured, and more than a thousand detained.

This is in addition to over 1,400 military raids into Palestinian villages and cities in the occupied West Bank, and 85 demolition operations documented by UNOCHA, which displaced almost 230 people, half of them were children, and otherwise affected nearly 1,140 Palestinians, nearly half of them are children.

On the occasion of Palestinian Child Day on 5 April and the Palestinian Prisoner Day on 17 April, this report provides an overview of the various Israeli violations committed by Israel’s occupying forces and settlers during the first three months of 2022[1] in the occupied West Bank against our children, who represent nearly  44% of the entire Palestinian population in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

The brother of a Palestinian boy killed during Israel's May 2021 attack on Gaza cries during his funeral.
The brother of a Palestinian boy killed during Israel’s May 2021 attack on Gaza cries during his funeral.

I. KILLINGS

In the first three months of 2022, the Israeli occupying forces (IOF) killed 24 Palestinians, five of which are under the age of 18: Mohammad Abu Salah (17) from Al-Yamoun town in Jenin, Mohammad Salah (14) from Al- Khadder town in Bethlehem, Shadi Najem (18) from Jenin refugee camp, Nader Rayan (17) from Balata refugee camp in Nablus, and Sanad Abu Attiya (17) from Jenin refugee camp.

The bodies of the following Palestinian children martyrs remain withheld in Israeli custody[2]:

  1. Mohammad Nasser Trereh (17) from Hebron since 30 June 2016
  2. Khaled Abdel A’al (17) from Gaza since 2 July 2018
  3. Mohammad Dar Yousef (17) from Ramallah since 26 July 2018
  4. Mohammad Abu Mandil (17) from Gaza since 22 January 2020
  5. Mahmoud Kamil (17) from Jenin since 21 December 2020
  6. Atallah Rayyan (17) from Salfit since 26 January 2021
  7. Zuhdi Al-Tawil (17) from Jerusalem since 24 May 2021
  8. Yousef Subuh (16) from Jenin since 26 September 2021
  9. Mohammad Younes (16) from Nablus since 6 December 2021
Palestinian student Mohammed Abu Hussain from Gaza, who lost his leg after being shot by an Israeli sniper during "Great March of Return" demonstrations, sits on a chair holding his crutches at the playground of his school in Gaza City, Gaza on 3 September 2018.
Palestinian student Mohammed Abu Hussain from Gaza, who lost his leg after being shot by an Israeli sniper during “Great March of Return” demonstrations, sits on a chair holding his crutches at the playground of his school in Gaza City, Gaza on 3 September 2018.

II. INJURIES

Nearly 1,600 Palestinians were injured[3], including nearly 40 children that were hospitalized according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, as well as others who suffocated from tear gas inhalation.

Many of these injuries happened during protests (in Hebron, Budrus village, Qalendia refugee camp, Jerusalem, Beita village, Kufr Qaddoum village, and other places throughout the occupied West Bank) against the IOF, who often responded with rubber-coated metal bullets, stun grenades, and tear gas canisters.

Among the young wounded Palestinians was Ahmad Thawabteh (13), who was briefly arrested and later released after being severely beaten and breaking his leg. Among the injured were 11-year-old children, including Munawar Burqan (details about the incident later in the report) with special needs from occupied Jerusalem, who was seriously injured after a stun grenade was fired at her face by the IOF.

The youngest among the wounded was a 6 months-old baby.

Below are some examples of Palestinian children injured by the IOF and later abused in prison[4]:

– Ahmad Flanna, from Safa town in Ramallah, turned 17 on 4 April. Ahmad was shot five times and abused by the IOF before being arrested on 26 February 2021. While incarcerated, Ahmad had several surgeries at an Israeli hospital without informing his family. The occupation authorities had also interrogated him while in the hospital without regard to his health condition.

Ahmed, a student in the first year of secondary school, is currently detained in “Megiddo” prison. A hearing at an Israeli court was scheduled for 12 April.

– Issa Al-Titi (17) from Al-Aroub Refugee Camp was shot by the IOF in September 2020, leaving him with disfiguring injuries to his face, a fractured skull, and severe head injuries. He stayed in an Israeli hospital for eight days before being transferred to the “Megiddo” prison and then to the “Ofer” prison.

Today, a permanent headache plagues him due to the Israeli prison administration’s indifference to providing him with necessary medical treatment. They also keep him from meeting his brothers, Jihad and Mohammad, who are also detained in Israeli jails. Issa was sentenced to 13 months in prison and was released in January 2022.

–  Mohammad Al-Sheikh (17) from Al-Ezzariya was arrested in August 2019 after shooting him with several bullets in the body. Naseem Abu Rumi, his friend, was killed by the IOF in occupied Jerusalem the same day. Mohammed underwent several surgeries in an Israeli hospital after his arrest. He stayed there for ten days before being transferred to the “Ramle” prison clinic, where he remained for four months.

Despite suffering from a bullet near his heart, and shrapnel in his body, Mohammed is currently being held under harsh detention conditions in “Ofer” prison. His health is deteriorating due to Israel’s inhumane policy of medical negligence.

(Source / 16.04.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Injure Two Palestinians, Abduct Two, In Jerusalem

Israeli soldiers injured two Palestinians on Friday night and abducted two, including one of the wounded, in Abu Dis and Shu’fat, in occupied Jerusalem.

Eyewitnesses said the soldiers invaded the Abu Dies, town, east of Jerusalem, leading to protests, before shooting a young man with live ammunition and abducting him.

In addition, the soldiers assaulted a young Palestinian, Hashem Riyad Thiab, and maced him after stopping him at the military roadblock near Shu’fat, north of Jerusalem.

The young man suffered various injuries, especially to the upper body, especially his head.

The soldiers also abducted a young man, attacked several others who tried to render first aid to the wounded Palestinian and forced them to leave the area.

(Source / 16.04.2022)