PCHR: “Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory”

The Palestinian Center For Human Rights: (Weekly Update 16-22 June 2022)

Violation of right to life and bodily integrity:

Five Palestinians were killed; 4 of them by Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF)’s fire, and one after being stabbed by an Israeli settler, while dozens of others suffocated and sustained bruises in IOF attacks in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, except three fishermen in the Gaza Strip. Details are as follows:

On 17 June 2022, in a new crime of extrajudicial execution (assassination), IOF directly opened fire at 3 Palestinians and killed them after surrounding and targeting their vehicle in Jenin, northern West Bank.  The 3 persons killed were identified as Yousif Naser Salah (23), Laith Salah Abu Srour (24), and Baraa’ Kamal Lahlouh (24). Moreover, eight Palestinians were injured; one sustained a serious injury in subsequent clashes. More information is available here.

On 19 June 2022, Nabil Ahmed Ghanem (53), from Nablus, was killed after IOF stationed at Eyal Crossing near the annexation wall in northern Qalqilya, opened fire at him while he was trying to infiltrate through a hole in the wall to work in Israel. Ghanem’s corpse is still in the IOF’s custody.

On 21 June 2022, ‘Ali Harab (27) was killed after an Israeli settler stabbed him in Iskaka village, east of Slafit, and was left to bleed to death as the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) obstructed the provision of medical aid to him. More information is available here.

Meanwhile, those injured were victims of IOF’s excessive use of force and suppression of peaceful protests and gatherings organized by Palestinian civilians and they were as follows:

On 17 June 2022, 7 Palestinians, including 6 children, sustained rubber bullet wounds during clashes that followed IOF’s suppression of Kafr Qaddoum weekly protest in northern Qalqilya.

On 21 June 2022, two Palestinians, including a child, were injured, while another Palestinian was arrested during IOF’s incursion into Qabatiya village in Jenin.

In the Gaza Strip, three fishermen were injured after Israeli gunboats fired rubber bullets at them on 16 June 2022. Also, the Israeli gunboats deliberately crashed into their boat and flipped it in the water, putting their lives at risk and causing severe damage to the boat and its engine.

More information available here. Also, 7 IOF shootings were reported on fishing boats off the western Gaza shores. Moreover, IOF opened fire 3 times at agricultural lands in access restricted areas in eastern Gaza Strip.  Additionally, on 17 June 2022, IOF warplanes fired a missile at an empty land in eastern Beit Hanoun.

”So far in 2022, IOF attacks killed 62 Palestinians, including 48 civilians: 13 children, 5 women (one was a journalist Shireen Abu ‘Aqlah), a Palestinian stabbed by an Israeli settler and the rest were activists; 6 of them were assassinated. Also, 891 others were wounded in these attacks, including 102 children, 4 women, and 19 journalists; all in the West Bank, except 15 fishermen in the Gaza Strip.

 Land razing, demolitions, and notices

IOF demolished an under-construction house and a water well and distributed 29 demolition and cease-construction notices in the West Bank. Details are as follows:

On 17 June 2022, IOF distributed 20 demolition notices in Kherbet Khellet al-Dabi’ in eastern Yatta, south of Hebron. The notices included: 13 agricultural tinplated dwellings, a water well, and 4 bathrooms.

On 20 June 2022, IOF handed a cease-construction notice against an agricultural room, a water well and a fence, in addition to two other cease-construction notices against a house and a residential room in eastern Yatta city. Also, they handed a demolition notice against 3 agricultural tents in Ma’in village in Hebron.

On 21 June 2022, IOF delivered 3 cease-construction notices to three houses in al-Dayraat village, south of Hebron.

On 22 June 2022, in Ni’lin village in western Ramallah, IOF demolished an under-construction house and a water well belonging to a Palestinian prisoner in the Israeli jails, under the pretext of unlicensed construction in Area C.

”Since the beginning of 2022, Israeli occupation forces made 77 families homeless, a total of 445 persons, including 90 women and 210 children. This was the outcome of IOF demolition of 77 houses and 16 residential tents. IOF also demolished 49 other civilian objects, leveled vacant areas of land and delivered dozens of notices of demolition, cease-construction, and evacuation.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians:

IOF carried out 142 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids and searches of civilian houses and facilities and establishment of checkpoints.

During those incursions, 68 Palestinians were arrested, including 11 children, 3 women (one of them was a female journalist who was later released), and a journalist.

In the Gaza Strip, IOF conducted three limited incursions into eastern Beit Hanoun, where they placed cement cubes behind the border fence on 19 June 2022; and in norther Beit Lahia, where they levelled 10 dunums planted with watermelon on 21 June 2022; and in eastern Rafah on 22 June 2022. Also, IOF arrested 3 Palestinians during two infiltration attempts into Israel in eastern Rafah on 20 June 2022.

”So far in 2022, IOF conducted 4137 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, during which 2698 Palestinians were arrested, including 273 children and 23 women. IOF also conducted 21 limited incursions into eastern Gaza Strip and arrested 65 Palestinians, including 41 fishermen, 23 infiltrators, and 3 travelers via Beit Hanoun “Erez” Crossing.

 Settler attacks on Palestinian civilians and their properties:

On 18 June 2022, two Israeli settlers opened fire in the air during their raid on Burj Al-Luqluq Social Center Society in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. Afterward, IOF intervened and secured their withdrawal from the area.

On 16 June 2022, two Palestinians sustained deep wounds and fractures after being assaulted by Israeli settlers with sharp tools and knives in their workplace in “Ramat Eshkol” settlement, west of Jerusalem.

”So far this year, settlers carried out 152 attacks on Palestinians and their properties in the West Bank.

Israeli collective punishment and closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:

Meanwhile, the Israeli occupation maintains its illegal and inhuman 15-year closure on the Gaza Strip. Details are available in PCHR’s monthly update on the Gaza crossings.

In the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, IOF continues to impose restrictions on the freedom of movement. On top of it108 permanent checkpoints, IOF established 80 temporary military checkpoints in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.

On 16 June 2022, IOF closed with sand berms several sub-roads in Kizma village in occupied East Jerusalem. On the same day, IOF closed the metal-detector gate established at Ash-Shawawra village entrance in Bethlehem and re-opened it later.

On 19 June 2022, IOF closed the eastern and western entrances to Husan village in Bethlehem and re-opened them later.

”So far in 2022, IOF established 2006 temporary military checkpoints and arrested 106 Palestinians at those checkpoints

(Source / 23.06.2022)

Israeli Navy Fires At Palestinian Fishing Boats In Gaza

On Thursday, Israeli navy ships fired many live rounds at Palestinian fishing boats near the shore of Gaza city.

The navy ships fired many rounds of live ammunition at the fishing boats in the Sudaniyya and the al-Waha areas northwest of Gaza.

The boats were sailing on Palestinian territorial waters near the Gaza shore when the Navy attacked him.

The attack caused property damage and forced the boats back to the shore to avoid further violations.

On Wednesday, the soldiers burnt Palestinian agricultural lands near the perimeter fence, east of the Tuffah neighborhood, east of Gaza city.

Earlier Wednesday, the soldiers invaded and bulldozed agricultural lands, and fired live rounds at farmers and shepherds east of Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

(Source / 23.06.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Injure Three Palestinians, One Seriously, In Bethlehem

On Thursday, the Palestinian Health Ministry said Israeli soldiers shot and seriously injured one Palestinian and moderately wounded two during protests that took place after several army jeeps invaded the Deheishe refugee camp, south of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank.

The Health Ministry said a young man, 23 years of age, suffered a severe injury after Israeli soldiers shot him in the abdomen.

It added that the Palestinian was bleeding profusely due to his gunshot wound and was immediately admitted to surgery.

The soldiers also shot two young men with live fire, causing moderate wounds, before they were moved to a hospital in Bethlehem. One of them suffered a gunshot wound to the back.

It is worth mentioning that dozens of soldiers invaded the refugee camp to abduct a young man but could not find him.

In related news, the soldiers invaded Qalqilia city, in the northern West Bank, and shot a young man during ensuing protests.

In Jericho, in the northeastern West Bank, the soldiers invaded Katef al-Wad area in the city, leading to protests before the soldiers fired a barrage of gas bombs.

Medical sources said a child was rushed to a hospital in the city due to the severe effects of tear gas inhalation.

(Source / 23.06.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Nine Palestinians In West Bank

On Thursday dawn, Israeli soldiers abducted nine Palestinians from their homes in several parts of the occupied West Bank.

Several army jeeps invaded Jenin city in the northern West Bank, searched homes, and abducted two former political prisoners, Osama Mohammad al-Hroub, and Ghassan Abdul-Wahab Zogheibi.

The soldiers also invaded the al-Far’a refugee camp, south of Tubas city, in the northeastern West Bank, searched a few homes, and abducted Ezzeddin Fares Sawalma, 29, and Ahmad Hashem Sawalma, 24.

The invasion led to protests before the soldiers fired live rounds, gas bombs, and concussion grenades.

Also, the soldiers invaded Aroura village, north of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and abducted Mohammad al-Arouri from his home, in addition to former political prisoner Bilal Rimawi, from Beit Rima town, northwest of Ramallah.

In Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank, the soldiers abducted Mohammad Khaled Abu Hijtein from his home in Beit Ola town, northwest of the city, Ismael Ahmad Yaghi from the al-Fawwar refugee camp, south of Hebron, and former political prisoner Anwar Mahammad Matar, 37, from Ethna town, west of Hebron.

The soldiers caused serious property damage during the violent searches of Matar’s home, and his siblings’ homes.

It is worth mentioning that the soldiers shot one Palestinian during protests that occurred after the army invaded Qalqilia, in the northern West Bank.

(Source / 23.06.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Burn Palestinian Lands East Of Gaza

On Wednesday, Israeli soldiers burnt Palestinian agricultural lands near the perimeter fence, east of the Tuffah neighborhood, east of Gaza city in the besieged coastal region.

Media sources in Gaza said the soldiers came from military bases across the fence and deliberately burnt the Palestinian lands near the perimeter fence.

They added that the fire spread fast due to the heat and dry climate before the Palestinians managed to extinguish it.

Earlier Wednesday, the soldiers invaded and bulldozed agricultural lands, and fired live rounds at farmers and shepherds east of Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

It is worth mentioning that the army frequently invades and bulldozes Palestinian lands and installs sand hills in areas close to the perimeter fence to prevent the Palestinians from farming and tending to large sections of their land due to their proximity to the fence.

On Tuesday morning, several Israeli military vehicles invaded Palestinian farmlands near the perimeter fence in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.

The attacks are part of constant Israeli violations against the Palestinians, especially the fishermenfarmersshepherds, and workers in the besieged and impoverished Gaza Strip, and resulted in dozens of casualties, including fatalities, in addition to severe property damage and the confiscation of many boats after abducting the fishermen.

In March of last year, 2021, the Palestinian Interior Ministry in Gaza said Israeli mines were responsible for an explosion that led to the death of three fishermen.

(Source / 23.06.2022)

Soldiers Abduct Four Palestinians In Jerusalem And Hebron

On Wednesday evening, Israeli soldiers abducted a Palestinian in Jerusalem, and three in Hebron, in the occupied West Bank.

The Wadi Hilweh Information Center In Silwan (Silwanic) said the soldiers abducted Awad Omar Rajabi from the Bab al-Amoud area in Jerusalem.

Silwanic added that the young man is from the Batn Al-Hawa neighborhood in Silwan town, in Jerusalem.

The soldiers also invaded the al-Bustan neighborhood in Silwan and fired many gas bombs to force the Palestinian to leave.

In Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank, the soldiers invaded several neighborhoods in the city, searched homes, and abducted three Palestinians, Shadi Abdin, Ahmad Ghaleb Abu Sneina, and Hammouda Akram Jaber.

Earlier Wednesday, Israeli soldiers abducted nine Palestinians, including one woman, from their homes in several parts of the occupied West Bank.

Also, several Israeli tanks and bulldozers invaded Palestinian farmlands east of Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, and bulldozed them while firing live rounds and gas bombs.

(Source / 23.06.2022)

WAFA: “Israeli forces beat up international activists in Masafer Yatta”

HEBRON, Wednesday, June 22, 2022 (WAFA) – Israeli forces today beat up a number of international solidarity activists in Masafer Yatta in the southern Hebron hills, according to local sources.

Coordinator of the Protection and Steadfastness Committee in Masafer Yatta, Fuad al-Amour, said the heavily armed soldiers brutally assaulted a number of international activists while protesting the military drills close to and in al-Markez, and held two others for a long period.

The Israeli army has been conducting drills in al-Markez, one of 12 hamlets making up the Masafer Yatta, which rely heavily on animal husbandry as the main source of livelihood, for the second day in a row.

Al-Amour added that the army has built mock-ups as targets between the makeshift dwellings of the hamlet residents and has been conducting training with heavy weaponry, spreading panic among the residents.

The army has also deployed military checkpoints in the vicinity of the hamlets in the area, in preparation for military training, and perhaps paving the way for an imminent removal of the Palestinian residents.

Recently, Israel’s top court gave the army the green light to forcibly expel some 1,300 Palestinians living in twelve villages or hamlets making up the Masafer Yatta area, which relies heavily on animal husbandry as the main source of livelihood, marking one of the largest expulsions carried out by the State of Israel in recent decades.

Located in Area C of the West Bank, under full Israeli administrative and military control, the area has been subjected to repeated Israeli violations by settlers and soldiers targeting their main source of living – livestock.

It has been designated as a closed Israeli military zone for training since the 1980s and is accordingly referred to as Firing Zone 918.

Israeli violations against the area include the demolition of animal barns, homes, and residential structures. Issuance of construction permits by Israel to local Palestinians in the area is non-existent.

(Source / 23.06.2022)

WAFA: Israeli Army Destroys Access Road To a Ramallah-Area Village

RAMALLAH, Wednesday, June 22, 2022 (WAFA) – The Israeli occupation forces today destroyed an access road to Ras Karkar village, northwest of Ramallah, hampering the movement of people, according to the head of Ras Karkar village council, Marwan Nofal.

He said that the destroyed road had been partially paved for 20 years and that three months ago, following coordination with the Israeli military government, work on the rehabilitation of the road started. However, two days after the start of the work, the military forces raided the area and seized the vehicles used in the work, imposing a fine on their owners.

Nofal said that despite continuous promises to allow the rehabilitation work, the army sent its bulldozers today to destroy the road under the pretext that the road is located on “state land”.

The destruction of the road led to depriving farmers of access to their lands on the western side of the village, he said, and isolating several houses, noting that this is not the first time the Israeli military has targeted the village.

Ras Karkar suffers from the presence of seven iron gates at its entrances that limit the movement of people and access to their homes and lands.

At the same time, the Israeli military government does not allow it to carry out any work to improve the village’s infrastructure, said Nofal.

(Source / 23.06.2022)