OCHA: Protection of Civilians Report| October 6-19

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

  • The olive harvest season, which started on 7 October, was disrupted by people believed or known to be Israeli settlers in 19 incidents: 23 Palestinian farmers were injured, over 1,000 olive trees were burnt, or otherwise damaged, and large amounts of produce were stolen. In the outskirts of Burqa village (Ramallah), settlers stoned and physically assaulted Palestinian olive pickers on three occasions, triggering clashes. Israeli forces intervened in one of the clashes, injuring 14 Palestinians and leaving 30 trees burnt by tear gas canisters. The remaining injuries were recorded in farming areas near the town of Huwwara (Nablus) and the villages of Ni’lin and Beitillu (Ramallah). Next to the Israeli settlement of Mevo Dotan (Jenin), about 450 olive trees were set on fire and destroyed shortly after Palestinian farmers from Ya’bad village were attacked there by settlers and forced out by Israeli soldiers. A few hundred olive trees belonging to Palestinians from Saffa village (Ramallah), in the closed area behind the Barrier, were also set on fire and damaged. In another ten locations adjacent to settlements, farmers found that their olive trees had either been vandalized or harvested, and the produce stolen, when they were able to reach them. Several of the incidents took place in access-restricted areas, where the Israeli authorities allow Palestinians to enter two-four days during the entire harvest season.
  • Another four attacks by people believed to be settlers were recorded. A one-year-old Palestinian was injured when the car he was travelling in was hit by stones in the Bethlehem governorate. In nearby Al Khader, 40 beehives were set on fire and burnt. In the Farsiya area of the northern Jordan Valley, Palestinian shepherds were physically assaulted by a group of settlers, and one of their sheep was killed. In Jalud village (Nablus), electricity poles and cables providing power to agricultural rooms were cut and damaged.
  • The Israeli authorities announced an easing in the issuance of permits for Palestinian farmers to access their lands behind the Barrier for the olive harvest season. In a letter to an Israeli human rights group, HaMoked, the authorities indicated that those who had obtained a permit during the previous season would be automatically granted permits, which they must collect from Israeli District Coordination and Liaison (DCL) offices. This arrangement would not apply to people with ‘security objections’ raised against them. The DCL offices have been overcrowded in recent months, raising a concern about potential COVID-19 transmissions.
  • Eighty-five Palestinians, including at least 11 children, and two Israeli soldiers were injured in clashes across the West Bank (beyond the above-mentioned harvest-related incidents). The vast majority of these injuries were recorded in the refugee camps of Al Am’ari, Al Jalazoun (Ramallah), Al Arroub (Hebron), and Balata (Nablus), following search and arrest operations and stone throwing incidents. In Al Jalazoun, soldiers shot large amounts of tear gas canisters at school children, who reportedly threw stones, following which they entered the school and locked students in classrooms. Five Palestinians were injured in clashes that erupted when they were ploughing land next to Elon More settlement, which Israeli settlers had attempted to take over and establish an outpost on. The remaining injuries were recorded in other clashes or during attempts to enter Israel through breaches in the Barrier. Overall, 21 Palestinians were shot by rubber bullets and ten by live ammunition, while the remaining people were mostly treated for tear gas inhalation.
  • Israeli forces carried out 126 search-and-arrest operations and arrested 132 Palestinians across the West Bank. Half of the operations were recorded in the Jerusalem governorate, with the Al-‘Isawiya neighbourhood of East Jerusalem witnessing almost daily police activities, resulting in the arrest of 30 Palestinians, including 13 children.
  • On 16 October, a Palestinian armed group in Gaza fired a rocket towards southern Israel, hitting an open area and resulting in no injuries. On at least 30 occasions, Israeli forces opened warning fire near the perimeter fence, and off Gaza’s coast, apparently to enforce access restrictions, resulting in no injuries.
  • On 18 October, Israeli forces entered Gaza and bulldozed land at around 400 meters from the perimeter fence, east of Khan Younis, destroying several dunams of crops and irrigation systems. According to Israeli sources, the operations were purportedly aimed at destroying ‘tunnels’ dug by Palestinian armed groups for military purposes.
  • In three incidents in Area C, the Israeli authorities demolished or seized eight Palestinian-owned structures for the lack of Israeli-issued building permits, displacing 12 people. Five of the structures were in two communities in the Massafer Yatta area of Hebron, which had been designated a ‘firing zone’ for Israeli military training. The remaining three were demolished in the community of Al Farisiya-Khallet Khader of the Jordan Valley on the basis of Military Order 1797, which allows for demolitions within 96 hours of the issuance of a ‘removal order.’ No incidents were recorded in East Jerusalem, where on 1 October, the Israeli authorities announced that they would suspend the demolition of inhabited homes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • One Israeli was injured and nine Israeli-plated vehicles travelling inside the West Bank sustained damage when assailants alleged to be Palestinians threw stones or bottles of paint at them, according to Israeli sources.

(Source / 25.10.2020)

Al-Akhras: “If Am Going To Die, I want It To Be At Home”

In a verbal message carried by a lawyer of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS), detainee Maher al-Akhras, who began his hung strike three months ago, said he doesn’t want to die at an Israeli clinic, but at home surrounded by his loving family.

Al-Akhras told the PPS lawyer, Ahlam Haddad, that while he is still being imprisoned, he wishes to see his mother, wife, and children, and added that he does not want to die at an Israeli clinic.

“If anybody is willing to help me, then try to secure my transfer to a Palestinian hospital in the West Bank,” he said, “If I am going to die, I want to be surrounded by my family.”

“Please do not place my corpse in the morgue, do not perform an autopsy, whether I die here or in the West Bank,” he stated, “If I die, all I ask is for former political prisoners, those who experienced the pain of the hunger strike, to carry my corpse during my funeral, and my message to my people is to always protect and defend our homeland.”

His statements were made before Israel moved al-Akhras, on Friday, from Kaplan Hospital to the infamous Ramla prison clinic, despite his rapidly deteriorating health.

On Saturday, his family announced that Maher’s mother, wife, and three eldest sons will start a hunger strike after the Israelis denied them their right to visit Maher Al Akhras when he was in his room at Kaplan hospital.

The soldiers, stationed at the door of his room, refused to allow his family to visit with him, and ignored the cries and pleas of his little daughter. The family was literally standing at the door leading to his room.

The father of six was abducted by the soldiers from his home in Jenin, in northern West Bank, and has since been held under the arbitrary Administrative Detention orders, without charges or trial.

He began the open-ended hunger strike in July demanding to be released and declared that his strike would continue until freedom or death.

It is worth mentioning that al-Akhras has been abducted and imprisoned by Israel numerous times, including when he was taken prisoner on July 27th, 2020, and was instantly slapped with a four-month Administrative Detention order, without charges or trial.

Before his current imprisonment, al-Akhras was spent for over four years in prisons, including many months under the arbitrary Administrative Detention orders.

Related: October 13, 2020:
PCHR: “IOF’s Ploy for Suppressing Palestinians: Supreme Court of Israel Denies Release of Palestinian Detainee on Hunger Strike Maher al-Akhras”

(Source / 25.10.2020)

Israeli Soldiers Kill A Palestinian Teen Near Ramallah

The Israeli army killed, on Sunday at dawn, a Palestinian teen who was repeatedly struck and assaulted by the soldiers, after they chased his car and opened fire at it, on the main Ramallah-Nablus road, in the occupied West Bank.

Palestinian sources said the teen has been identified as Amer Abdul-Rahim Snobar, 18, from Yitma village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

They added that the soldiers fired several live rounds at the car, and then repeatedly assaulted Sobar, including hitting him with rifle-butts, inflicting serious wounds, but did not attempt to abduct him or move him to an Israeli medical center.

Palestinian medics were called to the scene and provided the seriously wounded young man with vital first aid before rushing him to Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah.

Initial reports indicated that the young man was shot in his car, but eyewitnesses confirmed he was not injured by the bullets, but instead, all his wounds were inflicted by the soldiers who constantly assaulted him.

Dr. Ahmad al-Bitwati, the head of Ramallah Medical Complex in Ramallah, told Palestine TV that Snobar was not shot, but was constantly struck by the soldiers on the back neck, and his head, and confirmed that he died because of these serious wounds.

Al-Bitawi added that the Palestinian was already dead when the Palestinian ambulance arrived at the medical center.

On Saturday evening, the soldiers closed Beit Iksa and Qalandia roadblocks, north of Jerusalem, and prevented the Palestinians from crossing in both directions.

The soldiers searched dozens of cars and interrogated many Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards, before the army invaded the al-Ram town, north of Jerusalem, and chased many young men.

Israeli sources quoted the army claiming that pipe bombs were hurled at the Qalandia terminal, causing no injuries or damage and that an army sapper was called to the scene.

(Source / 25.10.2020)

Israeli Colonists Install Tents On Palestinian Lands Near Salfit

Abdullah Obayya, the head of Yasuf Village Council, east of Salfit in central West Bank, stated that several illegal Israeli colonialist settlers, accompanied by soldiers, invaded Palestinian lands in the village, and installed tents.

Obayya stated that the colonists installed seven tents and mobile homes on the top of the al-Qarna mountain, in the eastern part of the village, and raised Israeli flags around the new illegal outpost.

He added that the area, which contains Palestinian olive orchards, faces the Tapuach Israeli colony, which was illegally built on private Palestinian lands.

The area around the invaded lands also contains several towers for the Jawwal Palestinian Cellular Communications Company.

There are five illegal Israeli colonies on Palestinian lands in Salfit governorate; Nehemia, Rahalim, Tapuah 1, Tapuah 2, and Ariel colonialist block.

(Source / 25.10.2020)

Soldiers Abduct A Palestinian, Summon Five Others, In Bethlehem And Hebron

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Israeli soldiers abducted, on Sunday at dawn, a Palestinian man from Aida refugee camp, north of Bethlehem, and summoned for interrogation another young man from the Deheishe refugee camp, south of the city, in addition to summing four others from Hebron, in the occupied West Bank.

Media sources said several army jeeps invaded ‘Aida refugee camp, north of Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem in the West Bank, broke into and searched homes before abducting Rafat Riyad Malash, 30.

They added that the soldiers also invaded the Deheishe refugee camp, and stormed the home of Bilal Mohammad al-Wahadna, 35, before summing him for interrogation in Etzion military base and security center, south of Bethlehem.

In addition, the soldiers invaded and ransacked many homes in several neighborhoods in Hebron city, before summing for interrogation four young men, identified as Fahmi Salama Jabari, Yasser Zeid, Haitham Shawar, and Mohammad al-Beetar.

(Source / 25.10.2020)

Israeli ‘Combatants for Peace’ Join Palestinians in Olive Harvest

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Israeli and Palestinian Combatants for Peace activists, as part of the movement’s olive harvest campaign, joined Palestinian farmer Muhammad Adwan, from the village of Azzun in the northern West Bank, on Friday to help him pick his olive trees on his land in the Al-Salamah area adjacent to the Ma’ale Shimron settlement.“With the beginning of each harvest season, Israeli settlers assault us and prevent us from harvesting,” Mohammad said. “A year ago, the settlers and the Israeli occupation soldiers shot at my son and held us for hours. I feel joy and relief that Combatants for Peace activists are with us here today to help us pick the olives. “Activists also took the opportunity to send a message of solidarity with political detainee Maher Al-Akhras, who has been on hunger strike for 90 days. His hunger strike is in protest of his so-called ‘administrative detention’, in which he is held without charges by Israeli authorities for months on end. Activists hung pictures of Maher on olive trees.During the olive harvest season, Israeli occupation soldiers and settlers step up the frequency of attacks targeting Palestinian farmers and their olive trees. Attacks such as burning trees and preventing the owners of land from accessing their olive groves are commonplace during the month of October each year — a critical window of time during which the olive harvest must be completed. Many Palestinian families depend on the olive harvest for their annual income, as olive oil is a major part of the Palestinian economy.“We are here today to support Palestinian farmers. The olive tree is part of Palestinian culture and a history that we are trying to preserve from the continuous attacks by Israeli occupation forces”, explained Suleiman al-Khatib, the Palestinian executive director of Combatants for Peace.Friday’s event is part of the olive harvest campaign that Combatants for Peace is carrying out to help Palestinian farmers gain access to their olive fields, especially those located near Israeli illegal settlements and the Separation Wall.

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(Source / 24.10.2020)

Israeli Soldiers Shoot, Injure Five Palestinians at Kufur Qaddoum

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Israeli forces attacked, on Friday, the weekly demonstration in the northern West Bank village of Kufur Qaddoum, east of Qalqilia city, injuring five Palestinians with rubber-coated steel rounds, the Palestinian Information Center reported.

Morad Eshteiwi, the Coordinator of the Popular Resistance in Kufur Qaddoum, said that five Palestinian protesters were shot with rubber-coated metal bullets, two of whom were transferred to hospital after being shot in the head and back.

The three remaining shooting injuries were treated on the scene, as were the inhalation injuries from tear-gas fired by Israeli forces.

Eshteiwi stated that Israeli soldiers attacked the civilian led march by firing concussion grenades and tear-gas canisters in addition to metal rounds.

He added that more than 100 Israeli troops invaded the village and fired tear-gas canisters indiscriminately at cars and civilian homes.

The weekly Kufur Qaddoum demonstration has been attended by locals every Friday as a means to express their rejection of illegal Israeli settlements, and to insist that the main road, which was closed by the Israeli occupation in 2003, be reopened to Palestinian residents.

Palestinian WAFA News Agency reported that two windshields of Palestinian-owned vehicles were damaged by tear-gas canisters.

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(Source / 24.10.2020)

Israeli Officials Transfer al-Akhras, on 89th Day of Hunger Strike, Back to Prison

Palestinian prisoner Maher al-Akhras, whose health is rapidly deteriorating toward organ failure after 89 days of hunger strike, was transferred Friday by Israeli authorities from the Kaplan Hospital, where he has been for the past month, back to the notorious Ramle Prison Clinic.

The transfer came after an Israeli court canceled a September 23rd decision by Israeli authorities to freeze al-Akhras’ sentence. Instead, Israeli court authorities ordered that his sentence be extended — despite his precarious and deteriorating medical condition.

al-Akhras had never been informed of the reason for his detention, and has no legal rights to appeal being held without charges. As a Palestinian living under Israeli military occupation, he has no legal standing in Israeli court — and this is the case with thousands of other Palestinian prisoners being held in Israeli detention.

For this reason, al-Akhras decided to begin an open-ended hunger strike 89 days ago. He has continued to drink only water, even while hospitalized in a severely weakened state.

According to the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS), Israeli occupation authorities arrived at the hospital without warning, and brutally transferred the medically-fragile and extremely vulnerable al-Akhras from Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot to the infamous Ramle Prison clinic.

Ramle has been cited on many occasions for inhumane and cruel treatment of prisoners.

The transfer of al-Akhras came just a day after the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) issued a statement that the deteriorating health of al-Akhras had entered a “critical phase”, and that he could be close to death.

Al-Akhras is a father of six children who was kidnapped by Israeli authorities earlier this year from his home in Jenin, in the northern West Bank. He said he has no idea what he is being accused of, and Israeli authorities refuse to tell him, because of ‘security reasons’.

In July, he began an open-ended hunger strike, which he has said that he will only end upon his release from prison or his death.

(Source / 24.10.2020)

PPS: “Soldiers Abduct Twenty Palestinians In West Bank”

Israeli soldiers abducted, earlier Thursday, twenty Palestinians, including one who was shot in the leg, in several parts of the occupied West Bank, after the army invaded many communities and violently searched dozens of homes, the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) has confirmed.

The PPS office in Hebron, in southern parts of the West Bank, said the soldiers abducted nine Palestinians, including one child and one woman, from several parts of the governorate.

It said that the soldiers abducted Yahia Sadeq Jahshan, Mohammad Mahmoud Sa’adi, Mohammad Hilmi Aqel, and Thaer Jamal Midya, from Halhoul town, north of Hebron.

It is worth mentioning that the soldiers first Thaer’s brother, Samer Midya, to force him to turn himself in to the army, and release him after his brother was taken prisoner.

In addition, the soldiers abducted Saber Ibrahim Najjar, 25, from Ethna town, west of Hebron, in addition to Soheir Ahmad al-Batran, the wife of a political prisoner, identified as Omar Issa Sleimiyya.

In Safa town, in Beit Ummar north of Hebron, the soldiers abducted Mohammad Bassam Qowqas, 17, and Abdul-Aziz Mohammad Qowqas, 18.

In Jenin, in northern West Bank, the soldiers abducted Osama Mahmoud Sa’adi, and a former political prisoner, identified as Nateq Bassam Hantouli, who was shot with a live round in the leg before he was taken prisoner.

In Nablus, in northern West Bank, the soldiers abducted Mahmoud al-Sabti and Issa Nathmi Hashash, from their homes in Balata refugee camp.

In Tubas, in northeastern West Bank, the soldiers abducted Tha’er Jamil Bani Odah, after invading his home in Tammoun town, east of the city.

In Ramallah, in central West Bank, the soldiers abducted Ata Zidani, Ezzeddin Fayez Rahima, and a former political prisoner, identified as Saddam Taiseer al-Asmar, from Beit Rima town, west of Ramallah.

In Betunia town, west of Ramallah, the soldiers abducted a former political prisoner, identified as Mohannad Jaradat, while Odai Abu Shamma, from the al-Baloa’ town, in al-Biereh city.

In Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem, the soldiers abducted Ahmad Ibrahim Oweiss, 30, from the ‘Aida refugee camp, north of Bethlehem.

(Source / 23.10.2020)

Soldiers Photograph Structures Near Tubas

Israeli soldiers invaded, Thursday, Khirbat Yizra village, east of Tubas in northeastern West Bank, and photographed many structures.

Human rights activist Aref Daraghma stated that the soldiers started taking pictures of many structures in the village, an issue that raised concerns among the Palestinians, especially since such measures are followed by demolition orders.

It is worth mentioning that, earlier this month, the soldiers invaded the village and demolished two homes, owned by siblings.

It is worth mentioning that Khirbat Yizra is subject to frequent Israeli military invasions and demolitions of homes and structures, in addition to constant assaults by colonialist settlers who attack the villagers, the shepherds, and their livestock.

(Source / 23.10.2020)