PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (01 – 07 February 2018)

08 Feb
10:05 PM

Israeli forces continued with systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) for the weeks of 01 – 07 February, 2018.

Two Palestinian civilians were killed in peaceful protests that did not pose any threat to soldiers’ lives, while Israeli forces killed Ahmed Jarar, in a crime of extra-judicial execution.

Shooting:

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces killed 3 Palestinians in the West Bank; 2 of them were killed in peaceful protests while the third was killed in a new crime of extra-judicial execution. The Israeli forces also wounded 75 Palestinian civilians, including 17 children, in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.  Forty three of them were hit with live bullets, 27 were hit with rubber bullets and 5 were hit with tear gas canisters  In the Gaza Strip as well, the Israeli forces continued to chase Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Sea, target border areas and carry out airstrikes against military sites belonging to the Palestinian Armed Groups.

 

In the West Bank, in a peaceful protest that did not pose any threat to the soldiers’ life, on Saturday, 03 February 2018, Israeli forces killed an 18-year-old Palestinian civilian and wounded 7 others, including 4 children. This happened when Israeli forces moved into Burqin village, west of Jenin, as part of their on-going military operation, which started on 18 January 2018, to search for Ahmed Naser Jarar (22). Ahmed is accused of killing an Israeli Rabbi on 09 January 2018 near “Hafat Gilead” settlement, southwest of Nablus.  During the aforementioned operation, the Israeli forces demolished 2 sheds built of tin plates and bricks on an area of 260 square meters and used for grazing sheep.  Those 2 sheds belonged to Mustafa and Hasan ‘Atiq.

 

On Tuesday, 06 February 2018, in a peaceful protest that did not pose any threat to the soldiers’ life, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian in Nablus and wounded 19 others, including 5 children.  Ten of them were hit with live bullets, 8 civilians were hit with rubber bullets, and one civilian was hit with a tear gas canister to the face. Doctors in the city hospitals classified the injuries of 4 civilians as serious. This crime was committed when the SIraeli forces moved into the city and surrounded houses belonging to ‘Asif Family ro arrest ‘Abdel Karim ‘Aasi (19) who is accused of killing Rabbi Itmar Bin Gal near “Arayel”  settlement, north of Salfit, on 05 February 2018.  Meanwhile, dozens of Palestinian youngsters and children gathered to throw stones and empty bottles at the soldiers.  The clashes continued until the early dawn.

 

In a new crime of extra-judicial execution, on Tuesday early morning, 06 February 2018, Israeli forces killed Ahmed Jarar after surrounding an abandoned building where he was fortified in al-Yamoun village, west of Jenin, north of the occupied West Bank. PCHR’s investigations and official statements by Israeli leaders and security services indicate presence of the elements of extra-judicial execution crime. Israeli forces accused Ahmed of killing Rabbi Raziel Shevah near “Havat Gilad” settlement outpost, west of Nablus on 09 January 2018, was killed.  Since 18 January 2018, Jenin, its refugee camp and villages were exposed to Israeli wide-scale military campaigns to search for Ahmed Jarar.

 

On 02 February 2018, two Palestinian civilians were hit with live bullets when Israeli forces moved into al-Murihah village, west of Ya’bud, southwest of Jenin, to disperse a disputd between two Palestinian young men.  Thus, the soldiers randomly opened fire at those present in the scene.

 

On 05 February 2018, a Palestinian child was hit with a bullet to the thigh when Israeli forces moved into Burqin village, west of Jenin, and a number of Palestinian children and youngsters gathered to throw stones and empty bottles at the soldiers.

 

On 06 February 2018, a 22-year-old Palestinian was hit with a rubber bullet to the right leg when the Israeli forces moved into Qalqiliyah amidst Israeli random firing of rubber- bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters.

 

During the reporting period, the West Bank witnessed protests against the U.S. President’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem. During the protests, the Israeli forces used force against the protesters, and the shooting to disperse the protests resulted in the injury of 30 civilians, including 7 children.  Twenty were hit with live bullets, 8 were hit with rubber bullets and one was directly hit with a tear gas canister to the body.

 

In the Gaza Strip, the border areas with Israel witnessed protests against the U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the U.S. Embassy to it.  During the protests, the Israeli forces used force against the protestors.  Due to opening fire to disperse the protests, 15 Palestinian civilians were wounded, including 3 children.  Thirteen civilians were hit with live bullets, one directly with a tear gas canister and one with a rubber-coated metal bullet.

 

As part of targeting fishermen in the sea, PCHR monitored that the Israeli forces escalated their attacks against fishermen in the Gaza Sea, indicating to the ongoing Israeli policy of targeting their livelihoods.  During the reporting period, Israeli gunboats chased Palestinian fishing boats and opened fire at them in 15 shooting incidents, including 10 in Western Soudaniyah Area, west of Jabalia, 4 shooting incidents northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, and one incident off Deir al-Balah Shore in the central Gaza Strip.

 

As part of airstrikes, on 02 February 2018, Israeli warplanes launched 4 missiles at a training site belonging to al-Qassam Brigades of Hamas Movement, northwest of Rafah City in the southern Gaza Strip.  As a result, the site sustained lot of damage, but no casualties were reported.

 

Incursions:

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 74 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank while they conducted 7 incursions into Jerusalem and its suburbs. During those incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 74 Palestinians, including 12 children and a woman, in the West Bank.  Twenty of them, including 6 children, were arrested in Jerusalem and its suburbs. Those incursions happened in light of the cold weather as the Israeli soldiers forced children, women and elderly people to stay outside their houses for hours or locked families in one room preventing them to move in addition to other acts of harassment and use of police dogs in house raids.  During the reporting period, PCHR’s fieldworkers documented that Israeli forces raided a house in al-Kafir village, southeast of Jenin, and a police dog attacked a civilian and his wife.

 

Efforts to Create A Jewish Majority in occupied East Jerusalem:

 

  • As part of demolitions in favour of the settlement projects, On 04 February 2018, Israeli bulldozers demolished a building consists of 2 rooms used as a primary school by Abu Nawar Bedouin Community residents near “Ma’aleh Adumim” settlement established in al-‘Izariyia village lands, east of the city. It should be noted that around 27 students were studying in the demolished school. it should be noted that Abu Nawar Community is located in area classified A1, which is in the envy of Israeli forces to seize considering it a strategic area that connects the northern and southern West Bank and that’s why it is Geopolitically vital.

On 07 February 2018, Israeli bulldozers demolioshed a house belonging to the family of ‘Ali Mahmoud Hmeidat in ‘Ein al-Lawzeh neighbourhood in Silwan village, south of Jerusalem’s Old City, under the pretext of non-licensing.  The house was built in 2006 on an area of 140 square meters and comprised of 3 rooms, living room, kitchen and bathrooms.  The abovementioned civilian, his wife and 6 children lived in the house.

 

Settlement Activities, Demolitions, and Settlers’ Attacks against Palestinian civilians and their Property:

 

As part of house demolitions, on 01 February 2018, Israeli forces demolished in al-Hemarah Area, east of Beit Dajen village, east of Nablus, an under-construction house comprised of one floor and built on an area of 100 square meters under the pretext of non-licensing. The house belongs to Diyab Hussain ‘Ali Rajeh, from Balatah Camp, east of Nablus.

 

On 05 February 2018, Israeli forces leveled and confiscated a 500–meter water pipeline, which feeds 100 dunums planted with watermelon in ‘Ain al-Sakout area in the Northern Jordan Valley, east of Tubas.  On the same day, Israeli forces uprooted and confiscated 4 tents for grazing sheep and 20 fodders in the Kherbet Um al-Jamal area near the abovementioned area.

 

As part of siraeli settlers’ attacks against Palestintina civilians and their property, on 01 February 2018, a group of Israeli settlers from “Yitzhar” Settlement established in the northern side of ‘Oreef village lands, south of Nablus, placed rocks on a road connecting between ‘Oreef and ‘Asirah al-Qabaliyia villages. The Israeli settlers also set ambushes for Palestinians between olive trees to throw stones at their vehicles.  As a result, ‘Abdel Rahman Shahada’s car sustained damage.

 

On 03 February 2018, a group of Israeli settlers from “Beit Ayin” settlement established on Palestinian civilians lands, northwest of Beit Ummer, north of Hebron, attacked a number of farmers with stones in their lands in Khelit al-Kutlah area and insulted them.  They also attacked shepherds in the vicinity of Qawawis village, east of Yata, south of Hebron, with stones.  As a result, the farmers and shepherds were forced to leave both areas.

 

On 05 February 2018, following the killing of an Israeli settler near “Arail” settlement in Salfit, dozens of Israeli settlers gathered along Hawarah-Za’tarah Streets and “Yitzhar” bypass road, south of Nablus. The Israeli settlers carried out riots in the area and threw stones at Palestinian civilians’ vehicles. As a result, the windshield of a car belonging to Khaled Khandaqji (55), who was driving back from Nablus, sustained damage.

 

On the same day, Israeli settlers threw stones at Palestinian civilians’ vehicles. As a result, a stone hit a vehicle carrying 3 Palestinian civilians from Balatah Camp, east of Nablus. One of the passengers was hit with a stone to the head and then taken via an Israeli ambulance to Benslon Hospital in Israel.

 

On 06 February 2018, a group of Israeli settlers gathered in the vicinity of Hawarah checkpoint, south of Nablus. They also threw stones at Palestinian civilians’ vehicles. As a result, a car’s windshield belonging to Bassam Mahmoud ‘As’ous was broken.

Shooting:

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces killed 3 Palestinians in the West Bank; 2 of them were killed in peaceful protests while the third was killed in a new crime of extra-judicial execution. The Israeli forces also wounded 75 Palestinian civilians, including 17 children, in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.  Forty three of them were hit with live bullets, 27 were hit with rubber bullets and 5 were hit with tear gas canisters  In the Gaza Strip as well, the Israeli forces continued to chase Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Sea, target border areas and carry out airstrikes against military sites belonging to the Palestinian Armed Groups.

 

In the West Bank, in a peaceful protest that did not pose any threat to the soldiers’ life, on Saturday, 03 February 2018, Israeli forces killed an 18-year-old Palestinian civilian and wounded 7 others, including 4 children. This happened when Israeli forces moved into Burqin village, west of Jenin, as part of their on-going military operation, which started on 18 January 2018, to search for Ahmed Naser Jarar (22). Ahmed is accused of killing an Israeli Rabbi on 09 January 2018 near “Hafat Gilead” settlement, southwest of Nablus.  During the aforementioned operation, the Israeli forces demolished 2 sheds built of tin plates and bricks on an area of 260 square meters and used for grazing sheep.  Those 2 sheds belonged to Mustafa and Hasan ‘Atiq.

 

On Tuesday, 06 February 2018, in a peaceful protest that did not pose any threat to the soldiers’ life, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian in Nablus and wounded 19 others, including 5 children.  Ten of them were hit with live bullets, 8 civilians were hit with rubber bullets, and one civilian was hit with a tear gas canister to the face. Doctors in the city hospitals classified the injuries of 4 civilians as serious. This crime was committed when the SIraeli forces moved into the city and surrounded houses belonging to ‘Asif Family ro arrest ‘Abdel Karim ‘Aasi (19) who is accused of killing Rabbi Itmar Bin Gal near “Arayel”  settlement, north of Salfit, on 05 February 2018.  Meanwhile, dozens of Palestinian youngsters and children gathered to throw stones and empty bottles at the soldiers.  The clashes continued until the early dawn.

 

In a new crime of extra-judicial execution, on Tuesday early morning, 06 February 2018, Israeli forces killed Ahmed Jarar after surrounding an abandoned building where he was fortified in al-Yamoun village, west of Jenin, north of the occupied West Bank. PCHR’s investigations and official statements by Israeli leaders and security services indicate presence of the elements of extra-judicial execution crime. Israeli forces accused Ahmed of killing Rabbi Raziel Shevah near “Havat Gilad” settlement outpost, west of Nablus on 09 January 2018, was killed.  Since 18 January 2018, Jenin, its refugee camp and villages were exposed to Israeli wide-scale military campaigns to search for Ahmed Jarar.

 

On 02 February 2018, two Palestinian civilians were hit with live bullets when Israeli forces moved into al-Murihah village, west of Ya’bud, southwest of Jenin, to disperse a disputd between two Palestinian young men.  Thus, the soldiers randomly opened fire at those present in the scene.

 

On 05 February 2018, a Palestinian child was hit with a bullet to the thigh when Israeli forces moved into Burqin village, west of Jenin, and a number of Palestinian children and youngsters gathered to throw stones and empty bottles at the soldiers.

 

On 06 February 2018, a 22-year-old Palestinian was hit with a rubber bullet to the right leg when the Israeli forces moved into Qalqiliyah amidst Israeli random firing of rubber- bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters.

 

During the reporting period, the West Bank witnessed protests against the U.S. President’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem. During the protests, the Israeli forces used force against the protesters, and the shooting to disperse the protests resulted in the injury of 30 civilians, including 7 children.  Twenty were hit with live bullets, 8 were hit with rubber bullets and one was directly hit with a tear gas canister to the body.

 

In the Gaza Strip, the border areas with Israel witnessed protests against the U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the U.S. Embassy to it.  During the protests, the Israeli forces used force against the protestors.  Due to opening fire to disperse the protests, 15 Palestinian civilians were wounded, including 3 children.  Thirteen civilians were hit with live bullets, one directly with a tear gas canister and one with a rubber-coated metal bullet.

 

As part of targeting fishermen in the sea, PCHR monitored that the Israeli forces escalated their attacks against fishermen in the Gaza Sea, indicating to the ongoing Israeli policy of targeting their livelihoods.  During the reporting period, Israeli gunboats chased Palestinian fishing boats and opened fire at them in 15 shooting incidents, including 10 in Western Soudaniyah Area, west of Jabalia, 4 shooting incidents northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, and one incident off Deir al-Balah Shore in the central Gaza Strip.

 

As part of airstrikes, on 02 February 2018, Israeli warplanes launched 4 missiles at a training site belonging to al-Qassam Brigades of Hamas Movement, northwest of Rafah City in the southern Gaza Strip.  As a result, the site sustained lot of damage, but no casualties were reported.

 

Incursions:

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 74 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank while they conducted 7 incursions into Jerusalem and its suburbs. During those incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 74 Palestinians, including 12 children and a woman, in the West Bank.  Twenty of them, including 6 children, were arrested in Jerusalem and its suburbs. Those incursions happened in light of the cold weather as the Israeli soldiers forced children, women and elderly people to stay outside their houses for hours or locked families in one room preventing them to move in addition to other acts of harassment and use of police dogs in house raids.  During the reporting period, PCHR’s fieldworkers documented that Israeli forces raided a house in al-Kafir village, southeast of Jenin, and a police dog attacked a civilian and his wife.

 

Efforts to Create A Jewish Majority in occupied East Jerusalem:

 

  • As part of demolitions in favour of the settlement projects, On 04 February 2018, Israeli bulldozers demolished a building consists of 2 rooms used as a primary school by Abu Nawar Bedouin Community residents near “Ma’aleh Adumim” settlement established in al-‘Izariyia village lands, east of the city. It should be noted that around 27 students were studying in the demolished school. it should be noted that Abu Nawar Community is located in area classified A1, which is in the envy of Israeli forces to seize considering it a strategic area that connects the northern and southern West Bank and that’s why it is Geopolitically vital.

On 07 February 2018, Israeli bulldozers demolioshed a house belonging to the family of ‘Ali Mahmoud Hmeidat in ‘Ein al-Lawzeh neighbourhood in Silwan village, south of Jerusalem’s Old City, under the pretext of non-licensing.  The house was built in 2006 on an area of 140 square meters and comprised of 3 rooms, living room, kitchen and bathrooms.  The abovementioned civilian, his wife and 6 children lived in the house.

 

Settlement Activities, Demolitions, and Settlers’ Attacks against Palestinian civilians and their Property:

 

As part of house demolitions, on 01 February 2018, Israeli forces demolished in al-Hemarah Area, east of Beit Dajen village, east of Nablus, an under-construction house comprised of one floor and built on an area of 100 square meters under the pretext of non-licensing. The house belongs to Diyab Hussain ‘Ali Rajeh, from Balatah Camp, east of Nablus.

 

On 05 February 2018, Israeli forces leveled and confiscated a 500–meter water pipeline, which feeds 100 dunums planted with watermelon in ‘Ain al-Sakout area in the Northern Jordan Valley, east of Tubas.  On the same day, Israeli forces uprooted and confiscated 4 tents for grazing sheep and 20 fodders in the Kherbet Um al-Jamal area near the abovementioned area.

 

As part of siraeli settlers’ attacks against Palestintina civilians and their property, on 01 February 2018, a group of Israeli settlers from “Yitzhar” Settlement established in the northern side of ‘Oreef village lands, south of Nablus, placed rocks on a road connecting between ‘Oreef and ‘Asirah al-Qabaliyia villages. The Israeli settlers also set ambushes for Palestinians between olive trees to throw stones at their vehicles.  As a result, ‘Abdel Rahman Shahada’s car sustained damage.

 

On 03 February 2018, a group of Israeli settlers from “Beit Ayin” settlement established on Palestinian civilians lands, northwest of Beit Ummer, north of Hebron, attacked a number of farmers with stones in their lands in Khelit al-Kutlah area and insulted them.  They also attacked shepherds in the vicinity of Qawawis village, east of Yata, south of Hebron, with stones.  As a result, the farmers and shepherds were forced to leave both areas.

 

On 05 February 2018, following the killing of an Israeli settler near “Arail” settlement in Salfit, dozens of Israeli settlers gathered along Hawarah-Za’tarah Streets and “Yitzhar” bypass road, south of Nablus. The Israeli settlers carried out riots in the area and threw stones at Palestinian civilians’ vehicles. As a result, the windshield of a car belonging to Khaled Khandaqji (55), who was driving back from Nablus, sustained damage.

 

On the same day, Israeli settlers threw stones at Palestinian civilians’ vehicles. As a result, a stone hit a vehicle carrying 3 Palestinian civilians from Balatah Camp, east of Nablus. One of the passengers was hit with a stone to the head and then taken via an Israeli ambulance to Benslon Hospital in Israel.

 

On 06 February 2018, a group of Israeli settlers gathered in the vicinity of Hawarah checkpoint, south of Nablus. They also threw stones at Palestinian civilians’ vehicles. As a result, a car’s windshield belonging to Bassam Mahmoud ‘As’ous was broken.

Efforts to Create A Jewish majority

 

Israeli forces escalated their attacks on Palestinian civilians and their property. They have also continued their raids on al-Aqsa Mosque and denied the Palestinians access to it:

 

 

  • Shooting Incidents:

 

  • At approximately 20:00 on Friday, 02 February 2018, Israeli forces accompanied with around 40 military vehicles and a truck-mounted crane moved into Abu Dis village, east of occupied Jerusalem. They moved into the village to pull a vehicle belonging to an Israeli settler after dozens of Palestinian young men surrounded it and then burned it. Meanwhile, dozens of Palestinian young men gathered and threw stones and empty bottles at the Israeli forces, who fired live bullets, rubber-coated metal bullets and sound bombs at them. As a result, 9 civilians sustained wounds. The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) stated that its crews treated 2 civilians hit with live bullets, 6 others hit with rubber-coated metal bullets, and another one sustained tear gas canister shrapnel wounds.
  • On Friday, 02 February 2018, hundreds of Jerusalem and al-‘Issawiyia villages residents performed the Friday prayer at the western and main entrance to the village in protest at the Israeli policies against the village and its residents, in addition to collective punishment polices imposed on them. After they finished the prayer, the participants raised banners condemning Israeli attacks and called upon the Israeli authorities to end the collective punishment policy imposed on the village. A number of Palestinian young men threw stones at the Israeli forces stationed in the area; meanwhile, the Israeli forces chased the young men, beat them, and fired rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs, and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, 4 civilians were hit with rubber-coated metal bullets and then taken to hospital to receive medical treatment.
  • On Wednesday, 07 February 2018, a group of Palestinian young men gathered in the vicinity of “Kochav Ya’akov” settlement established in Kafur ‘Aqub village lands, north of occupied Jerusalem, and threw stones at the settlement fence. The Israeli forces then opened fire at them. As a result, Nizar Raied al-Louzi (16) was hit with 3 live bullets to the chest and thigh. He was then taken to Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah. Due to his serious injury, he was then referred to Hadasah- ‘Ain Karem Hospital in occupied West Jerusalem.
  • Notices and House Demolitions:

 

  • On Sunday, 04 February 2018, Israeli bulldozers demolished a building consists of 2 rooms used as a primary school for (Abu Nawar) Bedouin community near “Ma’aleh Adumim”settlement established on al-‘Izariyia village lands, east of the city. Dawoud Jahaleen, Representative of Abu Nawar Bedouin Community inhabited by dozens of Bedouin families, said that the building was built in October 2017 for studying purposes to be a primary school in the community resided by 600 people. He also pointed out that this is the only school for elementary students in the community, and other nearby schools are several kilometers away hindering the students’ access to their schools, especially in winter. He also said that around 27 students used to go to the demolished school. Jahaleen also said that the Israeli forces demolished the classrooms while there is a case on those rooms pending before the Israeli Supreme Court and so far no final decision has been issued. He also stated that when the building was constructed, the Abu Nawar Bedouin community residents immediately headed to the Israeli Supreme Court along with lawyer ‘Alaa Mahajnah to obtain a precautionary order to get a license from the Israeli Civil Administration. It should be noted that Israeli Civil Administration is responsible for implementing and enforcing construction laws in the oPt. The court then issued a precautionary order to prevent the building demolition until the Public Prosecution response came in late November. After that, the Israeli Supreme Court rejected the petition not completing the measures required to obtain a license from the Israeli Civil Administration. However, the court gave Abu Nawar Bedouin Community residents two weeks to apply for a licence, during which the precautionary order remained valid. The residents submitted a license request to the Israeli Civil administration at the beginning of late December through lawyer Mahajnah.

Lawyer ‘Alaa Mahajnah said that “The request was examined by the Israeli Civil Administration within a short period that is not commensurate with the procedures and mechanisms in force in such cases as the period needed to issue a construction  takes months and years, but in this case the decision was taken within days.”

He added, “The Civil Administration’s conduct to reject the license application reveals its stated policy to displace the residents of the Palestinian Bedouin communities and gathering them elsewhere, in accordance with the Israeli policy and within the scheme of expelling and displacing the Bedouin communities’ residents.” It should be noted that Abu Nawar Bedouin community is located in area classified A1, which is in the envy of the Israeli forces to control it, because it is being a strategic area that connects the northern and southern West Bank, and that’s why it is geopolitically vital.

 

  • At approximately 11:00 on Wednesday, 07 February 2018, Israeli bulldozers demolished a house belonging to Hamidat family in ‘Ain al-Louza neighborhood in Silwan village, south of occupied Jerusalem’s Old City, under the pretext of non-licensing. The house owner, ‘Ali Mahmoud Hamidat, said that the Israeli forces accompanied with Israeli Municipality crews moved into ‘Ain al-Louza neighborhood and imposed a siege on the whole area. They then demolished the house without a prior warning. He added “We were surprised this morning that the Israeli forces raided the house and starting demolishing it, after allowing us to vacate its contents.” He added, “We tried very hard to obtain a construction license, but in vain. We spent tens thousand dollars on the engineering and law offices, as well as the fines imposed on us and eventually they demolished the house”. He clarified that his house was built in 2006 on an area of 140 square meters and consisted of three rooms, living room, bathrooms and kitchen. He also said that he lived in the house with his wife and his six children.

 

  • Settlement activities and attacks by settlers against Palestinian civilians and property

 

 Israeli forces’ attacks

 

  • At approximately 10:00 on Thursday, 01 February 2018, Israeli forces accompanied with a jeep of the Israeli Civil Administration and a bulldozer moved into al-Hamarah area, east of Beit al-Dajan village, east of Nablus. The bulldozer demolished an under-construction house comprised of one floor and built on an area of 100 square meters under the pretext of non-licensing. The house belonged to Diyab Hussain ‘Ali Rajeh, from Balatah Camp, east of Nablus.

 

  • At approximately 12:00 on Monday, 05 February 2018, Israeli forces accompanied with a jeep of the Israeli Civil Administration, a bulldozer, and a truck- mounted crane moved into ‘Ain al-Sakout area in Northern Jordan Valley, east of Tubas. The Israeli forces stationed on an agricultural road near ‘Ain al-Sakout area and then the military vehicles demolished a 500-meter water pipeline, which feeds 100 dunums planted with watermelon.

 

  • At approximately 14:30 on the same day, Israeli forces accompanied with a jeep of the Israeli Civil Administration, bulldozer, and truck-mounted crane moved into Kherbit Um al-Jammal in Northern Jordan Valley, east of Tubas. The Israeli forces stationed in ‘Arab al-Ka’abnah area, where they confiscated 4 tents donated from Acted Foundation, 20 sheep fodders, and 5 barbed wires belonging to Suliman Mohamed Raheel Ka’abnah and Fatema Nassar Suliman Ka’abnah.

The confiscated contents were as follows:

  1. Three tents for sheltering sheep, each one built on an area of 60 square meters; 3 barbed wires; and 20 iron barriers belonging to Hasan Ka’abnah; and
  2. A 60-square-meter tent used for sheltering sheep and 2 barbed wires belonging to Fatmah Ka’abnah.

 

 

 Israeli settlers’ attacks

 

  • At approximately 00:00 on Thursday, 01 February 2018, a group of Israeli settlers from “Yitzhar” Settlement established in the northern side of ‘Oreef village lands, south of Nablus, placed rocks on a road connects between ‘Oreef and ‘Asirah al-Qabaliyia villages. The Israeli settlers also set ambushes for Palestinians between olive trees to throw stones at their vehicles. After that, ‘Abed al-Rahman As’ad Mamoud Shehada (23) who was on his way back from ‘Asirah al-Qabaliyah village to ‘Orif village was surprised with the presence of the Israeli settlers and rocks. Out of fear, he ran over the rocks and one of which stuck into the car wheel. He drove 200 meter away while the settlers continued to throw stones .As a result, the car sustained severe damage. When the settlers withdrew, they put screws on the road, causing damage to the car tire of Waleed Sa’di Najeh Safadi.

 

  • At approximately 09:00 on Saturday, 03 February 2018, a group of Israeli settlers from “Beit Ayin” settlement established on Palestinian civilians lands, northwest of Beit Ummer, north of Hebron, attacked farmers on their lands in Khelit al-Kutlah area with stones and insulted them. As a result, the farmers were forced to leave their lands for fear of their lives. It should be noted that most farmers cannot go to their lands in the abovementioned area because the Israeli settlers are usually present on a dirt road under the Israeli forces protection.

 

  • At approximately 10:00, 2 Israeli settlers from “Mitzpe Yair “ settlement established on Palestinian civilians lands in the vicinity of Qawawis village, east of Yatta village, south of Hebron, threw stones at shepherds and then forced them to leave the area. It should be noted that the Israeli settlers pass through a road connected with the /bypass Road (35), which is surrounded by Palestinian planted and pastoral lands, and attack the farmers or shepherds there.

 

  • At approximately 18:45 on Monday, 05 February 2018, following the killing of an Israeli settler near “Arail” settlement in Salfit, dozens of Israeli settlers gathered on Hawarah-Za’tarah Street and “Yitzhar” bypass road, south of Nablus. The Israeli settlers carried out riots in the area and threw stones at Palestinian vehicles. Meanwhile, Khaled Mohamed Abed al-Majeed Khandaqji (55) was driving back home from Ramallah to Nablus. When Khaled arrived at Bita village’s intersection, he was surprised with an Israeli settler coming out of the window of his car with an Israeli registration plate from the opposite direction. The Israeli settler threw a stone at Khaled’s car and broke the windshield.

 

  • At approximately 20:30, Israeli settlers threw stones at Palestinian civilians’ vehicles. As a result, a stone hit a vehicle carrying 3 Palestinian civilians from Balatah Camp, east of Nablus. One of the passengers was hit with a stone to the head and then taken via an Israeli ambulance to Penslon Hospital in Israel. The wounded person Isma’il Mousa Hasan Abu ‘Alfah (30), said to PCHR’s fieldworker that: “ At approximately 20:30 on Monday, 05 February 2018, while I was coming from Ramallah to Nablus in my friend’s car, Hasan Marshoud who was driving and Ahmed al-Srouji next him, I was sitting in the backseat. When we arrived at the vicinity of Hawarah checkpoint, south of Nablus, we found a large number of Israeli settlers and forces gathering and carrying out riots there. The Israeli forces stopped us and ordered us to return because the checkpoint was closed. We turned round and then 5 meters away from the square, I was surprised with an Israeli settler throwing a stone at the car’s windshield. The car’s windshield was broken while the stone hit my face and the glass As a result, I my face bled so much and then taken by an Israeli ambulance to Benslon Hospital in Israel, where I underwent a surgery in my left eye. Moreover, I lost sight in my left eye while I suffer impaired vision in my right eye with.”

 

  • At approximately 20:40 on Tuesday, 06 February 2018, following the killing of an Israeli settler near “Arail” settlement, north of Salfit, a group of Israeli settlers gathered at Hawarah intersection and in the vicinity of Hawarah checkpoint, south of Nablus. They also threw stones at Palestinian civilians’ vehicles. As a result, a car’s windshield belonging to Bassam Mahmoud ‘As’ous sustained damage.

 

  • At approximately 20:00 on Wednesday, 07 February 2018, a group of Israeli settlers gathered in the vicinity of “Arail” settlement square, north of Salfit. They threw stones at Palestinian civilians’ vehicles passing through the area. As a result, Waleed Fathi Shobash (35), from Qalqiliyia, sustained a fracture to the hand and his car’s windows were broken.

 

Recommendations to the International Community

 

PCHR warns of the escalating settlement construction in the West Bank, the attempts to legitimize settlement outposts established on Palestinian lands in the West Bank and the continued summary executions of Palestinian civilians under the pretext that they pose a security threat to the Israeli forces. PCHR reminds the international community that thousands of Palestinian civilians have been rendered homeless and lived in caravans under tragic circumstances due to the latest Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip that has been under a tight closure for almost 11 years. PCHR welcomes the UN Security Council’s Resolution No. 2334, which states that settlements are a blatant violation of the Geneva Conventions and calls upon Israel to stop them and not to recognize any demographic change in the oPt since 1967.  PCHR hopes this resolution will pave the way for eliminating the settlement crime and bring to justice those responsible for it. PCHR further reiterates that the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, are still under Israeli occupation in spite of Israel’s unilateral disengagement plan of 2005.  PCHR emphasizes that there is international recognition of Israel’s obligation to respect international human rights instruments and international humanitarian law.  Israel is bound to apply international human rights law and the law of war, sometimes reciprocally and other times in parallel, in a way that achieves the best protection for civilians and remedy for the victims.

  1. PCHR calls upon the international community to respect the Security Council’s Resolution No. 2334 and to ensure that Israel respects it as well, in particular point 5 which obliges Israel not to deal with settlements as if they were part of Israel.
  2. PCHR calls upon the ICC this year to open an investigation into Israeli crimes committed in the oPt, particularly the settlement crimes and the 2014 offensive on the Gaza Strip.
  3. PCHR Calls upon the European Union (EU) and all international bodies to boycott settlements and ban working and investing in them in application of their obligations according to international human rights law and international humanitarian law considering settlements as a war crime.
  4. PCHR calls upon the international community to use all available means to allow the Palestinian people to enjoy their right to self-determination through the establishment of the Palestinian State, which was recognized by the UN General Assembly with a vast majority, using all international legal mechanisms, including sanctions to end the occupation of the State of Palestine.
  5. PCHR calls upon the international community and United Nations to take all necessary measures to stop Israeli policies aimed at creating a Jewish demographic majority in Jerusalem and at voiding Palestine from its original inhabitants through deportations and house demolitions as a collective punishment, which violates international humanitarian law, amounting to a crime against humanity.
  6. PCHR calls upon the international community to condemn summary executions carried out by Israeli forces against Palestinians and to pressurize Israel to stop them.
  7. PCHR calls upon the States Parties to the Rome Statute of the ICC to work hard to hold Israeli war criminals accountable.
  8. PCHR calls upon the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions to fulfill their obligations under article (1) of the Convention to ensure respect for the Conventions under all circumstances, and under articles (146) and (147) to search for and prosecute those responsible for committing grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions to ensure justice and remedy for Palestinian victims, especially in light of the almost complete denial of justice for them before the Israeli judiciary.
  9. PCHR calls upon the international community to speed up the reconstruction process necessary because of the destruction inflicted by the Israeli offensive on Gaza.
  10. PCHR calls for a prompt intervention to compel the Israeli authorities to lift the closure that obstructs the freedom of movement of goods and 1.8 million civilians that experience unprecedented economic, social, political and cultural hardships due to collective punishment policies and retaliatory action against civilians.
  11. PCHR calls upon the European Union to apply human rights standards embedded in the EU-Israel Association Agreement and to respect its obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights when dealing with Israel.
  12. PCHR calls upon the international community, especially states that import Israeli weapons and military services, to meet their moral and legal responsibility not to allow Israel to use the offensive in Gaza to test new weapons and not accept training services based on the field experience in Gaza in order to avoid turning Palestinian civilians in Gaza into testing objects for Israeli weapons and military tactics.
  13. PCHR calls upon the parties to international human rights instruments, especially the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), to pressurize Israel to comply with its provisions in the oPt and to compel it to incorporate the human rights situation in the oPt in its reports submitted to the relevant committees.
  14. PCHR calls upon the EU and international human rights bodies to pressurize the Israeli forces to stop their attacks against Palestinian fishermen and farmers, mainly in the border area.

Fully detailed document available at the official webiste for the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR).

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