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A nineteen-year-old Palestinian boy drowns while attempting to bypass a closed checkpoint. Bil’in villagers protest Israeli goods in their stores. Israeli forces arrest the wives and mothers of wanted Palestinians as a form of pressure. And Israeli settlers attack international peace activists in
Palestinian farmers and land owners were joined by members of the International Solidarity Movement and the Christian Peacemaker Teams at their farms to the east of
And on Friday, the
PCHR in Brief
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The army invaded the
And during an evening incursion into al-Yamoun near
On the other hand, increased restrictions on movement and continued to divide north from south. The army claims this is a temporary measure following the Tel Aviv bombing earlier this month. But Palestinians are now required to obtain permits from the army to travel between north and south.
And 19-year-old Aatef Eissa drowned on Monday while attempting to bypass a closed checkpoint. Heavy rains pushed him and another civilian into a valley. The second individual survived. Eissa did not. The Israeli military forcibly removed his body to an Israeli forensic medical center, because they claimed he had been wanted.
The Israeli military continued its siege on the
Moreover, the Israeli army continued to shell the Gaza Strip, damaging homes and shops, and injuring 3 civilians, two of whom were children.
Attack on Jenin and
Israeli forces invaded Jenin refugee camp this Wednesday morning. According to eyewitnesses, twenty military vehicles invaded the camp and surrounded the house of Bassam Al-Sa’adi, an Islamic Jihad leader currently in an Israeli prison. Troops arrested his eighteen-year-old son, Izziddin Al-Sa’adi.
Um Ibrahim, Izzidin’s mother, describes the arrest:
"At , Israeli soldiers broke through our door and fired sound bombs. They forced us out with loudspeakers. We got out of the house. One of the soldiers asked me if there was anyone inside the house. I told him that there was no one. He said no, there is someone in the house, we will fire heavy guns at the house and we will destroy it. I said do whatever you want, no one is there. He fired heavy guns and rounds of live ammunition until "
The army then held residents captive for interrogation, demanding they provide information about Ashraf and Mahmoud Al-Sa’adi, two Islamic Jihad operatives wanted by ‘s Shin Bet.
The army also re-invaded
Dr. Ghassan Hamdan head of the Palestinian Medical Relief Services in
"There was a wide scale military invasion across the city in which more than 12 residents were arrested including an old woman, she was detained and interrogated for more than 6 hours. For the last four hours there have been clashes with the army on
On Sunday, Israeli Special Forces invaded the
Daniel’s father, Saba George Abu Hamama, said his son was executed
"My son was wanted; he was under surveillance for a long time. When they got the chance he was with two other young men, they started to shoot at their car, near the psychiatric hospital, even though they were unarmed. They shot them he did not die but was injured. They pulled my son for 20 to 30 meters into an open garage where they killed him, clearly it was an execution."
In the Gaza Strip, at least two Palestinians were killed who were thought to be members of Al-Quds brigade, the Islamic Jihad armed resistance wing. A third person riding in the same car was critically injured and several others were wounded in an Israeli air strike in the Gaza Strip, Thursday morning when Four Israeli warplanes fired four missiles into the middle of the Gaza Strip.
Settlers Attack Human Rights Workers and Palestinian Civilians
Israeli settlers living illegally on Palestinian land near
The group of settlers, composed primarily of teenagers in Orthodox dress, was led by an adult male. They flung sharpened metal bars through the open doorway of a store, smashing produce jars and knocking goods from the shelves. They also threw stones, beat a group of Palestinian children playing outside, and assaulted the store owner’s sixteen-year-old son. Israeli soldiers finally intervened, at which point the settlers headed for a nearby Palestinian olive grove.
And in the
Arab Aid to OPTs Held Up By US Economic Freeze
Here’s the latest on the economic siege on the
Arab countries have donated enough money to cover the salaries of Palestinian governmental workers for the past three months. The money is in the hands of the Arab League, but getting it to Palestinian banks is another question.
The American government has openly threatened any bank that transfers aid money to the Palestinian government. Millions of dollars of aid money, now sitting in Egyptian banks, cannot be transferred for fear of US repercussions. Attempts by the Arab League to transfer funds have also failed. The has also refused the suggestion to have President Abbas act as an intermediary for the aid.
The Hamas-led Palestinian government criticized the ‘ double standard in dealing with the Palestine-Israel conflict. The government accused the administration of terrorism, owing to its economic blockade on the
Abbas Threatens to Fire Government
The crisis between the Presidency and the government establishments escalated in the last few days.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas threatened to use his authority to fire the Hamas-run government this Monday after Khaled Masha’al, Hamas’ polit-bureau chief, accused Abbas of plotting against Hamas. When Abbas’ comments drew wide criticism from the government, aides to the President said he has no intentions to fire the government, yet they clarified that he would take such measures only if the economic situation in the
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