PCHR Weekly Report: 5 Palestinian Civilians Wounded by Israeli Soldiers and Settlers This Week

01 May
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In its Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories for the week of 24 ‚Äď 29 April, 2014, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) found that Israeli forces wounded 5 Palestinian civilians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, including a photojournalist and 2 brothers. Israeli navy forces also fired at Palestinian fishing boats in the Gaza Strip sea.
Israeli attacks in the West Bank:

Thursday, 24 April 2014

 
At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles, armoured personnel carriers and a military bus moved into Deir Samet village, southwest of Doura southwest of Hebron. They patrolled the streets and closed the entrance of the village. A number of Israeli soldiers raided and searched a number of houses using sniffer dogs. They also kept families residing these houses outdoors and handcuffed and blindfolded some family members for hours. The searched houses belong to the al-Hroub, al-Sharawna, al-Sharha and Abu Znaid families. The Israeli forces remained in the village until 08:00, as they prevented the Palestinian civilians from performing the Fajer prayer at mosques, and workers and employees from going to their work outside the village. Israeli forces arrested 8 civilians and took them to an unknown destination:

1. Monir Mohammed Awawda (50);
2. Mohammed Abh Harbid (20);
3. Azzam Monir al-Awawda (22);
4.¬†Wa’el Hassan al-Hroub (35);
5.¬†Ra’fat Monir al-Awawda (24);
6. Dawood Abdul Wahab Abdul Aziz (32);
7. Mousa Ali al-Hroub (32); and
8.¬†Jihad Isma’il al-Sharawnah (31).

 

Moreover, Israeli forces handed summonses to a number of civilians to refer to the Israeli intelligence service in ‘Gosh Etzion’ settlement, south of Bethlehem. ¬†The summoned persons included:

1. Jihad Essa al-Hroub;
2. Eyad Safi al-Hroub;
3.¬†His brother Ra’ed;
4.¬†Alaa’ Nidal al-Hroub;
5. Tawfiq Abdul Fattah al-Hroub; and
6. Ali Hosam al-Hroub.

 
Israeli forces questioned a number of civilians in the streets regarding the incident of opening fire at a settler vehicle at the entrance of Ethna village, west of Hebron, 2 weeks ago and killing him. Israeli forces withdrew from the village at approximately 08:00.

 

At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles moved into al-Fawwar refugee camp, south of Hebron. They patrolled the streets and deployed between the houses. Israeli forces withdrew later, and neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 
Around the same time, Israeli forces with infantry units moved into al-Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah. They patrolled the streets, deployed in agricultural lands and chased boys firing sound bombs and tear gas canisters. As a result, a number of civilians suffered tear gas inhalation. Israeli forces also arrested Rayan Othman Tamimi (35) and Mohammed Wajih Tamimi (19) and took them to Ofer detention facility, southwest of the city.

 
At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into ‘Anza village, south of Jenin. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Mazen Mes’ed Sadaqa (26). They then searched and raided a house belonging to the family of Mahmoud Abdul Karim Sadaqa (27). They handed the latter a summons to refer to the Israeli intelligence service in Salem detention facility, northwest of the city. Israeli forces withdrew later and no arrests were reported.

 

Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah. They patrolled the streets and raided and searched 2 houses from which they arrested Marwan Mohammed Hammad (20) and Ali Jamal Mousa (21). They took them to Ofer detention facility, southwest of the city.

 
 

 

 

  
Friday, 25 April 2014

 
At approximately 00:30, Israeli forces moved into al-‘Ouja village, northeast of Jericho. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.
Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Zabouba village, northwest of Jenin. They patrolled the streets, where a number of youngsters gathered and threw stones at Israeli soldiers, who fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters in response. Israeli forces withdrew later and neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

 
Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Khader village, southwest of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Ashraf Mohammed al-Zaghari (27), and arrested him. In the meantime, Israeli forces raided a house belonging to the family of Mahmoud al-Zaghari (26) and arrested him.

 
 

 
At approximately 01:55, Israeli forces moved into Yasouf village, east of Salfit. They raided a house belonging to the family of Osama Wasfi ‘Eid. They handed his son Sami (20) a summons to refer to the Israeli intelligence service. Israeli forces withdrew at approximately 04:10 and no arrests were reported.

 

Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Beit ‘Awwa village, southwest of Doura, southwest of Hebron. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

 
At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Ethna village, west of Hebron. They patrolled the streets and raided a house belonging to the family of Ra’ed Sami Tamizi (37). They destroyed the front door and searched the house. In the meantime, Israeli forces raided and searched a house belonging to Tamizi’s brother Lo’ay (30). The 2 brothers were taken to the main street and questioned for some time before being arrested.

 
Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Beit Fajjar village, southeast of Bethlehem. They patrolled the streets and raided and searched a number of houses. They also handed summonses to 2 Palestinian civilians to refer to the Israeli intelligence service in ‘Gosh Etzion’ settlement, south of the city. The summoned civilians were: Farhan Hosam al-Qawasmah (19) and Hani Khader Taqatqa (35). At approximately 04:00, Israeli forces withdrew and no arrests were reported.

 

 

 
At approximately 15:30, Israeli forces moved into Mothallath al-Aqaba area, south of Doura, southwest of Hebron. They patrolled the streets and stationed in al-Ra’ji woodland. They also deployed in agricultural lands between al-Tabaqa village and Oyoun Abu Saif area, where a number of youngsters gathered and threw stones and empty bottles at them. Israeli soldiers fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters in response, due to which a number of boys suffered tear gas inhalation. Israeli forces withdrew later and no arrests were reported.

 

 
Saturday, 26 April 2014

 
At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Samou’ village, south of Hebron. They patrolled the streets and raided and searched a number of houses from which they arrested 3 civilians:

1. Mohammed Hassan Abu Dabous (26);
2.¬†Mohammed Sa’id Abu Dabous (31); and
3.¬†Ra’ed Abdul Nabi Hawamdah (28).

 

 

Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Dheisha refugee camp, west of Bethlehem. They patrolled the streets and raided and searched a number of houses. Israeli forces handed summonses to 4 Palestinian civilians to refer to the Israeli intelligence service in ‘Gosh Etzion’ settlement, south of the city:

1. Mahmoud Abdul Qader Zaghari (31);
2. Tareq Ibrahim al-Afandi (33);
3. Ahmed Tawfiq Tayeh (35); and
4.¬†Mofeed Ma’rouf al-Masri (18).

 
During Israeli forces’ withdrawal, a number of boys gathered and threw stones and empty bottles at Israeli soldiers, who fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters in response. As a result, a number of boys suffered tear gas inhalation.

 
At approximately 16:00, Israeli forces moved into Ethna village, west of Hebron.  They patrolled the streets and deployed in the streets. They also confiscated surveillance cameras fixed on stores gates. In the meantime, a number of boys gathered and threw stones and empty bottles at Israeli soldiers, who fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters in response. As a result, a number of civilians suffered tear gas inhalation.

 

 
Sunday, 27 April 2014

 

At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Nouba village, west of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Mohammed Hassan Dababsah (29) and arrested him. They then raided another house belonging to the family of Mohammed Sa’di Dababsah (19) and arrested him.

 
Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Dheisha refugee camp, west of Bethlehem. They patrolled the streets and raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Ibrahim Monir ‘Arafah. They arrested the aforementioned person and took him to an unknown destination.

 

 
At approximately 09:55, Israeli forces moved into Hares village, northwest of Salfit. They patrolled the streets and detained 2 civilians: Mohammed Mazen Sultan and Morad Sa’ed Sultan. They questioned them on the spot and released them later. Israeli forces withdrew later and neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 16:30,¬†Israeli forces moved into Mothallath al-Aqaba area, south of Doura southwest of Hebron. They patrolled the streets and stationed in al-Ra’ji woodland. They also deployed in agricultural lands between al-Tabaqa village and Oyoun Abu Saif area, where a number of youngsters gathered and threw stones and empty bottles at them. Israeli soldiers fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters in response, due to which a number of boys suffered tear gas inhalation. Israeli forces withdrew later and no arrests were reported.

 

 
At approximately 22:00, Israeli forces moved into Tulkarm. They patrolled the streets and stationed in the centre of the city. They stopped a number of civilians and questioned them on the spot. In the meanwhile, a number of youngsters threw stones at Israeli soldiers who fired live ammunition in the air and fired tear gas canisters and sound bombs at the stone throwers. Israeli forces withdrew later and no arrests were reported.

   
Monday, 28 April 2014

 

 
At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Nablus and Balatah refugee camp, southeast of the city. They patrolled the streets in a provocative manner and fired sound bombs heavily. Israeli forces withdrew later and no arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit ‘Awwa village, southwest of Doura, southwest of Hebron. They patrolled the streets and raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Ezzat Abdullah al-Shalash (20). They kept the family in a room and then arrested the aforementioned person. In the meantime, a number of soldiers raided a house belonging to the family of Sohaib MAhmoud al-Shalash (15). They arrested him as well and withdrew later.

Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Beit Ommar village, north of Hebron. They patrolled the streets and raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Ahmed Khader Abu Hashem. They kept the family outdoors and arrested Ahmed’s son Qassam (19). In the meantime, Israeli soldiers raided a house belonging to the family of Suleiman Ali Abu Ayyash, east of the village. They handed his son Omer (17) a summons to refer to the Israeli intelligence service in ‘Gosh Etzion’ settlement, south of Bethlehem. During Israeli forces’ withdrawal, a number of boys gathered and threw stones and empty bottles at Israeli soldiers, who fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters in response. As a result, a number of civilians suffered tear gas inhalation.¬†

 
 

 
Also around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Za’tara village, east of Bethlehem. They patrolled the streets and raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Mohammed Hassan al-Makhtoub (25). They arrested the aforementioned person and took him to an unknown destination.

 
 

 

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

 
At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit Ommar village, north of Hebron. They patrolled the streets and raided and searched a number of houses from which they arrested 4 civilians:

1. Nour Nawaf Sabarnah (19);
2. Yusef Mohammed Sabarnah (20);
3. Mohammed Ibrahim Sabarnah (20); and
4.¬†Amr Jamil al-‘Allami (20).

 
   

 
At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Ya’bad village, southwest of Jenin. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Yusef Samer al-Qalaq (19) and arrested him. They then raided another house belonging to the family of Mohammed Omer Abu Salah (19) and arrested him as well. Israeli forces raided a third house belonging to the family of Feras Abdul ‘Afou Abu Baker (19) and arrested him.

 
Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Kofur Qaddoum village, northeast of Qalqilia. They raided and searched a number of houses from which they arrested 5 civilians:

1. Mostafa Hassan Ishtaiwi (17);
2. Morad Mahmoud Ishtaiwi (41);
3. Ahmed Mofeed Ishtaiwi (26);
4.¬†We’am Samir Burhum (27); and
5.¬†Raslan Alaa’ Jom’a (25).

 
Israeli forces also handed Hareth Zasem Burhum (28) a summons to refer to the Israeli intelligence service.

 

 
At approximately 04:00, Israeli forces moved into Nour Shams refugee camp, east of Tulkarm. They patrolled the streets and raided a house belonging to the family of Fares Mahmoud Khalifa (27). They destroyed the front door and searched the house. Israeli forces arrested the aforementioned person and took him to an unknown destination. It should be noted that Khalifa is an ex-prisoner who was released 6 months ago after serving 7.5 years in Israeli jails. He is a member of the Palestinian Preventive Security Service in Tulkarm.

Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip:

Thursday, 24 April 2014

At approximately 05:00, Israeli gunboats stationed northwest off Beit Lahia shore, in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing a nautical miles off the shore. An Israeli gunboat surrounded a fishing boat boarded by Saddam Abdul Bari al-Sultan (21) and Mohammed Yassin Zayed (19), from al-Salateen neighbourhood in Beit Lahia. The 2 fishermen were arrested and taken to an unknown destination and the fishing boat was confiscated.

    

At approximately 07:00, Israeli forces moved about 200 meters into the east of al-Qararah village, east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip. They opened fire sporadically and levelled lands along the border fence heading southwards. They withdrew 4 hours later. Israeli forces moved for the second time into the east of al-Qararah village and levelled lands. They withdrew later and no casualties were reported.

Monday, 28 April 2014

At approximately 07:30, Israeli forces stationed at Beit Hanoun crossing, northwest of Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at a group of workers collecting stones, who were near the border fence in the destroyed industrial area. As a result, Bassam Abdul ‘Aziz Hamdan (31) sustained a bullet wound to the right leg and his brother Ghassan (18) sustained a bullet wound to the right leg. They were taken by a cart to the customs checkpoint of the Ministry of Interior in Gaza. They were then taken by an ambulance to Kamal Odwan Hospital in Beit Lahia. Doctors found out that they sustained fractures, so they underwent surgeries in the hospital.

Israeli settlement activities:

 
Israel has continued its settlement activities in the oPt, in a direct violation of international humanitarian law, and Israeli settlers have continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property.

 
Attacks carried out by Israeli forces

 
On 25 April 2014, Israeli forces backed by 2 military vehicles moved into al-Hamrah area, northeast of Yata, south of Hebron.  They stationed in the agricultural lands and deployed in the area.  They forced the farmers there to leave their lands under the pretext that the land is confiscated for establishing a new road for settlers in the east of Yata.  When the farmers insisted on staying in their land and refused leaving it, the Israeli soldiers detained Khalil Mohammed al-Hamamdah and Mohammed Ahmed Mesleh for a couple of hours and then released them.

 
On 28 April 2014, Israeli forces backed by 3 military vehicles and accompanied by a vehicle belonging to the construction and organization department in the Civil Administration moved into al-Mosafer area, east of Yata, south of Hebron.¬† They then stationed in Kherbet al-Fakhit area and deployed in the area.¬† The Organization and Construction officer took some photos of the school.¬† Israeli soldiers then headed to the agricultural lands in the vicinity of Kherbet al-Fakhit as they were donated by the residents to establish a natural reserve.¬† The Organization and Administration officer verbally ordered ‚ÄėAli ‚ÄėAwad Makhamrah to evacuate a tent he lives in with his family as well as a sheep barn under the pretext of unlicensed building.

 
On 29 April 2014, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles and heavy bulldozers moved into Kherbet al-Tawil, southeast of Nablus.  The bulldozers immediately destroyed al-Kherbah mosque and 3 houses without a prior warning although their residents received an injunction from the israeli supreme court 2 years ago stopping the demolition decision issued by the Inspection and Construction Department in the Israeli Civil Administration in 2008 until a final decision is issued by the aforementioned court. 

 
Attacks carried out by settlers

On 24 April 2014, Rasha Shahadah Salamah al-Makhamrah (7) from Kherbet Moghayer al-‚ÄėAbid (al-Mosafer area), east of Yata, south of Hebron, was injured in the forehead as a settler threw a stone at her while she was on her way back from school in al-Tawani village, which is about 6 kilometers away from her family house.¬†

Israeli attacks on non-violent demonstrations:

During the reporting period, Israeli soldiers used excessive force against peaceful demonstrations organised by Palestinian civilians, international and Israeli human rights defenders in protest at the construction of the annexation wall and settlement activities in the West Bank. As a result, Mo’az Ziad Hamed (29), a photojournalist, sustained 10 bullet wounds during al-Nabi Saleh protest, northwest of Ramallah, and a number of demonstrators suffered tear gas inhalation while others sustained bruises as they were beaten up by Israeli soldiers.

 
In the same context, a 19-year-old Palestinian civilian sustained a bullet wound to the left leg during Selwad protest, northeast of Ramallah, on Selwad ‚Äď Yabroud villages road, near bypass road (60). In addition, a 39-year-old civilian sustained a bullet wound to the right thigh during a protest near Ofer prison, southwest of the city.

 
 
(PCHR keeps the names of the wounded in fear of being arrested by the Israeli forces within its policy to oppress the peaceful protests and prevent Palestinian civilians from participating).

 

Demonstrations against the construction of the annexation wall and settlement activity

Following the Friday prayer, 25 April 2014, international and Israeli human rights defenders and Palestinian civilians from Bil’in village organised a peaceful demonstration in protest against the construction of the annexation wall and settlement activities. Demonstrators moved in the streets raising the Palestinian flag and they arrived at the area where the annexation wall is established. Since the morning, Israeli forces closed all the entrances of the village to prevent the Palestinian and international activists and journalists from joining the demonstration. Demonstrators marched adjacent to the cement wall and tried to cross the fence before Israeli forces that are stationed behind the wall, in the western area, and a large number of soldiers deployed along it, fired live bullets, tear gas canisters, rubber-coated steel bullets, sound bombs and skunk water at them and chased them into the olive fields. As a result, a number of demonstrators suffered tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises as they were beaten up by Israeli soldiers.

Also, following the Friday Prayer, dozens of Palestinian civilians and international and Israeli human rights defenders organised a peaceful demonstration in Ni’lin village, west of Ramallah, in protest at the construction of the annexation wall and settlement activities. The demonstrators made their way towards the annexation wall. Israeli forces closed the wall gate with barbwire and, when the demonstrators attempted to access the lands behind the barbwire, they were stopped by Israeli soldiers. The demonstrators threw stones at the Israeli soldiers who responded with live ammunition, rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs, tear gas canisters, and¬†skunk water at them¬†and chased them across olive fields as far as the outskirts of the village. As a result, dozens of demonstrators suffered tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises as they were beaten up by Israeli soldiers.

 
Around the same time on Friday, dozens of Palestinian civilians, Israeli and international human rights activists gathered at the Martyrs Square in al-Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah, to hold a weekly peaceful protest against the construction of the annexation wall and settlement activities.¬†Protesters made their way in the streets raising the Palestinian flags and chanting slogans against the occupation and in support of the inalienable rights and resistance against the Israeli occupation.The protesters walked towards Palestinian lands that Israeli settlers from the nearby ‘Halmish’ settlement are trying to seize.¬† Since the morning, Israeli forces had closed all entrances of the village to prevent Palestinians, international activists, and journalists from joining the demonstration.¬† Upon their arrival in the area, Israeli soldiers fired live ammunition, rubber-coated bullets, sound bombs, and tear gas canisters, chased the demonstrators into the village and sprayed them with waste water. As a result, Mo’az Ziad Hamed (29), a photojournalist at Anatolia News Agency, sustained 10 bullet wounds to the left thigh, a bullet wound to the right leg and a bullet wound to the left shoulder. The journalist was directly and deliberately targeted from a range of less than 10 meters. Moreover, many Palestinians suffered tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises as they were beaten up by Israeli soldiers.

      
Also following the Friday Prayer, at approximately 13:40, Palestinian civilians and international activists organised a peaceful demonstration in the centre of Kufor Qaddoum village, northeast of Qalqilia, and headed towards the eastern entrance of the village. They protested against the ongoing closure of the entrance with an iron gate, since the beginning of Al-Aqsa Intifada. There were no direct clashes between the demonstrators and Israeli forces, as the demonstrators left after a while. The demonstration finished and further incidents were reported.

Other Demonstrations

 
Following the Friday prayer, on 25 April 2014, dozens of Palestinian boys and civilians gathered at the western entrance of Selwad village, northeast of Ramallah, on the road between Selwad and Yabrod villages near Street 60. They threw stones at the aforementioned street. Israeli soldiers stationed in the area fired live ammunition, rubber-coated bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters, and chased the demonstrators into the village. As a result, a 19-year-old Palestinian civilian sustained a bullet wound to the left leg and many civilians suffered tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises as they were beaten up by the Israeli soldiers.

 
Also on the same day, Palestinian boys and civilians gathered near Ofer prison, southwest of Ramallah, to organize a demonstration. They headed towards the prison’s gate. Israeli forces closed the gate and started firing rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters. As a result, a 39-year-old Palestinian civilian sustained a bullet wound to the right thigh causing him severe wound to the penis. The wounded was taken to Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah. He underwent an operation on the same day and his health condition was moderate.

Recommendations to the International Community:

 
 
PCHR emphasizes the international community’s position that the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, are still under Israeli occupation, in spite of Israeli military redeployment outside the Gaza Strip in 2005. PCHR further confirms that Israeli forces  continued to impose collective punishment measures on the Gaza Strip, which have escalated since the 2006 Palestinian parliamentary elections, in which Hamas won the majority of seats of the Palestinian Legislative Council. PCHR stresses that there is international recognition of Israel’s obligation to respect international human rights instruments and the international humanitarian law, especially the Hague Regulations concerning the Laws and Customs of War on Land and the Geneva Conventions. Israel is bound to apply the international human rights law and the law of war sometime reciprocally and other times in parallel in a way that achieves the best protection for civilians and remedy for victims.

 
In light of continued arbitrary measures, land confiscation and settlement activities in the West Bank, and the continued aggression against civilians in the Gaza Strip, PCHR calls upon the international community, especially the United Nations, the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Convention and the European Union ‚Äď in the context of their natural obligation to respect and enforce the international law ‚Äď to cooperate and act according to the following recommendations:

 
1. PCHR calls upon the international community and the United Nations 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;

2. PCHR calls upon the United Nations to provide international protection to Palestinians in the oPt, and to ensure the non-recurrence of aggression against the oPt, especially the Gaza Strip;

3. PCHR calls upon the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions to compel Israel, as a High Contracting Party to the Conventions, to apply the Conventions in the oPt;

4. PCHR calls upon the Parties to international human rights instruments, especially the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, to pressurize Israel to comply with their provisions in the oPt, and to compel it to incorporate the human rights situation in the oPt in its reports submitted to the concerned committees;

5. PCHR calls upon the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions to fulfil their obligation to ensure the application of the Conventions, including extending the scope of their jurisdiction in order to prosecute suspected war criminals, regardless of the nationality of the perpetrator and the place of a crime, to pave the way for prosecuting suspected Israeli war criminals and end the longstanding impunity they have enjoyed;

6. PCHR calls on States that apply the principle of universal jurisdiction not to surrender to Israeli pressure to limit universal jurisdiction to perpetuate the impunity enjoyed by suspected Israeli war criminals;

7. PCHR calls upon the international community to act in order to stop all Israeli settlement expansion activities in the oPt through imposing sanctions on Israeli settlements and criminalizing trading with them;

8. PCHR calls upon the UN General Assembly to transfer the Goldstone Report to the UN Security Council in order to refer it to the International Criminal Court in accordance with Article 13(b) of the Rome Statute;

9. PCHR calls upon the United Nations to confirm that holding war criminals in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is a precondition to achieve stability and peace in the regions, and that peace cannot be built on the expense of human rights;

10. PCHR calls upon the UN General Assembly and Human Rights Council to explicitly declare that the Israeli closure policy in Gaza and the annexation wall in the West Bank are illegal, and accordingly refer the two issues to the UN Security Council to impose sanctions on Israel to compel it to remove them;

11. PCHR calls upon the international community, in light of its failure to the stop the aggression on the Palestinian people, to at least fulfil its obligation to reconstruct the Gaza Strip after the series of hostilities launched by Israel which directly targeted the civilian infrastructure;

12. PCHR calls upon the United Nations and the European Union to express a clear position towards the annexation wall following the international recognition of the State of Palestine on the 1967 borders, as the annexation wall seizes large parts of the State of Palestine;

13. PCHR calls upon the European Union to activate Article 2 of the EU-Israel Association Agreement, which provides that both sides must respect human rights as a precondition for economic cooperation between the EU states and Israel, and the EU must not ignore Israeli violations and crimes against Palestinian civilians;

14. PCHR calls upon the Palestinian leadership to sign and accede to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and the Geneva Conventions, and calls upon the international community, especially the United Nations, to encourage the State of Palestine to accede to international human rights law and humanitarian law instruments.

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