Israeli forces continue systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) for the week of 04 â 10 May 2017.
Israeli forces executed a Palestinian girl in occupied Jerusalem, while 24 Palestinian civilians were wounded during peaceful protests in the occupied West Bank. Among the wounded were 2 children and 5 photojournalists. Israeli forces also continued to target the Gaza Strip border areas, but no casualties were reported. However, an Israeli agricultural aircraft reportedly sprayed fertilizers over agricultural lands along the border fence, to the south of the Gaza Strip.
During the reporting period, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian girl in occupied Jerusalem and wounded 24 others, including 2 children and 5 photojournalists, in the West Bank. In the Gaza Strip, Israeli forces continued to pursuit the Palestinian fishermen in the sea and open fire at Palestinian farmers at the border areas.
In the West Bank, as part of the Israeli policy to use excessive and lethal force against Palestinian civilians, who are suspected by Israeli soldiers of intending to carry out stab attacks against the soldiers, on 07 May 2017, Israeli forces killed Fatima Hjeiji (16), from Qarawet Bani Zaid village, northwest of Ramallah, at the southern entrance to the Damascus Gate âal-âAmoudâ in occupied East Jerusalemâs Old City. Luba al-Samri, the Israeli police spokesperson, published a statement claiming that âAccording to the preliminary information available, it was an attempt to a stab attack carried out by a girl that was neutralized without injuries among the police officers.â
In the same context, the majority of the West Bank cities witnessed protests in solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in the Israeli jails. Israeli forces used force against these protests in addition to weekly protests against the annexation wall and settlement activities. The Israeli attacks resulted in the injury of 24 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children and 5 photojournalists. Six of them sustained live bullet wounds, 11 sustained rubber-coated metal bullet wounds and 6 were hit by sound bombs. The cases of injury were as follows:
In the Gaza Strip, concerning Israeli attacks on fishermen in the Gaza Strip sea, on 04 May 2017, Israeli gunboats stationed in the sea opened fire at the Palestinian fishing boats sailing within the allowed area, west of al-Sudaniya shore, west of Jabalia, north of the Gaza Strip. Other attacks recurred in the same area on 05 and 06 May 2017. However, neither casualties nor material damage were reported.
On 06 May 2017, Israeli gunboats opened fire at fishing boats sailing within the allowed area off Khan Yunis shore, south of the Gaza Strip. Neither casualties nor material damage were reported.
On 07 May 2017, Israeli gunboats opened fire at fishing boats sailing within the allowed area off Beit Lahia shore, north of the Gaza Strip. Similar attacks were carried out on 08, 09 and 10 May 2017. Neither casualties nor material damage were reported.
In the context of targeting the border areas, on 09 May 2017, an Israeli aircraft sprayed pesticides over agricultural lands 400 meters to the west of the border fence, north of al-Qarara village, east of Khan Yunis, south of the Gaza Strip. It should be noted since the beginning of 2017, Israeli aircrafts spray pesticides over that area under the pretext of burning the bushes for security reasons. However, the pesticides cause damage to the farmersâ crops.
During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 64 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank. During these incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 58 Palestinian civilians, including 12 children. Nine of them, including 4 children, were arrested in occupied Jerusalem, while 4 others, including a child, were arrested while participating in a protest supporting the Palestinian prisoners.
In violation of the international humanitarian law, Israeli forces stormed on 04 May 2017, Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah. They opened fire randomly, due to which a number of patients, including children, suffered tear gas inhalation.
In the Gaza Strip, on 07 May 2017, Israeli forces conducted an incursion into the east of al-Qarara village, northeast of Khan Yunis, south of the Gaza Strip. They levelled lands along the border fence for few hours and withdrew later. On the same day, Israeli forces moved into the east of al-Salqa valley, east of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip. They levelled lands as well and then withdrew.
Restrictions on movement:
Israel continued to impose a tight closure of the oPt, imposing severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.
The illegal closure of the Gaza Strip, which has been steadily tightened since June 2007 has had a disastrous impact on the humanitarian and economic situation in the Gaza Strip.Â The Israeli authorities impose measures to undermine the freedom of trade, including the basic needs for the Gaza Strip population and the agricultural and industrial products to be exported. For 9 consecutive years, Israel has tightened the land and naval closure to isolate the Gaza Strip from the West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem, and other countries around the world. This resulted in grave violations of the economic, social and cultural rights and a deterioration of living conditions for 2 million people.Â The Israeli authorities have established Karm Abu Salem (Kerem Shaloum) as the sole crossing for imports and exports in order to exercise its control over the Gaza Stripâs economy.Â They also aim at imposing a complete ban on the Gaza Stripâs exports. The Israeli closure raised the rate of poverty to 65%. Moreover, the rate of unemployment increased up to 47% and youth constitutes 65% of the unemployed persons.Â Moreover, 80% of the Gaza Strip population depends on international aid to secure their minimum daily needs. These rates indicate the unprecedented economic deterioration in the Gaza Strip.
In the West Bank, Israeli forces continued to suffocate the Palestinian cities and village by imposing military checkpoints around and/or between them. This created âcantonsâ isolated from each other that hinders the movement of civilians. Moreover, the Palestinian civilians suffering aggravated because of the annexation wall and checkpoints erected on daily basis to catch Palestinians.
Concerning demolitions, on 04 May 2017, Israeli forces demolished 3 houses in al-Walaj village, west of Bethlehem, under the pretext of âbuilding without license within the Israeli municipality boundaries.â
On the same day, the Israeli municipality demolished an under-construction building in al-Tour village, east of occupied Jerusalemâs Old City.
On the same day as well, the Israeli municipality demolished a house belonging to Ashraf Fawaqa in Sour Baher village, south of the city.
On the same day, the Israeli municipality demolished 2 commercial facilities in al-Eisawiya village, northeast of occupied Jerusalem.
In the context of Israeli settler attacks against the Palestinian civilians and their property, on 09 May 2017, settlers wrote curses against prophet Mohammed (pbuh) and racist slogans. They punctured also the tires of 17 cars in Shuâfat neighbourhood, north of occupied Jerusalem. The neighbourhood residents said the slogans were signed by the Israeli âPrice Tagâ organization.
On 09 May 2017, Israeli forces demolished a house and a livestock barrack in al-Jiftlek village, north of Jericho. It should be noted the livestock barrack belongs to Najeh Kaâabna (48) while the house belongs to his son Ouda (20).
Continued closure of the oPt
Israel continued to impose a tight closure on the oPt, imposing severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.
Israeli forces continuously tighten the closure of the Gaza Strip and close all commercial crossings, making the Karm Abu Salem crossing the sole commercial crossing of the Gaza Strip, although it is not suitable for commercial purposes in terms of its operational capacity and distance from markets.
Israeli forces have continued to apply the policy, which is aimed to tighten the closure on all commercial crossings, by imposing total control over the flow of imports and exports.
Israeli forces have continued to impose a total ban on the delivery of raw materials to the Gaza Strip, except for very limited items and quantities. The limited quantities of raw materials allowed into Gaza do not meet the minimal needs of the civilian population of the Gaza Strip.
Israeli forces also continued to impose an almost total ban on the Gaza Strip exports, including agricultural and industrial products, except for light-weighted products such as flowers, strawberries, and spices. However, they lately allowed the exportation of some vegetables such as cucumber and tomatoes, furniture and fish.
Israel has continued to close the Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing for the majority of Palestinian citizens from the Gaza Strip. Israel only allows the movement of a limited number of groups, with many hours of waiting in the majority of cases. Israel has continued to adopt a policy aimed at reducing the number of Palestinian patients allowed to move via the Beit Hanoun crossing to receive medical treatment in hospitals in Israel or in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Israel also continued applying the policy of making certain civilian traveling via the crossing interviewed by the Israeli intelligence service to be questioned, blackmailed or arrested.
Israel has imposed a tightened closure on the West Bank. During the reporting period, Israeli forces imposed additional restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians:
On Thursday 04 May 2017, Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to Saâir and Beit âAwaa villages and at the northern entrance to Hebron.
On Friday, 05 May 2017, Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints at the northern entrance to Halhoul village and the entrances to al-âAroub refugee camp and Ethna village.
On Saturday, 06 ay 2017, 3 similar checkpoints were established at the northern entrance to Yatta village and at the entrances to Beit âAwaa and Karmah villages.
On Sunday, 07 May 2017, Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to al-Fawar refugee camp, Samouâa village and Beit Ummer village.
On Tuesday, 09 May 2017, Israeli forces established 4 checkpoints at the entrances to Beit âAwaa and Ethna villages; at the entrance to âAin al-Maiyah road, east of Yatta; and at the northern entrance to Hebron.
On Thursday, 04 May 2017, Israeli forces established 3checkpoints at the entrance to Ras Karkar village, west of Ramallah; at the entrances to al-Nabi Saleh and Um Safa villages, northwest of the city.
At approximately 15:30 on Friday, 05 May 2017, Israeli forces established a checkpoint in âAtara villageâs bridge, north of Ramallah.
On Saturday, 06 May 2017, Israeli forces established 4 checkpoints at the entrance to Biteen village, northeast of Ramallah; at the intersection of âAin Sinah village; in âAtara villageâs bridge, north of Ramallah; and on al-Moâarajat road between Jericho and Ramallah.
On Sunday, 07 May 2017, Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints at the entrances to âAin Yabroud and al-Nabi Saleh villages and at the intersection of Shaqbah village, northwest of the city.
At approximately 18:30 on Tuesday, 09 May 2017, a similar checkpoint was established in âAin Yabroud villageâs bridge, northeast of the city.
On Saturday, 06 May 2017, Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints at the northern entrance to Jericho (was established twice); and at the intersection of al-Jeftilik village, north of the city.
On Sunday, 07 May 2017, Israeli forces established 2 checkpoints at the southern entrance to Jericho and at the northern entrance to the city.
On Saturday, 06 May 2017, Israeli forces established 2 checkpoints at the entrance to âAzoun village and at the northern entrance to Kafur Thulth village, east of Qalqilyia.
At approximately 18:50 on Saturday, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the western entrance to Kaful Hares village, north of Salfit.
At approximately 18:00 on Saturday, 06 May 2017, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the entrance to âAsirah village, north of Nablus. They stopped Palestinian vehicles and checked their IDs, but no arrests were reported.
Arrests at military checkpoints:
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:
According to PCHRâs investigations and testimonies by eyewitnesses to PCHRâs fieldworker in occupied Jerusalem, at approximately 19:00 on the abovementioned day, Fatmah âAfif âAbdel Rahman Hjeiji (16), from Qarawet Bani Zaid village, northwest of Ramallah, was walking 10 meters away from a police checkpoint, which is permanently established at the southern entrance to the Damascus Gate.Â One of the soldiers suddenly screamed out, âknifeâ.Â Immediately, the Israeli soldiers stationed there opened fire at the girl.Â As a result, 30 live bullets hit her body; some of them penetrated her chest and waist from the right side.Â Therefore, Fatmah was killed on the spot. Eyewitnesses emphasized that after the girl fell on the ground, the Israeli soldiers continued shooting at her and not only attempting to wound or arrest her.
Following this, the Israeli police deployed in the area closed the scene and prevented anyone from approaching the girl, whose body had been on the ground for an hour.Â The police officers attacked and pushed dozens of civilians away.Â They chased Mahmoud Abu Sbeih (9) until he fell from height in the Damascus Gate area and was then taken to the hospital to receive medical treatment.
Luba al-Samri, the Israeli police spokesperson, published a statement claiming that âAccording to the preliminary information available, it was an attempt to a stab attack carried out by a girl that was neutralized without injuries among the police officers.â
Arrests and Incursions:
Hamed Abu Sninah said to PCHRâs fieldworker that
âIsraeli forces surrounded my house without any prior warning and ordered me to leave the house with my wife and 5 children in no time. After that, the Israeli bulldozers demolished my house under the pretext of applying the courtâs decision. Six months ago, the Israeli authorities handed us a demolition notice under the pretext of non- licensing. Thus, we challenged the decision before the Israeli court many times, but the court refused to challenge or even to discuss the demolition notice. On the contrary, the Israeli Supreme Court upheld the demolition decision and justified it under the pretext of building on lands belonging to the Israeli municipality in Jerusalem, not obtaining the necessary permits, and building on a green area.â
Settlement activities and attacks by settlers against Palestinian civilians and property
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 10 years. PCHR welcomes the UN Security Councilâs 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.Â 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 Israelâs unilateral disengagement plan of 2005.Â PCHR emphasizes that there is international recognition of Israelâs obligation to respect international human rights instruments and international humanitarian law.Â 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.
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