Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR): Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

    Summary for November 11 – 17, 2021

Israeli forces continued to commit crimes and multi-layered violations against Palestinian civilians and their properties, including raids into Palestinian cities that are characterized with excessive use of force, assault, abuse, and attacks on civilians, turning the West Bank into isolated blocks of land. Israeli settlers continued their attacks, including shooting and wounding Palestinian civilians; meanwhile, the occupation authorities continue razing and demolishing Palestinian-owned properties, mainly in Hebron and Jerusalem.

The Israeli settlement expansion works continued on Palestinian lands and properties. Meanwhile, the Gaza Strip enters its 15th year under closure, exacerbating the humanitarian hardships across the territory.

Army shooting and violation of right to bodily integrity:

The Israeli army killed two Palestinian civilians, including a child, and wounded 3 others, including a child, in excessive use of force in the West Bank: on 16 November 2021, the army killed Saddam Hussein A. Bani Ouda (26) during a raid into Tubas.

On 17 November 2021, Omar I. Abu-Asab (16) from al-‘Isawiya was killed by army gun fire allegedly for carrying out a stab attack that wounded two members of the Israeli border guards near al-Aqsa Mosque.

A child was wounded during clashes in Jerusalem, and 2 others during an army incursion into Nablus.

In the Gaza Strip, PCHR documented 1 Navy shooting at fishing boats in the Gaza Sea, and two other shooting incidents on agricultural lands in eastern Gaza, by the army.

Army incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians:

Israeli forces carried out 107 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids of civilian houses and shootings, enticing fear among civilians, and attacking many of them. During this week’s incursions, 56 Palestinians were arrested, including a child and 2 women.

In the Gaza Strip, soldiers arrested 1 Palestinian attempting to cross the border area in northern Gaza.

Demolitions:

PCHR documented 9 incidents:

    Occupied East Jerusalem: 2 Palestinians forced to demolish their homes in Sur Baher and Ras al-Amoud; 4 commercial facilities demolished in al-Ram; 2 houses dismantled; 5 sheep barns (barracks) near al-Za’im.

    Hebron: tin-plate taken from a barracks in Wad al-Mughair (valley); 5 dunums of land razed in Beit Ummar; a barracks dismantled and a ground floor of a house demolished in Yatta. A barracks and 4 greenhouses demolished as well as a sheep barn in Tarqumiyah.

Settler-attacks:

    Occupied Jerusalem: Palestinians assaulted on Jaffa street, and another shot and wounded with live bullets in Ras al-Amoud.

    Hebron: one Palestinian wounded in settlers’ attack on farmers.

Israeli closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:

The Israeli occupation authorities continued its collective punishment measures against the Gaza Strip as the 15-year Israeli closure imposed on the territory deepened the population’s humanitarian and living crises, as unemployment has skyrocketed at 45%, i.e. 217,000 able workers are unemployed, 63% of whom are youth.

More than half of the Gaza Strip population suffer in poverty, as the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics data shows that 53% of the Gaza Strip population is poor; meanwhile, more than 62.2% is classified as food insecure, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Additionally, occupation authorities continued to divide the West Bank into separate cantons with key roads blocked by the Israeli occupation since the 2000 Second Intifada -still closed to this date- and with temporary and permanent checkpoints, where civilian movement is restricted, and they are subject to arrest, especially at al-Karama border crossing, alongside the Palestinian-Jordanian border.

Shooting and other Violations of the Right to Life and Bodily Integrity

  • At approximately 09:00 on Thursday, 11 November 2021, a group of students gathered near Abu al-Rish military checkpoint, which is established in Hebron’s southern area. The students threw stones at the checkpoint while Israeli forces chased them towards schools area and indiscriminately fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, many students suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot by the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) staff.
  • At approximately 14:00, a group of Palestinians gathered at the southern entrance to Halhul city, where the army established a military watchtower. The Palestinians threw stones at the military watchtower. Afterwards, Israeli military backups arrived and Israeli soldiers deployed and fired sound bombs and teargas canisters at stone-throwers. As a result, many of them suffocated due to teargas inhalation. Also, soldiers chased the stone-throwers towards Halhul city and at the northern entrance to Hebron. During which, Mousa Ghanem al-Se’dah (24) was arrested and taken to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 15:00, a group of Palestinians gathered at the northern entrance to al-Bireh city and threw stones at soldiers stationed at al-Mahkama military checkpoint, which is established near “Beit El “settlement, north of the city. A number of soldiers got out of the checkpoint and fired teargas canisters, sound bombs and rubber-coated steel bullets at the protestors. Afterwards, violent clashes erupted in the area. As a result, dozens of protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation. Moreover, Israeli forces chased the protestors, during which, Ahmed al-Terawi (18) and Mohammed Kamel Hasanin (19), from Jalazone refugee camp in northern Ramallah, were arrested.
  • On Friday, 12 November 2021, the army moved into Biddu village in occupied East Jerusalem, where clashes erupted between soldiers and Palestinian young men who threw stones at the soldiers. The army responded by firing rubber-coated steel bullets and teargas canisters. As a result, Dawoud Fahmi Badwan (14) was shot with a rubber-coated steel bullet in the upper part of his body and taken to a hospital in Ramallah, where it was noted that he was suffering from internal bleeding in his lung.
  • At approximately 18:00 on Sunday, 14 November 2021, the army moved into Beit Iksa village, northwest of occupied East Jerusalem. Israeli forces fired sound bombs and teargas canisters at Palestinians and their houses. Afterwards, clashes erupted in the area, but no casualties were reported. Also, soldiers closed the sole military checkpoint established at the village’s entrance and prevented citizens from entering or exiting the village.
  • At approximately 16:20 on Monday, 15 November 2021, an Israeli undercover unit “Mista’arvim” sneaked into ‘Asirah Street, north of Nablus, via Volkswagen Microbus, stationed near al-Shakhshir Supermarket and surrounded a residential building. Few minutes later, several military vehicles moved into Nablus and backed up the unit. Before their withdrawal, they arrested ‘Abed al-Hakeem Ma’moun Shaheen (27) under the pretext of being wanted by the army. During the army incursion into Nablus, a group of Palestinians gathered and threw stones and empty bottles at military vehicles that surrounded the residential building. Afterwards, Israeli forces fired live and rubber-coated steel bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at the Palestinians. As a result, a 20-year-old male was shot with a live bullet in his right foot and a 20-year-old male was shot with a live bullet in his right hand. Both of them were taken to a hospital for treatment. Moreover, many Palestinians suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot.
  • At approximately 21:15, Israeli forces stationed along the Gaza’s border fence with Israel, north of the agriculture school in Beit Hanoun, north of the Gaza Strip, opened sporadic fire at border areas and fired flare bombs in the sky. No casualties or material damage were reported.
  • On Tuesday dawn, 16 November 2021, in new crime of excessive use of force, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian during their incursion into Tubas village in the West Bank. PCHR’s investigations confirm that there was no imminent danger or threat to soldiers’ lives at the time the man was targeted. This crime again proves the army’s unjustifiable lenient shooting standards in complete disregard for Palestinian civilians’ lives. According to PCHR’s investigations, at approximately 05:00 on Tuesday, 16 November 2021, the army moved into Tubas. Some soldiers stationed near the al-Quds Open University at the entrance to the city while others moved into the city to carry out incursions.
    • Meanwhile, a number of Palestinians gathered at the southern entrance to Tubas, near Tubas Filling Station, and threw stones at military vehicles stationed near the university. Israeli forces immediately fired live and rubber-coated steel bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at the protestors. As a result, Sadam Hussain ‘Abed al-Wali Bani ‘Odah (26), from Tammun nearby village, was shot with a live bullet that penetrated his heart and settled in the lungs. Bani ‘Odah was taken via civilian car to Tubas Turkish Hospital, where it was turned out that he is in critical condition. Doctors tried to save his life, but in vain. According to PCHR’s investigations, Bani ‘Odah was wounded while he was 30 meters away from the Israeli soldiers, who were exposed to limited stone-throwing at that time; therefore, there was no imminent danger or threat to the lives of soldiers justifying firing live bullets at Bani ‘Odah along with other protestors.

      An eyewitness said to PCHR’s fieldworker that:

      “at approximately 05:52, while I was near Tubas Filling Station on the main Street, where a group of Palestinians were throwing stones at Israeli soldiers stationed in front of al-Quds Open University, a car arrived from the southern side of Tubas coming from Tammun village. After that, four citizens stepped out of the car. I knew one of them; he was Saddam Bani ‘Odah. I noticed that Saddam was throwing stones along with other protestors at the army stationed in front of the university. Suddenly, Sadam fell next to me on his back. I carried him along with a group of protestors and put him in a taxi that was parked in the area. The taxi took him to Tubas Turkish Hospital. Later, I went to the hospital, where doctors declared his death succumbing to his wounds he sustained after being shot with a live bullet that settled in his lung. It should be noted that there was no imminent danger to soldiers’ lives as protestors only threw stones from a distance of 10 meters at them, whereas Israeli soldier responded with live bullets and teargas canisters.”

      During the incursion, Israeli forces moved about 400 meters to the southern entrance to the city, where clashes and stone-throwing occurred. They raided and searched houses, from which they arrested Hamza Omar Nimer Daraghmah (28) and Aysar ‘Izat Musalamani (28). In the morning, an exchange of fire took place with gunmen, but no casualties were reported.

  • At approximately 08:20, Israeli forces stationed along the Gaza’s border fence with Israel, east of al-Maghazi refugee camp, opened fire at agricultural lands along the border fence, but no casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 05:30 on Wednesday, 17 November 2021, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Waha Shore, northwest of Beit Lahia, and off al-Sudaniyia Shore, west of Jabalia, north of the Gaza Strip, chased Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 2-5 nautical miles and opened heavy fire near them. Israeli naval forces also pumped water at the fishing boats and fired shells around them until 08:45, stirring fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 17:00, IOF killed a Palestinian child under the pretext of carrying out a stabbing attack, which resulted in the wounding of two Israeli border guard officers on al-Wad Street, one of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City main streets, that leads to al-Aqsa mosque. Israeli police announced in a statement that an 16-year-old child arrived at occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City and stabbed with a knife two Israeli border guard officers. The police added that: “In response, Israeli soldiers opened fire at him and neutralized him. Later, he was pronounced dead “. It turns out later that the victim is Omar Ibrahim Abu ‘Asab (16), from al-‘Isawiya village.
    • IOF published footage documenting the incident. The footage showed a young boy points a knife at two border guard officers while they were walking on a street in occupied East Jerusalem and tries to stab one of them in the upper back. After that, a fight erupted between the two officers and boy, during which, a person in civilian clothes opened fire at the boy from his pistol from one-meter distance, so he fell on the ground. Afterwards, soldiers gathered in the area.”

      PCHR continues to investigate the incident and its circumstances and points out that the footage indicates that the officers could have neutralized/controlled the boy without killing him, and the person who opened fire is likely one of the settlers in the area.[1]

      In its aftermath, soldiers shut off Bab al-Amoud and Bab al-Sahira (Herod’s Gate) and banned movement in and out of Jerusalem’s Old City. The army also closed Qalandiya checkpoint and cleared the area surrounding Bab al-Asbat.

    Incursions and arrests

      Thursday, 11 November 2021:
  • At approximately 00:30, the army stationed at a temporary military checkpoint established at the eastern entrance of Qalqilya, arrested Mo’een Mohammed al-Dalou (27), from the city, while passing through the checkpoint.
  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces arrested Yasine Kayed Sabbah (23) and Khaled Mustafa Sabbah (23), after raiding and searching their houses in Urif village, southeast of Nablus.
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces arrested (3) civilians, including a woman, after raiding and searching their houses in al-Dheisha refugee camp, southeast of Bethlehem. The arrestees are: Areen Yousef al-Maghrebi, Basel Ayed Mezher and Nour al-Hasanat.
  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces arrested Khalil Samir Zeidan (24), after raiding and searching his house in Tell village, southeast of Nablus.
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces arrested Yousef Ayed al-Faqih (36), after raiding and searching his house in Dura, southwest of Hebron governorate.
  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces arrested Ibrahim Ali al-Haj (34), after raiding and searching his house in Halhul, north of Hebron governorate.
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces arrested Abdul Fattah Mahmoud Abu Jheisha (40), after raiding and searching his house in Idhna, west of Hebron.
  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces arrested ‘Ahed Mohammed Abu Fara (40) and Abdul Rahman Hamed Hmeidat (34), after raiding and searching their houses in Surif, west of Hebron.
  • At approximately 16:00, Israeli forces stationed at the border fence in northern Beit Lahia, north of the Gaza Strip, arrested Ahmed Jaber Mesmih (18), from the city. Later, the Israeli government declared a Palestinian citizen sneaked via the border fence.
  • Israeli forces carried out (8) incursions in Fawwar refugee camp and Bayt Kahil in Hebron; Beitunia, Atara, Kafr Malik, al-Mazra’a al-Gharbiya and al-Nabi Saleh villages in Ramallah; and Ein al-Sultan refugee camp in Jericho. No arrests were reported.
    1. Friday, 12 November 2021:
  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces reinforced with several military vehicles moved into al-Tuwani village, east of Yatta, south of Hebron governorate. They raided and searched Mohammed Fadel Rab’ai’s house, but no arrests were reported.
  • Israeli forces carried out (6) incursions in Halhul, Hebron and Sa’ir in Hebron; Far’un, Tulkarem and al-Shuweika villages in Tulkarem governorate. No arrests were reported.
    1. Saturday, 13 November 2021:
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF arrested (4) civilians after riding and searching several neighborhoods in Hebron. The arrestees are: Issam ‘Ahed al-Natshah (24), Ameer Mohammed Abu Zeina (22), Younis Issam Abu Irmilah (23), and Mohammed Hamed al-Qawasmah (24).
  • Israeli forces carried out (2) incursions in Beit Ummar and Idhna villages in Hebron. No arrests were reported.
    1. Sunday, 14 November 2021:
  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces arrested Ibrahim Hani Souman (30), after raiding and searching his house in Bethlehem.
  • Around the same time, Israeli forces arrested Tamer Naser Awwad (28), after raiding and searching his house in Beit Sahour, east of Bethlehe.
  • At approximately 04:20, Israeli forces arrested Ahmed Mohammed Hazeen (21), after raiding and searching his house in Qalandiya refugee camp, northwest of Jerusalem governorate.
  • At approximately 10:00, Israeli forces stationed at the gate of Salem Military Court, west of Jenin, arrested Mathna Khaled Kmeil (22), from Qabatiya, southeast of Jenin, while present inside the court to attend the court session of his relative, Ahmed Kmeil.
  • At approximately 20:00, Israeli forces arrested (2) civilians after stopping them in Hebron’s Old City, claiming that they did not obey the Israeli soldiers’ orders. Israeli forces took them to a police center in “Kiryat Arba’” settlement. The arrestees are: Yazan Hamed al-Rajabi (18) and Tamer Helmi al-Fakhouri (19).
  • In evening hours, Israeli forces stormed and searched the house of the Aqsa Mosque’s guard, Ahmed Abu Alia, in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. Abu Alia stated that as soon as he went back home after finishing his work at the Aqsa Mosque, the Israeli Intelligence Services along with the Israeli police stormed and searched his house for an hour. He added that they did not find anything, so they handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services in al-Kishle investigation center on Monday.
  • Israeli forces carried out (10) incursions in Qabatiya, Zababdeh, Arraba, al-Jalamah, Arana, Beit Qad, Misilyah, Anzah, Sanur and Faqqu’a. No arrests were reported.
    1. Monday, 15 November 2021:
  • At approximately 01:20, Israeli forces arrested (4) civilians, including (3) siblings and a child, after raiding and searching their houses in al-‘Isawiya in the occupied East Jerusalem. The arrestees are: Qais, Mousa and Marwan Haitham Mustafa (20), (24), and (28); and Omar Mohammed Shweiky (17).
  • At approximately 04:00, soldiers arrested Ahmed Sami Tawafshah (21), along with his brother, Mohammed (20), after raiding and searching their houses in Sanjal, northeast of Ramallah.
  • At approximately 04:15, IOF arrested Ahmed Osama Ladadwah (21) and Abdul Mo’ti Mazen Ladadwah (20), after raiding and searching their houses in al-Mazra’a al-Gharbiya village, north of Ramallah.
  • Soldiers carried out (6) incursions in al-Bireh, Birzeit, Beit Liqya, and Kharbatha al-Misbah in Ramallah governorate; Hableh, Azzun, east of Qalqilya. No arrests were reported.
    1. Tuesday, 16 November 2021:
  • At approximately 03:30, soldiers arrested (3) civilians after raiding and searching their houses in Ya’bad village, southwest of Jenin governorate. The arrestees are Khaled Arafat Amro (22), Mujahed Izz al-Dein ‘Amarnah (23), and Abdullah Mohammed Hirzallah (25).
  • At approximately 03:00, soldiers arrested (4) civilians after raiding and searching their houses in Bayt Dajan village, northeast of Nablus governorate. The arrestees are: Majdi Hussein ‘Amer (45), Emad Suliman Imawi (43), Farhan Naseem Isma’el (36), and Hmeid Abdul Raheem Hanayshah (37).
  • At approximately 04:05, soldiers arrested Ameer Issam Sharqawi (22), after raiding and searching his house in al-Zababdeh village, southeast of Jenin governorate.
  • At approximately 17:00, soldiers ambushed and arrested (3) civilians, after stopping their vehicles on the entrance of Beita village, southeast of Nablus. The arrestees are: Mohammed Mesh’al al-Nino (28), from Nablus, Mohammed Ghassan Abu Haweila (25), and Fawzi Faisal Abu al-Leil(22), from Balata refugee camp, east of the city. No arrests were reported.
    1. Wednesday, 17 November 2021:
  • At approximately 02:30, soldiers arrested Izz al-Dein Jaber Owda (27), after raiding and searching his house in Dayr Samet village, southwest of Dura, southwest of Hebron governorate.
  • At approximately 03:30, soldiers arrested Mahmo9ud Mousa Abu Turk (24), after raiding and searching his house in the southern area of Hebron.
  • At approximately 03:00, soldiers arrested Anas Sameer al-Ostah (35), Chairman of the Board of Directors of the “Qamat Foundation” for Documenting the Palestinian Struggle, after raiding and searching his house in al-Masaken al-Sha’biya neighborhood, northeast of Nablus.
  • At approximately 03:05, soldiers arrested Yousef Taher Fashafishah (21) and Rabeh Khaled Fashafishah (22), after raiding and searching their houses in Jaba’ village, south of Jenin governorate.
  • At approximately 17:50, soldiers arrested Mohammed Sarhan, while present in Bab Huta, one of the Aqsa Mosque’s gates, and took him to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 19:00, soldiers moved into al-‘Isawiya village, in the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Ibrahem Abu ‘Asab’s house, the father of Omar Ibrahim Abu ‘Asab (16), who was killed after conducting a stab attack against Israeli border guards in the main road leading to the Aqsa Mosque in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. Before the withdrawal, soldiers arrested Omar’s father, mother and his brother, Husain (18).
    • Meanwhile, violent clashes occurred between Palestinians and IOF who fired teargas canisters and sound bombs at them. As a result, dozens of citizens suffocated due to teargas inhalation.

    Settlement Expansion and settler violence in the West Bank

    a. Land razing, Demolitions, and Notices

  • At approximately 09:30 on Thursday, 11 November 2021, soldiers backed by military vehicles and accompanied by an Israeli Civil Administration vehicle and a truck mounted crane moved into Wad al-Moghayer area in southern Hebron.
  • Soldiers deployed in the area while the civil administration officers dismantled tin plates of a 500-sqm barrack under the pretext of unlicensed construction in Area C. the barrack belonged to ‘Ezz al-Deen Mohammed Salhab (30).
  • Salhab said to PCHR’s fieldworker that:

    “Soldiers, Border Police, and Civil Administration vehicles moved into the area surrounding our houses. Soldiers deployed in the vicinity and the Civil Administration officers dismantled the barrack, which I established for auto repair, without any demolition decision. After finishing dismantling the tin plates, the officer told me to dismantle the rest steel tubes so that he would not issue a notice to demolish them.”

  • At approximately 09:00 on Friday, 12 November 2021, the Israeli authorities levelled a 5-dunum land planted with almond trees and annexed years ago within the security fence of “Karmei Tzur” settlement, which was established on lands confiscated from southern Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron. The land belongs to the heirs of ‘Ali Sa’id Sabarnah, noting that the family always coordinates with the Israeli Civil Administration to access their land via special permits to work and plough it.
  • At approximately 15:00 on Saturday 13 November 2021, soldiers forced Mohammed Khaled Rabay’ah to self-demolish his house in Wadi al-Hummus area in Sur Baher village in occupied East Jerusalem after he was previously notified under the pretext of unlicensed construction.
  • At approximately 09:00 on Monday, 15 November 2021, soldiers backed by military vehicles and 2 civil administration vehicles as well as a truck mounted crane moved into Irfa’iyah area in eastern Yatta, south of Hebron. Soldiers deployed between the houses, and the Israeli authorities dismantled a tinplate barrack of 75 sqms belonging to Hamoudah Sabri al-‘Amour and confiscated it, under the pretext of unlicensed construction.
  • At approximately 10:00, IOF backed by military vehicles and accompanied with an Israeli Civil Administration vehicle and an excavator moved into Bayrouq area in eastern Yatta, south of Hebron. IOF deployed in the area and the excavator started demolishing a 225-sqm concrete slab as Mohammed Kamel al-‘Adrah was supposed to build a house to live in it with his family of 8, including 6 children. The Israeli authorities issued against Military Order (1797) on 07 November 2021, giving him 96 hours to appeal the decision.
  • At approximately 00:15 on Tuesday, 16 November 2021, soldiers accompanied with 3 excavators and a bulldozer moved into al-Ram village, north of occupied Jerusalem. The bulldozers immediately demolished 4 commercial facilities in the vicinity of “Abu al-Shaheed” intersection. The demolished facilities were as follows: “al-Rehab” Supermarket, which is a 300-sqm barrack belonging to Aminah Hasan ‘Ali Hamdan, “Jaber” Shops for Vegetables and Fruits, which is a 200-sqm barrack, belonging to Isma’il Jaber; “al-Bashir” Gas Station; and a land used as a park for written off cars near the supermarket as well as confiscating used cars.
  • At approximately 09:00, soldiers backed by military vehicles and accompanied with an Israeli Civil Administration vehicle, bulldozer and an excavator moved into Jamrourah area, west of Tarqoumiya village, northwest of Hebron. Soldiers deployed in the area while the Israeli Civil Administration officers emptied the contents of an agricultural rooms sheltering members from al-Batran family while the vehicles demolished a barrack, 4 agricultural rooms and a sheep barn.
    • It should be noted that this family depends on grazing sheep and lives in that area to feed sheep from natural pastures as the family owns 250 sheep. The Israeli authorities previously handed notices to stop construction works on 23 July 2021 as Jamrourah area is located in Area C according to the Oslo Accords.

  • At approximately 18:30, the Israeli authorities forced Eyad Barqan to self-demolish his house in Ras al-‘Amoud area in occupied East Jerusalem. The 2-storey house of 300 sqms is still under construction.
  • On Wednesday, 17 November 2021, soldiers dismantled two dwellings of 120 sqms and 5 barracks used for grazing sheep belonging to Ibrahim, ‘Ali, Kayed, Mohammed and ‘Issa al-Sa’idi after soldiers surrounded the area and denied civilians’ access to it.
  • b. Setters’ Attacks against Palestinian Civilians and their Property

  • At approximately 02:00 on Saturday, 13 November 2021, a group of settlers attacked 2 Palestinians on Jaffa Street in occupied West Jerusalem when they were on their way back from work.
    • Jad ‘Aqel (20), from Shu’fat village, north of Jerusalem, said that he was with his friend, Nour Abu Khudeir (20) on Jaffa Street on their way back from work late at night. He added that a group of settlers, around 15, were on Jaffa Street and tried to provoke them. They could not at first, but verbal altercations occurred between them.

      “When we continued walking, the settlers attacked us and sprayed pepper gas at our faces, then one of them hit me on the head and I fainted.”

    Nour Abu Khudeir said,

    “The settlers gathered and attacked us with pepper spray… I could not see anything anymore. I moved away a little after someone hit me on the back with a sharp tool.” He said that he tried to open his eyes when the Israeli police arrived and all the settlers escaped. He then saw his friend Jad lying on the ground unconscious with blood running down his face. An ambulance arrived and took him to Hadassah Hospital, where he woke up from time to time.”

  • At approximately 10:30, a group of settlers attacked Ras al-‘Amoud neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem and beat up Palestinians in the area. Meanwhile, a settler opened fire at Ahmed Khaled al-Keswani (20) and wounded him with a bullet in his hand. He was then taken to a local hospital.
  • At approximately 10:00 on Wednesday, 17 November 2021, Mo’atasem Ayoub al-Meshani (29), from al-Shyoukh village, north of Hebron, was wounded in his head after settlers threw stones at him when he was in the agricultural lands near “Asfar” settlement established on the Palestinian lands of northern al-Shyoukh. The wounded was taken to the governmental hospital in Hebron for treatment.
  • Mo’atasem al-Meshani said to PCHR’s fieldworker:

    “I was in the lands adjacent to “Asfar” settlement to survey the lands there for the Palestinian Land Settlement Authority, and there were a number of Israeli soldiers as I coordinated with the Israeli side before I arrived at the land. At around 10:00 when I was about to finish my work, a group of about 20 settlers attacked the farmers in their fields and started throwing stones at them. I asked the soldiers to walk me out of the area, and 2 soldiers walked me 20 meters and then came back. My vehicle was a kilometer away from the site, so I continued walking. Meanwhile, four settlers ran towards me and heavily threw stones at me. As a result, a stone hit me in the head, and blood flowed. My glasses and cell phone fell on the ground and crashed. I went to the governmental hospital and later headed to the “Beitar Illit” police station to file a complaint against the settlers.”

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