Summary for December 24 – 30, 2020

Israeli occupation forces (IOF) 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 that are mostly conducted after midnight and in the early morning hours. This week witnessed an escalation in settler attacks, mainly stone throwing at civilian houses and vehicles in the West Bank. Additionally, IOF demolitions of Palestinian homes and properties continued as part of Israel’s de facto annexation and under various pretexts in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Also, this week, IOF warplanes launched several air strikes in the Gaza Strip, wounding 3 civilians and causing extensive damage to civilian objects.

This week, the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) documented 225 violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law (IHL) by IOF and settlers in the oPt. It should be noted that the limitations due to the corona virus pandemic, has limited PCHR’s fieldworkers mobility and ability to conduct field documentation; therefore, the information contained in this report are only part of the continued IOF violations.

IOF shooting and violation of right to bodily integrity:

Eleven civilians, including two children, a pregnant woman and a journalist, were wounded in IOF excessive use of force in the West Bank: 4 civilians including 2 children sustained wounds in 3 IOF attacks in Jenin that occurred during raids and incursions, as well as IOF shooting near the Annexation Wall. 3 others sustained wounds in IOF suppression of a protest in Kafr Malik – Ramallah; 2 others, including a pregnant woman, sustained wounds inside Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah. Another Palestinian civilian and a journalist were wounded in IOF attack on Kufur Qaddoum weekly protest in Qalqilia.

In the Gaza Strip, 3 Palestinian civilians, including a child (girl) sustained wounds and extensive damage were documented in civilian objects in IOF air strikes on al-Tofah neighborhood, a densely-populated neighborhood eastern Gaza City Gaza.

Also this week, 8 IOF shootings were reported at agricultural lands, and three times at fishing boats eastern and western Gaza Strip.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians:

IOF carried out 117 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids of civilian houses and shootings, causing terror among civilians, and attacking many of them. During this week’s incursions, 84 Palestinians were arrested, including 5 children, 5 women and a journalist. During incursions, IOF took the measurements of 11 houses: 2 in Jenin that belong to the families of two Palestinians one of whom was killed by IOF and the other is imprisoned by Israel for an alleged attack against IOF. The remaining 9 houses were measured without a known reason. IOF also confiscated several vehicles during incursions into the West Bank.

Demolitions:

PCHR documented 12 incidents, including:

Occupied East Jerusalem: demolition decision against a house in Silwan; shop evacuated in prelude to its demolition in Jabal Mokabber; two families receive eviction notices in Jabal Batin al-Hawa in a decision in favor of Ateret Cohenim – a settlement organization.

Jenin: cease-construction notices served to 4 houses and greenhouses; demolition notice served to a greenhouse

Nablus: 4 civilian establishments razed

Tubas: demolition notice served to al-Maleh Elementary School

Hebron: two houses demolished in Yatta

Salfit: a tin-plated barracks demolished

Jericho: 6 barracks demolished, and 350 olive trees uprooted

Bethlehem: 70 dunams razed

Settler-attacks:

PCHR fieldworkers reported and documented 12 settler-violence incidents:

Assault on several houses and vehicles causing damage in several towns in Nablus, Tulkarem, Salfit and al-Bireh;

34 olive tree seedlings (5 years old) uprooted and stolen in Hebron;

Settlers raided Kifl Haris in Salfit and threw stones at houses and terrorized the community – 2 children sustained wounds

Land-seizure notices placed in a land in Biddya – Salfit.

Israeli closure policy and restrictions on freedom of movement:

The Gaza Strip still suffers the worst closure in the history of the Israeli occupation of the oPt as it has entered the 14th consecutive year, without any improvement to the movement of persons and goods, humanitarian conditions and bearing catastrophic consequences on all aspects of life.

Meanwhile, IOF continued to divide the West Bank into separate cantons with key roads blocked by the Israeli occupation since the Second Intifada and with temporary and permanent checkpoints, where civilian movement is restricted, and they are subject to arrest.

 

    I. Shooting and other Violations of the Right to Life and Bodily Integrity
  • On Thursday, 24 December 2020, IOF suppressed the Christmas caravan event organized by the Christian National Gathering in the Holy Land in occupied East Jerusalem and attended by hundreds of Christians. It should be noted that members of the Christian National Gathering in the Holy Land commenced the Christmas caravan, which included chants, songs and Dabka (Palestinian traditional dance), from Damascus Gate in the center of occupied East Jerusalem. They then wandered around the Old City and Sheikh Jarrah and Shuafat neighborhoods, and distributed sweets and gifts to the children. Upon the caravan arrival at Beit Hanina neighborhood in northern occupied East Jerusalem, IOF assaulted them and detained members of the Christian National Gathering in the Holy Land. Also, IOF arrested Nedal ‘Aboud, head of youth activities in the gathering, and released the rest.
  • At approximately 02:00 on Friday, 25 December 2020, IOF moved into Qabatiya village, southeast of Jenin, north of the West Bank. Meanwhile, a group of Palestinian young men gathered and threw stones at IOF vehicles. IOF immediately fired teargas canisters and rubber bullets at the protestors. As a result, a 16-year-old child was shot with a rubber bullet in his head and taken to Khalil Suliman Hospital for treatment. Also, many protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot. During the IOF incursion, they raided a house belonging to Mahmoud Kmail, who was killed by IOF on 21 December 2020, after he attempted to carry out a shooting attack near Huta Gate in occupied East Jerusalem. IOF took the house measurements as a prelude to demolish it, as part of collective punishment policy. IOF also arrested Ahmed Salah Zakarna, 17, and Taher Mohammed Taher Zakarna, 17, and withdrew later.
  • At approximately 11:00, a peaceful protest took off in Kafr Malik village, northeast of Ramallah, at the call of the villagers and with the participation of Deir Jarir villagers, towards lands under the threat of confiscation and in protest to the establishment of new settlement outposts in ‘Ein Samiyia and al-Shurfa areas. The protestors raised Palestinian flags and chanted slogans against the Israeli occupation, settlers and annexation wall. When the protestors arrived at the area, they found a large number of Israeli soldiers awaiting them. The protestors chanted slogans again against the Israeli occupation and settlers. IOF immediately suppressed the protest and fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the protestors. As a result, three civilians were wounded: Ayman ‘Alawi, 56, head of Deir Jarir village council, who was shot with a rubber bullet in the forehead; a 19-year-old male, who was shot with a teargas canister in his face and taken to Palestine Medical Complex; and a 20-year-old male, who was shot with a rubber bullet in the foot and treated on the spot. Also, dozens of protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation.
  • At approximately 15:00, IOF stationed along the Gaza’s border fence with Israel, east of Deir al-Balah in the center of the Gaza Strip, opened fire at agricultural lands; no casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 00:40 on Saturday, 26 December 2020, Israeli warplanes fired 5 missiles at a plot of land included a building for Palestinian armed groups near a residential compound on Salah al-Din Street, east of Tuffah neighborhood, east of Gaza City. As a result, the building was destroyed, other facilities and civilian objects were damaged, and 3 civilians, including a child, were wounded as the windows shattered. The wounded were: Yasmeen Mohammed Yehia al-Ashqar, 6, Hani Mahdi Rasheed Hajjaj, 55, and ‘Emad Khamis ‘Ali al-Haddad (32).
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    The damaged establishments were as follows:

    Ramlawi Plastic Company (600 sq.m), which is located near the targeted military site, and manufactures plastic hose, sustained severe damage, in addition to another nylon factory, which is built on an area of 2 dunams, and at least 50 workers were working there. The company and factory belong to Omar Khalil al-Ramlawi; Al-Yaziji Group Company for Soft Drinks sustained partial damage as the eastern facade of the company was destroyed, windows were broken, and its tin-plate roof collapsed; Al-Wedad Mosque, all its windows were broken; Yehia Mahmoud al-Ashqar’s repair cars workshop sustained partial damage, as some windows were broken, in addition to nearby houses’ windows. As a result, al-Ashqar’s granddaughter Yasmine Mohammad Yehia al-Ashqar, 6, sustained wounds in her left foot as she walked over the shattered windows; Al-Durra Children’s Hospital, 400 meters away from the targeted site. Some of the hospital’s windows were broken, and electricity and water networks sustained damage; A Ministry of Social Development rehabilitation center for persons with disabilities, its eastern facade sustained minor damage, 20 windows shattered, and 3 doors displaced. The center serves 60 persons with disabilities aged 14-28 years in Gaza and Northern Gaza governorates, through educational programs, vocational rehabilitation programs, and rehabilitation center. The study at the center was suspended; Shuhada Gaza Elementary School sustained minor damage; at least 600 students are studying in this school; Al-Darj UNRWA School sustained damage; 52 windows shattered, and 5 doors displaced. At least 850 students are studying in this school; Eastern Gaza Directorate of Education training center sustained damage as its windows shattered; The IOF air strikes not only caused material damage, but also caused fear and panic among the civilian residents, especially women and children.

  • At approximately 12:20, IOF stationed along the Gaza’s border fence with Israel, east of Deir al-Balah in the center of the Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian shepherds, forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 12:30, IOF stationed at the northern entrance to Kufur Qaddoum village, north of Qalqilia, suppressed a peaceful protest organized by dozens of Palestinian young men. IOF chased young men gathered in the area, clashed with them and fired rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at them. As a result, a 22-year-old male was shot with a rubber-coated steel bullet in his thigh.
  • At approximately 14:00, IOF moved into Jab’ village, south of Jenin, north of the West Bank. Meanwhile, a number of Palestinian young men gathered and threw stones at IOF vehicles. IOF immediately fired a barrage of teargas canisters and rubber bullets at the protestors. As a result, many protestors suffocated due to teargas inhalation and received treatment on the spot.
  • At approximately 15:00, IOF stationed along the Gaza’s border fence with Israeli, east of Bureij refugee camp in the center of the Gaza Strip, opened fire at agricultural lands; no casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 04:30 on Sunday, 27 December 2020, IOF backed by military vehicles moved into Qaddura refugee camp in the center of the West Bank. IOF raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Nadi Shawmrah, 27, and Hamada Nakhla, 28, and arrested them. During IOF withdrawal, they fired rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters between residential houses and on the camp’s street. Meanwhile, a group of Palestinian young men gathered and threw stones and Molotov cocktails at IOF vehicles. IOF chased Palestinian young men towards Palestine Medical Complex, clashed with them there and fired rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canister at the complex departments. As a result, a security officer and a pregnant woman were wounded, and the windows of an ambulance for the Palestinian Red Crescent Society were broken.
     
    The security officer, Mahmoud Omar Zayid, 45, told PCHR’s fieldworker that:

    “At approximately 04:30, IOF moved into Qaddura refugee camp, which is near Palestine Medical Complex. Clashes erupted between IOF and Palestinian young men on the camp streets, during which, IOF indiscriminately opened fire in the area. A number of Israeli soldiers raided the Palestine Medical Complex and deliberately fired sound bombs and teargas canisters at the department’s windows and doors. In the meantime, I was at the entrance to the emergency department. I shouted at an Israeli soldier to stop shooting. A few seconds later, the soldier opened fire at me, wounding me with a rubber bullet in my left hand. I was immediately taken to the emergency department for treatment. Also, a pregnant woman was wounded with a rubber bullet in her shoulder while walking on the corridor that connects the hospital departments and heading to her room.”

    The director of Palestine Medical Complex, Ahmed al-Bitawi, told PCHR’s fieldworker that;

    “IOF moved into Palestine Medical Complex yard and fired rubber bullets, sound bombs and teargas canisters at the hospital departments, especially Covid-19 patients department. As a result, many patients suffocated due to teargas inhalation. Also, a security officer was shot with a rubber bullet in his left hand and a pregnant woman was shot with a rubber bullet in her shoulder. Additionally, the windows of an ambulance for the Palestinian Red Crescent Society parked on the medical complex yard were broken. This caused fear and panic among the patients, especially children. Al- Bitawi added that the health condition of the pregnant woman and her fetus is stable, and she was discharged from hospital in the evening.”

  • At approximately 07:10 on Sunday, 27 December 2020, IOF stationed along Gaza’s border fence with Israel, east of Khan Younis, opened fire at agricultural lands, east of Khuzaʽa village; no casualties were reported.
  • Half an hour later, IOF stationed in “Kissufim” military site, northeast of Khan Younis, opened fire at agricultural lands in al-Qarara village; no casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 07:30, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Waha Shore, northwest of Beit Lahia, north of the Gaza Strip, chased Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles and opened heavy fire around them, causing fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 11:00, IOF stationed along the Gaza’s border fence with Israel, east of Deir al-Balah in the center of the Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian shepherds, forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 21:30, IOF stationed along the Gaza’s border fence with Israel, east of Deir al-Balah in the center of the Gaza Strip, opened fire at agricultural lands while Israeli drones were in the sky; no casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 10:15 on Monday, 28 December 2020, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Waha Shore, northwest of Beit Lahia, north of the Gaza Strip, chased Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles and opened heavy fire around them, causing fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 16:55, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Waha Shore, northwest of Beit Lahia, north of the Gaza Strip, and off al-Sudaniyia Shore, west of Jabalia refugee camp, chased Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 2-5 nautical miles and opened sporadic fire around them until 21:15, causing fear among the fishermen and forcing them to flee. No casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 07:00 on Tuesday, 29 December 2020, IOF stationed near the annexation wall, near Barta’a gate, southwest of Jenin, opened fire at Palestinian workers who attempted to enter Israel via the annexation wall halls. As a result, a 26-year-old male was shot with a live bullet in his left leg and taken to Khalil Suliman Hospital for treatment.
  • At approximately 11:00, IOF stationed along the Gaza’s border fence with Israel, east of Deir al-Balah in the center of the Gaza Strip, opened fire at agricultural lands; no casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 09:00 on Wednesday, 30 December 2020, IOF stationed near the annexation wall, near al-Mariha village, southwest of Jenin, opened fire at Palestinian workers who attempted to enter Israel via the annexation wall halls. As a result, 2 civilians, including a child, were wounded; the child sustained a live bullet shrapnel wounds in the foot. The wounded civilians received treatment at Khalil Suliman Hospital for treatment.
  • At approximately 19:00, Israeli infantry unit moved into al-Arroub refugee camp, north of Hebron, under the pretext that a military watchtower which is established at the camp entrance was exposed to stone-throwing. IOF were deployed between residential houses while a number of Palestinian young men gathered and threw stones at IOF. The Israeli soldiers chased stone-throwers and indiscriminately fired teargas canisters at them. As a result, many civilians suffocated due to teargas inhalation. IOF also arrested 4 civilians after setting up ambushes for them between residential houses and took them to the military watchtower. The arrestees were: ‘Abdullah Hasan Tafesh, 19, Yousef Dawoud Banat, 22, Ayoub Dawoud Banat, 21, and Aram Bassam Ahmed Banat, 19.
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      II. Incursions and Arrests

    Thursday, 24 December 2020:

  • At approximately 00:30, IOF moved into al-‘Isawiya, southeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Nour Nasr al-Dein Obaid’s, 17, house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Nablus, north of the West Bank. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Tareq Adnan al-Samhan, 34.
  • At approximately 01:30, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into Deir Ghassana village, northwest of Ramallah governorate. They raided and searched Haitham Abdul Hafeez al-Rimhi’s, 29, house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 05:00, IOF moved into Abu Dis, east of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Salah Jamal Halabiya’s, 25, house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 11:30, IOF, accompanied with al-Yisam Unit, moved into Tura village, southwest of Jenin. They surrounded Mohammed Merwih Qabha’s, 42, house and other houses and arrested him along with his two wives; Dina Ayyoub Qabha, 30, and Manar Saleh Qabha, 29, and his brother Naser, 40. Later, the Israeli media announced that Mohammed was the one behind killing the settler “Esther Horgan”, whose body was found in Ya’bad, on 21 December 2020.
  • At approximately 16:00, IOF summonsed Mohammed Ali Derbas, 18, via a phone call, for investigation in al-Bareed police center in Salah al-Dein street, in Jerusalem.
  • At approximately 20:00, IOF arrested Abdul Fattah al-Halawani (21), while present near Bab al-Asbat, one of the Aqsa Mosque’s gates in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. IOF took him to one of the police centers in the city.
  • Around the same time, IOF stationed at Harmish military checkpoint, west of Ya’bad, arrested Ahmed Khaled Baker, 22, and Mohammed Eyad Turkman, from Kufeirit, west of Jenin. Furthermore, IOF confiscated Baker’s Hyundai jeep, and took them to unknown destinations.
  • At approximately 23:00, IOF severely beaten and arrested Abdul Rahman Mohammed Bashiti, 16, and Murad Ibrahim al-Tarhouni, 19, while present in al-Wad street in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
  • IOF carried out six incursions in Sebastia, northwest of Nablus; Qabatiya, southeast of Jenin; Azzun, east of Qalqilia; al-Bireh, Bal’a and Nur Shams refugee camp, in Tulkarem. No arrests were reported.
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    Friday, 25 December 2020:

  • At approximately 00:30, IOF moved into Deir al-Ghusun, north of Tulkarem. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Waheeb Waheed Badran, 26, and Waleed Salah Badran, 20.
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into Qalqilia, north of the West Bank. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Hassan Basheer Halwan, 25, and Saddam Baker Ju’aidi, 37.
  • At approximately 02:15, IOF moved into Tura al-Gharbiya village, southwest of Jenin. They raided and searched several houses belonging to Qabha family and interrogated them. IOF took the measurements of Mohammed Merweh Qabha’s house in a prelude to its demolition, as an application of the collective punishment policy. Mohammed was arrested yesterday and accused of killing the settler “Esther Horgan”, whose body was found in Ya’bad, on 21 December 2020.
  • At approximately 11:30, IOF stationed at the eastern entrance of Qalqilia, arrested Mohammed Nidal Hasan, 24, from Qalqilia. IOF took him to an unknown destination.
  • At approximately 14:00, IOF arrested Mohammed Nidal Hasan, 21, from Qalqilia, while present in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. IOF took him to one of the investigation centers in the city.
  • IOF carried out fifteen incursions in Biddya and Kifl Hares, west of Salfit; Nablus, Deir Sharaf, Qusin, Sarra villages, west of Nablus; Burin, Asira al-Qibliya, southeast of Nablus; Arraba and Bir al Basha, Deir Abu Da’if and Jalama in Jenin governorate; Dura, Samu, and Bani Na’im in Hebron governorate. No arrests were reported.
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    Saturday, 26 December 2020:

  • At approximately 14:30, IOF stationed at Tayasir military checkpoint, east of Tubas, arrested Tareq Abdul Salam Daraghma, 18, from Tubas, north of the West Bank. IOF took him to an unknown destination.
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    Sunday, 27 December 2020:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into al-Kum, west of Dura, southwest of Hebron They raided and searched Laith Shareef al-Rajoub’s, 20, house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into Taffuh, west of Hebron. They raided and searched Qusai Barakat al-Tardi’s, 28, house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 04:00, IOF moved into Ramallah. They raided and searched Ishaq Ameen Younis’, 77, house and took him to Ofer prison in Beitouia, west of the city. It should be noted that Younis suffers chronic heart diseases, and he was a former prisoner in the Israeli prisons.
  • At approximately 13:30, IOF arrested Hanadi Mohammed al-Halawani, 42, Bab al-Asbat Minaret, in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. IOF took her to al-Kishle police center and released her after two hours of investigation and handing her a decision of banning her entry to the Aqsa Mosque for 6-months. It should be noted that IOF stormed her house and arrested her several times, and she was investigated dozens of times and banned from entering the Aqsa Mosque for up to 14-months.
  • At approximately 16:30, IOF arrested Ahmed Yaser al-Razem, 24, while present in the Aqsa Mosque’s yards in the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. Al-Razem was taken to one of the police centers in the city.
  • At approximately 20:00, IOF stationed at al-Container military checkpoint, east of Bethlehem, arrested Nader Mohammed Owaidat, 21, from Shuyukh al-Arroub village, north of Hebron, while passing through the checkpoint.
  • IOF carried out four incursions in Idhna, Deir Sammit, al-Muraq and Hebron. No arrests were reported.
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    Monday, 28 December 2020:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Beit Fajjar, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched Ahmed Kamel Thawabta’s, 31, house and handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Services in Gush Etzion settlement, south of the city.
  • At approximately 01:30, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into several neighborhoods in Hebron. They raided and searched two houses and arrested Ma’moun Yusri al-Haimouni, 29, and Nabil Ali al-Ja’bari, 30.
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF moved into al-Khader village, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched Mohammed Isma’el Salah’s, 16, house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into Jaba’ village, southeast of Jenin. They raided and searched several houses and confiscated Sari Najeeb Fashafisha’s vehicle along with another vehicle belonging to Belal Fathi Kan’an, an no reasons were given.
  • Around the same time, IOF accompanied with police dogs, stormed the prisoner Mohammed Qabha’s house. Mohammed was arrested on grounds on killing the settler on 21 December 2020.
  • At approximately 03:30, IOF moved into Qarawat Bani Hassan, north of Salfit. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Yousef Sameeh ‘Assi (17) and Mohammed Mousa Mir’i (22).
  • At approximately 03:40, IOF moved into Qalqilia, north of the West Bank. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Hassan Bashir Halwan (25) and Saddam Baker Ju’aidi (37).
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into Kifl Hares, north of Salfit. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Mohammed Abdul Aziz al-As’ad (24).
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into Deir Istiya village, north of the West Bank. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Mo’taz Hani Salman (27).
  • At approximately 07:00, IOF moved into Beit Fajjar village, south of Bethlehem. They raided and searched Eyad Ahmed Taqatiqa’s (21) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 15:40, IOF stationed on a temporary military checkpoint, established between Jericho and Ramallah, arrested Layan Naser (19) and Dara Rafidi (19), from Ramallah. Layan and Dra are students at Birzeit University, and they were arrested while passing through the checkpoint, and released later.
  • At approximately 16:00, IOF stationed at the main street adjacent to Kedumim settlement, arrested Akram Hamad al-Tabib (23), from Izbat al-Tabib village, east of Qalqilia.
  • IOF carried out (4) incursions in al-Ras village in Tulkarem, Surif, al-Shuyukh, and al-Majd villages. No arrests were reported.
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    Tuesday, 29 December 2020:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Hizma village, northeast of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Mohammed Tha’er Abu Khalil’s (19) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 01:30, IOF moved into Jenin, north of the West Bank. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Ziyad Yaser al-Sa’di (18).
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into al- Ubeidiya village, east of Bethlehem. They raided and searched Bayan Salah Hasasna’s (21) house and arrested her. IOF released her later.
  • At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into al-Tur neighborhood, east of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. They raided and searched Eyad Abdul Rahman al-Hidra’s (57) house and took him to one of the police centers in the city. IOF released him after several hours of investigation, and stormed his house and arrested him again, at approximately 16:30.
  • Around the same time, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into al-Bireh, in the West Bank. They raided and searched (4) houses and arrested (4) civilians; Tareq Fayyad (68), Issam Taher (32), Salem al-Badi (28), and Abdullah Mitwalli (49).
  • Around the same time, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into al-Tira neighborhood, in the western side of Ramallah. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Rami Rizk Fadayil (40), and Hadi al-Tarsha (22), a student at Birzeit University. Later, IOF released Rami Fadayil.
  • At approximately 02:30, IOF moved into Isawiya, northeast the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Wael Mohammed Mahmoud’s (48) house and arrested him along with his son, Bara’ (22). IOF took them to one of the police centers in the city.
  • Around the same time, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into Idhna village, west of Hebron. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Jebril Ayed al-Jayyawi (44) and Jamal Mohammed Abu As’ad (49). No arrests were reported.
  • At approximately 02:35, IOF moved into Arraba, southwest of Jenin. They raided and searched several houses and arrested Islam Salem al-‘Arida (25).
  • At approximately 02:40, IOF moved into Birzeit, north of Ramallah governorate. They raided and searched several houses and arrested (3) civilians; Ramez Abdul Raheem Washha (35), Ra’ouf Salama Abdullah (32), and Botros Bajes (55). IOF took them to the military watchtower established on the entrance of al-Atatra village and released them after 2 hours of investigation.
  • At approximately 03:00, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into Aboud village, northwest of Ramallah, and deployed between civilians’ houses. A number of the Israeli soldiers exploded the door and stormed the journalist Yousef Yaqoub Fawadla’s (30) house, causing fear and panic. They detained all the family members in one room, raided and searched the house, and took Yousef to where the Israeli vehicles stationed at the main entrance of the village, then to al-Maskoubiya investigation center in Jerusalem. It should be noted that Fawadla is the Ramallah Governorate Media and Public Relations Officer.
  • At approximately 03:30, IOF moved into Bruqin, west of Salfit. They raided and searched two houses belonging to Mahmoud Mohammed Sarhan and Na’im Faheem Sarhan and took the measures of the houses without giving any reasons. No arrests were reported.
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into Marda village, north of Salfit. They raided and searched three houses belonging to Faheem Mohammed Ibdah, Tamer Ayed Ibdah, and Diya’ Nathem Khafash; in the northern entrance of the village. IOF took the measures and pictures of the houses and withdrew without giving reasons, and no arrests were reported. It should be noted that the abovementioned buildings are licensed and approved in the master plan of the village.
  • At approximately 04:00, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into Ramallah, and stationed in several neighborhoods as; Tira, Ein Musbah, and Ein Monjed. They raided and searched three houses and arrested (3) civilians; Lo’ay ‘Arrar (30), Mohammed Bashar Zaytouna (34), whose vehicle was confiscated, and Rami Rizq Fadayil (40), who was severely beaten before arresting.
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    His wife, Haneen Nassar, said to PCHR’s fieldworker that:

    “At approximately 05:00, while we were sleeping, we woke up on a smash sound, so Rami went to the door of the house and found about 20 soldiers inside the house, they handcuffed him and pushed him to the ground, then stormed the house. One of the soldiers took me and my daughter, Mais, and detained us in the living room, and took Rami to the bedroom and started beating him with their legs and rifle butts. Meanwhile, one of the soldiers came and took my 4-year old daughter to see her father while he was being beaten. When Mais saw her father, she started crying and screaming “Father! Father!”. Then one of the soldiers put a head band on Rami’s injury and took him inside the military vehicle”. Haneen added that Rami is a former prisoner for two years under the administrative arrest, and he was released on 23 December 2020.

  • Around the same time, IOF reinforced with several military vehicles moved into Ein Qiniya village, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched Aysar Hatem Ma’rouf’s, 28, house and arrested him.
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into Abu Qash village, north of Ramallah governorate. They raided and searched Mohammed Qa’d’s (30) house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 04:40, IOF moved into Deir Abu Masha’al village, northwest of Ramallah governorate. They raided and searched several houses and arrested four civilians; Mohammed Abdullah, 55, his son Hazem, 31, Mahmoud Fayeq Atta, 28, and Jebril Omar Zahran, 29.
  • At approximately 04:00, IOF moved into al-Thawri neighborhood, south of the occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and searched Jehad Ahmed Owaida’s, 46, house and arrested him.
  • At approximately 10:00, IOF stationed at a temporary military checkpoint established on the southern entrance of Hebron, arrested Anwar Khalil al-Ja’bari (33), from the city.
  • At approximately 11:00, IOF arrested the Aqsa Mosque’s guard, Issam Najeeb (43), while on duty in the mosque’s yards. IOF took him to one of the police centers in the city.
  • At approximately 15:30, IOF stationed at Huwara military checkpoint, on the southwestern entrance of Nablus, arrested Majdi Ahmed Hussain Abu Jilda (18) and Samed Abu al-Siba’ (20), from Jenin refugee camp, west of Jenin. IOF took them to unknown destinations.
  • IOF carried out (3) incursions in Nablus, Hebron and Beit Ula. No arrests were reported.
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    Wednesday, 30 December 2020:

  • At approximately 01:00, IOF backed by military vehicles moved into Deir Sammit village, southwest of Dura city, southwest of Hebron. They raided and searched Mohammed ‘Abdullah Masalmah’s (29) house and handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in “Gush Ezion” settlement, south of Bethlehem.
  • Around the same time, IOF back by military vehicles moved into Hebron. They raided and searched 2 houses and handed Anas Rateb Niroukh (30) and Hazem Mohammed Niroukh (28) 2 summonses to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in “Gush Ezion” settlement, south of Bethlehem.
  • At approximately 01:30, IOF moved into Qabatiya village, southeast of Jenin, north of the West Bank. They raided and searched several houses; no arrests were reported.
  • At approximately 04:30, IOF moved into Kafr ad-Dik village, west of Salfit, and patrolled the street. They raided Mohammed Khader’s house, which is located in Area “B”, took its measurements and photographed it. IOF withdrew later and no arrests among Palestinian civilians were reported.
  • At approximately 07:00, IOF moved into Kifl Hares village, north of Salfit, and patrolled the street. They raided Nasra ‘Izzat Ahmed Shaqour’s house, which is located in Area “C”, took its measurements and photographed it. IOF withdrew later and no arrests among Palestinian civilians were reported.
  • At approximately 08:20, IOF moved into Bab al-Zawiyia village, west of Salfit, and patrolled the street. IOF raided two houses belonging to Sa’ied Shoqair, a national security officer, and Mohammed Mofeed al-Selki. IOF photographed the houses, which are located in Area “B” and took its measurements. IOF withdrew later and no arrests among Palestinian civilians were reported.
  • At approximately 10:00, IOF moved into Sebastia village, northwest of Nablus, north of the West Bank, to secure the Israeli settlers’ entry into antiquities area every Wednesday and on Jewish holidays to perform prayers.
  • At approximately 11:00, IOF arrested two employees of the Cleaning and Maintenance Department of the Islamic Endowments Department namely Saif Abu Qwaider, 37, and Yazan ‘Abdeen, 41. Both of them were arrested while working in al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City and taken to al-Qashla Police Station for investigation. They were interrogated for few hours and released on bail and on condition that they will be deported away from al-Aqsa Mosque for two weeks.
  • At approximately 13:00, IOF moved into Husan village, west of Bethlehem. They raided and searched Mohammed Salah Da’oul’s, 28, house and arrested him and confiscated his vehicle.
  • At approximately 17:50, IOF arrested Anwar Sami ‘Obaid, 22, while present in French Hill area, north of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, taking him to an unknown destination.
  • IOF carried out four incursions into Salfit, Fawwar refugee camp, as-Samu and Bani Na’im villages.
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      III. Settlement Expansion and Settler Violence in the occupied West Bank

    a. Demolition and Confiscation of Civilian Property

  • On Thursday afternoon, 24 December 2020, Israeli Municipality crews handed Khaled Ibrahim al-‘Abbasi (30) an administrative decision to demolish his house in Ein al-Lowza neighbourhood in Silwan, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City and vacate its contents within 21 days under the pretext of unlicensed construction.
  • Al-‘Abbasi said that he built his 2-storey house on an area of 160 sqm in 2016 to live with his wife and 2 kids (4 years old and 4 months.) He added that the Israeli Municipality had haunted him since he finished the construction of his house and it issued a demolition decision for it; however, Al-‘Abbasi could appeal the decision and managed to delay it. Al-‘Abbasi added that he had attempted for the last years to obtain a license for the house, but the municipality had imposed impossible conditions and fined him with ILS 70,000, which he still pays. Al-‘Abbasi said that the Municipality returned and raided his house to hand him a new administrative demolition decision and another to vacate the house within 21 days.
  • At approximately 11:00 on Sunday, 27 December 2020, IOF accompanied with an Israeli Civil Administration SUV moved into al-Wad al-Gharbi, northwest of Ti’inik village, west of Jenin. The Civil Administration officer handed owners of 4 houses and greenhouses notices to stop construction works allegedly for illegal construction in Area C.
    • The notified were as follows:

      1. Mohammed Taher Dawasah: an under-construction 3-storey house on an area of 150 sqm.

      2. Mahmoud Ahmed Abu Qabila: an under-construction 2-storey house on an area of 130 sqm.

      3. Ibrahim Ahmed Mahmoud Abu Qabilah: a 2-storey house on an area of 130 sqm; the first floor is inhabited by a family of 6 while the second floor is still under-construction.

      4. Theeb Nemer Shbeiro: an under-construction house on an area of 120 sq.

      5. Mahmoud Jamil Abu Qabilah: greenhouses.

  • At approximately 08:00 on Monday, 28 December 2020, IOF accompanied with an Israeli Civil Administration SUV, a bulldozer and an excavator moved into Al-Lubban ash-Sharqiya village on Ramallah-Nablus Street, southeast of Nablus. The IOF demolished 4 civilian facilities allegedly for illegal construction in Area C.
    • The facilities demolished were as follows:

      1. Concrete foundations built on an area of 500 sqm and roofed with tin plates and steel sheets. It is used as a carwash and auto-repair business and owned by Jihad Faisal ‘Issa ‘Aweis.

      2. A 1-dunum plot of land used as an auto-repair business belonging to Raja ‘Ali Mousa Daraghmah. The land was leveled, its gate was dug, and cement cubes were placed at its entrances.

      3. A stall built on an area of 20 sqm and used as a restaurant in addition to a 1-dunam plot of land in front of it, where its gates were destroyed, and cement cubes were placed. Both belonged to Mousa Raja ‘Ali Mousa Daraghmah.

  • At approximately 08:30, IOF accompanied with an Israeli Civil Administration SUV moved into Hamamat Al Maleh area in the Northern Jordan Valley, east of Tubas. The Civil Administration officer notified to demolish the Maleh Elementary School that was established only three months ago and comprised of four rooms (3 classrooms and administration room) within 96 hours under the pretext of illegal construction in Area C. It should be noted that this is the only school in the area and was established 2 years ago but was only tents, which three months later were reconstructed (bricks and concrete).
  • At approximately 03:30 on Tuesday, 29 December 2020, IOF moved into Bruqin village, west of Salfit, and patrolled the streets. They raided two houses belonging to Mahmoud Mohammed Sarhan and Na’im Fahim Sarhan and took photos and measurements of the houses, preluding to demolish them allegedly for being located in Area C that is under the Israeli authorities’ control. IOF later withdrew, and no arrests were reported.
  • Around the same time, IOF moved into Marda village, north of Salfit, and patrolled the streets. They raided houses belonging to Fahim Mohammed Ibdah, Tamer ‘Aayed Ibdah and Diaa Nizam Khafash located near the northern entrance to the village and took measurements and photos of the houses as a prelude to demolish them. IOF later withdrew, and no arrests were reported. IT should be noted that the houses are licensed and located within the village’s structural plan as stated by the Marda Village Council.
  • At approximately 08:00, IOF and Israel Border Police forces backed by military SUVs and 2 Civil Administration vehicles, bulldozer and excavator moved into al-Khalediyah area, east of Yatta, south of Hebron. They deployed between houses and the Civil Administration crews tried to raid Khalil ‘Issa al-Rab’ie’s house to vacate its contents in order to demolish it allegedly for unlicensed construction. The residents, fifteen family members, refused to leave the house in order to prevent the IOF from demolishing it. Women went up to the house roof, and the police officers tried to take them down forcibly. Many civilians gathered and set fire to tires to prevent the IOF from entering the house. IOF kept trying for two hours when another Israel Border Police backup arrived at the scene and randomly attacked civilians with teargas canisters. As a result, many civilians suffocated due to teargas inhalation and were treated on the spot while others were taken to the governmental hospital in Yatta. IOF arrested Soliman ‘Eid al-Hathaleen, 72, and Wajdi Jamal Rab’ie, 22.
     
    Moreover, some civilians sustained bruises when IOF pushed them with their rifles. Meanwhile, the Civil Administration crews managed to raid the house, vacate the contents and then completely demolished it. The house was built on 280 sqm of concrete; part of it is a residence to a family of 15 members, including 8 children, and the other part is used as a barn. It should be noted that IOF handed Rab’ie a notice to demolish his house No. (60590) on 08 June 2020 and gave him 30 days to finish the legal proceedings. IOF stationed in the area till 13:00 as clashes erupted between the young men and Border Police forces, who fired teargas canisters, sound bombs, and rubber-coated bullets at the young men and journalists. As a result, many of the latter suffocated due to teargas inhalation while a journalist namely Sari ‘Abdel Ghaffar Jaradat, 33, sustained a rubber-coated steel bullet injury in the left shoulder.
  • At approximately 10:00, IOF backed by a military bulldozer and Civil Administration crew moved into Haris village, north of Salift. IOF demolished a tin-plated barrack belonging to Hasan ‘Ali Qasem Abu Wezzah and used for aluminum-manufacturing under the pretext of its location in Area C.
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    Abu Wezzah told PCHR’s fieldworker that:

    “IOF demolished a commercial barrack used for aluminum-manufacturing. I built the 16 sqm barrack 40 years ago to use it as an office to manage my nearby shops. A year ago, IOF handed me a demolition notice, and I could hire a lawyer and freeze the notice; however, I was surprised with IOF demolition of the barrack, attempting to tighten the screw on us. IOF also closed the entrance to the main street to deny us access to the surrounding shops and houses.”

  • At approximately 11:00 on the same Tuesday, IOF backed by military vehicles, a Civil Administration SUV, a bulldozer and truck moved into the Bedouin community of Arab Abu Zayed (An-Nuwei’meh Bedouins), north of Jericho. The bulldozer demolished 6 tin-plated barracks on an area of 60 sqm for each; 5 of them were under construction while the sixth was ready and included a kitchen and toilet.
    • The barracks belong to 3 brothers from Abu Kharbish family were as follows:

      Yousif Abu Kharbish: two 60 sqm barracks demolished; the first sheltered his wife and family of 8, including 4 children, while the second was under construction.

      Mohammed Abu Kharbish: two 60 sqm barracks demolished that were under construction.

      ‘Ali Abu Kharbish: two 60 sqm barracks demolished that were under construction.

  • Moreover, the bulldozer leveled and confiscated 350 olive trees belonging to Soliman Mohammed al-Zayed under the pretext of unlicensed construction in Area C. It should be noted that the demolition decision was carried out in the morning without any prior warning.
  • At approximately 13:30, IOF backed by military vehicles and a Civil Administration SUV and an excavator moved into Wadi Jheish area, south of Yatta, south of Hebron, where they deployed. The Civil Administration crew raided Hisham Khalil al-Nawaj’ah’s house and vacated its contents while the excavator started the demolition allegedly for unlicensed construction. The house was consisted of a concrete slab and tinplated sides on an area of 45 sqm and was funded by ACF. The house sheltered a family of 8, including 8 children. IOF also demolished a 1 sqm mobile toilet built of tin-plates and dismantled and confiscated a tent. It should be noted that IOF demolished al-Nawaj’ah’s tin-plated house under the pretext of unlicensed construction in addition to another demolition in 2016 that included a dwelling and a sheep barn. Wadi Jheish community is a home to 80 persons and surrounded by “Susya” settlement from the north, “Beit Yatir” settlement from the east and Bypass Road 317 from the east.
  • At approximately 23:30, IOF accompanied with the Civil Administration SUV moved into alHafirah area in Silat al-Harithiya village, west of Jenin. The Civil Administration officer informed Rushdi Ragheb Zaid Al-Kilani, an agricultural engineer living in the aforementioned village, of demolishing his greenhouse, which is planted with squash on an area of 250 sqm, under the pretext that it is located in an archaeological site in Area C.
  • In the morning, Ahmed Khalil Murad Za’atrah vacated his shop in al-Sal’ah neighborhood in Jabel Mukaber village, southeast of occupied East Jerusalem, to self-demolish it pursuant to the Israeli Municipality’s decision under the pretext of unlicensed construction. Za’atrah said that he built his shop for construction materials in 2016 on an area of ​​more than 400 sqm in addition to yards. He added that the Israeli Municipality had haunted him since the second half of 2017 and issued a decision to demolish the shop, but he resorted to the Israeli court and appealed the decision. The court has recently forced him to choose between referring his case to the Israeli Tax Authority and he would be fined more than ILS 400,000 shekels or to self-demolish his shop and he would be fined ILS10,000. Za’atrah said that he chose to vacate his shop, which contains goods worth more than 1.5 million shekels, and to self-demolish it, fearing that the Israeli Municipality crew would demolish it and destroy the goods. Za’atrah added that 4 families make living from the shop and that price of most of the goods remained unpaid to the traders owning them. It is noteworthy that this is the third time Ahmed Za’atrah’s shop is demolished under the pretext of unlicensed construction.
  • At approximately 10:00 on Wednesday, 30 December 2020, IOF uprooted hundreds of olive trees and leveled vacant lands in al- Jab’a village, southwest of Bethlehem. Hasan Breijieh, Head of the Bethlehem office of Settlement and Wall Resistance Commission, said that IOF leveled 70 dunams belonging to the residents of al-Jab’a village and uprooted 300 olive trees in “Saf al-Khamaysah”, “Wad al-Wotwat”, and “al-Meshmas” areas, west of the village. 150 of those trees belonged to ‘Abdel Rahim ‘Ali al-Tous and the rest to ‘Ezzat ‘Abdullah Abu Latifah, Helal Mohammed Masha’lah and Ibrahim Abu Lohah.
  • On Wednesday, 30 December 2020, the Israeli Magistrate’s Court issued a decision to expel 2 Palestinian families from Batn al-Hawa neighborhood in Silwan, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City in favor of “Ateret Cohenim” settlement Association, under the pretext of being a Jewish ownership since 1881. Batn al-Hawa neighborhood committee said in a statement virally distributed that the Israeli Magistrate Court issued a decision to vacate estates belonging to Jawad Abu Nab and Salem Ghaith in favor of settlers and gave the 2 families until March 2021 to implement the decision. The statement added that Ghaith estate is comprised of 2 floors and shelters a family of 10 while Abu Nab’s estate is an apartment and its surrounding had been fully controlled for the last years as part of it was turned into a synagogue.
     
    It should be noted that “Ateret Cohanim” Association obtained in 2001 the right to manage the Jewish-owned property, claiming their ownership of the land, and began since September 2015 handing judicial notices to the residents of the neighborhood so they can claim the land on which their homes are located. Since then, more than 87 families from the neighborhood received notices and have been in court to protect their property where they have been living for tens of years. The statement added that Abu Nab and Ghaith’s estates are located within the settlement Association plan to seize 5 dunams and 200 sqm from Batn al-Hawa neighborhood in Silwan village under the pretext of being a Jewish ownership since 1881 as ruled by the Israeli Supreme Court.
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    b. Settler Attacks on Palestinian Civilians and their Property

  • On Thursday early morning, 24 December 2020, a group of settlers from “Ahyaa’” settlement established on Ra’s al Baydar hill, east of Jalud village, southeast of Nablus attacked the eastern outskirts of the village around 300 meters from the settlement. They threw stones at the Palestinian houses and property. As a result, the surveillance cameras at the entrance to Nasim Farah Farhan ‘Abbad’s house were destroyed while cars belonging to Na’im Farah FArhan ‘Abbas, Mohammed Kamal Farah ‘Abbad and Saleh Farah Farhan ‘Abbad sustained damage. The residents of the area confronted the settlers forcing them to leave later.
  • In the morning, a group of settlers from “Havat Ma’on” settlement outpost established on the Palestinian lands of eastern At-Tuwani village, east of Yatta, south of Hebron uprooted 34 olive (5 years old) and stole them from a plot of land belonging to al-Hreini Family in al-Khelah area that is around 100 kilometers away from the western side of the outpost.
  • At approximately 21:00, a group of settlers from “Yitzhar” settlement established on the lands of southeastern Nablus, threw stones at the Palestinian cars traveling on the “Yitzhar” bypass road. As a result, a taxi belonging to al-Reef Taxi company in Huwara village sustained damage as it was driven by Nawaf Lafi Hasan ‘Odah from the village while 3 other cars sustained damage; one of them belong to Ahmed Abu ‘Arab from Burin village and another to Ahmed Bdeir from Bita village, southeast of Nablus.
  • At approximately 02:00 on Friday, 25 December 2020, around 40 settlers accompanied with IOF moved into Kifl Hares village, north of Salfit, under the pretext of visiting Dhu al-Kifl Tomb. in the village center to perform religious rituals. The settlers then headed to the civilian houses and chanted racist slogans against Arabs, causing chaos and fear in the village. They also threw stones at the houses, including a house belonging to Jalal Farid Booziyah when a stone penetrated the house window and hit his 13-year-old Sama in the back while his other 11-year-old daughter, Nada, fainted out of fear and panic. It should be noted that Kifl Hares village has been under the settlers’ recurrent attacks under the pretext of religious tomb visits.
  • At approximately 20:45 on Monday, 28 December 2020, settlers from “Yitzhar” settlement established on the lands of southeastern Nablus under the very eyes of the IOF threw stones the Palestinian cars traveling on “Yitzhar” Bypass Road. As a result, a bus belonging to ‘Ali Ghazi Fayyad Dawabshah from Douma village, southeast of Nablus, sustained damage to the right window.
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    Ghazi Dawabshah said to PCHR’s fieldworker that:

    “At approximately 20:45 on Monday, 28 December 2020, while I was driving my Volkswagen bus along with my cousin Sa’ed Dawabshah, 44, and my friend Mohammed ‘Abdel Hamid Dawabshah coming back from Tulkarem to where we live in Douma village, southeast of Nablus, on “Yitzhar” Bypass Road. At the end of the road and before reaching the “Yitzhar” intersection, I was surprised with a stone hitting my front right window, breaking the glass next to my friend. I pulled over when I saw settlers under the IOF’s protection protesting at the intersection and rioting. I called one of the soldiers to tell him about what happened, but he said it is okay it went like this, keep going until you arrive safe home. I kept going while settlers were provocatively hitting my car and the soldiers could not get me out until half an hour later. I arrived at Huwara village, southeast of the City and parked to clean my car from the glass broken by the stone and then drove away to my village.”

  • At approximately 19:30 on Tuesday, 29 December 2020, settlers from “Shavei Shomron” settlement near Deir Sharaf intersection, east of Tulkarem, threw stones at the Palestinian cars, raising fear among the Palestinian civilians and inflecting damage to the vehicles, including a car belonging to Dalal Mohammed Belbeisi from Anabta village, east of Tulkarem, when she was on her way to Deir Sharaf village.
  • At approximately 20:00 on the same day, settlers under IOF’s protection gathered at the entrances to Nablus and rioted on the streets in addition to throwing stones at the cars traveling on the streets in the area. The attacks were mainly in “Shavei Shomron” intersection, the western entrance to Nablus, “Yitzhar” settlement and Za’atara checkpoint, southeast of Nablus, but no injuries were reported.
  • At approximately 16:00 on Wednesday, 30 December 2020, settlers from ” Itzafraim” settlement sneaked into the lands of Khelet Hassan Aria, in Biddya village, west of Salfit. The settlers fixed notices which say it is an appeal filed at the Israeli court by the settlers claiming an infringement by Arabs on the land and that it is an objection by an Israeli Association on a citizen working in the land and hiring an Israeli lawyer to prevent the citizen from working there for its location near “Itzafraim” settlement, west of Biddya. The land belonging to ‘Ayyad Nemer Salamah.
  • At approximately 16:30, a group of Israeli settlers from ” Rehelim” settlement near Yasuf village, east of Salfit threw stones at the vehicles traveling on the main street, but no damage was reported.
  • In the evening, settlers from “Beit El” settlement at al-Mahkmah checkpoint established near the settlement, north of al-Bireh, threw stones at the Palestinian cars crossing the mentioned checkpoint. As a result, a car belonging to Mohammed Nofal, 29, from Ras Karkar village, west of Ramallah, sustained damage.
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