Israeli forces continue systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory

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The Palestinian Center for Human Rights has issued its weekly report on Israeli violations of human rights and international humanitarian law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory during the period 3 –9 November 2016.

The report shows that  Israeli forces continued to use excessive force in the oPt, killing one Palestinian at the entrance to “Ofra” settlement, northeast of Ramallah and al-Bireh. In addition, 6 Palestinian civilians, including a child and a photojournalist, were wounded in the West Bank.

Meanwhile, Israeli forces conducted 72 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and a limited one in the southern Gaza Strip. 83 civilians, including 23 children and 4 women, were arrested, 28 of whom, cluding 13 children and 2 women, were arrested in occupied Jerusalem.

Israeli forces also continued attacks on Palestinian families, arresting an 8-member family from al-Amari’ refugee camp, south of Ramallah, were arrested, in addition to raiding and seizing belongings of two publishing houses in Hebron and Beit Ommer villag.

The attacks on the Gaza strip have continued as well, since IOF continued to target Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip Sea, causing a fisherman to faint and  his fishing boat sustained material damage.

Israeli forces continue efforts to create Jewish majority in occupied East Jerusalem: 2 houses, parts of a house and a carwash were demolished in a number of neighbourhoods in the city. 3 mosques in Abu Dees were ordered to stop the Fajar Prayer’s call (Adhan) via loudspeakers.

Settlement activities continued in the West Bank. Three stores at the entrance to Beita village, south of Nablus, were demolished. Settlers attacked a number of Palestinian farmers in the west of Ramallah.

Israeli forces turned the West Bank into cantons and continued to impose the illegal closure on the Gaza Strip for the 9th time: Dozens of temporary checkpoints were established in the West Bank and others were re-established to obstruct the movement of Palestinian civilians. Two Palestinian civilians were arrested at military checkpoints.

 Shooting:

Israeli forces have continued to commit crimes, inflicting civilian casualties. They have also continued to use excessive force against Palestinian civilians participating in peaceful protests in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, the majority of whom were youngsters. During the reporting period, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian and wounded 6 others, including a child and a photojournalist, in the West Bank.

In the West Bank, in excessive use of lethal force, on 03 November 2016, Israeli forces guarding “Ofra” settlement, northeast of Ramallah, killed Ma’an Abu Qare’ (23) and kept his corpse in custody.  The spokesperson of the Israeli forces claimed the aforementioned person attempted to stab Israeli soldiers at “Ofra” intersection, as a result, they opened fire at him. No local eyewitness was present in the scene to confirm or negate the Israeli claims.

In the context of excessive force used in peaceful protests against the annexation wall and settlement activities, 5 Palestinian civilians, including a child and a photojournalist, were wounded. Four of them, including the photojournalist, were wounded in Kufor Qaddoum weekly protest, northeast of Qalqilya, while the child was wounded in Ni’lin weekly protests, west of Ramallah.

On 09 November 2016, one of the Israeli soldiers patrolling Howarah main street, south of Nablus, opened fire at Mohammed Amer (32), from Tulkarm. As a result, he sustained 2 serious bullet wounds to the back and right hand. Israeli forces claimed that Amer attempted to stab an Israeli soldier.

In the Gaza Strip, in the context of targeting Palestinian fishermen offshore, on 03 November 2016, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Wahah shore, northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, heavily opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles. A similar attack took place on 06 November 2016, however, no casualties were reported.

On 07 November 2016, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Sudaniya shore, west of Jabalia, north of the Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats. They chased a bout while spraying it with wastewater in an attempt to get it drowned. As a result, Mahmoud Abu Riyala (18) fainted because of the wastewater and the boat sustained damage. A similar shooting attack took place at approximately 06:30 on Wednesday, 09 November 2016, but neither casualties nor material damage were reported.

Incursions:

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 72 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 11 others in occupied Jerusalem and its suburbs. During these incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 83 Palestinian civilians, including 23 children and 4 women. Twenty-eight of them, including 13 children and 2 women, were arrested in occupied Jerusalem. Among the arrested was a whole family consisting of 8 members from al-Amari refugee camp, south of Ramallah.

On 06 and 07 November 2016, Israeli forces raided Dozan and al-Manar publishing houses in Hebron respectively. They also confiscated some of the contents and withdrew later.

In the Gaza Strip, on 09 November 2016, Israeli forces moved about 100 meters into the east of al-Qarara village, east of Khan Yunis, south of the Gaza Strip. They levelled lands along the border fence and withdrew later.

Creating Jewish majority in occupied East Jerusalem:

In the context of house demolitions, on 08 November 2016, the Israeli municipality demolished a house belonging to Eid family in Wad al-Jouz neighbourhood in occupied Jerusalem, under the pretext of non-licensing.

On the same day, the Israeli municipality demolished a house belonging to Ghanem Mostafa in al-Eisawiya village, northeast of occupied Jerusalem, under the pretext of non-licensing. It should be noted that the house was built 3 years ago.

Also on the same day, the Israeli municipality demolished parts of a house belonging to Mahmoud al-Hadra while al-Hadra self-demolished a garage he built in front of his house in al-Tour neighbourhood, east of Jerusalem’s Old City, under the pretext of non-licensing as well.

On 09 November 2016, the Israeli municipality demolished a carwash belonging to Maraqa family in Beit Hanina village, north of occupied Jerusalem. The family said the carwash belongs to 2 brothers and was built 4.5 years ago. The financial loss is estimated at NIS 200,000.

In the same context, on 04 November 2016, Israeli municipality crews and forces moved into Selwan village, south of East Jerusalem. They photographed a number of residential and commercial facilities. They took photos also of streets in Wad Helwa neighbourhood in the village.  Wad Helwa committee stated that Israeli forces distributed summonses to owners of certain facilities under the pretext of non-licensing.

In a serious development violating the right to practice religious rituals, Israeli forces informed the Mua’zzins of 3 mosques in Abu Dees village, east of occupied Jerusalem, to stop the Fajr Prayer’s call (Adhan) via loudspeakers. Moreover, they denied residents of western areas of the village access to Saladin mosque to perform the Fajr Prayer on 04 November 2016.

Settlement activities and settlers’ attacks against Palesitnian civilians and their property:

On 03 November 2016, Israeli forces demolished 3 commercial and industrial stores at the entrance to Beita village under the pretext of building with no license in area (C) according to Oslo Accords.

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.  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 1.8 million people.  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 Strip’s economy.  They also aim at imposing a complete ban on the Gaza Strip’s exports. The Israeli closure raised the rate of poverty to 38.8%, 21.1% of which suffer from extreme poverty. Moreover, the rate of unemployment increased up to 44%, which reflects 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 “cantons” 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.

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