IOF continue systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt)

PCHR/ Gaza/  

  • 7 Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip were wounded during activities supporting the Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli jails.
  • Israeli forces continued to target the Gaza Strip border area.
  • A fisherman was wounded in the northern Gaza Strip.
  • Israeli forces conducted 31 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 7 limited ones in Jerusalem.
  • 53 civilians, including 6 children, were arrested.
  • 26 of them, including 2 children, were arrested in Jerusalem, while 5 others, including 3 children, were arrested during peaceful protests.
  • Israeli forces continued settlement activities in the West Bank.
  • Dozens of settlers moved into Helwa valley neighbourhood in Silwan village and threw stones at houses.
  • Israeli forces continued to target the Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip Sea.
  • Israeli forces turned the West Bank into cantons and continued to impose the illegal closure on the Gaza Strip for the 10th
  • Dozens of temporary checkpoints were established in the West Bank and others were re-established to obstruct the movement of Palestinian civilians.
  • 2 civilians were arrested at military checkpoints in the West Bank.

Summary

Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (25-31 May 2017).

Shooting:

During the reporting period, Israeli forces wounded 8 Palestinian civilians, all of whom were wounded at the border area in the Gaza Strip. Moreover, Israeli navy forces continued to chase and open fire at Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip sea. In the West Bank, Israeli forces continued to use force against peaceful protests, but no casualties were reported.

In the West Bank, the majority of the West Bank cities witnessed protests in solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in the Israeli jails. Israeli forces used force against these protests and other protests against the annexation wall and settlement activities. As a result, dozens of Palestinian civilians fainted because of tear gas inhalation. No casualties were reported.

In the Gaza Strip, the border area witnessed protests supporting the Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in the Israeli jails and rejecting the illegal closure imposed on the Gaza Strip. Israeli forces used force to disperse the protestors, due to which, 8 civilians, including a child, were wounded. Seven of them were hit with live bullets and one was hit with a metal bullet.

In the context of Israeli attacks on fishermen in the sea, on 26 May 2017, Israeli gunboats stationed in the sea, northwest of Beit Lahia village, north of the Gaza Strip, heavily opened fire at fishing boats sailing within the allowed area and chased them. Similar attacks recurred in the same area on 27 and 29 May 2017. No casualties were reported.

On the same day, Israeli navy forces stationed off Gaza Port opened fire at the Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 4 nautical miles.

Concerning attacks on the border area, on 29 May 2017, Israeli forces stationed in watchtowers around al-Mentar (Karni) crossing, east of al-Shuja’iya, east of Gaza City, opened fire at agricultural lands. However, neither casualties nor material damage were reported.

Incursions:

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 31 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank, and 7 others into Jerusalem and its suburbs  During these incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 48 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children. Twenty six of them, including 2 children, were arrested in occupied Jerusalem and its suburbs, while 5 civilians, including 3 children, were arrested while participating in protests supporting the Palestinian prisoners. The number of arrested persons this week raises to 53, including 6 children.

Settlement activities

On 27 May 2017, a number of settlers assaulted farmer Ma’moun Amin Nassar (44), from Burin village, south of Nablus, under the guardianship of the Israeli soldiers. They threw stones at him, hitting him in the head, back and right shoulder.

Regarding settler attacks against Palestinian civilians and their property in Jerusalem, on 31 May 2017, dozens of settlers moved into Helwa valley neighbourhood in Silwan village, south of occupied Jerusalem, during a protest they organized marking the so-called “The Decent of the Torah“. The settlers threw stones at the houses, verbally insulted the residents in the area and damaged mirrors of some vehicles.

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 2 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 65%. Moreover, the rate of unemployment increased up to 47% and youth constitutes 65% of the unemployed persons.  Moreover, 80% of the Gaza Strip population depends on international aid to secure their minimum daily needs. These rates indicate the unprecedented economic deterioration in the Gaza Strip.

In the West Bank, Israeli forces continued to suffocate the Palestinian cities and village by imposing military checkpoints around and/or between them. This created “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.