PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestine (07–14 March 2018) Published: Fri, 16-March-2018

Israeli forces continued with systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), for the week of 07 – 14 March, 2018.

Israeli forces continued to use excessive force against peaceful protests in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, while two Palestinian civilians were killed in Nablus and Hebron. 28 Palestinian civilians, including 5 children and a female university student, were wounded in the West Bank.

Shooting:

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces killed 2 Palestinian civilians in the West Bank and wounded 29 other civilians, including 5 children, a female university student and a fisherman, in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.  In the Gaza Strip as well, the Israeli forces continued to chase the Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Sea and target the border areas.

 

In the West Bank, in 2 separate crimes of excessive use of force, the Israeli forces killed two Palestinian civilians.  The first who suffers from speech impairment was killed during his participation in a peaceful protest in the centre of Hebron while the second was killed while confronting a group of settlers who attacked under the Israeli forces protection the outskirts of ‘Orif village, south of Nablus.  In the second crime, a child was seriously wounded.  In the two crimes, the protestors did not pose any threat to the life of Israeli soldiers or settlers who lately escalated their attacks against Palestinian civilians and their property, particularly in Nablus.  Such settlers’ attacks usually occur under the guard of the Israeli forces, who instead of deterring settlers participate in the systematic attacks.

 

On 09 March 2018, two civilians, including a child, were hit with bullets to the lower limbs when Israeli forces moved into al-Laban al-Sharqiyah village, south of Nablus, and some civilians protested against them.  The incursion occurred after Palestinian civilians set a hut on fire that was built by settlers on the village lands.

 

On 07 March 2018, after civilians confronted a group of settlers who moved into the northern outskirts of Burin village, south of Nablus, under the Israeli forces’ protection, a 17 year old Palestinian child was wounded with a bullet to the left knee in the peaceful confrontation of settlers. On 09 March 2018, 2 civilians were wounded in similar circumstances when a group of settlers attacked the northern side of ‘Einabous village, south of the city.

 

Moreover, 12 Palestinian civilians, including a child and university students were wounded after Israeli forces opened fire at them and fired tear gas canisters directly at them during protests and stone-throwing at the Israeli soldiers stationed at the entrances to the Palestinian villages in the West Bank.  These demonstrations are organized by Palestinian civilians in protest against the American President’s decision to recognize Al-Quds (Jerusalem) as the capital of Israel and against the Israeli settlement activities and land confiscations.

 

In the Gaza Strip, 9 Palestinian civilians, including a child, were wounded after Israeli forces fired bullets and tear gas canisters at them directly during protests and stone-throwing at the Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel.  These demonstrations are organized by Palestinian civilians in protest against the American President’s decision to recognize Al-Quds (Jerusalem) as the capital of Israel and against the closure imposed on the Gaza Strip for 11 years consecutively.

As part of targeting fishermen in the sea, the Israeli forces continued to escalate their attacks against fishermen in the Gaza Sea, indicating to the on-going Israeli policy of targeting their livelihoods.  PCHR’s fieldworkers monitored 12 shooting incidents; 7 in north-western Beit Lahia, 4 others in Western Soudaniyah, west of Jabalia, and 1 in the southern Gaza Strip.  The Israeli forces arrested 11 fishermen, including a child, and wounded one of them with a bullet to the right leg.

 

As part of targeting the border areas, on 10 March 2018, Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Bureij, opened fire at the Palestinian agricultural lands.  However, no casualties were reported.

 

 

Collective Punishment Measures:

 

As part of the collective punishment measures taken by the Israeli forces against Palestinian families of those accused and/or carrying out attacks against the soldiers and/or settlers, on 13 March 2018, Israeli forces closed with concrete a house belonging to prisoner Yousif Khaled Kmeil in Qabatia village, southeast of Jenin.  The house is a residential apartment in a 2-storey building with an area of 60 square meters.  It should be mentioned that the Israeli forces accuse the abovementioned prisoner of participating with prisoner Mohammed Abu al-Rub in killing settler Reuven Schmerling in Kafer Qasem in Israel on 04 October 2017.  The Israeli forces previously on 01 December 2017 demolished a house belonging to Abu al-Rub family in Qabatia village.

 

Incursions:

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 59 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 7 similar ones into Al-Quds (Jerusalem) and its suburbs. During those incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 42 Palestinians, including 2 children and a woman, in the West Bank.  Twenty seven of them, including 9 children and a woman, were arrested in Al-Quds (Jerusalem) and its suburbs. Those incursions are accompanied usually with forcing children, women and elderly people to stay outside their houses for hours or locking families in one room, preventing them to move in addition to other acts of harassment and use of police dogs in house raids.

 

The Israeli forces continued to recruit “Mista’arvim” units to arrest Palestinian civilians, claiming they are wanted.  In contempt for the Palestinian universities, a group of these units raided the Birezeit University Campus, north of Ramallah, using fake Palestinian Journalists Syndicate Cards.  They kidnapped Chief of Student Union Council, ‘Omer al-Kasawani (22), and took him after severely beating him up and randomly shooting in the university campus.

 

In the Gaza Strip, on 08 March 2018, Israeli forces moved 70 meters into the eastern side of al-Qararah village, east of Kahn Younis in the southern Gaza Strip. the Israeli forces leveled and combed the lands along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel before the Israeli forces redeployed along the fence.

 

Efforts to Create Jewish Majority in occupied East Al-Quds (Jerusalem):

 

As part of restricting the Palestinian organizations’ activities on 08 March 2018, the Israeli forces moved into “Rivoli” Hotel on Salah al-Deen Street in the centre of occupied East Al-Quds (Jerusalem), and banned an activity for “Women for Life and Democracy” Society on the occasion of 8th of March “the International Women’s Day”, claiming it was organized by the Palestinian Authority.

 

On 09 March 2018, the Israeli forces banned a Palestinian Marathon organized against the Israeli marathon that is organized by the Israeli municipality and the Israeli Ministries of Tourism and Sports.  They arrested a number of activists and participants in the marathon after attacking them and confiscated their t-shirts relevant to the activity after forcing them to take the t-shirts off.

 

AS part of settlers’ attempts to seize Palestinian civilian property, on 10 March 2018, ”Ateret Cohanim” settlement organization  handed a notice to the heirs of late Sa’id ‘Odah, claiming the land on which their residential building is established in the central neighborhood “Baten al-Hawa” in Silwan village, south of occupied East Al-Quds's (Jerusalem's) Old City.  The organization claim that this land belonged to Jews in 1889.  According to the judicial notice, this land is delimited by a plot of land with an area of 5 dunums and 200 square meters in the central neighborhood from the western side, and the organization attempts to seize it along with the buildings established on it claiming it is a Jewish property.

 

As part of profanation of cemeteries, on 12 March 2018, Israeli forces moved into al-Moujaidin Cemetery on Salah al-Deen Street in the center of the city.  They damaged the headstones of graves belonging to Palestinians from Al-Quds (Jerusalem) who were killed by the Israeli forces in the last two years.  The graves include the bodies of Mohammed al-Kaloati, ‘Abdullah Abu Kharoub; Thaer Abu Ghazaleh; Bahaa’ ‘Elian; Mohammed Abu Khalaf; ‘Abdel Muhsen Hassounah; and Mohammed Nemer as the Israeli police provided for burying them only in al-Mujahidin Cemetery.

 

Settlement Activities, Demolitions, and Settlers’ Attacks against Palestinian civilians and their Property:

 

As part of the Israeli settlers’ attacks against the Palestinian civilians and their property, the Israeli settlers cut 28 fruitful olive trees planted 30 to 40 years ago in al-Telmah area near “Rahlim” settlement established on the lands of Yatma village lands, south of Nablus; 20 fruitful olive trees planted 60 years ago in al-Sowanah area in Burin village near “Yitsihar” settlement, south of the city; 12 fruitful olive trees in Qaryout village, southeast of the city and 18 fruitful olive trees in al-Twiani village, east of Yata in the southern Hebron.

 

In the same context, on 09 March 2018, Israeli settlers from “Ma’oun” settlement attacked al-Tawani Kherbeh, east of Yata in southern Hebron.  As a result, the windows of a vehicle belonging to Gom’ah al-Rab’ie were broken.  On the same day, a group of settlers from “Yitsihar” settlement attacked Madma village, south of Nablus.  On the same day, a group of settlers from “Emmanuel” settlement threw stones at the Palestinian vehicles traveling on Qana Valley Road, northwest of Salfit.  As a result, a number of civilians were wounded and windows of a bus on a children’s trip were broken.

Use of Force against Demonstrations in Protest against the U.S. President’s Decision to Recognize Al-Quds (Jerusalem) as the Capital of Israel:

 

Upon calls for demonstrations protesting against the U.S. President Donald Trump’s Presidential Decree to recognize Al-Quds (Jerusalem) as the capital of Israel and move the U.S. Embassy to it, Palestinian civilians organized protests against the decision throughout the West Bank and Gaza Strip. As a result, a civilian with speech disorder was killed. Moreover, 22 civilians, including 2 children and a female university student, were wounded. (This number does not include the number of those wounded during the incursions into the West Bank and shooting attacks of fishing boats in the Gaza Strip Sea.) It should be mentioned that PCHR keeps the names of wounded persons in fear of arresting them. The demonstrations were as follows:

 

West Bank:

 

  • Following the end of Friday prayer on 09 March 2018, dozens of Palestinian young men gathered in Bab al-Zawiyia area in the center of Hebron. The protesters threw stones at a military checkpoint established at the entrance to the closed Shuhada Street known as al-Container Checkpoint (56). Meanwhile, a number of Israeli soldiers deployed in the area and then fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters at stone-throwers. The Israeli forces also chased the protesters between shops in Abu al-Humus area. After that, the protesters retreated while the Israeli soldiers raided a garage belonging to ‘Abed al-Jabbar and then they stationed behind the walls of Khadija ‘Abdeen School. In the meantime, the protesters throw Molotov cocktails at the Israeli soldiers from long distance. The Israeli soldiers stationed about 200 meters away from the area heavily fired live bullets at the protestors who were on Abu al-Humus Street. As a result, Mohammed Zain Fazza’ al-Ja’bari (24), who is suffering from speech disorder, was hit with a live bullet to the right side of his chest. Mohammed was then taken via a car to the Hebron Governmental Hospital, which is 300 meters away from the scene. At approximately 15:40 on the same day, doctors announced Mohammed’s death.

 

  • Following the same Friday prayer, dozens of Palestinian civilians, international human rights defenders and Israelis organized protests in Ni’lin, Bil’in, and Budrus villages west of Ramallah, al-Nabi Saleh and al-Mazr’ah al-Gharbiyah villages, northwest of the city, and Kafer Qadoum village, northeast of Qalqiliyah, in protest against the U.S President Donald trump’s decision to recognize Al-Quds (Jerusalem) as the capital of Israel. The Israeli forces used force to disperse the protestors by firing live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters. The soldiers also chased the protestors into olive fields and between houses. As a result, a civilian was hit with a tear gas canister to the abdomen. He was transferred to Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah to receive medical treatment. Doctors classified his injury as moderate.

 

  • Around the same time, dozens of Palestinian children and young men gathered at the northern entrance to al-Birah. They threw stones and empty bottles at Israeli soldiers stationed at “al-Mahkamah” checkpoint near “Beit Eil” settlement, north of the city. The Israeli soldiers fired live bullets and rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the protestors. As a result, a 22-year-old civilian was hit with a live bullet to the right foot and a17-year-old civilian was hit with a rubber bullet to the foot. The wounded civilians were transferred by an ambulance belonging to Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) to Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah to receive medical treatment.

 

  • At approximately 13:20, Palestinian civilians, international human rights defenders and Israelis organized a protest in the center of Kufor Qaddoum village, northeast of Qalqiliyah and headed to the eastern entrance to the village, which has been closed for 15 years. When the protestors approached the entrance, Israeli forces fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, an 18-year-old civilian was hit with a rubber bullet to the shoulder.

 

  • At approximately 13:00 on Monday, 12 March 2018, dozens of Palestinian students from Birzeit University at the northern entrance to al-Birah, in protest against the Israeli forces raids to the university campus on 08 March 2018 and arresting the head of Students Council. The protestors set fire to tires and threw stones and empty bottles at Israeli soldiers stationed at “al-Mahkamah” checkpoint. The soldiers fired live and rubber bullets and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, 8 students, including a female student, were hit with rubber bullets. They were taken by a PRCS ambulance to Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah to receive medical treatment.

 

Gaza Strip:

 

  • At approximately 01:30 on Friday, 09 March 2018, dozens of Palestinian youngsters made their way to the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel in the northern Gaza Strip. The youngsters approached the security fence and threw stones at Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence. The soldiers stationed in military watchtowers and in their vicinity at Beit Hanoun “Erez” crossing, northwest of Beit Hanoun village, north of Buret Abu Samrah, north of the abovementioned village, and stationed in the east of the Islamic Cemetery, east of Jabalia, fired live bullets, rubber-coated metal bullets and tear gas canisters at the protestors. As a result, 5 civilians, including a child and blind man, were wounded. Three of them were hit with live bullets and 2 civilians were hit with a tear gas canister. The wounded civilians were transferred via a PRCS ambulance to the Indonesian Hospital to receive medical treatment. Doctors classified their injuries between moderate and minor.

 

  • At approximately 14:00 on the same Friday, dozens of Palestinian young men made their way to the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel east of Khuza’a and ‘Abasan al-Kabirah and al-Jadidah villages, east of Khan Yunis, south of the Gaza Strip, in protest against the U.S President Donald Trump’s declaration of Al-Quds (Jerusalem) as the capital of Israel. The clashes continued in the area for hours during which the Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence and sporadically fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at the protestors and the area in the west of the border fence. As a result, 2 civilians were hit with live bullets to their lower limbs. They were transferred to the Gaza European Hospital, southeast of the city to receive medical treatment. Doctors classified their injuries as moderate.

 

  • Around the same time, dozens of Palestinian youngsters made their way to the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Burij refugee camp in the center of the Gaza Strip, in protest against the U.S President Donald Trump’s declaration of Al-Quds (Jerusalem) as the capital of Israel. The youngsters set fire to tires and then threw stones at the Israeli soldiers stationed behind sand barriers along the border fence. The Israeli soldier then fired tear gas canisters and live bullets at them. As a result, a 21-year-old civilian was hit with live bullets to the right thigh and a 24-year-old civilian was hit with a live bullet to the left knee. They were transferred by a PRCS ambulance to al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir al-Balah. Their injuries were classified as moderate.

 

  • At approximately 16:30 on Wednesday, 14 March 2018, dozens of Palestinian civilians gathered in the vicinity of al-Sheja’eya neighborhood, east of Gaza City and then headed to the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel (near former Nahel Oz crossing). The protestors threw stones at Israeli soldiers stationed behind the border fence. The soldiers fired live bullets, rubber-coated metal bullets and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, an 18-year-old civilian was hit with a live bullet to the foot. He was taken by an ambulance to al-Shifa Hospital to receive medical treatment.

 

  • Collective Punishment Policy:

 

  • As part of the collective punishment policy applied by the Israeli forces against the Palestinian families of those accused of carrying out attacks against the Israeli forces and/or settlers, Israeli forces closed with concrete a house belonging to prisoner Yousef Khaled Kamail in Qabatia village, southeast of Jenin.

According to PCHR’s investigations, at approximately 01:00 on Tuesday, 13 March 2018, Israeli forces moved into Qabatia village, southeast of Jenin, and then stationed in the Eastern neighborhood. The Israeli forces surrounded a residential building belonging to Khaled Mostafa Kamail and his sons. The 2-storey building is comprised of 4 apartments, sheltering 10 members including 2 children. The Israeli forces raided the building and then locked all the families’ members in one room in an apartment belonging to Mohamed Khaled Kamail. After that, an engineering unit raided an apartment in the ground floor belonging to prisoner Khaled Kamail and then fixed a steel plate on the apartment’s main entrance and 2 similar plates on 2 windows of the northern room. The Israeli forces also brought 8 concrete mixers and then pumped the concrete in the 60-square-meter apartment. The apartment was closed to a height of 2.5 meters. It should be noted that the Israeli forces accused prisoner Mohamed Abu al-Rub of killing an Israeli settler Reuven Schmerling on 04 October 2017, in Kafur Qasem village in Israel. Moreover, on 01 December 2017, the Israeli forces previously demolished the house of Abu al-Rub Family in Qabatia village.

  • Restrictions on Palestinian Organizations’ Activities:

 

  • At approximately 11:00 on Thursday, 08 March 2018, Israeli forces raided Rivoli Hotel on Salah al-Deen Street in the center of occupied East Al-Quds (Jerusalem) and prevented an activity for “Women for Life and Democracy” Society on occasion of the International Women’s Day. The Israeli forces claimed that the activity was organized by the PA. Eyewitnesses said that the Israeli forces stationed at the entrance to the hotel and prevented anyone from entering. The Israeli Intelligence officers raided the hotel, checked the IDs of all participants, and then prevented holding the activity in the hotel or in any other place. On 07 March 2018, the Israeli forces summoned Zuhour Abu Maiyalah, Director of Women for Life and Democracy, to question her in al-Maskobiyia investigation center. They asked her about the activity and then released her without any conditions without telling her about banning the activity.  She was surprised that the hotel was raided and she was handed the ban decision. Ahmed Jalajel, Media Officer at the organization, said that the Israeli police and intelligence officers ordered him not to cover the closure or preventing women from entering.  The Israeli Intelligence officers also verbally insulted him.

 

  • On Friday, 09 March 2018, Israeli forces prevented holding the “Palestinian Marathon” activity in protest against the “Israeli Marathon” which is organized by the Israeli Municipality and Ministries of Tourism and Sports. The Israeli forces arrested a number of activists and participants after assaulting them. They also confiscated the t-shirts of the marathon after forcing the participants to take off them. Eyewitnesses said that the Israeli forces raided vehicles parking on Nablus Street in the center of occupied East Al-Quds (Jerusalem), where they attacked a vehicle carrying a group of children and girls and then forcibly confiscated Palestinian flags, marathon’s T-shirts, and Palestinian hattah. The eyewitnesses added that the Israeli forces arrested activist Mohamed Abu al-Humus and Fadi al-Motour after pushing Abu al-Humus while attempting to stick to the Palestinian flag. It should be noted that the Israeli forces ordered the children to step out of the vehicle and then leave the parking. After that, Israeli mounted police officers arrived at the area and ordered the children to return to the vehicle. Few minutes later, the Israeli Intelligence officers came and told the children that the vehicle was confiscated and they should leave. The Israeli officers forcibly attempted to take the vehicle’s key from Shahd Abu al-Humus and then searched it several times before confiscating it. They also ordered all the children to take off the marathon’s T-shirts and confiscated them.

 

 

  • Israeli settlers’ attempts to seize Palestinian civilian property

 

  • On Saturday afternoon, 10 March 2018, “Ateret Cohanim” settlement organization handed a judicial notice to the heirs of the late Sa’ied ‘Odah, claiming a plot of land where their house is established in Baten al-Hawa neighborhood in Silwan village, south of occupied East Al-Quds's (Jerusalem's) Old City. They claimed that the plot of land belonging to jews in 1889. Ya’qoub al-Rajabi, Member of Families Committee in Baten al-Hawa neighborhood, said that the notices were with the names of the late’s wife, sons and their wives, claiming the plot of land, where their building is built. The 4-storey building is comprised of 8 apartments, sheltering 50 members, most of them are children. He added that the judicial notices give the family 30 days to vacate the land while the neighborhood’s committee will head to a lawyer to cancel the vacation order and prove the family ownership of the land. Al-Rajabi also clarified Odah Family has ownedthe plot of land since the 1970s after buying it from a resident of Silwan village, who owned it in the 1950s. Years ago, the family could obtain the necessary licenses from all the Israeli departments to build the building, where they have lived for 20 years, and this confirms that the land belongs to ‘Odah Family. According to the judicial notices, the ‘Odah Family’s land is next to a land of 5 dunums and 200 square meters in al-Wusta neighborhood from the western side, which Ateret Cohanim organization attempts to seize along with other buildings established on it, claiming that it is a Jewish property. Moreover, Ateret Cohanim organization handed notices to over 70 families in the village starting from September 2015. Al-Rajabi warned of the seriousness of the judicial summonses handed to ‘Odah Family, pointing out that they would be the beginning for new other notices to vacate buildings and apartments built in the vicinity of the 5 dunums in Baten al-Hawa neighborhood.

 

  • Damaging Headstones of Graves in al-Mujahidin Cemetery :

 

  • On Monday, 12 March 2018, Israeli forces raided al– Mujahidin Cemetery on Salah al-Deen Street in the center of occupied East Al-Quds (Jerusalem), where they damaged tombstones of a graveyard where Palestinian civilians from Al-Quds (Jerusalem) were buried after being killed by the Israeli forces. Hussni al-Kilany, who is responsible for al- Mujahidin Cemetery, said that the Israeli forces, who had hand tools, broke the lock of the cemetery’s main entrance and then raided the cemetery. Moreover, other Israeli forces stationed at the cemetery entrance and in the vicinity of it. He added that the Israeli forces damaged a headstone of graveyard where Jerusalemite persons were buried after being killed by the Israeli forces during the last 2 years. They Israeli forces also damaged a Quran verse and another sentence saying, “Cemeteries of Al-Quds (Jerusalem) Intifada Martyrs”. Al-Kilany added that the Israeli authorities called upon the cemetery officials 3 months ago to remove the word of “Hero Martyr”, which was written before the name of each person killed by the Israeli forces. A day before raiding the cemetery and damaging the headstones, an Israeli officer raided the cemetery and took photos of the graveyard. It should be noted that the graveyard includes the corpses of Mohamed al-Kalouti, Abdullah Abu Kharoub, Thaier Abu Ghazalah, Bahaa’ Abu Khalaf, Abed al-Muhsen Hassonah, and Mohamed Nimer after The Israeli police ordered to bury all of them only in al-Mujahidin Cemetery.

 

 

  • Settlement activities and attacks by settlers against Palestinian civilians and property

 

 Israeli settlers’ attacks

 

  • At approximately 17:00 on Wednesday, 07 March 2018, a group of Israeli settlers from “’Arousa” outpost that extended from “Bracha” settlement established in the northern outskirts of Bureen village, south of Nablus, attacked Palestinian civilians’ houses in the village’s outskirts under the Israeli forces’ protection. Meanwhile, a group of Palestinian civilians gathered to confront the Israeli forces and settlers and threw stones at them. The Israeli forces fired tear gas canisters, live bullets, and rubber-coated metal bullets at the youngsters. As a result, a 17-year-old child was hit with a live bullet to the left knee and was then taken to Rafidia Hospital in Nablus, where his wounds were classified as moderate.

 

  • At approximately 09:00 on Thursday, 08 March 2018, a group of Palestinian farmers from al-Sawiyia village, south of Nablus, headed to plow their lands in al-Talmah area near “Rahlim”settlement, south of nearby Ytmah village. It should be noted that the famers coordinated with the Palestinian Liaison before heading to their lands. When the farmers arrived at their lands, they were surprised with damaging and cutting around 28 olive trees planted 30 to 40 years ago. The abovementioned trees belong to Suhail Abed al-Rahman al-Salman, who have 18 trees, and Ahmed Hamed Khalil, who have 10 trees.

 

  • At approximately 11:00 on Friday, 09 March 2018, a group of Israeli settlers from” Maon” settlement attacked Kherbit al-Tawani, east of Yatta, south of Hebron. The Israeli settlers threw stones at Palestinian civilians’ houses and vehicles. As a result, vehicle’s windows of Jumm’a Mousa Jebreel Rab’I, were broken. After that, verbal quarrels erupted between the village’s residents and Israeli settlers. Meanwhile, the Israeli forces intervened, deployed in the village, and then fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the residents. It should be noted that the Israeli forces did not prevent the settler from throwing stones at the Palestinian civilians’ houses. Moreover, the Israeli forces declared lands adjacent to the village as a closed military zone to prevent the residents’ movement.

 

  • At approximately 15:00 on Friday, a group of Israeli settlers from” Yitzhar ”settlement established at the northern side of ‘Ainabous village, south of Nablus, attacked Palestinian civilians’ houses in the village’s northern outskirts under the Israeli forces’ protection. A group of Palestinian civilians gathered in the vicinity of the houses and confronted the Israeli settlers by throwing stones at them. The Israeli forces immediately fired tear gas canisters, live bullets, and rubber-coated metal bullets at them. As a result, 2 of the protestors were wounded, the first one (25) was hit with a live bullet to the abdomen, while the second one (45) was hit with rubber bullet to the right eye. Both of them were then taken to Rafidia Hospital, where their wounds were classified as stable.

 

  • At approximately 16:00 on Friday, a group of Israeli settlers from “Yitzhar ”settlement established at the southern side of Madamah village, south of Nablus, attacked Palestinian civilians’ houses in the village’s southeastern outskirts under the Israeli forces’ protection. A group of Palestinian civilians gathered in the vicinity of the houses and confronted the Israeli settlers by throwing stones at them. The Israeli forces immediately fired tear gas canisters, live bullets, and rubber-coated metal bullets at the protestors and then chased them into the village. As a result, Osama Riyad Qat (16) was arrested and taken to an unknown destination.

 

  • At approximately 19:30 on Friday, a group of Israeli settlers from “Emmanuel” settlement threw stones at Palestinian civilians’ vehicles passing through Qanaa Valley Road, northwest of Salfit. As a result, a number of Palestinian civilians were wounded while the windows of a bus carrying children’s kindergarten were broken. ‘Alaa Jamal Ameen Zubaidi said to PCHR’s fieldworker that: “We are the owners of kindergarten for children. On Friday, 09 March 2018, we organized a trip for the children. There was 2 buses carrying the children and their mothers. At approximately 19:30, when we were on our way at Qanna Valley intersection, a private car with a yellow registration plate attempted to harass us. The car was travelling slowly at “Emmanuel” settlement intersection. The first bus driver gave us a signal to hurry up because he felt that the situation is not reassuring, so we followed him. Suddenly, stones fell over us. The first bus was hit with many stones while the doors’ windows of our bus were broken, causing fear among children and their mothers. Moreover, the glasses scattered on the passengers’ clothes. Eventually, we managed to get out towards Salfit”.
  • At approximately 08:00 on Saturday, 10 March 2018, a number of Palestinian farmers from Bureen village, south of Nablyus, headed to plow their lands in al-Sawwanah area near “Yitzhar ” settlement, south of the village. The farmers coordinated with the Palestinian Liaison before heading to their lands. When the farmers arrived at their lands, they were surprised with damaging and cutting around 20 olive trees planted 60 years ago. The olive trees belong to Mohamed Rajja’ Mohamed Zabin.
  • On Saturday, a group of Israeli settlers from” Ma’on” settlement established on Palestinian civilians’ lands, east of Yatta, south of Hebron, cut off around 18 olive trees from al-Tawani lands, whose Israeli settlers seek to seize them. The olive trees belong to Yaser Mousa Khalil Rab’i.

 

  • At approximately 08:00 on Tuesday, 13 March 2018, a group of Palestinian farmers from Qaryout village, southeast of Nablus, headed to plow their lands in al-Karm al-Gharbi near “Eli “ settlement, which was classified as C area, southeast of the village. It should be noted that the farmer coordinated with the Palestinian Liaison before heading to their lands. When the farmer arrived at their lands, they were surprised with cutting of around 12 fruitful olive trees. The olive trees were cut with automatic saws.

 

Recommendations to the International Community

 

PCHR warns of the escalating settlement construction in the West Bank, the attempts to legitimize settlement outposts established on Palestinian lands in the West Bank and the continued summary executions of Palestinian civilians under the pretext that they pose a security threat to the Israeli forces. PCHR reminds the international community that thousands of Palestinian civilians have been rendered homeless and lived in caravans under tragic circumstances due to the latest Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip that has been under a tight closure for almost 11 years. PCHR welcomes the UN Security Council’s Resolution No. 2334, which states that settlements are a blatant violation of the Geneva Conventions and calls upon Israel to stop them and not to recognize any demographic change in the oPt since 1967.  PCHR hopes this resolution will pave the way for eliminating the settlement crime and bring to justice those responsible for it. PCHR further reiterates that the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Al-Quds (Jerusalem), are still under Israeli occupation in spite of Israel’s unilateral disengagement plan of 2005.  PCHR emphasizes that there is international recognition of Israel’s obligation to respect international human rights instruments and international humanitarian law.  Israel is bound to apply international human rights law and the law of war, sometimes reciprocally and other times in parallel, in a way that achieves the best protection for civilians and remedy for the victims.

  1. PCHR calls upon the international community to respect the Security Council’s Resolution No. 2334 and to ensure that Israel respects it as well, in particular point 5 which obliges Israel not to deal with settlements as if they were part of Israel.
  2. PCHR calls upon the ICC this year to open an investigation into Israeli crimes committed in the oPt, particularly the settlement crimes and the 2014 offensive on the Gaza Strip.
  3. PCHR Calls upon the European Union (EU) and all international bodies to boycott settlements and ban working and investing in them in application of their obligations according to international human rights law and international humanitarian law considering settlements as a war crime.
  4. PCHR calls upon the international community to use all available means to allow the Palestinian people to enjoy their right to self-determination through the establishment of the Palestinian State, which was recognized by the UN General Assembly with a vast majority, using all international legal mechanisms, including sanctions to end the occupation of the State of Palestine.
  5. PCHR calls upon the international community and United Nations to take all necessary measures to stop Israeli policies aimed at creating a Jewish demographic majority in Al-Quds (Jerusalem) and at voiding Palestine from its original inhabitants through deportations and house demolitions as a collective punishment, which violates international humanitarian law, amounting to a crime against humanity.
  6. PCHR calls upon the international community to condemn summary executions carried out by Israeli forces against Palestinians and to pressurize Israel to stop them.
  7. PCHR calls upon the States Parties to the Rome Statute of the ICC to work hard to hold Israeli war criminals accountable.
  8. PCHR calls upon the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions to fulfill their obligations under article (1) of the Convention to ensure respect for the Conventions under all circumstances, and under articles (146) and (147) to search for and prosecute those responsible for committing grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions to ensure justice and remedy for Palestinian victims, especially in light of the almost complete denial of justice for them before the Israeli judiciary.
  9. PCHR calls upon the international community to speed up the reconstruction process necessary because of the destruction inflicted by the Israeli offensive on Gaza.
  10. PCHR calls for a prompt intervention to compel the Israeli authorities to lift the closure that obstructs the freedom of movement of goods and 1.8 million civilians that experience unprecedented economic, social, political and cultural hardships due to collective punishment policies and retaliatory action against civilians.
  11. PCHR calls upon the European Union to apply human rights standards embedded in the EU-Israel Association Agreement and to respect its obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights when dealing with Israel.
  12. PCHR calls upon the international community, especially states that import Israeli weapons and military services, to meet their moral and legal responsibility not to allow Israel to use the offensive in Gaza to test new weapons and not accept training services based on the field experience in Gaza in order to avoid turning Palestinian civilians in Gaza into testing objects for Israeli weapons and military tactics.
  13. PCHR calls upon the parties to international human rights instruments, especially the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), to pressurize Israel to comply with its provisions in the oPt and to compel it to incorporate the human rights situation in the oPt in its reports submitted to the relevant committees.
  14. PCHR calls upon the EU and international human rights bodies to pressurize the Israeli forces to stop their attacks against Palestinian fishermen and farmers, mainly in the border area.
Source: International Middle East Center