PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestine (26 July–01 August) Published: Sat, 04-August-2018

Israeli forces continued with systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) for the week of 26 July – 01 August, 2018.

Israeli forces continued to use force against peaceful Palestinian protestors in the Gaza Strip. 3 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children, were killed in the southern Gaza Strip. 138 Palestinian civilians, including 28 children, 2 women, a journalist, and 6 paramedics, were wounded; 22 of them sustained serious wounds. Fifty-one Palestinian civilians, including 4 children, were wounded in the West Bank; 40 of them were wounded in Al-Aqsa Mosque yards.

Shooting:

 

Israeli forces continued to use lethal force against Palestinian civilians, who participated in peaceful demonstrations organized within the activities of the “Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege” in the Gaza Strip, which witnessed for the 18th week in a row peaceful demonstrations along the eastern and northern Gaza Strip border area. During the reporting period in the Gaza Strip, the Israeli forces killed 3 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children.  Moreover, the Israeli forces wounded 138 others, including 28 children, 2 women, a journalist, and 6 paramedics. Twenty-two of those wounded sustained serious wounds. In the West Bank, the Israeli forces wounded 51 civilians, including 4 children; 40 of them were wounded in al-Aqsa Mosque yards in occupied Al-Quds (Jerusalem).

 

  • In the Gaza Strip, on 27 July 2018, Israeli forces killed 3 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children, while participating in the Return and Breaking Siege March. Majdi al-Satari (12) and Mo’min al-Hams (17) were killed while participating in the demonstrations organized in Rafah, while Ghazi Abu Mustafa (43) was killed while participating the a demonstrations organized in Khan Yunis.

 

  • During the reporting period, while using the excessive force against the peaceful protesters along the Gaza Strip borders, the Israeli forces wounded 138 Palestinian civilians, including 28 children, 2 women, a journalist, and 6 paramedics. Twenty-two of those wounded sustained serious wounds.

 

Injuries in the Gaza Strip during this Week

Governorate Injuries
Total Children Women Journalists Paramedics Critical Injuries
Northern Gaza Strip 59 13 1 1 6 16
Gaza City 22 3 0 0 0 0
Central Gaza Strip 17 5 0 0 0 3
Khan Younis 10 1 1 0 0 0
Rafah 30 6 0 0 0 3
Total 138 28 2 1 6 22

 

 

As part of targeting the border areas, on 26 July 2018, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of Dir al-Balah in the centre of the Gaza Strip, opened fire at agricultural lands. On 27 July 2018, an Israeli artillery fired a sell at an empty land, east of Jabalia, north of the Gaza Strip, and no injuries were reported.

 

As part of targeting Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Sea, the Israeli forces continued to escalate their attacks against the Palestinian fishermen, pointing out to the ongoing Israeli policy of targeting their livelihoods. During the reporting period, PCHR documented 7 shooting incidents at the fishermen, including 6 in the northern Gaza Strip and 1 in the centre of the Gaza Strip.

 

In the West Bank, Israeli forces wounded 51 civilians, including 4 children; 40 of them were wounded in al-Aqsa Mosque yards in occupied Al-Quds (Jerusalem).

 

 

Incursions:

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 79 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 9 similar ones into Al-Quds (Jerusalem) and its suburbs. During those incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 52 Palestinians, including 4 children, in the West Bank.  Meanwhile, 38 other civilians, including 12 children, were arrested in Al-Quds (Jerusalem) and its suburbs. Among those arrested were 5 journalists; 4 of them work at al-Quds Satellite Channel while the last one works as a Director of Hawa Nablus Radio and a reporter at Quds News Agency.

 

In the Gaza Strip, on 30 July 2018, Israeli forces moved into Return encampments, east of Abu Safiyia Hill, northeast of Jabalia, north of the Gaza Strip, and levelled lands, which are previously levelled.

 

 

Israeli Forces continued their Measures to Create a Jewish Majority in occupied East Al-Quds (Jerusalem)

 

Following the Friday prayer, on 27 July 2018, Israeli forces raided al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Al-Quds's (Jerusalem's) Old City, and turned it into a military  barrack after surrounding it, closing it for 4 hours, forcibly evicting its yards, attacking Palestinian worshipers, firing rubber bullets and sound bombs at them, and beating and pushing them. As a result, around 40 worshipers sustained sound bombs and rubber bullets shrapnel wounds. Moreover, about 22 worshipers, including 7 children, were arrested after getting out of the mosque and some of them were arrested from al-Qibali Mosque.

 

As part of demolishing houses and civilian facilities, on 31 July 2018, Israeli forces notified the owners of 7 houses in al-Walaja village, northwest of Bethlehem, to demolish their houses, under the pretext of non-licensing. Khadir al-‘Araj, Head of al-Walaja Village Council, said that Al-Quds (Jerusalem) Municipality staff distributed 7 notices to the owners of these inhabited houses.

 

As part of settlement activities in occupied Al-Quds (Jerusalem), on 01 August 2018, the Israeli authorities opened a new settlement project in Silwan village, south of occupied East Al-Quds's (Jerusalem's) Old City, to serve Israeli settlers, under the name of ” Jewish Yemeni Heritage Center”. It should be noted that the Israel authorities opened the settlement project in Abu Nab property, which is built on an area of 700 square meter and seized in 2015.

 

Settlement activities and attacks by settlers against Palestinian civilians and property

 

As part of demolishing crimes, on 29 July 2018, Israeli forces demolished a barrack built of tin plates in al-Shareef area in Kherbit Tuba, east of Yatta, south of Hebron. The 150-square-meter barrack belonging to Tawfiq ‘Awad was used for breeding livestock. The barrack was demolished under the pretext of non-licensing in area classified as Area C.

 

On 01 August 2018, Israeli forces demolished unused graves built of concrete in the Western Ahrash area in al-‘Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron.

 

As part of settlement activities and attacks by settlers against Palestinian civilians and property, on 27 July 2018, a group of Israeli settlers from “Yish Kodesh” outpost established in eastern side of Jaloud village, southeast of Nablus, attacked Palestinian civilians’ houses in al-Khila al-Wasta area, east of the village. The Israeli settlers set fire to an under-construction house and attacked another house after destroying its main door and damaging its contents.

 

On 28 July 2018, three Israeli settlers attacked Samir Mutlaq Ibrahime Ghanem (39) and his wife, Lina, with pepper gas and contaminated water while returning home in Tal al-Ramida neighborhood in Hebron. The Israeli forcrs did not intervene to stop them. Samir and his wife were taken to Hebron Governmental Hospital for treatment.

 

On 30 July 2018, a group of Israeli settlers from “Adi Ad” outpost established on al-Magheer village’s lands, northeast of Ramallah, moved into the outskirts of the village from the northwest side. The Israeli settlers burned tires of 8 Palestinian vehicles and wrote racist slogans on the walls of the houses calling for revenge and killing the Palestinian civilians. The Israeli settlers later withdrew.

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

 

Israeli forces continued its excessive use of lethal force for the  18th consecutive Friday against peaceful demonstration organized by Palestinian civilians in in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The demonstrations were named as “The Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege. The demonstrations were also in protest against the U.S. President Donald Trump’s declaration to move the U.S. Embassy to it. The demonstrations were as follows during the reporting period:

 

Gaza Strip:

 

  • At approximately 16:00 on Friday 27 July 2018, hundreds of civilians swarmed to the Return encampments established by the Supreme National Authority for the Great March of Return and Breaking Siege, east of Khuza’ah village, east of Khan Younis. The numbers of participants increased at approximately 16:30, as the participants gathered inside and outside the encampment’s yard and raised flags, chanted national slogans and flew dozens of kites and balloons as dozens of them, including women and children, approached the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel and set fire. A number of them attempted to throw stones at Israeli forces. The Israeli snipers stationed behind sand barriers and hills, more of which were established this week, along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, deliberately and selectively opened fire at participants of the peaceful demonstrations that included hundreds of civilians. On this week, the shooting was more than firing tear gas canisters, which were limitedly used in the last 2 hours of the demonstration by the military vehicles and drones. The shooting, which continued until approximately 20:00, resulted in the killing of Ghazi Mohammed Mustafa Abu Mustafa (43), from Khan Younis, after being hit with a live bullet that penetrated the right side of the head and exited the left ear at approximately 16:30, as he was sitting under an olive tree, which is about 150 meters away from the border fence. Ghazi’s death was announced after half an hour of his transfer to Gaza European Hospital. It should be noted that Ghazi was wounded to the left leg by Israeli forces on 08 June 2018, and he walks on crutches since his injury. Moreover, 10 others, including a child and a woman were hit with live bullets and its shrapnel throughout their bodies. The wounded civilians were taken to the field hospital and then transferred to Nasser, Gaza European and Algerian Hospitals. Dozens further suffered tear gas inhalation and received medical treatment on the spot or at the field hospital. Some of them were transferred to hospitals due to suffering severe tear gas inhalation and seizures.

 

  • At approximately 16:00 on Friday, 27 July 2018, thousands of civilians swarmed to the Return encampments established by the Supreme National Authority for the Great March of Return and Breaking Siege, east of Malakah intersection, east of al-Zaytoun neighborhood, east of Gaza City in the 18th consecutive Friday titled “Our Martyrs Children.” The activities included raising flags, chanting national slogans, setting fire to tires and flying kites. Though the demonstrations were fully peaceful, Israeli forces stationed behind the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel deliberately and randomly fired live and rubber bullets and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, 22 civilians, including 3 children, were wounded. Nineteen of them were hit with live bullets and its shrapnel and 3 were hit with tear gas canisters.

 

  • Around the same time, hundreds of civilians swarmed to the Return encampments established by the Supreme National Authority for the Great March of Return and Breaking Siege, 400 meters away from the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Buraij in the central Gaza Strip. Dozens of them approached the border fence, set fire to tires and threw stones at Israeli soldiers stationed behind sand barriers along the border fence. The Israeli forces fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at the participants. The clashes continued until approximately 20:00 on the same day. As a result, 15 civilians, including 3 children, were wounded. Thirteen of them were hit with live bullets and 2 others were hit with tear gas canisters. The wounded civilians were taken via ambulances belonging to Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) to al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir al-Balah. Doctors classified 3 civilians’ injuries as serious and they were then transferred to al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City. The injuries of the other wounded civilians were classified between minor and moderate.

 

  • At approximately 16:30, hundreds of Palestinian swarmed to the Return encampments established by the Supreme National Authority for the Great March of Return, east of Abu Safiyah Hill, northeast of Jabalia hundreds of Palestinian swarmed to the Return encampments established by the Supreme National Authority for the Great March of Return, east of Abu Safiyah Hill, northeast of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip. The protestors raised Palestinian flags, chanted national slogans and set fire to tires. Dozens of them approached the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel and threw stones at Israeli soldiers stationed behind the border fence. The Israeli forces deliberately and randomly fired live and rubber bullets and tear gas canisters at them. The clashes continued until approximately 21:00 on the same day. As a result, 59 civilians, including 12 children, a woman, 6 paramedics and a journalist, were wounded. Forty eight of them were hit with live bullets and its shrapnel while 11 were hit with tear gas canisters. The wounded civilians were transferred via ambulances belonging to PRCS, Medical Services and the Ministry of Health to the Indonesian and al-Awda Hospitals. Doctors classified the injury of 16 civilians as serious. The wounded journalist identified as Samer Sa’adallah Abdul ‘Ati al-Za’anin (26), a freelance journalist, was hit with a tear gas canister to the right thigh. As for the paramedics, they were identified as follows:

 

  1. Fares ‘Awad ‘Atiyah ‘Afanah (37), Director of the Emergency Medical Services, was hit with a live bullet to the right leg;
  2. Hani Mahmoud Husein Wadi (32), a paramedic at PRCS, was hit with live bullet to the head and back;
  3. Ramez Mesbah Mohammed Abu Dayer (27), a paramedic at the Palestinian Civil Defense, was hit with a live bullet to the head ad back;
  4. Maisa’a ‘Aref Salman al-‘Aar (20), a paramedic at the Palestinian Ministry of Health, was hit with a live bullet shrapnel to the right hand;
  5. Alin Yahiya Rashad ‘Ashour (22), a volunteer paramedic at the Ministry of Health, was hit with a live bullet to the left leg; and
  6. Ahmed Abdul Bari al-‘Abed Abu Foul (34), a volunteer paramedic at PRCS, was hit with a tear gas canister to the neck.

 

  • At approximately 17:00, hundreds of Palestinian swarmed to the Return encampment established by the Supreme National Authority for the Great March of Return, east of al-Shawkah village, east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. A number of young men approached the border fence, flew kites, set fire to tires and threw stones at Israeli soldiers stationed behind the border fence. The soldiers fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at the protestors. The clashes continued until approximately 20:30. As a result, Majdi Ramzi Kamal al-Satri (12) was killed after being hit with a live bullet that entered the front and exited the back of the head. Majdi died in the ambulance that transferred him from the field hospital in the Return encampment to Gaza European Hospital in Khan Younis. Moreover, 30 civilians, including 6 children, were wounded. Twenty nine of them were hit with live bullets and its shrapnel and one civilian was hit with a tear gas canister. Those wounded civilians were taken to the field hospital and then transferred to Abu Yusuf al-Najjar Hospital in Rafah and Gaza European Hospital in Khan Younis. Doctors classified the injuries of 3 civilians as serious. At approximately 05:00 on Saturday, 28 July 2018, medical sources at Gaza European Hospital announced the death of Mo’men Fathi Yusuf al-Hams (17), succumbing to his wounds. Mo’men was hit with a live bullet that entered the left shoulder and exited the chest. Mo’men underwent a Surgery that continued for 5 hours and then stayed at the ICU until his death was announced.

 

  • At approximately 16:00 on Sunday, 30 July 2018, dozens of Palestinian children and young men gathered near the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Buraij in the central Gaza Strip, to participate in the Return encampment. They threw stones at Israeli soldiers stationed behind sand barriers along the b order fence. the soldiers fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, 2 children were hit with live bullets to the lower limbs. They were transferred via a PRCS ambulance to al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir al-Balah. Doctors classified their injuries as moderate.

 

West Bank:

 

  • At approximately 13:40 on Friday, 27 July 2018, a group of Palestinian civilians moved from Kufor Qaddoum village, northeast of Qalqiliyah, to the eastern entrance to the village, which has been closed for 15 years. The protestors chanted national slogans demanding end of occupation, condemning the decisions to demolish Khan al-Ahmer Bedouin Community and condemning the Israeli forces’ crimes against Palestinian protestors along the eastern border of the Gaza Strip within “The Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege” activities. Several representatives of national factions and representatives of National Action Factions in the north of the West Bank and a number of foreign and Israeli activists participated in the demonstration. Israeli soldiers suppressed the demonstration and fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, 5 civilians, including a 3 children age between 12 and 13, was hit with a live bullet shrapnel to the left hand.

 

  • At approximately 16:40 on Saturday, 28 July 2018, a group of Palestinian organized a peaceful demonstration from the center of Kufor Qadoum village, northeast of Qalqiliyah and headed to the eastern entrance, which has been closed for 15 years. Israeli forces opened fire at the protestors. As a result, a 40-year-old civilian was hit with a rubber bullet to the right hand.

House Demolitions and Notices:

 

  • At approximately 07:00 on Tuesday, 31 July 2018, Israeli forces notified the owners of 7 houses in al-Walaja village, northwest of Bethlehem, to demolish their houses, under the pretext of non-licensing. Khadir al-‘Araj, Head of al-Walaja Village Council, said that an Israeli military force accompanied with the Al-Quds (Jerusalem) Municipality staff moved into ‘Ein al-Jwaiza neighborhood in al-Walaja village. The municipality staff distributed 7 notices to the owners of these inhabited houses. The notices included summonses for the houses’ owners forcing them to self-demolish their houses, or they will be forced to pay the demolition costs. Al-‘Araj pointed out that the neighborhood, which is adjacent to al-Malha village that its residents were evicted, is clearly targeted in order to be fully annexed to the Al-Quds (Jerusalem) Municipality boundaries. It should be noted that the Al-Quds (Jerusalem) Municipality, during the past 30 years, attempted to annex the neighborhood. The Israeli authorities are also seeking to deport the neighborhood residents in favor of expanding the Israeli settlement as a prelude to add 330 settlement units in “Har Gilo” settlement established on the village lands. The Israeli forces also demolished al-Nour Mosque in the same neighborhood 20 years ago and destroyed the paved street that connects the neighborhood with the rest of the village. Additionally, they demolished over 30 houses and there are about forty cases in the Israeli Courts due to issuing demolition notices against those houses.

 

  • Opening New Settlement Project in Silwan:

 

  • On Wednesday evening, 1 August 2018, Israeli forces moved into Silwan village, south of occupied East Al-Quds's (Jerusalem's) Old City, and turned it into a military barrack. This happened in coinciding with opening a new settlement project in the village to serve the settlers, under the name of ” Jewish Yemeni Heritage Center”. According to eyewitnesses, a large force of Israeli soldiers moved into the neighborhoods and stationed at its entrances. They then deployed in Batn al-Hawa, al-Wosta, al-Bostan, and ‘Ein al-Lawza neighborhoods and closed some streets and roads to facilitate the access of participants to the opening ceremony of the settlement project. The eyewitnesses also said that before the beginning of the ceremony, the Israeli forces, arrested Zuhair al-Rajabi, Head of Batn al-Hawa Committee, and Jawad seyam, Head of the Wadi Helweh Information Center, while they were in the neighborhood. After that, the Israeli forces evicted the streets, forced the residents to enter their houses, and kept the press crews and some of foreign and Israeli activists away from the area.  Meanwhile, they prevented Silwan village’s residents from heading to the neighborhood and many residents were prevented from reaching their homes. Ze’ev Elkin, Al-Quds (Jerusalem) Affairs and Heritage Israeli Minister, Miri Regev, Israeli Minister of culture, Rabbi of Al-Quds (Jerusalem), and representatives of the settlement associations participated in the opening Ceremony of the Cultural Center. It should be noted that the Israel authorities opened the settlement project in Abu Nab property, which is built on an area of 700 square meter and seized in 2015.

Last year, a synagogue was built in the same property, in which Israeli authorities claim that the property was a synagogue for the Jews of Yemen in the late 19th century.

 

 

 

Settlement activities and attacks by settlers against Palestinian civilians and property

 

 Israeli forces’ attacks

 

  • At approximately 9:00 on Sunday, 29 July 2018, Israeli Border Guard officers, accompanied with a vehicle of the Israeli Civil Administration and a bulldozer moved into al-Sharif area in Khirbet Tuba, east of Yatta, south of Hebron. The Israeli forces deployed in the area while the bulldozer demolished a 150-square-meter barrack built of tin plates and used for breeding livestock. The barrack belongs to Tawfiq Isma’il ‘Elyan Awad. The barrack was built in 2016 and demolished under the pretext of non-licensing in areas classified as Area C. Tawfiq was notified to stop construction on 23 April 2017.

 

  • At approximately 8:00 on Wednesday, 1 August 2018, Israeli forces backed by 2 military vehicles and accompanied with a vehicle of the Israeli Civil Administration and a bulldozer moved into the western al-Ahrash area in al-Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron. The bulldozer demolished a number of unused graves built of concrete under the pretext of non-licensing in an area classified as security area by the Israeli forces. It should be noted that the Israeli forces previously notified to hold construction in these graves.

 

 Israeli settlers’ attacks

 

  • At approximately 22:00 on Monday, 26 July 2018, a group of Israeli settlers, under the Israeli forces’ protection, moved into al-Nabi Yunis neighborhood, north of Halhool village, north of Hebron. The Israeli soldiers deployed in the vicinity of al-Nabi Yunis Old Mosque while the Israeli settlers performed their Talmudic prayers in the area. Meanwhile, a number of Palestinian youngsters gathered and threw stones at the Israeli soldiers, who fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, many stone throwers suffered tear gas inhalation and were then treated on the spot.

 

  • At approximately 12:45 on Friday, 27 July 2018, a group of Israeli settlers from “Yish Kodesh” outpost established in eastern side of Jaloud village, southeast of Nablus, attacked Palestinian civilians’ houses in al-Khila al-Wasta area, east of the village, 200 meters away from the abovementioned outpost. The Israeli settlers set fire to an under-construction house belonging to a civilian, from Kafur Qasem village in Israel. The 100- square-meter under-construction house was burnt. The Israeli settlers attacked another 60- square-meter house belonging to Tawfiq al-Showiki after destroying its main door and damaging its contents.

 

  • At approximately 22:30 on Saturday, 28 July 2018, three Israeli settlers attacked Samir Mutlaq Ibrahime Ghanem (39) and his wife, Lina, with pepper gas and contaminated water while returning home in Tal al-Ramida neighborhood. The attack happened near the military checkpoint at the entrance to the neighborhood (checkpoint 56) but Israeli soldiers did not intervene to stop it. Samir along with his wife were admitted to Hebron Governmental Hospital for treatment. Samir Ghanem said to PCHR’s fieldworker that: “We were returning home after a visit to my wife’s family house in al-Namra area and my nephew, Tariq (14), was with us. When we arrived at the Container checkpoint in Tal al-Ramida neighborhood at approximately 22:30, there were three settlers between 15 and 18 years old, sitting 3 meters away from the checkpoint. My nephew was holding a shopping cart and the settlers began to curse and threaten us. I took Tariq away and moved one meter forward. The settlers sprayed us with a contaminated water and a pepper gas that hit our heads and clothes. My wife fell on the ground and I started shouting. The settlers approached us and pepper-sprayed us. I was shouting, but the soldiers, who stationed 3 meters away, didn’t move and continued to watch what was happening through cameras covering the area. Moments later, a red car arrived, and a settler, in thirties, stepped out of the car and tried to attack us, but I tried to defend myself. The three settlers pepper-sprayed us again. Two soldiers arrived as I was raising my hands up and one of them pointed his rifle at my face and asked me to let my hands down. I called my relatives in the neighborhood. Meanwhile, a number of civilians gathered and a number of soldiers, including an officer, arrived as well. The officer approached the settlers, spoke to themand moved away after two minutes. We talked to the soldiers who denied knowing what was happening. An ambulance of the Palestinian Red Crescent Society arrived and took us to Hebron governmental hospital for treatment.”

 

  • On Monday morning, 30 July 2018, a group of Israeli settlers from “Adi Ad” outpost established on al-Magheer village’s lands, northeast of Ramallah, moved into the outskirts of the village from the northwest side. The Israeli settlers burned tires of 8 Palestinian vehicles and wrote racist slogans on the walls of the houses calling for revenge and killing the Palestinian civilians. The Israeli settlers later withdrew.

 

 

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 Media Center