THIS WEEK’S HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN OCCUPIED PALESTINE

Israeli Occupation Force continue arrests campaigns against Palestinians in the West Bank

Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) Continue Systematic Attacks against Palestinian Civilians and Property in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT)

  • 3 Palestinians were killed by IOF in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

  • 13 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children, were wounded by the IOF gunfire in the West Bank.

  • 7 of these civilians were wounded during a peaceful demonstration organized in protest to the construction of the Annexation Wall in Ne’lin village west of Ramallah.

  • IOF conducted 40 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank.


  • IOF have continued to raid civil society institutions in Nablus for the 2nd consecutive week.

  • IOF raided the Municipality of Nablus, 2 medical centers, a television station, 2 NGOs and 5 mosques.

  • IOF confiscated 7 school buses.


  • IOF arrested 66 Palestinian civilians, including 7 children and 2 women, in the West Bank.

  • IOF have continued to impose a total siege on the OPT and have isolated the Gaza Strip from the outside world.

  • IOF troops at a military checkpoint near Jenin attempted to force 3 Palestinian women to take off their clothes.

  • IOF have continued settlement activities in the West Bank and Israeli settlers have continued to attacks Palestinian civilians and property.

  • The construction of 920 housing units on Abu Ghumaim Mount (Har Homa), south of East Jerusalem, was approved.

  • IOF demolished a house in al-‘Eissawiya village near Jerusalem.

Summary

Israeli violations of international law and humanitarian law continued in the OPT during the reporting period (9 – 16 July 2008):

Shooting: During the reporting period, IOF killed 3 Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip and injured 13 others, including 2 children, in the West Bank.

In the West Bank, on 9 July, an IOF undercover unit shot and killed one Palestinian and arrested another in Kufor Dan village, west of Jenin. The victim had been wanted by IOF for 2 years. On the same day, three Palestinian civilians, including 2 children, were injured when IOF moved into al-Far’a refugee camp, south of Jenin.

On 11 July, IOF killed a Palestinian near “Yakir” settlement, northwest of Salfit. IOF claimed an exchange of fire had taken place in the area, during which the Palestinian was killed.

On 16 July, 3 Palestinian civilians were wounded when IOF moved into al-Far’a refugee camp, south of Jenin.

During the reporting period, seven Palestinian civilians were wounded when IOF used force to disperse peaceful demonstrations organized in protest at the construction of the Annexation Wall in Bil’in and Ne’lin villages, west of Ramallah, and Deir al-Ghossoun village, north of Tulkarm.

In the Gaza Strip, on 10 July, IOF troops positioned at the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel killed a Palestinian civilian in the central Gaza Strip. This attack was the fifth of its kind since the Egypt-brokered truce between Palestinian resistance groups and Israel entered into force on June 19. In addition, four Palestinians have been injured since the truce started.

Incursions: During the reporting period, IOF conducted at least 40 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank. During these incursions, IOF arrested 66 Palestinian civilians, including seven children and a number of public figures. Since the beginning of this year, 1,548 Palestinian civilians have been arrested by IOF in the West Bank. In addition, for the second consecutive week, IOF have continued a systematic campaign against Palestinian civil institutions. During the reporting period, IOF raided and searched several civil institutions in Nablus. They confiscated property of these institutions and ordered the closure of a number of them. IOF also raided five mosques in Nablus.

Restrictions on Movement: IOF have continued to impose a tightened siege on the OPT and imposed severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.

Gaza Strip

IOF have continued to close all border crossings to the Gaza Strip for more than two years. The IOF siege of Gaza, which has tightened since June 2007, has had a disastrous impact on the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip, and has violated the human, economic and social rights of the approximately 1.5 million Palestinian civilian population, particularly their rights to appropriate living conditions, health and education. The siege has also paralyzed the Gazan economy. In addition, the siege has severely impacted the flow of food, medical supplies and other necessities such as fuel, construction materials and raw materials for various economic sectors. IOF have continued to prevent the entry of raw materials into the Gaza Strip, and many factories have been forced to close. Severe restrictions have been imposed on the movement of the entire Palestinian civilian population. Regarding civilian movements, IOF permit very few Palestinian civilians to pass through Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing in order to travel to the West Bank or Israel. Rafah International Crossing Point in the southern Gaza Strip is the sole outlet for the Gaza Strip to the outside world via a country other than Israel. IOF have closed Rafah International Crossing Point, even though they do not directly control it, and have also obstructed European observers working at the Crossing Point from reaching it. Although the Egypt-brokered truce between Palestinian resistance groups and Israel entered into force on June 19, no major changes have been observed regarding the movement of persons and goods through the six Gaza Strip border crossings. The closure of these border crossings deprives the Palestinian civilian population in the Gaza Strip of their right to freedom of movement, education and health.

West Bank

Contrary to Israeli claims of easing restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians, IOF have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians throughout the West Bank. Thousands of Palestinian civilians from the West Bank and the Gaza Strip have been denied access to Jerusalem. IOF have established many checkpoints around and inside the city. Restrictions of the movement of Palestinian civilians often escalate on Fridays to prevent them from praying at the al-Aqsa Mosque. IOF often violently assault Palestinian civilians who attempt to bypass checkpoints and enter the city. IOF have also tightened the siege imposed on Palestinian communities in the West Bank. IOF positioned at various checkpoints in the West Bank have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians. IOF also erected more checkpoints on the main roads and intersections in the West Bank.

The rest of this gruesome report can be read HERE

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