[News] Human rights weekly report on Israeli abuses against Palestinians
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Fri Sep 22 15:50:44 EDT 2006
Human rights weekly report on Israeli abuses against Palestinians
(Gaza City) PCHR
Friday, 22 September 2006
Gaza City's Palestinian Centre for Human Rights
issued its report for 14 through 20 September.
With the report came the photo with the caption
reading, "Khaled Hamdan Qeshtas in Rafah, which
was bombarded by Israeli warplanes on 15
September 2006 after he had been warned by
Israeli Occupation Forces through a phone call."
The full PCHR report is reprinted below.
"Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) Escalate Attacks
on Palestinian Civilians and Property in the
Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT)
3 Palestinians were killed by IOF in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
One of the victims was extra-judicially executed by IOF in the West Bank.
A child died from a previous wound she had
sustained when IOF killed her father and brother.
10 Palestinian civilians, including 7 children
and a woman, were wounded by the IOF gunfire.
IOF have continued to launch air strikes on
houses in the Gaza Strip; 4 houses were destroyed in Rafah.
IOF conducted 42 incursions into Palestinian
communities in the West Bank, and 4 others into the Gaza Strip.
IOF arrested 52 Palestinian civilians, including
a child and a woman, in the West Bank, and two civilians in the Gaza Strip.
IOF raided the Jordanian National Bank in Nablus,
and 11 money exchange shops in 4 West Bank towns.
IOF have continued to impose a total siege on the
OPT; IOF have imposed a tightened siege on the
Gaza Strip; and IOF positioned at a various
checkpoints in the West Bank arrested 7 Palestinian civilians.
IOF have continued to construct the Annexation
Wall in the West Bank; they issued a military
order to construct a new section of the Wall near
Azzoun Atma village, south of Qalqilya; and
they violently beat 8 demonstrators protesting
the construction of the Wall in Balein village near Ramallah.
Israeli settlers have continued to attack
Palestinian civilians and property in the OPT;
Israeli settlers attacked a family in Hebron.
As the international community has remained
silent, IOF have continued to wage a full scale
offensive on the Palestinian people, especially
in the Gaza Strip. During the reported period,
IOF have continued their attacks on Palestinian civilians and property.
PCHR, monitoring with utmost concern the
developments of this offensive, calls upon the
international community, particularly the High
Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions of
1949 and United Nations, to immediately intervene
to force IOF to stop this offensive and lift the
siege imposed on the Gaza Strip. PCHR also warns
the international community of the consequences
of the policy of collective punishment and
reprisals practiced by IOF against the
Palestinian civilian population, especially the
destruction of energy resources and the denial of
the flow of fuels needed for providing basic services.
Israeli violations of international law continued
in the OPT during the reported period (14 20 September 2006):
Killing: During the reported period, IOF killed 3
Palestinians. A Palestinian child also died from a previous wound.
In the Gaza Strip, an IOF special unit shot dead
a Palestinian civilian in Rafah on Thursday
morning, 14 September 2006. IOF moved into the
area to arrest two Palestinians, and shot this
civilian dead when he was sitting in front of his
house. On 20 September 2006, an IOF drone fired a
missile at a Palestinian civilian in Jabalya,
when he was in an area from which locally made
rockets are fired at Israel. The victim was a
resident of the area. On the same day, a
16-year-old child died from a previous wound she
had sustained on 2 September 2006, when IOF shot
dead her father and brother. In addition, a
Palestinian woman was wounded by the IOF shelling in Beit Lahia.
Thus, the number of Palestinians killed by IOF in
the Gaza Strip since 25 June 2006 has increased
to 231, including 49 children and 12 women. In
addition, 814 others, mostly civilians, including
216 children, 31 women, 4 paramedics and 6 journalists, have been wounded.
IOF also launched 3 air strikes on 4 houses
Rafah, claiming that there were tunnels under
these houses. Those houses were totally destroyed
and a number of neighboring houses and civilian
facilities were severely damaged.
In the west Bank, on Friday morning, IOF
extra-judicially killed a member of the al-Aqsa
Martyrs Brigades, a military wing of Fatah
movement, in Sanour village, southeast of Jenin.
IOF claimed that the victim, who was a resident
of Beit Fourik village near Nablus, fired at them
when they came to arrest him, but investigations
conducted by PCHR refute this claim. In addition,
9 Palestinian civilians, including 7 children,
were wounded by IOF gunfire throughout the West Bank.
Incursions: During the reported period, IOF
conducted at least 42 military incursions into
Palestinian communities in the West Bank, during
which they raided dozens of houses and arrested
52 Palestinian civilians, including a child, a
woman, a member of the municipal council of
Bethlehem, the Mufti of Bethlehem and a
university lecturer. IOF also transformed a house
into a military site. In an act of piracy, IOF
broke into the Jordanian National Bank and 11
money exchange shops in the West Bank. They
arrested 7 money exchangers and confiscated big
amounts of money. Israeli sources estimated the
confiscated money at 6 million NIS (US$ 1.3
million), and claimed that these money exchange
shop transferred amounts of money that were used
to finance attacks on Israeli targets. In the
Gaza Strip, IOF conducted 4 incursions in the
southern Gaza Strip villages of Abasan and
al-Shouka, and into Erez industrial zone in the
north. During these incursions IOF arrested 5
Palestinians and demolished at least 30 factories and workshops.
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.
IOF have imposed a strict siege on the Gaza
Strip. They have closed its border crossings as a
form of collective punishment against Palestinian civilians.
IOF have closed Rafah International Crossing
Point, even though they do not directly control
it. They have prevented European observers
working at the crossing point form reaching it.
IOF have closed commercial crossings of the Gaza
Strip, especially al-Mentar (Karni) crossing. As
a consequence, the economic situation inside the
Gaza Strip has further deteriorated and many
goods have been lacked in markets. During the
reported period, IOF partially reopened al-Mentar
(Karni) crossing, east of Gaza City, and Sofa and
Kerem Shalom crossings near Rafah. IOF have also
continued to close Erez crossing in the northern
Gaza Strip. Hundreds of thousands of
Palestinians from the Gaza Strip had been
prevented from traveling through this
crossing. IOF have allowed international workers
to pass through the crossing. With this closure,
few Palestinian patients have been able to travel
to hospitals in Israel and the West Bank. On
Sunday, 17 September 2006, IOF suddenly closed
the crossing for alleged security reasons. In
addition, IOF have prevented Palestinian fishermen from fishing for 3 months.
IOF have tightened the siege imposed on
Palestinian communities in the West Bank. They
have isolated Jerusalem from the rest of 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 have continued to separate
between the north and south of the West Bank.
During the reported period, IOF positioned at
various checkpoints around imposed severe
restrictions on the movement of Palestinian
civilians. During the reported period, IOF
positioned at various checkpoints in the West
Bank arrested 7 Palestinian civilians.
Annexation Wall: IOF have continued to construct
the Annexation Wall inside the West Bank. During
the reported period, IOF issued a military order
to construct a new section of the Wall around
Azzoun Atma village, south of Qalqilya.
According to the order, a 4500-meter-long section
of the Wall will be constructed, extending from
Shaari Tikva settlement to Uranit
settlement. According to local sources, upon its
construction, this section of the Wall will
isolate at least 2000 donums of agricultural
land belonging to Palestinian civilians. IOF also
used force to disperse a peaceful demonstration
organized by Palestinian civilians and
international and Israeli peace activists in
protest to the construction of the Wall in
Balein village, west of Ramallah. As a result, 5
Palestinian civilians and 3 Israeli solidarity activists sustained bruises.
Illegal Settler Activities: Israeli settlers in
breach of international humanitarian law continue
to reside in the OPT and have launched a series
of attacks against Palestinian civilians and
property. Israeli settlers raided a house in
Hebron and violently beat the owner and his son.
Other Israeli settlers damaged the fence of a
house in Hebron. In addition, Israeli settlers
violently beat an old Palestinian civilian in
Yatta village, south of Hebron. In Qalqilya,
Israeli settlers seized a house in Kufor Qddoum
village for some time. In the context of
settlement expansion activities, IOF razed large
areas in the south of al-Zahiriya village,
southwest of Hebron, to establish a new settlers road.
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