[News] PCHR Weekly Report: 15 civilians injured, 3 of them critically, by Israel
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PCHR Weekly Report: 15 civilians injured, 3 of them critically, by
Israeli forces this week
Friday November 06, 2009 08:23
by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC News
According to the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights Weekly Report on
Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian
Territory, during the week of 29 Oct.- 04 Nov. 2009, three civilians
in the West bank and the Gaza Strip were injured by bullet wounds
when Israeli forces fired at them. 12 civilians, including 2
cameramen and 8 women, sustained injuries and bruises when Israeli
forces used force against peaceful demonstrations in the West Bank.
In addition, Israeli forces abducted 13 Palestinian civilians,
including one child, in the West Bank, and a wounded civilian from
the Gaza Strip.
Israeli attacks in the West Bank:
During the last week, Israeli forces conducted 15 incursions into
Palestinian communities in the West Bank.
Israeli forces deported a Palestinian student from Bethlehem
University to the Gaza Strip. At 13:00 on Wednesday, 28 October 2009,
Israeli forces positioned at the "Container" checkpoint, east of
al-Sawahra al-Sharqeya village in the southeast of occupied
Jerusalem, stopped Berlanti Grace Polis 'Azzam, 21, a student at
Bethlehem University. They checked her ID card and saw that she was a
resident of the Gaza Strip. They placed her under field interrogation
regarding her presence in the West Bank. Then they held her as a
first step to take measures to return her to the Gaza Strip. She
remained held till 20:00 o'clock. Then Israeli forces handcuffed and
blindfolded her. They transferred her by a jeep and then by a police
vehicle to the border with the Gaza Strip. She was returned to Gaza
via Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing. She arrived at home at midnight.
According to 'Azzam, she went to live in Bethlehem in 2005 and that
she is a student at Bethlehem University. She was scheduled to
graduate in two months. 'Azzam stated to PCHR that when she was held
by Israeli forces, she was forced to sit on a metal chair near the
checkpoint, after she had been told that she was held because she
"lived illegally in the West Bank". While being held by Israeli
forces, 'Azzam suffered low blood pressure and weakness in her limbs.
In response Israeli forces offered her water and asked her to move her limbs.
She also added: "At approximately 20:00, a military jeep arrived at
the checkpoint. Some female soldiers were in the jeep. One of the
female soldiers searched me and searched my bag. The soldiers then
handcuffed me. then they used my shawl to blindfold me. They then
transferred me by a jeep. Then they forced me to walk for more than
one hour and a half before transferring me by a police car to the
border with the Gaza Strip. I was forced to return to the Gaza Strip
via 'Erez' crossing at approximately 23:00. I arrived home at around midnight".
In Jerusalem, Israeli forces demolished four houses in Beit Hanina,
al-Thawri neighborhood and Jabal al-Mukaber village and displaced
four families of 34 individuals:
On 1 November 2009, Israeli forces bulldozed the house of Mousa
Mashahra, 53, in al-Sala'a neighborhood in Jabal al-Mukaber village,
southeast of occupied Jerusalem. A family of six used to live in the
house that occupied an area of 50 m2 and was composed of two rooms.
On 2 November 2009, Israeli forces bulldozed the house of Majed
al-Rajji, 50, in al-'Aqaba neighborhood in Beit Hanina village, north
of occupied Jerusalem. A family of 15 used to live in the house that
stood on an area of 100 m2 and was composed of three rooms.
Also on 2 November 2009, Israeli forces bulldozed the house of Haroun
al-Qawasmi, 61, and the house of Naser al-Shweiki in al-Thawri
neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem. The house of al-Qawasmi,
where a family of six used to live, was built 25 years ago. The house
where the seven-member al-Shwiki family used to live was owned by
Mohammed al-Qawasmi and was built on an area of 80 square meters.
Palestinian civilians continue to be harassed by Israeli forces in
Jerusalem, and across the West Bank, including being regularly
stopped and searched in the streets by Israeli forces.
On Friday morning, 30 October 2009, Israeli forces prevented the
installation of power networks in al-Tawani village, opposite to
"Ma'on" settlement south of Hebron. According to local sources and to
statements of international solidarity activists who live in the
village, officers from the Israeli "Military Liaison Office" stopped
the installation of power networks in al-Tawani village. They also
abducted a Palestinian worker from al-Dhahereya village. Israeli
forces released the worker later but confiscated his equipment. The
confiscated equipment included a lorry, an automatic ladder and a
large roll of electric wires. On 22 July 2009, officers from the
Israeli "Military Liaison Office" issued an order to remove six power
stations from the village. Further, on 25 May 2009, these officers,
with an Israeli soldier, raided the village to stop the establishment
of eight power stations in the village.
According to PCHR investigations and statements by Suleiman Mohammed
al-'Adra, a Palestinian from al-Tawani village, Israeli forces have
banned the development of infrastructure in al-Tawani village,
including power; water and telephone networks. Israeli forces have
also prevented Palestinians in the village from constructing houses.
Civilians are forced to live in caves or in shelters established
before 1967. Sometimes, Palestinians in the village are forced to
construct their house without getting building license; Israeli
forces later demolish the structures.
Israeli attacks in the Gaza Strip:
Israeli forces have continued to impose a total blockade and have
isolated the Gaza Strip from the outside world.
On Oct. 31st, at approximately 15:00, Israeli forces positioned
inside observation towers on the border strip in the northwest of
Beit Lahia, in the northern Gaza Strip, fired at Ashraf Saleh Salem
Jaber, 40, from 'Izbat 'Abed Rabbo in the east of Jabalia town. Jaber
was wounded by a bullet to his left foot. According to investigations
conducted by PCHR, Jaber was wounded while walking on the beach as he
approached the border strip in the northwest of the ex-settlement of
Doghit in the northwest of Beit Lahia. His family told PCHR that
their son suffers from mental disorder and that he had left the house
two days before the incident. After Israeli forces fired at Jaber and
wounded him, an Israeli forces undercover unit moved into the scene
and transferred Jaber inside Israel. After the International
Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Palestinian Liaison Office
managed to make coordination with Israeli forces, Jaber was
transferred to Gaza via Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing and delivered to
a Palestinian ambulance. He was then transferred to al-Shifa Hospital
in Gaza city where he was diagnosed with severe fractures in his left foot.
Israeli naval troops continued to attack Palestinian fishermen and
boats in the Gaza Strip.
Israeli settlement activities:
Israeli forces have continued settlement activities in the West Bank
and Israeli settlers have continued to attack Palestinian civilians
On 29 October 2009, Israeli forces bulldozed 14 donums of
agricultural lands, including 11 donums that had been reclaimed
recently in al-Buqa'a area, east of Hebron. They also demolished
1,000 meters of retaining walls, destroyed more than 300 meters of
irrigation networks and destroyed two water collection pools. It
should be noted that al-Buqa'a area is one of the most fertile
agricultural areas in Hebron. Settlement Road no. 60 passes through
the area which is close to "Kiryat Arba'a" and "Kharsina" settlements
in the east of Hebron. Israeli forces impose a ban on construction
works in al-Buqa'a area and obstruct the delivery of services to the
area as part of their plans to force Palestinians to leave their
houses and lands, Israeli forces and Israeli settlers repeatedly
conduct attacks on civilians in al-Buqa'a area in order to take
control of new areas of Palestinian lands by force.
Also on 29 October 2009, Israeli forces delivered notices to four
civilians in Kherbat al-Hejri, southwest of Hebron, notifying them of
Israeli forces intent to demolish their houses in Kherbat al-Hejri
under the pretext of the lack of a building license.
On 30 October 2009, Israeli forces prevented the installation of
power networks in al-Tawani village, opposite to "Ma'on" settlement
south of Hebron. Israeli forces have banned the establishment of
infrastructure in al-Tawani village, including power; water and
telephone networks. Israeli forces have also prevented Palestinians
in the village from constructing houses. Civilians are forced to live
in caves or in shelters that had been established before 1967.
Sometimes, Palestinians in the village construct houses without
getting building licenses, but Israeli forces later demolish them.
On 31 October 2009, eight settlers from "Brakha" settlement,
protected by Israeli forces, raided Iraq Borin village, south of
Nablus. Dozens of Palestinian civilians gathered near the southern
entrance of the village and stoned the settlers in an attempt to
prevent them from entering the village. Israeli forces responded by
firing bullets at the Palestinians.
Israeli Annexation Wall:
Israeli forces have continued to construct the Annexation Wall inside
West Bank territory. During the reporting period, Israeli forces used
force against peaceful demonstrations organized by Palestinian
civilians and international and Israeli human rights defenders to
protest the construction of the Wall.
According to Abdullah Abu Rahma, spokesman of the Palestinian
Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign in Bil'in, Following the Friday Prayer
on 30 October 2009, dozens of Palestinian civilians and international
and Israeli peace activists and human rights defenders gathered in
the center of Bil'in village, west of Ramallah. Immediately, Israeli
troops fired rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas
canisters at the demonstrators. Dozens of demonstrators suffered from
tear gas inhalation. Following the attack by the Israeli troops,
children threw stones at Israeli forces positioned in the area.
Also following the Friday Prayer on 30 October 2009, and according to
data made available by the Palestinian Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign
in Ne'lin, dozens of Palestinian civilians and international and
Israeli human rights defenders organized a peaceful demonstration in
Ne'lin village, west of Ramallah, in protest to the construction of
the Annexation Wall. They clashed with Israeli forces troops
positioned near the Wall. Israeli forces troops fired rubber-coated
metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at demonstrators.
As a result, dozens of demonstrators suffered from tear gas inhalation.
Also following the Friday Prayer on 30 October 2009, dozens of
Palestinian civilians and international human rights defenders
organized a peaceful demonstration to protest the construction of the
Annexation Wall in al-Ma'sara village, south of Bethlehem. Israeli
troops closed the entrance of the village and attacked the
demonstrators. They fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the
demonstrators. Israeli forces beat some of the demonstrators. A
child, Zeid Mohammed Zawahra, 17, was wounded in his right hand. In
addition, three demonstrators suffered from tear gas inhalation.
Recommendations to the international community:
Due to the number and severity of Israeli human rights violations
this week, the PCHR made a number of recommendations to the
international community. Among these were a recommendation that the
High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention fulfill
their legal and moral obligations under Article 1 of the Convention
to ensure Israel's respect for the Convention in the Occupied
Palestinian Territory. The PCHR believes that the conspiracy of
silence practiced by the international community has encouraged
Israel to act as if it is above the law and encourages Israel
continue to violate international human rights and humanitarian law.
For the full text of the report, click on the link below:
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