[News] 2 killed, 7 wounded, 7 abducted by Israeli forces this week

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PCHR Weekly Report: 2 killed, 7 wounded, 7 abducted by Israeli forces this week

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  Friday August 06, 2010 18:47
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 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC News
http://www.imemc.org/article/59245

In its Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights 
Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory 
for the week of 29 July – 04 August 2010, the 
Palestinian Center for Human Rights found that 
Israeli forces killed two Palestinian resistance 
fighters, one of whom was killed in an 
extra-judicial execution, in the Gaza Strip. Two 
resistance fighters were wounded by Israeli bombardment.

Israeli forces continued to use force against 
peaceful protests in the West Bank. A Palestinian 
boy and two International human rights defenders 
were injured. Israeli forces abducted 7 
civilians, including a child and an Israeli human rights defender.

Israeli forces continued to fire at Palestinian 
farmers and workers in border areas of the Gaza 
Strip. 5 Palestinian workers, including a child, 
were wounded in the northern Gaza Strip. 19 
Palestinian civilians, including two women and a 
child, were wounded by an Israeli air strike 
against a Palestinian police station in Gaza City.

Israeli settlement activities:

Israel has continued its settlement activities in 
the West Bank in violation of international 
humanitarian law, and Israeli settlers have 
continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property.

On 29 July 2010, at least 40 armed Israeli 
settlers from "Atirat Kohanim" group stormed a 
two-storey apartment building belonging to the 
Qarrash family, in which 9 families counting 49 
individuals, including 22 children, live, the 
majority of whom were outside the building at the 
time. The settlers, escorted by the Israeli 
police, broke locks and broke into the building. 
The family had previously filed a petition at an 
Israeli court, which ordered the evacuation of 
settlers. The Israeli police procrastinated in 
implementing the court ruling, and the settlers 
were able to appeal against the court ruling, and 
the court froze the ruling. The Jewish group has 
claimed ownership of the building since 1987. The 
family have pursued the case before Israeli 
courts, Israeli courts recognized the family's 
ownership of the building in 2000 and in 2008.

At approximately 14:20 on Friday, 30 July 2010, 
dozens of Israeli settlers from "Brakha" 
settlement, south of Nablus, attacked the eastern 
outskirts of Bourin village and set fire to large 
areas of agricultural land planted with olives in 
al-Juhair and 'Ein al-Sharqiya areas. In his 
testimony to PCHR, Rakhaa' 'Abdul Ra'ouf 'Eid, a 
civil defense officer, stated: "At approximately 
14:20 on Friday, 30 July 2010, while I was on 
duty, we received a phone call informing us that 
fire broke out in olive trees and grass in 
al-Juhair area in the east of Bourin village. 
Immediately, a fire engine was sent to the 
village. The fire engine was driven by Mohammed 
'Omran accompanied by officer Sami 'Omran. The 
fire engine arrived at the aforementioned area, 
and its staff saw about 20 settlers setting fire 
in the area. They threw stones towards the fire 
engine. We contacted the Palestinian Liaison 
Department and informed about what was going on. 
Approximately 20 minutes later, while the civil 
defense officers were extinguishing fire, a 
number of Israeli military vehicles arrived at 
the area and stopped near the settlers. Israeli 
troops fired tear gas canisters and sound bombs 
at civil defense officers and at villagers who 
provided assistance to extinguish fire. As a 
result, officer Sami 'Omran suffered from tear gas inhalation.

“In the meantime, were received a phone call in 
which we were informed that fire broke out in 
'Ein al-Sharqiya area. Officer Shadi al-Zeben, 
29, and I traveled in a vehicle towards the area. 
When we arrived at the area, Israeli troops fired 
tear gas canisters and sound bombs at us. Officer 
al-Zeben suffered from tear gas inhalation. He 
was treated by a medical crew of Palestine Red 
Crescent Society and was then taken home. We 
moved back to our center after having been able 
to extinguish the fire that burnt at least 100 
olive trees; we were able to save 140 olive 
trees. When were arrived at our center, we were 
informed that fire broke out again in al-Juhair 
area because of tear gas canisters and sound 
bombs fired by Israeli troops. We moved towards 
the area, but Israeli troops prevented us from 
reaching the blaze. We contacted the Palestinian 
Liaison Department, and 10 minutes later, we were 
allowed to reach the area and we were able to extinguish fire."

At approximately 06:00 on Monday, 02 August 2010, 
Israeli forces moved into al-Baq'a area in the 
east of Hebron and started to dismantle 
irrigation networks on 3 fields belonging to 
Badran Bader Jaber. Israeli forces also 
confiscated the dismantled networks and many 
saplings of vegetables. During this operation, 
Israeli troops violently beat Jaber, his wife, 
his daughter, his child, 16-year-old Wadee', and 
his brother-in-law, Mohammed Musbah al-Ja'bari, 
37. They arrested the child and the 
brother-in-law. They beat and arrested the latter 
before the eyes of his 4-year-old child who was 
crying and begging Israeli soldiers not to beat 
and arrest his father. Soon after, Israeli forces 
moved to a nearby field belonging to 'Azzam 
Mohammed Jaber and dismantled the irrigation 
network and uproot meters of water pipes used for 
irrigation, confiscated an agricultural 
sprinkling machine and damaged hundreds of 
saplings belonging to Badran Jaber. This attack 
against Badran Jaber's family had been the fourth in the past 10 months.

On Monday, 02 August 2010, the Israeli 
Municipality of Jerusalem approved the 
construction of 40 housing units in "Pisgat Ze'ev 
Mizrah" settlement neighborhood. According to 
Israeli media sources, the Planning and 
Construction Committee in the municipality 
approved the construction of 4 buildings, each of 
which would include 10 housing units, which is 
part of a wider project that includes the 
construction of 220 housing units in the area. It 
is worth noting that the construction of another 
32 housing units in the area had been approved two weeks earlier.

According to a report issued by the Israeli Peace 
Now, the past months witnessed the beginning of 
construction of 390 settlement buildings in the 
West Bank, during the period of temporary 
freezing of settlement activities. This number 
includes 223 stable units and 167 mobile ones. 
Thus, the number of housing units being built 
during the period of temporary freezing of 
settlement activities has mounted to 603. These 
units are being built in the following 
settlements: 180 units in "Bitar Elite;" 62 units 
in "Burkan;" one unit in "Binreh;"60 units in 
"Sha'ari Tikva;" 40 units in "Givat Ze'ev;" 24 
units in "Matsbe Yericho;" 22 units in "Ariel;" 
21 units in "Ma'le Adomim;" 20 units in "Kfar 
Etzion;" 18 units in "Kfar Adomim;" 12 units in 
"Eitamar;" 11 units in "Elli;" 9 unit in 
"Uranit;" 9 units in "Tsufin;" 7 units in "Bitar 
Elite;" 6 units in "Alkana;" 6 units in "Fdu'el;" 
5 units in "Eliazer;" and 5 units in "Yakir."

Israeli attacks in the Gaza Strip:

During the reporting period, Israeli forces 
killed two members of the Palestinian resistance 
in the Gaza Strip. They also wounded 29 
Palestinians, including 16 police officers, two 
women, two children and two resistance fighters.

During the reporting period, Israeli forces 
extra-judicially executed a fighter of the 
'Izziddin al-Qassam Brigades (the armed wing of 
Hamas) in the central Gaza Strip. The targeted 
persons had been subjected to several 
extra-judicial assassination attempts, the latest 
of which was during the latest Israeli offensive 
on the Gaza Strip, which killed his wife and five children.

On 30 July 2010, 19 Palestinians (16 police 
officers, two women and a child) were wounded, 
when Israeli warplanes bombarded a security site in Gaza City.

On 04 August 2010, Israeli forces killed a 
fighter with the Palestinian resistance, when 
Israeli soldiers fired a drone at a number of 
fighters in the southern Gaza Strip town of Khan Yunis.

During the reporting period, Israeli forces fired 
at Palestinian workers who were collecting raw 
construction materials in the northern Gaza 
Strip. As a result, 5 workers, including a child, were wounded.

Also during the reporting period, Israeli 
warplanes bombarded tunnels along the Egyptian 
border, south of Rafah, and a number of civilian targets in the Gaza Strip.

Israeli attacks in the West Bank:

Israeli forces conducted 31 incursions into 
Palestinian communities in the West Bank, during 
which they abducted 28 Palestinian civilians, including 8 children.

Israeli troops stationed at military checkpoints 
and border crossings in the West Bank abducted two Palestinian civilians.

Israel has continued to take measures aimed at 
creating a Jewish demographic majority in Jerusalem.
During the reporting period, the Israeli Central 
Court in Jerusalem, rejected a petition filed by 
a number of Palestinian civilians, who hold 
identity cards issued by the Palestinian National 
Authority and live in al-Salam and 'Anata 
suburbs, north of Jerusalem, against an Israeli 
decision to expel them from their homes and 
lands. The court claimed that the presence of 
more than 60 Palestinian families counting about 
500 individuals in the area is illegal since it 
is a part of Jerusalem, and that they can go to 
Ramallah as they do not have permission to be in the area.

Israeli Annexation Wall:

During the reporting period, Israeli forces used 
excessive force to disperse peaceful 
demonstrations organized by Palestinian civilians 
in protest of the construction of the annexation 
wall and settlement activities in the West Bank. 
As a result, a Palestinian boy and two 
international human rights defenders were 
injured. Israeli forces also violently beat a 
number of demonstrators. Israeli forces also 
abducted 7 Palestinian civilians, including a 
child, and an Israeli human rights defender.

When complete, the illegal Annexation Wall will 
stretch for 724 kilometers around the West Bank, 
further isolating the entire population. 350 
kilometers of the Wall have already been 
constructed. Approximately 99% of the Wall has 
been constructed inside the West Bank itself, 
further confiscating Palestinian land. At least 
65% of the main roads that lead to 18 Palestinian 
communities in the West Bank are closed or fully 
controlled by Israeli forces (47 out of 72 roads).

Following the Friday Prayer on 30 July 2010, 
dozens of Palestinian civilians and international 
and Israeli human rights defenders, including Mr. 
Paolo Sionfi, speaker of the parliament of a 
state in Brazil, British singer Kareen Dennis, US 
singer Marcel Cartier, a 45-member Spanish 
delegation and a 30-member German delegation, 
organized a peaceful demonstration in protest 
against the construction of the Annexation Wall 
in Bil'ein village, west of Ramallah. They moved 
towards the annexation wall. Israeli troops 
stationed in the area fired rubber-coated metal 
bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at 
the demonstrators. As a result, Mohammed Shawkat 
al-Khatib, 18, was hit by a tear gas canister to 
the left shoulder, and an international human 
rights defender, who has not been identified, was 
hit by a tear gas canister to the foot. Several 
of demonstrators also suffered from tear gas 
inhalation and others sustained bruises as they were beaten by Israeli troops.

Also following the Friday Prayer on 30 July 2010, 
dozens of Palestinian civilians and international 
and human rights defenders organized a peaceful 
demonstration in Ne'lin village, west of 
Ramallah, in protest against 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, and others sustained bruises.

Also following the Friday Prayer on 30 July 2010, 
dozens of Palestinian civilians and international 
and Israeli human rights defenders organized a 
peaceful demonstration in Nabi Saleh village, 
northwest of Ramallah, in protest against land 
confiscations in the Wad al-Raya area between the 
villages of Nabi Saleh and Deir Nizam. When the 
demonstrators attempted to reach areas of land 
seized by Israeli settlers near "Halmish" 
settlement, Israeli troops fired rubber-coated 
metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters 
at them. As a result, Elli Kid, 23, a British 
human rights defender, was hit by a tear gas 
canister to the right leg. A number of 
demonstrators suffered from tear gas inhalation 
and others sustained bruises. Israeli forces also 
arrested Waleed Daifallah al-Tamimi, 13, and Ben, 
21, an Israeli human rights defender, but released them an hour later.

On Saturday afternoon, 31 July 2010, dozens of 
Palestinian civilians and international and 
Israeli human rights defenders demonstrated in 
the center of Beit Ummar village, north of 
Hebron. They moved towards Zaher al-Brahish area, 
where Israeli forces plan to confiscate areas of 
Palestinian land to the north of the Israeli 
settlement of "Karmi Tsur." Israeli troops 
attacked the demonstrators and fired tear gas 
canisters and sound bombs at them. As a result, 5 
civilians, including a child, a woman and two photojournalists, were injured:

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 international community recognize the Gaza 
disengagement plan, which was implemented in 
September 2005, for what it is - not an end to 
occupation but a compounding of the occupation 
and the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip.

In recognition of the International Committee of 
the Red Cross (ICRC) as the guardian of the 
Fourth Geneva Convention, PCHR calls upon the 
ICRC to increase its staff and activities in the 
Occupied Palestinian Territories, including the 
facilitation of family visitations to Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.

For the full text of the report, click on the link below:

Related Link(s): 
<http://www.pchrgaza.org/portal/en/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6891:weekly-report-on-israeli-human-rights-violations-in-the-occupied-palestinian-territory-29-july--04-august-2010&catid=84:weekly-2009&Itemid=183>http://www.pchrgaza.org/portal/en/index.php?option=com_...d=183




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