[News] 2 Palestinians Killed; 6 Wounded By Israeli Forces This Week

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PCHR Weekly Report: 2 Palestinians Killed; 6 Wounded By Israeli 
Forces This Week

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In its Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the 
Occupied Palestinian Territory for the week of 16-22 September 2010, 
the Palestinian Center for Human Rights found that Israeli forces 
killed two Palestinians and wounded six civilians this week.

According to the Center's findings, Israeli forces extra-judicially 
executed a Palestinian in Nour Shams refugee camp near Tulkarem. In 
addition, private Israeli security forces guarding Israeli 
settlements killed a Palestinian civilian and wounded two others in 
Silwan village in Jerusalem.

Israeli forces continued to use force against peaceful protests in 
the West Bank. Two Palestinian children and two human rights 
defenders were wounded. Israeli forces arrested two Palestinian 
civilians and two human rights defenders.

Israeli forces launched a number of air strikes against civilian 
targets in the Gaza Strip, destroying a store and a country house.

Israeli attacks in the West Bank:

Israeli forces conducted 37 incursions into Palestinian communities 
in the West Bank, during which they abducted 38 Palestinian 
civilians, including 7 children.

During the reporting period, Israeli forces extra-judicially executed 
a Palestinian in Nour Shams refugee camp, east of Tulkarm. They also 
wounded two Palestinian children and two human rights defenders. 
Additionally, a guard of Israeli settlements killed a Palestinian 
civilian and wounded two others in Silwan village in East Jerusalem.

On 17 September 2010, Israeli forces committed a new extrajudicial 
execution crime in Nour Shams refugee camp, east of Tulkarm. This 
crime claimed the life of Eyad Asa'ad Ahmed Abu Shilabaya, 38, an 
activist of Hamas movement. The Israeli military spokesman claimed 
that soldiers opened fire at Abu Shilabaya as they believed that he 
"was posing a threat to their lives." He stated that Abu Shilabaya 
who is "wanted", continued to walk towards the soldiers while putting 
his hands behind his back although the soldiers asked him to stop. 
According to the military spokesman's claims, the soldiers were 
afraid and opened fire accordingly. After checking the body of Abu 
Shilabaya, it was found out that he did not have any weapons. 
Investigations conducted by PCHR revealed that the crime was 
committed in a bedroom with a single door. Blood was just in front of 
the bed, approximately one meter far from the door. These findings 
refute the Israeli military spokesman's claims.

Also this week, Israeli forces broke into a school in Hebron and 
arrested two school children.

Israel has continued to take measures aimed at creating a Jewish 
demographic majority in Jerusalem. Israeli forces started to 
construct a new section of the annexation wall in Shu'fat refugee camp.

Israeli troops stationed at military checkpoints and border crossings 
in the West Bank abducted at least 7 Palestinian civilians.

On 18 September 2010, Israeli forces started to built concrete blocks 
at the entrances of Ras Khamis neighborhood and Shu'fat refugee camp, 
northeast of Jerusalem, as part of the process of the construction of 
a section of the annexation wall in the area, to completely separate 
it from Jerusalem and establish a new military post. A PCHR field 
worker reported that the concrete blocks are 12 meters high and 
extend over a 600-meter-long distance. The construction of this 
section of the wall will separate Shu'fat refugee camp, 'Anata 
village and Ras Khamis, Rash Shihada and al-Salam from the center of 
Jerusalem. As a result, at least 55,000 Palestinians will be 
separated from Jerusalem.

Israeli attacks in the Gaza Strip:

On Monday, September 20th, at approximately 06:30, Israeli gunboats 
stationed opposite to Beit Lahia beach in the northern Gaza Strip 
opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats. They also fired flash bombs 
over the area. No casualties were reported.

Israel has continuously closed all border crossings to the Gaza Strip 
for over three years. The illegal Israeli-imposed closure of the Gaza 
Strip, which has steadily tightened since June 2007, has had a 
disastrous impact on the humanitarian and economic situation in the 
Gaza Strip.

The illegal closure has caused not only a humanitarian crisis but a 
crisis of human rights and human dignity for the population of the 
Gaza Strip. Measures declared recently to ease the blockade are 
vague, purely cosmetic and fail to deal with the root causes of the 
crisis, which can only be addressed by an immediate and complete 
lifting of the closure, including lifting the travel ban into and out 
of the Gaza Strip and the ban on exports. PCHR is concerned that the 
new Israeli policy is simply shifting Gaza to another form of illegal 
blockade, one that may become internationally accepted and 
institutionalized. Palestinians in Gaza may no longer suffer from the 
same shortage of goods, but they will remain economically dependent 
and unable to care for themselves, and socially, culturally and 
academically isolated from the rest of the world.

Israeli settlement activities:

On 22 September 2010, a guard of Israeli settlements in Silwan 
village to the south of the old town of East Jerusalem shot dead 
Samer Mahmoud Sarhan, 32. The guard fired a number of bullet from his 
pistol at a number of Palestinians, killing Sarhan and wounding 
another two civilians. The Israeli police claimed that the guard 
collided with a burning garbage container that was placed in the 
streets by Palestinians. They further claimed that those people had 
thrown stones at the guard, so he fired from his pistol through his 
car's window. However, eyewitnesses refuted the claims, and 
emphasized that the guard got down out of the car and chased these 
people. He fired at them from 3 different places, even after those 
people had already left the street.

On 19 September 2010, Israeli forces delivered 8 notices to 
Palestinian civilians ordering stopping the construction of a 
facility and a number of houses in Deir Ballout village, southwest of 
Slafit, claiming that they area being built without licenses.

Also on 19 September 2010, a number of Israeli settlers from 
"Kharsina" settlement, east of Hebron, uprooted 70 grape trees 
belonging to 'Abdul Rahman Shareef Sultan in al-Bwaira area.

On 20 September 2010, a number of Israeli settlers from "Ramat Gilad" 
settlement attacked Palestinian agricultural areas in Jainsafout 
village, east of Qalqilya. According to sources of the Municipality 
of Jainsafout village, Israeli settlers attacked a tract of 
agricultural land belonging to 'Abdul Hafiz Kamel 'Obaid, and started 
to cultivate olives. A number of Palestinian civilians protested, but 
the Israeli settlers claimed that they had purchased the land. When 
the owner learned about the attack, he arrived at his land, and the 
settlers then left it.

On 22 September 2010, at least 60 armed Israeli settlers from "Jabal 
Aldayr" and 'Ein Harsha" settlements stormed a housing project in 
Western al-Mazara'a village, northwest of Ramallah, and station atop 
of a number of houses. They photographed the area.

Israeli Annexation Wall:

During the reporting period, Israeli forces used force against 
peaceful demonstrations organized by Palestinian civilians and 
international and Israeli human rights defenders in protest to the 
construction of the Wall and settlement activities. As a result, two 
Palestinian children and two human rights defenders were wounded. 
Dozens of civilians and human rights defenders also suffered from 
tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises.

Following the Friday Prayer on 17 September 2010, dozens of 
Palestinian civilians and international and Israeli human rights 
defenders organized a peaceful demonstration in protest to 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, two 
Palestinian children and an Israeli human rights defender were 
wounded. A number 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 17 September 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 troops positioned near the Wall. Israeli 
troops fired rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas 
canisters at demonstrators. As a result, several demonstrators 
suffered from tear gas inhalation, and others sustained bruises.

Also following the Friday Prayer on 17 September 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, 'Omar Saleh al-Tamimi, 22, sustained bruises. A 
number of demonstrators also suffered from tear gas inhalation.

At approximately 11:30 on Saturday, 18 September 2010, dozens of 
Palestinian civilians and international human rights defenders 
organized a peaceful demonstration in Beit Ummar village, north of 
Hebron. They moved towards areas of Palestinian land, which are 
threatened of confiscation by Israeli forces, near "Karmi Tsur" 
settlement, south of the village. Israeli forces attacked and fired 
at the demonstrators. As a result, Anna, 32, a Swedish journalist, 
was injured by shrapnel from a sound bomb. Additionally, Mohammed 
'Ayad 'Awadh, 48, a member of the Palestinian Solidarity Project, 
sustained bruises to the back and the left hand, and Shungua, 21, a 
Japanese human rights defender, sustained bruises to the back. 
Israeli forces also arrested Younis Mousa 'Arar, 24; Mousa Hussein 
Abu Hashem, 45; and two international human rights defenders: Ran, 
24, a British citizen; and Maria Luis, 21, an American citizen.

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 recommendations was the call for 
the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention to 
comply with their legal obligations detailed in Article 146 of the 
Convention to search for and prosecute those responsible for grave 
breaches, namely war crimes.

Also, the PCHR calls for the immediate implementation of the Advisory 
Opinion issued by the International Court of Justice, which considers 
the construction of the Annexation Wall inside the West Bank illegal.

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=6995:weekly-report-on-israeli-human-rights-violations-in-the-occupied-palestinian-territory-16-22-september-2010&catid=84:weekly-2009&Itemid=183>http://www.pchrgaza.org/portal/en/index.php?option=com_...d=183




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