[News] Weekly Report: 11 civilians wounded, 25 abducted by Israeli troops this week

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PCHR Weekly Report: 11 civilians wounded, 25 
abducted by Israeli troops this week

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In its Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights 
Violations in the Occupied Palestinian 
Territories for the week of 02 – 08 Feb. 2012, 
the Palestinian Center for Human Rights found 
that 11 Palestinians were wounded by Israeli 
forces this week, including 4 children.

In addition, Israeli forces destroyed four 
buildings, and damaged 28 houses, 2 shops, a 
legal firm, a sports club, a school and 4 
civilian cars in Gaza; and abducted 25 civilians 
in 47 incursions in the West Bank.

Israeli attacks in the Gaza Strip:

In the Gaza Strip, Israeli forces warplanes 
attacked civilian targets, including residential 
houses. As a result, three civilians, including 2 
children, were wounded by glass shrapnel, a woman 
suffered nervous trauma and another woman 
sustained wounds in the foot. The airstrikes also 
resulted in the destruction of an agricultural 
shed, a shop, several warehouses and a tunnel. 
Additionally, the strikes resulted in damage to 
28 houses, 2 shops, a legal firm, a sports club, a school and 4 civilian cars.

At approximately 01:10 on Friday, 03 February 
2012, Israeli forces warplanes fired a missile at 
a tunnel in Yebna refugee camp near the border 
between Egypt and the Gaza Strip, south of Rafah. 
The targeted tunnel was totally destroyed and 
civilians were in panic as a result. No casualties were reported.

At approximately 01:15 also on Friday, 03 
February 2012, Israeli warplanes fired a missile 
at house in al-Shoka village, east of Rafah. The 
missile hit a tin-roofed room in the front yard 
of the house. The room was totally destroyed. No casualties were reported.

At approximately 01:39 on Friday, 03 February 
2012, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at a farm 
in al-Zanna area, east of Khan Younis in the 
south of the Gaza Strip. No casualties were reported.

At approximately 01:50 on Friday, 03 February 
2012, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at a 
piece of land in the east of al-Nusseirat on 
Salah Addin Street in the middle of the Gaza 
Strip. A room built on the targeted land was 
destroyed and four neighboring houses were damaged as a result.

At approximately 02:15 on Friday, 03 February 
2012, Israeli forces warplanes fired a missile at 
a grocery shop measuring 35 square meters in Beit 
Lahia in the north of the Gaza Strip. Three 
civilians, including two children, were wounded 
by glass shrapnel from windows crushed in their 
houses as a result of the attack. The targeted 
shop was totally destroyed. Additionally, 13 
neighboring houses, 2 shops, a law firm and 4 civilian vehicles were damaged.

At approximately 02:45 on Friday, 03 February 
2012, an Israeli drone fired a missile at the 
roof of the house of Awad Ali al-Abed Meqdad, 46, 
near Jabalia al-Nazla Boys Elementary School, 
north of Jabalia in the north of the Gaza Strip. 
As a result of the attack, a part of the roof 
collapsed, some of the windows in the targeted 
house broken and a 1000 liter water tank was 
destroyed. No casualties were reported.

At approximately 02:50 on Friday, 03 February 
2012, Israeli forces warplanes fired a missile at 
a warehouse in the house of Ammar Abu Warda, 35, 
north of Jabalia in the north of the Gaza Strip. 
The warehouse was totally destroyed and the house 
was heavily damaged as a result of the attack. 
Another 8 neighboring houses sustained damages. 
Additionally, the eastern external wall of 
Jabalia al-Nazla Sports Club was totally 
destroyed and some windows of Jabalia al-Nazla 
Boys Elementary School crushed. Najah Ibrahim 
Abed Safi, 52, suffered nervous trauma as she was 
in her house which is to the east of Abu Warda's 
house. Muna Yousif Ali Ghanim, 37, sustained light wounds in the left leg.

At approximately 19:05 on Tuesday, 07 February 
2012, Israeli forces warplanes opened fire at 
open areas in Abu Rahma area in the north of the 
Agricultural School, north of Beit Hanoun. No 
casualties were reported as a result of this indiscriminate firing.

Also in the Gaza Strip, on 04 February 2012, 
Israeli forces positioned at the border fence in 
the east of al-Bureij refugee camp in the middle 
of the Gaza Strip abducted three Palestinians who 
were trying to infiltrate Israel apparently to 
seek work. The families of the abducted 
Palestinians called the International Committee 
of the Red Cross (ICRC) telling them about the 
relatives being missing. Later, ICRC told the 
calling families that their relatives were 
abducted by Israeli forces. It should be noted 
that Palestinian young men try to infiltrate Israel to seek work.

Israeli attacks in the West Bank:

Israeli forces conducted 47 incursions into 
Palestinian communities in the West Bank, and 
abducted 22 Palestinians, including 2 children. 
Israeli soldiers also abducted 2 Palestinian 
civilians at checkpoints in the West Bank.

In a provocative operation on 04 February 2012, 
Israeli forces moved into 'Arraba village, 
southwest of Jenin. They patrolled in the streets 
for some time and then positioned themselves in 
the eastern neighborhood, near a tent erected by 
Palestinians in solidarity with Khader Adnan 
Musa, a Palestinian prisoner holding an 
open-ended hunger strike in an Israeli jail. 
Israeli forces raided the tent and removed some 
of the solidarity banners, flags of the Islamic 
Jihad movement and Musa's photos. They 
confiscated some of these materials and tore up 
others. Later, Israeli forces raided houses near 
the eastern mosque. Palestinians living in these 
houses are actively engaged in the activities 
held in the solidarity tent. Israeli forces 
questioned people from the raided houses. Israeli 
forces withdrew later and no arrests were 
reported. It should be noted that the health 
condition of Musa, who is a prominent leader of 
Islamic Jihad in Jenin, has deteriorated as he 
has been on hunger strike since 17 December 2011. 
Semi-official sources reported that Israeli 
forces are intentionally taking Musa from one 
hospital to another in order to hinder any 
contacts between Musa and his lawyers. A number 
of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails have 
begun hunger strike in solidarity with Musa and 
Palestinian lawyers have refrained from attending 
sessions in Israeli courts in protest against the continued detention of Musa.

Israel has continued efforts to create a Jewish 
majority in East Jerusalem. Israeli forces 
bulldozed 20 dunums, 3 natural caves, 2 walls and 
a dust road in al-Tour village, east of 
Jerusalem. A Palestinian family was forced by 
Israeli forces to demolish a flat and 2 shops belonging to the family.

Israeli settlement activities:

Israeli forces have continued settlement 
activities in the West Bank and Israeli settlers 
have continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property.

At approximately 08:30 on Thursday, 02 February 
2012, Israeli forces bulldozers started to raze 
lands in the north of Jayous village, northeast 
of Qalqilya, with the aim to annex these lands to 
"Tsufim" settlement which was established in 1992 
on the lands of Jayous village. The bulldozed 
lands, which measure around 30 dunums, are owned by Fahmi Hussein Slim.

During the reporting period Israeli settlers, 
protected by Israeli forces, implemented 7 
attacks in Hebron, Nablus, Qalqilya, Ramallah and 
the Jordan Valley. The attacks were concentrated 
in Hebron and included attacks on mosques, 
religious and archaeological places, farms and 
civilian property. Israeli settlers attacked 
Mahdi Daraghmeh, 24, in the Jordan Valley near 
Tubas, while grazing cows. Daraghmeh was transferred to hospital for treatment.

Settlers also raided al-Labal al-Shrqi village, 
south of Nablus, and wrote racist slogans in 
Hebrew offending the Prophet Mohammed and calling for taking revenge on Arabs.

Israeli forces bulldozed lands in Kafr Qaddoum 
village with the aim to annex these lands to nearby settlements.

Israeli Annexation Wall:

Israeli forces used excessive force to disperse 
peaceful demonstrations organized in protest to 
Israeli settlement activities and the 
construction of the annexation wall in the West 
Bank. As a result, 7 protesters, including a 
child and a French solidarity activist, were 
wounded in al-Nabi Saleh weakly protest, 
northwest of Ramallah. Additionally, dozens of 
Palestinian civilians and human rights defenders 
participating in peaceful demonstrations suffered 
from tear gas inhalation. Israeli forces also 
held Ali Dar Ali, 27, a reporter for Palestine 
TV, and Najib Allah Hussein Sharawna, 23, a 
cameraman of Palestine TV, in a 
<http://shop.ebay.com/i.html?_nkw=military+jeep>military jeep for 4 hours.

Following the Friday Prayer on 03 February 2012, 
dozens of Palestinian civilians and international 
and Israeli human rights defenders organized a 
peaceful demonstration in Bil'in village, west of 
Ramallah, protesting the construction of the 
annexation wall and in support of efforts to 
achieve national reconciliation between Hamas and 
Fatah movements. They raised the Palestinian flag 
and called for ending the political division. 
They then moved towards areas of Palestinian 
land, which the Israeli High Court ordered to be 
returned to their Palestinian owners. Israeli 
soldiers stationed in the area fired 
rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear 
gas canisters at the demonstrators. As a result, 
a number of civilians suffered from tear gas 
inhalation. Israeli forces also held Ali Dar Ali, 
27, a reporter for Palestine TV, and Najib Allah 
Hussein Sharawna, 23, a cameraman of Palestine 
TV, in a 
<http://shop.ebay.com/i.html?_nkw=military+jeep>military jeep for 4 hours.

Also following the Friday prayer on 03 February 
2012, dozens of Palestinian civilians and Israeli 
and international human rights defenders gathered 
in the center of al-Nabi Saleh village, northwest 
of Ramallah, to start the weekly peaceful protest 
against the construction of the annexation wall 
and settlement activities. The protesters walked 
towards the gate erected by Israeli forces near 
the entrance of the village and leading to 
Palestinian lands that Israeli settlers from the 
nearby "Halmish" settlement are trying to seize. 
Israeli soldiers, who had been extensively 
deployed in the area and near all the entrances 
of the village since the morning, began to 
confront the protesters who wanted to walk 
towards the affected lands. Israeli soldiers 
fired live and rubber-coated bullets, sound bombs 
and tear gas canisters at the protesters. As a 
result, 7 protesters, including a child and a 
French solidarity activist, were wounded. The 
French solidarity activist sustained wounds by a 
tear gas canister to the head and she was 
transferred to Palestine Medical Compound in 
Ramallah for treatment. Additionally, dozens of 
Palestinian civilians and human rights defenders 
suffered from tear gas inhalation.

Also following the Friday Prayer, on the same 
day, dozens of Palestinian civilians and 
international and human rights defenders 
organized a peaceful demonstration in Ni'lin 
village, west of Ramallah, in protest against the 
construction of the annexation wall. They chanted 
slogans calling for Palestinian reconciliation, 
adherence to the Palestinian inalienable rights 
and resistance of the occupation. They clashed 
with Israeli troops positioned near the 
annexation wall. Israeli soldiers fired 
rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear 
gas canisters at demonstrators. As a result, a 
number of demonstrators suffered from tear gas inhalation.

Also following the Friday Prayer, at 
approximately 12:20 on the same day, dozens of 
Palestinian civilians and international and human 
rights defenders organized a peaceful 
demonstration in Kafr Qaddoum village, northeast 
of Qalqilya, in protest against closing the 
eastern entrance of the village. The 
demonstrators headed towards that entrance. 
Israeli soldiers fired sound bombs and tear gas 
canisters at them, leading a number of 
demonstrators to suffer 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 
several recommendations to the international 
community. Among these were a recommendation that 
international civil society organizations, 
including human rights organizations, bar 
associations and NGOs, participate in the process 
of exposing those accused of grave breaches of 
international law and urge their governments to 
bring the perpetrators to justice.

In addition, the PCHR called upon the European 
Union to activate Article 2 of the Euro-Israel 
Association Agreement, which provides that Israel 
must respect human rights as a precondition for 
economic cooperation between the EU states and 
Israel. PCHR further calls upon the EU states to 
prohibit import of goods produced in illegal 
Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

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=8133:weekly-report-on-israeli-human-rights-violations-in-the-occupied-palestinian-territory-02--08-feb-2012&catid=84:weekly-2009&Itemid=183>http://www.pchrgaza.org/portal/en/index.php?option=com_...d=183




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