[News] Palestine: 12 civilians wounded; 19 abducted in 65 Israeli invasions this week

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Fri May 11 15:43:08 EDT 2012



PCHR Weekly Report: 12 civilians wounded; 19 
abducted in 65 Israeli invasions this week

Friday May 11, 2012 05:43
author
 by Saed Bannoura
http://www.imemc.org/article/63468

In its Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights 
Violations in the Occupied Palestinian 
Territories for the week of 03– 09 May 2012, the 
Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) found 
that 12 Palestinian civilians, including two 
children, were wounded and 19 Palestinians were 
abducted in 65 separate Israeli invasions into the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Israeli attacks in the West Bank:

In the West Bank, Israeli forces wounded 12 
Palestinian civilians, including two children, in 
the West Bank. Eleven of these civilians, 
including a child, were wounded during the 
dispersion of peaceful demonstrations organized 
in protest of the construction of the annexation 
wall and settlement activities in the West Bank, 
and in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners in 
Israeli jails who have been on hunger strike. 
Dozens of civilians also suffered from tear gas inhalation.

On 04 May 2012, a Palestinian child was wounded 
when Israeli forces fired at a funeral procession 
in Beit Ummar town, north of Hebron.

During the reporting period, Israeli forces 
conducted at least 64 military incursions into 
Palestinian communities in the West Bank. During 
these incursions, Israeli forces abducted 17 
Palestinian civilians, including 3 children.

On 08 May 2012, Israeli forces raided offices of 
the Palestinian People Party and the Public 
Committee against the Annexation Wall in Ramallah, and confiscated property.

Israeli forces abducted 3 Palestinian civilians, 
including two children, at various checkpoints in the West Bank.

Israeli forces have continued efforts to create a 
Jewish demographic majority in East Jerusalem. 
Israeli forces ordered evacuation of a Bedouin 
community to the northeast of Jerusalem. Two 
Palestinian families were notified to vacate 
their homes to make way for Israeli settlers. On 
06 May 2012, Israeli forces stormed a Bedouin 
community in al-Khan al-Ahmar, northeast of 
Jerusalem. They handed 8 notices to Palestinian 
civilian ordering the evacuation of 8 houses 
within 24 houses. These tin-made houses belonging 
to members of the al-Jahalin family, and the 
number of people who live in them is 35, including 19 children and 8 women.

On the same day, Israeli forces handed notices to 
Beit Sourik Development Association and the local 
council of Beit Sourik village, northwest of 
Jerusalem, ordering stopping pavement of an 
agricultural road in the village. This road has 
been used by Palestinian farmers for hundreds of 
years to reach their lands on the slopes of 
mountains and in valleys. It should be noted that 
Israeli forces confiscated hundreds of dunums[1] 
in the area a few years ago for the purpose of 
the construction of the annexation wall and cut 
off more than one thousand dunums of land from 
the village by the construction of the annexation wall.

On 07 May 2012, Fatima Salamiya received an 
Israeli court decision ordering her to vacate her 
house in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in the center 
of Jerusalem to be handed over to Israeli 
settlers who claim ownership of the house. A week 
earlier, Israeli occupation authority forces 
confiscated a house belonging to the al-Natsha 
family in Beit Hanina neighborhood in the north 
of Jerusalem and handed it over to a Jewish family.

On the same day, the Israeli Supreme Court 
confirmed a ruling issued by the Central Court 
compelling Ghazi Zalloum to leave his house in 
al-Qirmi quarter in the old town of Jerusalem to 
be handed over to Israeli settlers. The court 
also ordered Ismail Wazwaz to vacate his shop, 
claiming that it is an old Jewish property. The 
court further obligated the two civilians to pay the trial and attorney fees.

Israeli attacks in the Gaza Strip:

During the reporting period, Israeli gunboats 
opened fire at Palestinian 
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boats in Khan Yunis on 5 occasions. On 05 May 
2012, Iat approximately 08:30, Israeli naval 
troops abducted two Palestinian fishermen when 
they were fishing nearly 2.5 nautical miles from 
Gaza seashore: Mohammed Mohyi al-Din Bakr, 62; 
and his son Mohammed, 18. The Israeli naval 
troops also confiscated the 
<http://shop.ebay.com/i.html?_nkw=fishing+boat>fishing 
boat. The two fishermen were released at 
approximately 91:30 on the same day after they 
had been interrogated by Israeli forces.

On 05 May 2012, Israeli forces positioned at the 
border between the Gaza Strip and Israel to the 
northeast of Khan Yunis opened fire at 
Palestinian agricultural land in al-Qarara 
village. As a result, a camel was killed.

In the Gaza Strip, Israeli forces conducted a 
limited incursion into al-Boreij refugee camp in 
the central Gaza Strip, during which they fired 
two artillery shells at open areas.

On 06 May 2012, Israeli soldiers positioned at 
the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel to 
the east of al-Maghazi refugee camp abducted two 
Palestinian civilians, including a child, when 
they attempted to cross the border to search for jobs in Israel.

Israeli Annexation Wall:

Israeli forces use force to disperse peaceful 
protests against the Annexation Wall organized by 
Palestinian civilians in the West Bank. 11 
Palestinian civilians, including a child, were 
wounded. Dozens of civilians suffered from tear gas inhalation.

Following the Friday Prayer on 04 May 2012, 
dozens of Palestinian civilians and international 
and Israeli human rights defenders organized a 
peaceful demonstration in Bil'ein village, west 
of Ramallah, in protest to the construction of 
the annexation wall and in solidarity with 
Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails who have 
been on hunger strike. The demonstrators raised 
the Palestinian flag and portraits of a number of 
Palestinian prisoners detained in Israeli jails 
and called for ending the political split. They 
then moved towards areas of annexation wall. 
Israeli soldiers stationed in the area fired 
rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear 
gas canisters at the demonstrators. As a result, 
dozens of demonstrators suffered from tear gas inhalation.

Also following the Friday Prayer on 04 May 2012, 
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 and settlement activities. The 
demonstrators moved towards areas of the 
annexation wall. Immediately, Israeli soldiers 
stationed in the area fired rubber-coated metal 
bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at 
the demonstrators. As a result, dozens of 
demonstrators suffered from tear gas inhalation.

Also following the Friday prayer on 04 May 2012, 
dozens of Palestinian civilians and Israeli and 
international human rights defenders gathered in 
the center of Nabi Saleh village, northwest of 
Ramallah, to start the weekly peaceful protest 
against the construction of the annexation wall 
and settlement activities and in solidarity with 
Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails who have 
been on hunger strike. 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, some demonstrators suffered from tear gas inhalation.

On Saturday noon, 05 May 2012, Israeli forces 
attacked dozens of Palestinian civilians and 
international and Israeli human rights defenders 
who organized a peaceful demonstration in Beit 
Ummar town, north of Hebron, and attempted to 
reach the area located neat “Kari Tsur,” 
protesting plans to expand the settlement. They 
also violently beat ‘Ali Ahmed Abu Hashem, 45.

Other Peaceful Demonstrations

At approximately 13:00 on Thursday, 26 April 
2012, dozens of Palestinian civilians, including 
families of Palestinians prisoners in Israeli 
jails demonstrated near Oufar Prison, southwest 
of Ramallah, in solidarity with Palestinian 
prisoners in Israeli jails who have been on 
hunger strike. Israeli soldiers fired at the 
demonstrators, wounding of them (PCHR keeps their 
names). They also abducted Tariq Baheej al-Baqawi, 21.

Following the Friday Prayer on 04 may 2012, 
dozens of Palestinian civilians, including Bir 
Zeit University students and facilities of 
Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails 
demonstrated near Oufar Prison, southwest of 
Ramallah, in solidarity with Palestinian 
prisoners in Israeli jails who have been on 
hunger strike. Israeli soldiers fired at the 
demonstrators, wounding 5 of them, including a 
child (PCHR keeps their names). A number of 
demonstrators also suffered from tear gas inhalation.

On Saturday afternoon, 05 May 2012, dozens of 
Palestinian civilians, including Bir Zeit 
University students and facilities of Palestinian 
prisoners in Israeli jails demonstrated near 
Oufar Prison, southwest of Ramallah, in 
solidarity with Palestinian prisoners in Israeli 
jails who have been on hunger strike. Israeli 
soldiers fired at the demonstrators, wounding two 
of them (PCHR keeps their names). A number of 
demonstrators also suffered from tear gas inhalation.

Israeli settlement activities:

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

On 03 May 2012, Palestinian civilians in Yarza 
village in the northern Jordan Valley found that 
Israeli forces had destroyed the agricultural 
road that links between the east of Tubas and the 
village. The road is 7 kilometers long.

On the same day, Israeli forces moved into 
al-Makhrour area in the northwest of Beit Jala. 
They demolished a restaurant belonging to Ramzi Qaisiya.

Also on the same day, Israeli military bulldozers 
blocked and destroyed a road that leads to 
Palestinian agricultural lands in the south of 
al-Khader village, southwest of Bethlehem. This 
road serves an area of at least 5,000 dunums of agricultural land.

Also on the same day, Israeli forces moved into 
Khirbat al-Mafqara area to the east of Yatta 
village, south of Hebron. They delivered notices 
to Mohammed Hamamda, Hatem Hamamda and the sons 
of Maher Hamamda notifying them that their 
tin-made houses would be demolished.

On 08 May 2012, Israeli forces moved into ‘Attous 
area to the west of Beit Oula village, northwest 
of Hebron. They cut and confiscated at least 100 
olive trees belonging to Hassan Mohammed 
al-‘Amla. They also cut and confiscated 250 olive 
trees and destroyed an irrigation network 
belonging to Fayez Mohammed al-‘Amla.

On 09 May 2012, Israeli forces moved into 
Nazareth Street in the north of Jenin. They 
demolished two barracks belonging to ‘Awni Fadel 
al-‘Omari, claiming that they were built without licenses.

On the same day, Israeli forces moved into the 
industrial zone in the west of Housan village, 
west of Bethlehem. They demolished two shops and 
confiscated 
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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 
the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva 
Convention convene a conference to take effective 
steps to ensure Israel's respect of the 
Convention in the Occupied Palestinian 
Territories and to provide immediate protection for Palestinian civilians.

The PCHR calls upon 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.

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=8396:weekly-report-on-israeli-human-rights-violations-in-the-occupied-palestinian-territory-03-09-may-2012&catid=84:weekly-2009&Itemid=183>http://www.pchrgaza.org/portal/en/index.php?option=com_...d=183




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