[News] 2 civilians killed, 6 wounded, 41 abducted by Israeli troops this week

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  PCHR Weekly Report: 2 civilians killed, 6 wounded, 41 abducted by
  Israeli troops this week

author Friday April 05, 2013 02:52author by PCHR Gaza
http://www.imemc.org/article/65295

    In its Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the
    Occupied Palestinian Territories for the week of 28 Mar. to 03 Apr.
    2013, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) found that
    Israeli forces killed 2 Palestinian civilians and wounded a third
    one in Anabta village, east of Tulkarem. Two youth were wounded
    during an incursion into Hebron.

In addition, Israeli forces continued to use excessive force against 
peaceful protests in the West Bank. An Irish journalist was wounded in 
al-Nabi Saleh protest while a Palestinian civilian was wounded in Kofur 
Qaddoum protest. A Palestinian boy was wounded during a peaceful protest 
in the center of Hebron, in protest of the death of the Palestinian 
prisoner Abu Hamdiya.

Israeli attacks in the West Bank:

In the West Bank, in an excessive use of lethal force, the Israeli 
forces killed 2 Palestinian civilians and wounded a third one in Anabta 
village, east of Tulkarem. This happened when the Israeli forces 
stationed at Annab checkpoint, east of the said village, opened fire at 
a group of boys protesting in the vicinity of the checkpoint.

On 29 March 2013, an 18-year-old boy was wounded by a bullet to the 
right leg and another 13-year-old child was wounded by a bullet to the 
right side of his head when an Israeli infantry unit moved into the 
center of Hebron.

During the last week, Israeli forces conducted 65 incursions into 
Palestinian communities in the West Bank. 30 Palestinian civilians, 
including 3 children and a woman, were abducted.

The Israeli forces established dozens of checkpoints in the West Bank. 5 
Palestinian civilians, including 4 children, were abducted at checkpoints.

During peaceful protests organized in the West Bank, the Israeli forces 
abducted 6 Palestinian civilians, including 4 children and Abdul Hafiz 
al-Hashlamoun, a photojournalist 
<http://shop.ebay.com/i.html?_nkw=photojournalist> at the European 
agency. However, they were all released later.

Israeli has continued its efforts to create a Jewish majority in 
occupied East Jerusalem. A Jerusalemite was obliged to demolish a room 
attached to his house.

Israeli attacks in the Gaza Strip:

In the Gaza Strip, the Israeli forces continued to fire at the 
Palestinian fishing boats 
<http://shop.ebay.com/i.html?_nkw=fishing+boats> in order to minimize 
the allowed fishing area to 3 nautical miles instead of 6 nautical 
miles. Moreover, the Gaza Strip witnessed 2 airstrikes on an 
agricultural facility and an open land.

PCHR's fieldworkers documented 2 shooting incidents on 28 and 30 March 
2013 on Palestinian fishing boats that were sailing 3 nautical miles off 
al-Waha resort, northwest of Beit Lahia in the north of the Gaza Strip. 
As a result of the attacks, the fishermen were forced to flee back to 
the shore fearing of being wounded or abducted. However, neither 
casualties nor material damage were reported.

It should be noted that on Thursday, 21 March 2013, the Israeli forces 
declared minimizing the allowed fishing area from 6 to 3 nautical miles, 
as the Israeli forces allowed fishermen to sail up to 6 nautical miles 
following the cease-fire agreement between Hamas and Israel in November 
2012.

Additionally, 2 airstrikes were launched on Gaza City and the north of 
the Gaza Strip targeting an open land, a green house and a water well. 
No casualties were reported, but the residents of the 2 areas were 
frightened as a result.

Israel has continued to impose a total closure and has isolated the Gaza 
Strip from the outside world. During the reporting period, the border 
crossings between the Gaza Strip and Israel were completely closed for 4 
days.

Israeli settlement activities:

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

On Thursday, 28 March 2013, a group of settlers, under the protection of 
the Israeli forces and military vehicles 
<http://shop.ebay.com/i.html?_nkw=military+vehicles>, raided the lands 
of Palestinian civilians from Silat al-Thaher village, southern of 
Jenin, where the evacuated "Homesh" settlement was established. 
According to local sources, dozens of settlers arrived at the scene in a 
number of buses, accompanied by large units of the Israeli forces, where 
they practiced some Talmudic rituals before withdrawing from the scene; 
no other incidents were reported.

On Friday, 29 March 2013, dozens of settlers coming from "Daniel" 
settlement outpost established southern of al-Khader village, southern 
of Bethlehem, uprooted 200 olive seedlings from al-Mustafy area, 
adjacent to the settlement outpost. The attacked land is the property of 
a 65 year old man.

On Sunday, 31 March 2013, approximately 230 settlers, some of them 
armed, from "Efrat" and "Gush Etzion" settlements, southern of 
Bethlehem, raided Solomon pools area, western of Artas village, 
southwestern of the city. The settlers performed some Talmudic rituals 
in the area, under the protection of Israeli forces. Before withdrawing, 
the settlers threatened that they will come back to the area on daily basis.

On Sunday, a group of settlers from "Yitzhar" settlement, established on 
Palestinian civilians' lands southern of Nablus, threw stones at school 
buses boarding students from Ramon School for Girls while on their way 
back to the village, northeastern of Qalqilya, from a fieldtrip to the 
city. As a result, an 11-year-old girl sustained cuts in the right side 
of her face after a stone hit her in the face. Also, many others 
sustained scratches because of the scattered glass.
On Monday, 01 April 2013, a group of settlers from "Ovijal" settlement , 
established on Palestinian lands eastern of Yatta, southern of Hebron, 
attacked Palestinian farmers and shepherds in Um al-'Arayes area, 
eastern of the city. As a result, a 45-year old farmer sustained minor 
bruises after he fell while the settlers were chasing the farmers.

Also on Monday, a group of settlers from "Mitzpe Yair" and "Ovijal" 
settlements, established on Palestinian lands in Be'r al-Ad area, 
eastern of Yatta, attacked shepherds of al-Nawa'ja family and beat them. 
The Israeli forces intervened when the shepherds attempted to defend 
themselves and abducted a 55-year old shepherd) and transported him to 
an unknown destination.

On Tuesday, 02 April 2013, dozens of settlers from "Havat Maon" 
settlement, established on Palestinian lands eastern of Yatta, attacked 
Palestinian farmers while in their farms, eastern of al-Twana village 
and addressed them with profane language and anti-Islam slogans. The 
settlers expelled the farmers and shepherds from the area, under the 
protection of the Israeli forces.

Also on Tuesday, a number of settlers from "Maon" settlement, 
established on Palestinian lands southern of Yatta, raided the farmlands 
in al-Hamra area, eastern of Yatta and burned a number of olive trees 
belonging to a 45-year old farmer.

Israeli attacks on non-violent demonstrations:

During the reporting period, the Israeli forces continued to 
systematically use excessive force against peaceful protests organized 
by Palestinians and Israeli and international activists against the 
construction of the annexation wall and settlement activities in the 
West Bank. As a result, Tommy, 70, an Irish journalist, was wounded by a 
bullet to the right hand in al-Nabi Saleh protest, northeast of 
Ramallah. Besides, a protestor was hit by a gas canister to the pelvis 
in Kofur Qaddoum protest, northeast of Qalqilia. Dozens of protesters 
also suffered from tear gas inhalation and other sustained bruises.

In the same context, the Palestinian civilians organized many peaceful 
protests in solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli 
jails, especially those on hunger strike. Other protests were organized 
to mark the 37 anniversary of the Land Day. Further, many protest were 
organized following the death of the Palestinian prisoner Maysara Abu 
Hamdiya, who suffered from cancer, at Soroka hospital in Beersheba in 
Israel. The Israeli forces used excessive force, as a result, a 
20-year-old young man was wounded by a bullet to the right leg. Besides, 
many civilians suffered from tear gas inhalation and others sustained 
bruises.

On Wednesday April 3rd, Israeli forces attacked residents of Beit Ummar 
village, north of Hebron, during the funeral procession of a person to a 
nearby cemetery near the bypass road (60). The Israeli forces fired 
sound bombs and gas canisters, due to which, many persons suffered from 
tear gas inhalation. Following the funeral, a number of boys gathered 
and threw stones and empty bottles at the Israeli forces stationed at 
the entrance of the village. The Israeli forces in response fired 
rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters. As a 
result, some gas canisters fell into a house and a store.

Recommendations to the international community:

Due to the number and severity of attacks this week, the PCHR made 
several recommendations to the international community. Among these were 
a recommendation that the international community and the United Nations 
use all available means to allow the Palestinian people to enjoy their 
right to self-determination, through the establishment of the 
Palestinian State, which was recognized by the UN General Assembly with 
a vast majority, using all international legal mechanisms, including 
sanctions to end the occupation of the State of Palestine.

The PCHR calls upon the United Nations to provide international 
protection to Palestinians in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, and 
to ensure the non-recurrence of aggression against the Occupied 
Palestinian Territories, especially the Gaza Strip.

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_...d=183 
<http://www.pchrgaza.org/portal/en/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=9382:weekly-report-on-israeli-human-rights-violations-in-the-occupied-palestinian-territory-28-mar-03-apr-2013&catid=84:weekly-2009&Itemid=183>
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