[News] 2 Palestinians killed, 9 wounded by Israeli forces this week

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  PCHR Weekly Report: 2 Palestinians dead, 9 wounded by Israeli forces
  this week

author Friday December 20, 2013 10:58author by PCHR-Gaza
*http://www.imemc.org/article/66594*

    In its Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the
    Occupied Palestinian Territories for the week of 12- 18 December
    2013, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) found that
    Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian and wounded 6 others in
    Jenin refugee camp in the north of the West Bank. A Palestinian
    civilian died of previous wounds in Bethlehem.

Israeli forces have continued to open fire at the border areas in the 
Gaza Strip. 3 Palestinian civilians, including a child, were wounded in 
the northern and southern Gaza Strip.

Israeli attacks in the West Bank:

On Wednesday evening, 18 December 2013, in an excessive use of lethal 
force, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian and wounded 6 others 
in Jenin refugee camp in Jenin. According to investigations conducted by 
PCHR and statements of eyewitnesses, at approximately 20:30, Israeli 
undercover units sneaked into al-Saha area, in the centre of Jenin 
refugee camp, west of Jenin, using a minibus with a Palestinian 
registration plate and the slogan of the "Palestine Telecommunications 
Company" on it. The vehicle stopped in front of a house belonging to 
Jamal Abdul Salam Abu al-Haija, a prisoner in an Israeli jail. Members 
in the "Palestine Telecommunications Company" costume stepped out of the 
vehicle and opened fire at a group of Palestinian young men, who were 
standing in front of a cafe below the abovementioned house. As a result, 
Nafe' Jamil Nafe' al-Sa'di (23) was shot dead, while 6 others were 
wounded, 2 of whom sustained serious wounds. Moreover, Israeli forces 
abducted a wounded person whose wound has not been identified yet. It 
should be noted that Israeli forces planned to target Abu al-Haija's son 
namely Hamza (21), a member of Hamas movement, but he escaped the arrest 
or extra-judicial execution. Israeli forces then moved into Jenin 
refugee camp and topped some houses overlooking al-Saha area. They 
secured the withdrawal of the undercover units by firing sound bombs and 
tear gas canisters. In addition, they took the corpse of the killed 
Nafe' al-Sa'di and abducted the wounded Ali al-Sa'di. The Palestinian 
military liaison office received the corpse of al-Sa'di through 
al-Jalama crossing, north of Jenin, while Ali al-Sa'di has been in 
custody so far.

In the same context, Medical sources at al-Maqased Charitable Hospital 
in East Jerusalem pronounced Mo'een Mohammed al-Atrash (28), from 
al-Dheisha refugee camp southwest of Bethlehem, dead of wounds he had 
sustained in 2004.

During the past week, Israeli forces conducted 21 incursions into 
Palestinian communities in the West Bank. At least 12 Palestinians were 
abducted.

As part of using military checkpoints and border crossings as traps to 
arrest Palestinian civilians under the pretext they are wanted, Israeli 
forces abducted at least 3 civilians in the West Bank.

Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip:

In the Gaza Strip, 3 Palestinian civilians, including a child and 2 
farmers, were wounded. On 14 December 2013, a Palestinian civilian was 
wounded when Israeli forces stationed along the border fence opened fire 
at him while he was about 200 meters to the east of al-Najjar 
neighbourhood in Khuza'a village, east of Khan Yunis.

On the same day, Israeli forces stationed on the northern borders 
between the Gaza Strip and Israel fired a number of artillery shells at 
open area, north of Um al-Nasser Bedouin village, and northwest of 
al-Nada housing project, but no casualties were reported.

On 15 December 2013, a farmer from Ezbet Beit Hanoun was wounded when 
Israeli forces stationed along the border fence, northeast of Beit Lahia 
in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at a group of framers who were 
500 meters away from the said fence. Farmer Ali Khaled Abu Ouda, 
Mohammed's brother-in-law, said that he has worked in harvesting and 
collecting vegetables for a week, while Mohammed has worked on this 
field for over a month. On Sunday, they headed to Abu Shammas land, 
northeast of Boret Abu Samra. They started work at 07:00 and the area 
was calm. Suddenly, they heard gunfire by Israeli soldiers stationed 
behind the border fence. A few moments later, Mohammed al-Shenbari was 
wounded by a bullet to the left leg, so he fell onto the ground and 
screamed out of severe pain. Some farmers ran towards him and found 
blood on his leg. They carried him and ran about 70 meters away. They 
then put him on a tractor belonging to a farmer and drove him to an 
ambulance of the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS). The ambulance 
took the wounded person to Kamal Odwan Hospital to receive the necessary 
medical treatment.

On 16 December 2013, another farmer, from Jabalia, was wounded when 
Israeli forces stationed along the border fence, east of Jabalia, in the 
northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at a group of farmers who were about 
600 meters away from the said fence.

On 17 and 18 December 2013, Israeli forces stationed in watchtowers, 
east of Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at a number 
of farmers, shepherds and bird hunters in the east of Beit Hanoun. As a 
result, they all fled away fearing of being wounded.

In the context of targeting fishermen in the sea, on 16 and 17 December 
2013, Israeli forces stationed off al-Waha resort, northwest of Beit 
Lahia, opened sporadic fire at Palestinian fishing boats 
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casualties nor material damage were reported.

Israel has continued to impose a total closure on the oPt and has 
isolated the Gaza Strip from the outside world. The illegal 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 Israeli authorities impose measures to undermine the freedom 
of trade, including the basic needs for the Gaza Strip population and 
the agricultural and industrial products to be exported. For 7 
consecutive years, Israel has tightened the land and naval closure to 
isolate the Gaza Strip from the West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem, 
and other countries around the world. This resulted in a grave violation 
of the economic, social and cultural rights and a deterioration of 
living conditions for 1.7 million people. The Israeli authorities has 
established Karm Abu Salem (Kerem Shaloum) as the sole crossing for 
imports and exports in order to exercise its control over the Gaza 
Strip's economy that has been aggravating for years due to the shortage 
of imports. They also aim at imposing a complete ban on the Gaza Strip's 
exports.

Israeli settlement activities:

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

On 17 December 2013, Israeli forces issued a decision to confiscate 10 
dunums of land in Qasrah village, southeast of Nablus. These confiscated 
lands are in "al-Wa'ar" area, which has always been attacked by settlers 
from "Yish Kodish" settlement established on the aforementioned 
village's lands.

Local sources in Qasrah village said that 'Abdel 'Azim Wadi, head of the 
village council, was surprised on the aforementioned day morning with a 
call from the Israeli Liaison informing him about the decision. Wadi 
then contacted the Palestinian Liaison and Nablus as they confirmed 
receiving a copy of the decision.

Ghassan Daghlas, a researcher in settlement affairs in the northern West 
Bank, said that the Israeli Liaison officially informed the Palestinian 
side that they confiscated 10 dunums of farmlands in the area between 
"Yish Kodish" outpost and the southern Qasrah lands. He added that 
Israeli forces informed the Palestinian side that Palestinians are 
denied access to the area and its surroundings, an area of approximately 
500 dunums of agricultural lands, i.e. confiscating another 500 dunums 
later.

Israeli attacks on non-violent demonstrations:

Israeli forces continued the systematic use of excessive force against 
peaceful protests organised by Palestinian, Israeli and international 
activists against the construction of the annexation wall and settlement 
activities in the West. As a result, many protestors suffered tear gas 
inhalation and others sustained bruises as they were beaten up by 
Israeli soldiers.

In spite of the bad weather, following the Friday Prayer, 13 December 
2013, dozens of Palestinian civilians and international and Israeli 
human rights defenders organised a peaceful demonstration in Bil'in, 
west of Ramallah, in protest at the construction of the annexation wall 
and settlement activities, supporting the al-Aqsa mosque and the Islamic 
and Christian religious sites. Demonstrators took the streets raising 
the Palestinian flags and headed to the liberated territories near the 
annexation wall. Israeli forces had closed all the entrances of the 
village since morning to prevent the Palestinian and international 
activists and journalists from participating in the demonstration. 
Demonstrators marched adjacent to the cement wall and tried to cross the 
fence before Israeli forces that are stationed behind the wall, in the 
western area, and a large number of soldiers deployed along it fired 
live bullets, tear gas canisters, rubber-coated steel bullets, sound 
bombs and skunk water at them and chased them in olive fields. As a 
result, a number of civilians suffered tear gas inhalation and others 
sustained bruises as they were beaten up by Israeli soldiers.

On the same day, dozens of Palestinian civilians organised a peaceful 
demonstration in the middle of Ni'lin village, west of Ramallah, in 
protest at the construction of the annexation wall and settlement 
activities. Demonstrators took the streets and headed to the annexation 
wall. Israeli forces closed the gates of the wall with barbwires and 
prevented the demonstrators from passing to the land behind it before 
they responded by throwing stones. As a result, many civilians suffered 
tear gas inhalation and bruises as they were beaten up by Israeli soldiers.

At approximately 12:30 on the same day, Palestinian civilians and 
international activists organised a peaceful demonstration in the centre 
of Kufor Qaddoum village, northwest of Qalqilia, and headed towards the 
eastern entrance of the village, in protest at the continued closure of 
the entrance with an iron gate, since the beginning of the Aqsa 
Intifada. Clashes erupted between the demonstrators and Israeli forces 
that fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters to prevent them from 
reaching the aforementioned gate. As a result, a number of civilians 
suffered 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 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.

In addition, 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:

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=10012:weekly-report-on-israeli-human-rights-violations-in-the-occupied-palestinian-territory-12-18-december-2013-&catid=84:weekly-2009&Itemid=183>
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