[News] Palestine - 4 civilians killed, including 1 child, by Israeli forces this week

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  PCHR Weekly Report: 4 civilians killed, including 1 child, by Israeli
  forces this week

author Friday January 18, 2013 11:01author by PCHR Gaza
http://www.imemc.org/article/64909

In its Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied 
Palestinian Territories for the week of 10- 16 January 2012, the 
Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) found that 4 Palestinian 
civilians, including a child, were killed in the West Bank and Gaza 
Strip. The 4 civilians were killed at the border area as a result of 
excessive use of force. Also, 2 Palestinian civilians were shot by 
Israeli settlers in the northern West Bank.

Israeli attacks in the West Bank:

In the West Bank, the Israeli forces killed 2 Palestinian civilians, 
including a child, and wounded a third.

On 12 January 2013, the Israeli forces positioned along the security 
fence, south of al-Ramadin village in the south of Hebron, killed a 
Palestinian worker named Oday al-Daraweesh, 21, from Doura in the 
southwest of Hebron.

On 15 January 2013, the Israeli forces killed a Palestinian child from 
Budros village, west of Ramallah and al-Bireh, while he was with his 
friends near the annexation wall.

In the context of efforts to create a Jewish Majority in the Occupied 
East Jerusalem, the Israeli forces continued to confiscate lands, 
demolish houses and built new settlement units. PCHR stresses that these 
measures come in the context of isolating East Jerusalem and annexing it 
to Israeli according to the Israeli policy that is in violation of the 
international humanitarian law. PCHR calls upon the international 
community to promptly take action and reiterates its call upon the High 
Contracting parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention to fulfill their 
obligations under Article 1 of the Convention.

On the level of house demolitions, the Israeli forces demolished 2 
houses in Beit Hanina suburb and Sour Baher village, which caused 15 
Palestinians to be made homeless. At approximately 07:00 on Monday, 14 
January 2013, Israeli forces accompanied by a number if military 
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and two military bulldozers, raided al-Hathalin neighborhood in Um 
al-Khair Kehrba area, southeast of Yatta, south of Hebron. The forces 
patrolled the area, the soldiers were deployed in its surroundings and 
banned the civilians from transporting. The military bulldozer started 
demolishing a house made of tin and stones, built on an area of 60 
square meters, occupied by Shu'aib al-Hathalin's, 65, family of 8. It 
should also be mentioned that Mr. al-Hathalin is physically disabled. In 
his testimony to a PCHR fieldworker, Khalil Shu'ain al-Hathalin said 
that the Israeli forces raided the area early in the morning and forced 
his family to evacuate the house, during the recent cold wave. The 
bulldozer destroyed the house under pretext of not obtaining a permit.

On 15 January 2013, the Israeli forces moved into al-Ashqariya 
neighborhood in Beit Hanina suburb, north of occupied East Jerusalem. 
They surrounded a house belonging to Nasser Awad al-Rajabi, 42, and 
demolished the house without a prior notice.

At the same time, the Israeli forces moved into Sour Baher village, 
south of occupied East Jerusalem. They surrounded a house belonging to 
Aref Hussain 'Amira, 71, and demolished his 2-storey house.

During the reporting period, the Israeli forces conducted at least 40 
military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank. 
During these incursions, the Israeli forces abducted at least 29 
Palestinian civilians, including 4 children.

Israeli attacks in the Gaza Strip:

In the Gaza Strip, the Israeli forces killed 2 Palestinian civilians and 
wounded a third one. On 11 January 2013, Israeli forces stationed along 
the border fence, east of Jabalya in the northern Gaza Strip killed a 
Palestinian civilian and wounded a second one.

On 14 January 2013, the Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian 
from Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip while he was standing with 
his friends in a farmland 1,200 meters away from the border between the 
Gaza Strip and Israel.

In the Gaza Strip, the Israeli forces conducted 2 limited incursions. 
The first incursion was on 10 January 2013, when they moved 
approximately 200 meters to the west of the border fence, east of Gaza 
Valley (Johr al-Deek) village.

The second incursion was conducted on 14 January 2013, when Israeli 
forces moved 100 meters to the west of the border fence in Khuza'a 
village, east of Khan Yunis.

In the Gaza Strip also, on 12 January 2013, Israeli forces positioned 
along the border fence, east of al-Salqa valley, east of Deir al-Balah, 
abducted a young man and a boy from the village, as they attempted to 
cross the border into Israel.

Israeli settlement activities:

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

2 Palestinian civilians were wounded in 2 separate shooting incidents 
carried out by armed settlers in Nablus on 10 January 2013. The first 
incident happened when a group of settlers from "Yitzhar" settlement 
attacked a number of Palestinian civilians from Ourif village, south of 
Nablus. The other incident took place when an armed settler opened fire 
at Palestinian civilians, wounding Ammar Masamir, 20.

On 13 January 2013, the Israeli forces submitted a notice to Ehssan 
Hussain Shnaran, 45, from Wad al-Rakheem area, south of Yatta, to 
demolish his tent where 10 individuals live. They also submitted a 
notice to demolish a Kindergarten in Kherbet Sousia, southeast of Hebron.

On 14 January 2013, the Israeli forces demolished a house belonging to 
the family of Sho'aib al-Hathalin, 65, from Kerbet Um al-Khair, south of 
Hebron. The house was built of stones and roofed by tin plates on an 
area of 60 square meters.

On the same day, the Israeli forces demolished a farmhouse in Hawwara 
area, south of Hebron, belonging to Mohammed Ali Issa Atiya, 45. This 
house was used as shelter for a 9-member family and to raise livestock.

On the same day, the Israeli forces demolished 2 barns in the vicinity 
of Kherbet Hawwara belonging to Ziad Yunis Makhamra, 55, and Walid Ahmed 
al-Jbour, 50, under the pretext of not obtaining building licenses.

In addition to the 2 abovementioned shooting incidents, on 10 January 
2013, a group of settlers from "Yesh Kodesh" settlement, southeast of 
Nablus, damaged 210 live trees in the southwest of Qasra village.

Israeli attacks on nonviolent demonstrations:

During the reporting period, Israeli forces used force against peaceful 
demonstrations organized by Palestinian civilians and international and 
Israeli human rights defenders in protest at the construction of the 
wall and settlement activities in the West Bank. As a result, a 
21-year-old Palestinian civilian sustained a bullet wound to the left 
thigh, in Nabi Saleh weekly peaceful demonstration, northwest of 
Ramallah; 6 Israeli and international human rights activists were 
detained by Israeli forces and transported to an unknown destination. 
Also dozens of demonstrators suffered from tear gas inhalation and some 
sustained bruises.

Following the Friday Prayer on 11 January 2013, 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. The demonstrators 
gathered in the streets of the village, chanting slogans calling for 
national unity. The protesters aimed to stress the need to adhere to 
national principles and the right of return, to resist the occupation 
and to call for the release of all Palestinian prisoners. The protesters 
raised Palestinian flags and made their way towards the wall. They 
called through megaphones for Israeli settlers in "Mitityahu" settlement 
to leave Palestinian land. 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 and others sustained bruises.

Also following the Friday Prayer on 11 January 2013, dozens of 
Palestinian civilians and international and Israeli human rights 
defenders organized a peaceful demonstration in Ne'lin village, west of 
Ramallah, in protest at 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 and others sustained bruises.

Around the same time on Friday, 11 January 2013, dozens of Palestinian 
civilians and Israeli and international human rights defenders gathered 
in the Martyrs Square in Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah, to 
hold a 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, 
which leads to Palestinian lands that Israeli settlers from the nearby 
"Halmish" settlement are trying to seize. Israeli soldiers fired live 
and rubber-coated bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the 
protesters. As a result, a Palestinian civilian, 21, sustained a bullet 
wound to the left thigh. He was transported to Palestine Health Complex 
in Ramallah for treatment. Dozens of demonstrators suffered from tear 
gas inhalation and others sustained bruises. Moreover, the Israeli 
forces abducted 6 Israeli and international human rights activists and 
transported them to an unknown destination.

Also following the Friday Prayer, dozens of Palestinian civilians and 
international human rights defenders organized a peaceful demonstration 
in the center of al-Ma'sara village, south of Bethlehem, in protest at 
the ongoing construction of the annexation wall. As the protestors moved 
towards the gate of the village, the Israeli forces closed it to prevent 
the demonstration from gaining access to the confiscated land and 
attacked the participants; as a result, some demonstrators suffered from 
tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises.

At approximately 12:15 on the same Friday, dozens of Palestinian 
civilians and international human rights defenders organized a peaceful 
demonstration in the center of Kuffor Kadoum village, northeast of 
Qalqilya, in protest to the continuous closure of the eastern entrance 
of the village since the outbreak of al-Aqsa Intifada. The demonstrators 
moved towards the entrance of the village. Immediately, Israeli forces, 
stationed in the surroundings of the steel gate established at the 
entrance, fired tear gas canisters and rubber-coated bullets. As a 
result, dozens of demonstrators suffered from tear gas inhalation.

At approximately 11:30 on Tuesday, 15 January 2013, Palestinian 
civilians and activists in the Popular Committees against the Wall and 
international human rights activist organized a demonstration in 
solidarity with the people of al-Jab'a village, northwest of Hebron. The 
protesters raised Palestinian flags and made their way towards the gate 
separating al-Jab'a and Sourif villages, west of Hebro. The 
demonstrators broke the steel gate, installed by the Israeli forces 
approximately 13 years ago, and opened it for civilian movement. The 
Israeli forces surrounded the area, and some soldiers attacked the 
demonstrators and got in a hand-fight with them. As a result, some of 
the demonstrators sustained bruises.

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 fulfill their legal and moral 
obligations under Article 1 of the Convention to ensure Israel's respect 
for the Convention in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. PCHR believes 
that the conspiracy of silence practiced by the international community 
has encouraged Israel to act as if it is above the law and encourages 
Israel continue to violate international human rights and humanitarian law.

The PCHR calls upon the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva 
Convention to convene a conference to take effective steps to ensure 
Israel's respect of the Convention in the OPT and to provide immediate 
protection for Palestinian civilians.

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=9182:weekly-report-on-israeli-human-rights-violations-in-the-occupied-palestinian-territory-10-16-january-2012&catid=84:weekly-2009&Itemid=183>
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