[News] 15 Palestinians wounded in 56 incursions by Israeli troops

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Fri Nov 22 13:05:13 EST 2013


  15 Palestinians wounded in 56 incursions by Israeli troops

author Friday November 22, 2013 03:13author by PCHR-Gaza
http://www.imemc.org/article/66443

In its Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied 
Palestinian Territory for the week of 14- 20 November 2013, the 
Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) found that Israeli forces 
launched 8 air strikes on the Gaza Strip. 3,500 chicks and 15 sheep died 
in Israeli raids on poultry and sheep farms in Khan Younis.

Israeli forces have continued to open fire at the border areas in the 
Gaza Strip, but no casualties were reported. 8 Palestinian civilians, 
including 6 children, were wounded in the southeast of Nablus. And 7 
Palestinian civilians were wounded in protests in Kofur Qaddoum village, 
northeast of Qalqilia, and Bil'in village, west of Ramallah.

Israeli attacks in the West Bank:

Israeli forces conducted 56 incursions into Palestinian communities in 
the West Bank and a limited one in the Gaza Strip.

At least 58 Palestinians, including 11 children and a mother of 2 
children, were arrested.

Israeli forces established dozens of checkpoints in the West Bank. At 
least 10 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children, were arrested at 
checkpoints in the West Bank.

Israeli has continued efforts to create a Jewish demographic majority in 
occupied East Jerusalem. Israeli authorities approved the scheme of the 
(National Park) on the lands of al-Tour and al-'Eisawiya villages.

In an example of one of this week's invasions, on November 14th, At 
approximately 14:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Aroub refugee camp, 
north of Hebron. They raided a house belonging to the family of Mohammed 
Mahmoud Abu Dawood (65) and stationed on top of the house. Mohammed and 
his family tried to prevented Israeli soldiers from going upstairs, but 
he and his family were attacked. Israeli soldiers fired sound bombs at 
the family and attacked them again in front of the house. As a result, 
some of the family members sustained bruises and were taken to Hebron 
Hospital to receive medical treatment.

Mohammed Abu Dawood (65) said to PCHR's fieldworker:
"At approximately 14:15 on Friday, 15 November 2013, I was on the third 
floor of my 3-storey house. I heard violent knocking on the door leading 
to the roof. I went downstairs to the door and found 4 Israeli soldiers, 
including an officer who hit the door with his gun. I realized that the 
main door of the house was open. I asked them what they were doing. One 
of them asked me to give them the key, but I refused because a few day 
earlier some Israeli soldiers went up to the roof and damaged the solar 
power boards. The officer hit the door again, so I shouted asking them 
to stop, but in vain. My sons Yusef (25), Ibrahim (25), daughter Amani 
(20) and my two wives Nazmiya (58) and Zainab (60) came. A quarrel 
erupted between me and the soldiers. Ibrahim stood in the middle to 
prevent them from attacking me. A soldier held a sound bomb and hit it 
on Ibrahim's head and then threw it towards Yusef, whose head was 
injured. Ibrahim got away, as he was bleeding. In the meantime, I 
stepped back, but a soldier who was one step higher than me, so he 
strongly kicked me in the left side of my chest. Yusef carried me to a 
close balcony as I suffered difficulty in breathing. I heard him calling 
out relatives downstairs to bring an ambulance. After a while, my sons 
took me outdoor waiting for the ambulance. There were Israeli soldiers 
out there, in addition to my brother Ibrahim (50) and his sons. My two 
wives and daughters stayed inside and closed the door. The Israeli 
soldiers approached and started hitting the door with their gun butts. I 
tried to prevent them from doing so, but a soldier broke the glass of 
the door. My nephew Mohammed came to get me away fearing that I would be 
attacked again, but 2 soldiers pulled him back, pushed him to the ground 
and attacked him. My sons and brother came to help him. In the 
meanwhile, a soldier stood on the door's step, held his gun crosswise 
and jumped over them. They all fell to the ground. The soldiers took 
each one of them and attacked him individually. Once an ambulance of the 
Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) arrived, the Israeli soldiers 
left. I was taken with 3 members of my family to Hebron Hospital. 
Following medical check-up, it was found that I had a fracture in my rib 
cage, my son Ibrahim sustained a wound in the left side of his head, my 
nephew Fadi sustained a fracture in the nose and my son Ahmed sustained 
bruises in the belly. A few minutes later, my brother Ibrahim and my son 
Yusef arrived were also admitted to the hospital. My brother sustained a 
fracture in his left hand and my son Yusef had pain in his left side of 
his head. Half an hour later, my wife Nazmiya was admitted to the 
hospital. She had pain in the chest. I learnt later that Israeli 
soldiers had pushed her while going downstairs. We left the hospital in 
the evening."

Israeli attacks in the Gaza Strip:

Israel has continued to impose a total closure and has isolated the Gaza 
Strip from the outside world.

A patient from Rafah was arrested at Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing in the 
northern Gaza Strip.

Israeli navy forces have continued targeting Palestinian fishermen in 
the sea.
Israeli forces opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats 
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arrested fishermen and confiscated fishing boats 
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Israeli gunboats stationed in the sea opened fire at Palestinian fishing 
boats twice. The first attack took place on 16 November 2013, but 
neither casualties nor material damage were reported. On 17 November 
2013, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Waha Resort shore, northwest of 
Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip opened fire at the Palestinian 
fishing boats sailing nearly 1.5 nautical miles in the sea. An Israeli 
gunboat surrounded a boat boarding 2 fishermen; 'Ammar As'ad 'Abdel 
Malek al-Sultan (21) and Muhsin Akram Diab Zayed (24) from al-Salatin 
neighbourhood in Beit Lahia. Israeli naval soldiers forced fishermen to 
jump into the water and swim towards the Israeli gunboat while the two 
fishermen were pulling 10 fishing nets, 1,000 meters long in total, from 
water. The two fishermen were terrified due to the continued firing at 
them. The Israeli soldiers then confiscated their fishing boat 
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and items and took the fishermen to Ashdod Port, where they were 
arrested and questioned. At Israeli forces released the two fishermen on 
the following day via Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing.

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.
Israeli forces erased 100 olive trees in Ya'bad village, southwest of Jenin.
Israeli settlers set fire to 2 vehicles in Fara'ta village, northeast of 
Qalqilia.
219 olive trees were uprooted and damaged in the northern and southern 
West Bank.

On Thursday morning, 14 November 2013, Israeli forces, backed with heavy 
military bulldozers, leveled farmlands, south of Ya'abod village near 
the main bypass road, which leads to "Movedtan" settlement established 
on Palestinian lands between Jenin and the northern villages of Tulakrm, 
southwest of Jenin.

On the same day, 4 Israeli settlers sneaked into a house belonging to 
the family of Khaled 'Abdel Rahman Mahmoud Dar Khalil in Sanjal village, 
north of Ramallah. The settlers poured an incendiary material inside the 
house balcony, which was closed by glass, put it on fire, and wrote a 
slogan in Hebrew on the outside wall.

Also on the same day, a group of settlers, escorted by Israeli forces, 
raided one of the ancient archaeological areas, west of al-Samou'a 
village, south of Hebron, and perform religious rituals.

Also on the same day, a group of settlers from "Eddy 'Aad" settlement, 
which is established on the east of Turmos'ayah lands, north of 
Ramallah, uprooted 75 seedlings in the al-Sabiha agricultural area, east 
of the village and 3 kilometers away from the aforementioned settlement.

On 15 November 2013, dozens of settlers, escorted by Israeli forces, 
obstructed the movement at the entrance of Beit Ummar village, and 
uprooted 75 seedlings in al-Sbihah agricultural area, east of the village.

On 17 November 2013, a number of settlers from "Afijal" settlement 
established on Palestinian lands, east of Yata, south of Hebron, cut 106 
olive trees belonging to Mos'if family in Mo'in valley, east of Yata, 
with handsaws.

On 18 November 2013, Israeli forces confiscated 120 square meters of 
construction bricks of al-Dirat village, northeast of Yata, south of 
Hebron, under the pretext of building a mosque without a construction 
permit.

On the same day, civilians were surprised in Qasrah village, southeast 
of Nablus, with settlers uprooting 38 olive seedlings and tried to 
demolish an agricultural room belonging to 'Ali 'Abdel Hamid Hassan, but 
they could not.

On 19 November 2013, 3 settlers infiltrated from "Hafa Gel'ad" 
settlement to Fer'etah village, northeast of Qalqilya, and set a truck 
and vehicle belonging to Bahjat Mohammed Mahmoud Soliman, on fire.

Israeli attacks on non-violent demonstrations:

Following the Friday Prayer, 15 November 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. The 
demonstration was also organized to mark the 25th anniversary of the 
Declaration of Independence and the 9th anniversary of the death of the 
late President Yasser Arafat. 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 17-year-old child was wounded by 3 bullets to the back, dozens 
suffered tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises due to being 
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 due to being beaten up by Israeli soldiers.

Around the same time, dozens of Palestinian civilians and Israeli and 
international human rights defenders organised a peaceful demonstration, 
in protest at the construction of the annexation wall and settlement 
activities, in Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah. Demonstrators 
took the streets raising the Palestinian flags and chanting slogans 
against the occupation and in support of the Palestinian unity 
resistance, and then they headed to the lands that the settlers are 
trying to rob by force near "Halmish" settlement. 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. When they arrived at the land, the 
demonstrators were met by live bullets, tear gas canisters, 
rubber-coated steel bullets, sound bombs and skunk water and were chased 
into the village. As a result, a number of civilians suffered tear gas 
inhalation and others sustained bruises due to being beaten up by 
Israeli soldiers.

Following the Friday prayer, dozens of Palestinian civilians and 
international and Israeli human rights defenders organised a peaceful 
demonstration in Ma'sara village, in protest at the construction of the 
annexation wall and settlement activities. The demonstration started in 
front of the Candles Cultural Centre in the centre of the village. 
Demonstrators moved in the streets raising the Palestinian flag. When 
they arrived at the area where the annexation wall is established, 
Israeli forces started firing tear gas canisters in attempt to disperse 
them and prevented the demonstrators from reaching the annexation wall. 
A number of civilians suffered tear gas inhalation.

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, 6 civilians, including an 
8-year-old boy, were wounded and others suffered tear gas inhalation. 
Moreover, Israeli forces detained and questioned 4 children for an hour. 
The detained children were: Ahmed Abdul Salam Ishteiwi (6); Malek Hekmat 
Ishteiwi (7); Tareq Hekmat Ishtiwi (9); and Hosam Khaldoun Abu Khaled (8).

On Friday, 15 November 2013, dozens of Palestinian civilians and 
international activists gathered in Bethelehm to commemorate the 
anniversary of the Declaration of Independence at the intersection 
leading to "Bitar Elite" settlement. They closed the street and raised 
the Palestinian flags. Israeli forces and police arrived to the area and 
dispersed the demonstrators.

At approximately 15:00, on the same day, dozens of Palestinian children 
gathered at the entrance of Selwad village, northeast of Ramallah. They 
threw stones at a military fence around the village. Israeli forces 
stationed in the area fired live ammunition, rubber-coated metal 
bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the children. As a 
result, a number of civilians suffered tear gas inhalation. Israeli 
forces arrested 3 children: Majd Abdul Rahman Hamed (16); Abdullah 
Khaled Hammad (17); and Mohammed Ziad Hamed (14). The third child was 
released 2 hours following his arrest, while the other 2 ones were taken 
to Ofer detention facility, southwest of the city.

Majd's mother said to PCHR's fieldworker that she and her husband 
Abdullah Saleh had gone at approximately 23:30, on the same day, to 
"Benjamin" police station, as they received a phone call from an Israeli 
police officer named Morad, asking them to come to the police station 
and see their son's statement. The mother added: "When I went in, I saw 
my son Majd. He sustained wounds in his forehead and bruises around his 
eyes. His clothes were stained with blood, as he was beaten up."

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 United Nations 
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

The PCHR calls upon the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva 
Conventions to compel Israel, as a High Contracting Party to the 
Conventions, to apply the Conventions in the Occupied Palestinian 
Territories.

For the full text of the report, click on the link below:

http://www.pchrgaza.org/portal/en/index.php?option=com_...d=183 
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