[News] 3 Palestinians killed, 12 wounded by Israeli forces this week

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  PCHR Weekly Report: 3 Palestinians killed, 12 wounded by Israeli
  forces this week

author Friday November 29, 2013 10:28author by PCHR-Gaza
*http://www.imemc.org/article/66472*

In its Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied 
Palestinian Territories for the week of 21- 27 Nov. 2013, the 
Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) found that Israeli forces 
killed 3 Palestinian civilians in Yatta, south of Hebron.

In addition, 12 Palestinians were wounded -- including a Palestinian 
child who was wounded in Qarawet Bani Zaid village, northwest of 
Ramallah, and 2 Palestinian civilians who were wounded in the northern 
Gaza Strip.

Israeli attacks in the West Bank:

In the West Bank, in a new crime of extra-judicial execution, on 26 
November 2013, Israeli forces killed 2 Palestinian civilians in Hebron 
by targeting their vehicle, north of Yatta village, south of the city.

Half an hour later, in an excessive use of force, Israeli forces killed 
a Palestinian civilian in the south of Hebron. After examination of the 
crime scene, it was found that Israeli forces had opened fire randomly 
at the victim while he was walking near a targeted house. He was hit by 
a number of bullets causing his death before he was taken to the 
hospital. According to medical sources at the hospital, al-Najjar was 
hit by a bullet to the left side of his chest, 3 bullets to chest and a 
bullet to the right shoulder. In addition, part of his head was taken 
out as he was pulled by an Israeli robot.

In the same context, on 23 November 2013, 5 civilians, including 2 
children, were wounded when dozens of boys gathered at the southern 
entrance of al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah, and clashed 
with Israeli forces.

On 23 November 2013, a Palestinian child was wounded by 2 bullets to the 
left leg when Israeli forces moved into Qarawet Bani Zaid village, 
northwest of Ramallah.

Israeli forces conducted 64 incursions into Palestinian communities in 
the West Bank. At least 46 Palestinians, including 10 children, were 
abducted in the West Bank.

Israeli forces established dozens of checkpoints in the West Bank. At 
least 5 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children, were abducted at 
checkpoints in the West Bank.

Israeli attacks in the Gaza Strip:

In the Gaza Strip, on 23 November 2013, Israeli forces abducted 3 
Palestinian children from Gaza valley (Johr al-Deek), as they crossed 
through the border fence. The children were questioned and then released 
3 hours later via Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing.

Israeli navy forces have continued targeting Palestinian fishermen in 
the sea. 2 Palestinian fishermen were abducted off the fishing port in 
Rafah in the south of the Gaza Strip.

Israel has continued to impose a total closure 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 25 November 2013, Israeli forces bulldozed a 300-square meter tin 
barrack, west of Ezna village, west of Hebron, belonging to Nader 
Mohammed Mahmoud Faraj Allah under the pretext of having no license, and 
he was not allowed to vacate his belongings. Israeli forces also 
confiscated a 410 Mercedes car 
<http://shop.ebay.com/i.html?_nkw=mercedes+car> loaded with pieces of steel.

On the same day, Israeli forces bulldozed a 40-square meter house 
comprised of a room, kitchen and bathroom belonging to Ashraf Mohammed 
Yousif al-Batran in al-Ra's neighborhood, west of the village, and a 
160-squre-meter tin barrack under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

On 23 November 2013, a group of settlers, under heavy guard of Israeli 
forces, attacked members of 'Awad Faily and number of Israeli solidarity 
activists from "Co-existence" and "Yashin Dove" movements, while heading 
to Qweiwes area, east of Yatta, south of Hebron. As a result, some of 
them sustained bruises, and 5 of them, including 3 children, were abducted.

On the same day, a large group of settlers from "Beit Eil" settlement, 
north of al-Birah, threw stones at Palestinian cars. Israeli soldiers 
then intervened to control settlers and evacuate them from the 
aforementioned area. Neither injuries nor vehicle damages were reported.

On 24 November 2013, residents of Borqin village, west of Salfit, found 
out that a group of settlers from "Brokhin" settlement, chopped down 10 
olive trees belonging to 'Abdullah Mohammed 'Othman Sheikh 'Omer (65) in 
Baqdounis Valley area, north of the aforementioned village.

On 25 November 2013, , a group of settlers from "Givat Ranim" outpost 
extended from "Brakha" settlement, northeast of Bourin village, south of 
Nablus, attacked a house belonging to the family of Ghassan Mustafa 
'Emran, at which they threw stones and a Molotov cocktail.

On the same day, 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 26 November 2013, around 30 settlers from "Nokadim" settlement, east 
of Taqou'a village, southeast of Bethlehem, and "Tekwa'a" settlement, 
northeast of the aforementioned village, chopped down around 200 olive 
trees aged between 30 to 60 years under the Israeli forces' protection.

Israeli attacks on non-violent demonstrations:

Israeli forces have continued to use excessive force against peaceful 
protesters in the West Bank. 3 Palestinian civilians, including a child, 
were wounded in protests in Bil'in village, west of Ramallah, and Kofur 
Qaddoum village, northeast of Qalqilia. 5 civilians, including 2 
children, were wounded in al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah.

Moreover, 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 Bank. As a result, 3 civilians, 
including a child, were wounded. Two of the civilians were wounded 
during a protest in Kofur Qaddoum village, northeast of Qalqilia, while 
the third was wounded during a protest in Bil'in village, west of Ramallah.

Following the Friday Prayer, 22 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. 
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, an 18-year-old civilian was 
wounded by a bullet to the back. Moreover, dozens of civilians 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.

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, and they 
then 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, 2 civilians, including a 
child, were wounded. The 17-year-old civilian was hit by a gas canister 
to the back and the 20-year-old civilian was hit by a gas canister to 
the belly.

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 UN General 
Assembly and Human Rights Council explicitly declare that the Israeli 
closure policy in Gaza and the annexation wall in the West Bank are 
illegal, and accordingly refer the two issues to the UN Security Council 
to impose sanctions on Israel to compel it to remove them.

In addition, the PCHR calls upon the international community, in light 
of its failure to the stop the aggression on the Palestinian people, to 
at least fulfill its obligation to reconstruct the Gaza Strip after the 
series of hostilities launched by Israel which directed targeted the 
civilian infrastructure

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=9948:weekly-report-on-israeli-human-rights-violations-in-the-occupied-palestinian-territory-21-27-nov-2013-&catid=84:weekly-2009&Itemid=183>
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