[News] Israeli troops injure 14 civilians, including 4 children this week

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Fri Sep 27 17:09:49 EDT 2013


  PCHR Weekly Report: Israeli troops injure 14 civilians, including 4
  children this week

author Friday September 27, 2013 10:04author by PCHR-Gaza
http://www.imemc.org/article/66179

In its Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied 
Palestinian Territories for the week of 19- 25 September 2013, the 
Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) found that during the 
reporting period, Israeli forces wounded 14 civilians, including 4 
children and 2 photojournalists.

2 Palestinian civilians were wounded in the east of Jabalia in the north 
of the Gaza Strip. In addition, a Palestinian child was wounded in the 
centre of Hebron, and 11 civilians were wounded during weekly 
non-violent protests.

Israeli attacks in the West Bank:

Israeli forces conducted 62 incursions into Palestinian communities in 
the West Bank. At least 45 Palestinian civilians, including 1 child, 
were abducted in the West Bank.

Israeli forces established dozens of checkpoints in the West Bank. At 
least 6 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children, were abducted at 
checkpoints in the West Bank.

On 22 September 2013, a Palestinian boy was wounded in Hebron when some 
boys gathered and threw stones at Israeli soldiers stationed at the 
entrance of al-Shuhada' Street, south of the Old Town of Hebron. The 
Israeli soldiers fired sound bombs, tear gas canisters and rubber-coated 
metal bullets in response. As a result, a 16-year-old civilian was 
wounded by a rubber-coated metal bullet in the right thigh.

Following the killing of an Israeli soldier on 22 September 2013, 
Israeli forces carried out a series of collective punishment measures 
against Palestinian civilians in the city. They deployed between houses 
in the centre of the Old Town and declared the area a closed military 
zone. They raided many houses in different neighbourhoods, including Abu 
Snaina, Jabal Jawhar, Qatyoun, Jaber neighbourhood, Tal'at Abu Hadeed, 
al-Karantina, the vicinity of the Ibrahimi mosque and the vicinity of 
Tareq Ben Ziad School. Israeli forces also searched the houses, and 
damaged their contents. They kept their occupants in a room and took 
others to the vicinity of the above-mentioned school. In the meantime, 
Israeli forces stationed atop of a number of houses and turned them into 
military sites. Moreover, they informed occupants of those houses of the 
decision to seize the houses for military reasons. Israeli forces closed 
all entrances leading to Hebron and erected checkpoints. They also 
completely closed the entrance of al-Harayeq road linking Hebron with 
its southern villages. Israeli forces detained dozens of Palestinian 
civilians around Tareq Ben Ziad School and released them later, 
excluding 7 ones who remained in custody.

Israeli attacks in the Gaza Strip:

In the Gaza Strip, on Friday, 20 September 2013, 2 Palestinian boys were 
wounded when Israeli forces stationed along the border fence to the east 
of al-Shuhada' cemetery, east of Jabalia, opened fire at a group of 
young men, who were about 100 meters away from the fence.

In the Gaza Strip, on 24 September 2013, Israeli forces carried out 2 
limited incursions. They moved about 200 meters into the east of 
al-Qarara village, east of Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip. 
Moreover, Israeli forces moved about 200 meters into the west of the 
border fence, east of al-Salqa valley, east of Deir al-Balah. In both 
incursions, they levelled lands along the border fence and withdrew later.

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

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.

Settlers moved into many areas and performed their Talmudic rituals. 2 
researchers from B'Tselem were attacked and their cameras were damaged 
in Hebron. Settlers seized a house in the Old Town of Hebron.

On 20 September 2013, under the protection of Israeli forces, about 300 
settlers from "Efrat" settlement in al-Khader village, south of 
Bethlehem, moved into Suleiman Pools area between Artas and al-Khader 
villages. They performed their Talmudic rituals around the pools 
celebrating the Jewish holiday of "Sukkot".

On 21 September 2013, under the protection of Israeli forces, a group of 
settlers moved into Silet al-Daher village, south of Jenin, where 
"Homesh" settlement used to stand. Local sources stated to a PCHR 
fieldworker that dozens of settlers arrived at the area by buses with 
the company of Israeli forces. They performed Talmudic rituals and 
established tents. They withdrew later and no further incidents were 
reported. The settlers did the same approximately 13:00 on Sunday, 22 
September 2013, as well.

On 22 September 2013, 3 settlers coming from "Havat Ma'oun" settlement 
outpost, east of Yatta, damaged 2 olive trees belonging to Rab'i family 
in al-Hamra area, west of al-Tawani village, east of Yatta, in the south 
of Hebron.

On the same day, settlers from "Havat Gilad" settlement in Jeet village, 
northeast of Qalqilia, moved into lands called al-Jorfah around the 
aforementioned settlement, north of the village. They damaged and 
destroyed about 30 fruitful olive trees and burnt a digger used to dig 
wells. They also stole the iron head of the digger.

On the same day, a number of settlers coming from "Kiryat Arba" 
settlement, east of Hebron, seized a house belonging to al-Rajabi family 
in Wadi al-Husein area. Israeli settlers stationed in the building 
prevented them from entry. In the meantime, other settlers walked in the 
streets of al-Ja'bari neighbourhood and chanted racist slogans against 
Arabs.

On 23 September 2013, a number of settlers gathered in front of "Gosh 
Etzion" settlement complex, south of Bethlehem, and chanted slogans for 
revenge against Arabs.

On the same day, settlers from "Ma'ale Gilboa", "Joshua King" and 
"Merav" settlements that are established on lands of Jalaboun village, 
northeast of Jenin, stole the olives belonging to residents of Jalaboun 
village. On the following day (Tuesday, 24 September 2013) a number of 
settlers from the above-mentioned settlements were present on 
Palestinian farmlands and damaged a number of trees.

On Monday also, a number of settlers from settlements outposts in the 
Old Town of Hebron attacked Palestinian houses with stones and empty 
bottles in Qatyoun, Tal al-Rumaida, Jaber and Wad al-Hussein 
neighbourhoods while Israeli forces were watching.

On the same day, a group of settlers from "Ramat Yishai" that is 
established on lands of Tal al-Rumaida neighbourhood, south of Hebron, 
attacked the family of Emad Awni Abu Shamsiya (40) and 2 researchers 
from B'Tselem: Mousa Mahmoud Abu Hashash and Manal No'man al-Ja'bari. 
Israeli forces damaged cameras of the researchers while they were 
filming settler attacks on a group of international activists.

On the same day, a group of settlers raided a house belonging to the 
family of Ali Abu Rajab in the vicinity of the Ibrahimi mosque, in the 
centre of the Old Town of Hebron. They raised the Israeli flag in front 
of Israeli soldiers and prevented the house's owner and his 7-member 
family from moving inside. At approximately 02:00 on Tuesday, 23 
September 2013, Israeli forces obliged the settlers to leave the house. 
As a result, the settlers established a tent in front of the house and 
raised the Israeli flag. Moreover, they fixed posters at the entrance of 
the house and fences of parks around the Ibrahimi Mosque and al-Fayha' 
School on the settlers' right to possess the house. In addition, they 
performed religious rituals there, while Israeli forces prevented the 
Palestinian family from leaving the house.

On 24 September 2013, dozens of settlers from "Adora" settlement, west 
of Hebron, organized a march marking the Jewish holiday of "Yom Kippur". 
They made their way towards al-Nabi Saleh area, west of Ethna, and Ein 
Fer'a near Tafouh village, west of Hebron.

On the same day, dozens of settlers from settlements built on lands east 
of Yatta organized a march marking the Jewish holiday of "Yom Kippur". 
They made their way around villages threatened to be confiscated in the 
southeast of Yatta, in al-Musafer area. They also went to al-Karmel, 
al-Baraka and Kherbet Sousia, where they performed their rituals and 
chanted slogans against Arabs.

Also on the same day, under the protection of Israeli forces, a group of 
settlers moved into al-Hafira area between 'Arraba and Marka villages, 
southwest of Jenin. They performed religious rituals near and 
archaeological site and stayed there for some time, after which they 
withdrew.

Israeli attacks on non-violent demonstrations:

During the reporting period, 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, 
11 civilians were wounded during 2 peaceful protests in Bil'in village, 
northwest of Ramallah, and Kofur Qaddoum village, northeast of Qalqilia. 
Furthermore, dozens suffered tear gas inhalation and other sustained 
bruises. 6 civilians were wounded in Kofur Qaddoum protest and the 5 
others were wounded in Bil'in protest.

At approximately 12:30, on Friday, 20 September 2013, dozens of 
Palestinian civilians from Kofur Qaddoum, northeast of Qalqilia, and 
international activists gathered and made their way through the eastern 
entrance of the village in protest at closing that entrance with an iron 
gate since al-Aqsa Intifada. Israeli forces fired tear gas canisters 
indiscriminately. As a result, dozens suffered tear gas inhalation and 6 
others, including a child, an Israeli activist and a Chinese 
photojournalist <http://shop.ebay.com/i.html?_nkw=photojournalist>, 
sustained wounds as they were directly hit with gas canisters. The 
Israeli activist Shaul (30) was hit by a tear gas canister to the right 
shoulder, correspondent of the Chinese News Agency Sam (35) was hit by a 
tear gas canister to the left leg and Ayman Edris (25), a 
photojournalist at Ramsat company, was hit by a tear gas canister to the 
chest. Moreover, a 15-year-old child was hit by a tear gas canister to 
the right shoulder, a 36-year-old civilian was hit by a gas canister to 
the left shoulder and a 22-year-old civilian was hit by a gas canister 
to the right leg.

(PCHR keeps the names of the wounded Palestinians).

Following the Friday prayer, 20 September 2013, dozens of Palestinian 
civilians and international and Israeli human rights defenders organised 
a peaceful demonstration in Bil'in village, west of Ramallah, in protest 
at the construction of the annexation wall and settlement activities. 
The demonstrators raised the Palestinian flag and made their way towards 
the annexation wall. Israeli forces closed the wall gate with barbwire 
and when the demonstrators attempted to access the lands behind the 
barbwire, they were stopped by Israeli soldiers. The demonstrators threw 
stones at the Israeli soldiers who responded with live ammunition, 
rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs, and tear gas canisters, and 
chased them across olive fields as far as the outskirts of the village. 
As a result, 5 protestors, including 2 children, a Swiss activist and a 
photojournalist of the popular committee against the annexation wall and 
settlement activities in Bil'in, sustained wounds. In addition, dozens 
suffered tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises. A Swiss 
activist, Sarah John (30) was hit by a gas canister to the left leg, 
Hamza Suleiman Bernat (20), a photojournalist of the popular committee, 
was hit by a gas canister to the back, an 18-year-old civilians was hit 
by a gas canister to the back of his head, a 15-year-old boy was hit a 
gas canister to the left hand and a 17-year-old boy was wounded by a 
live bullet to the left thigh.

Also, following the Friday Prayer, dozens of Palestinian civilians and 
international and Israeli human rights defenders organised a peaceful 
demonstration in Ni'lin village, west of Ramallah, in protest at the 
construction of the annexation wall and settlement activities. The 
demonstrators made their way towards the annexation wall. Israeli forces 
closed the wall gate with barbwire and, when the demonstrators attempted 
to access the lands behind the barbwire, they were stopped by Israeli 
soldiers. The demonstrators threw stones at the Israeli soldiers who 
responded with live ammunition, rubber-coated metal bullets, sound 
bombs, and tear gas canisters, and chased them across olive fields as 
far as the outskirts of the village. As a result, dozens of 
demonstrators suffered tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises.

Around the same time on Friday, dozens of Palestinian civilians, Israeli 
and international human rights activists gathered at the Martyrs Square 
in al-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 Palestinian lands 
that Israeli settlers from the nearby "Halmish" settlement are trying to 
seize. From the morning, Israeli forces had closed all entrances to the 
village to prevent Palestinians, international activists, and 
journalists from joining the demonstration. Upon their arrival in the 
area, Israeli soldiers fired live ammunition, rubber-coated bullets, 
sound bombs, and tear gas canisters, chased the demonstrators into the 
village and sprayed them and civilian houses with waste water. As a 
result, dozens of Palestinians suffered tear gas inhalation and others 
sustained bruises.

Also following the Friday prayer, dozens of Palestinian civilians, 
international activists and popular resistance activists gathered in 
al-Ma'sara village, south of Bethlehem, to hold a weekly peaceful 
protest called "The 31st anniversary of Sabra and Shatila massacre" 
against the construction of the annexation wall and settlement 
activities. The protestors made their way from al-Shomo' Cultural 
Centre, in the centre of the village raising the Palestinian flag. Upon 
their arrival near the annexation wall, Israeli soldiers fired sound 
bombs and tear gas canisters to disperse them. As a result, dozens of 
protestors suffered tear gas inhalation. However, no casualties were 
reported.

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:

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=9815:weekly-report-on-israeli-human-rights-violations-in-the-occupied-palestinian-territory-19-25-september-2013-&catid=84:weekly-2009&Itemid=183>
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