[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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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:
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