[News] Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the oPt for October 23 - 29, 2014

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  PCHR Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the oPt for October
  23 - 29, 2014

author Tuesday November 04, 2014 05:47author by PCHR-Gaza
*http://www.imemc.org/article/69599*

    Israeli violations of international law and international
    humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period
    (23 -- 29 October 2014).

*Israeli attacks in the West Bank & Gaza:*

*_Shootings_*

During the reporting period, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian child 
in Selwad village, northeast of Ramallah, in the central West Bank. 
Moreover, they wounded 18 civilians, including an American human rights 
activist, 5 children and a cameraman of Palestine TV in occupied East 
Jerusalem. In the Gaza Strip, Israeli forces severely wounded a bird 
hunter in the north of the Gaza Strip, while Israeli navy forces 
continued to open fire and chase Palestinian fishermen in the sea.

In the West Bank, on 24 October 2014, in excessive use of force, Israeli 
forces killed a Palestinian child holding an American passport by a 
bullet to the neck, and wounded another one during a protest at the 
entrance of Selwad village, northeast of Ramallah, in protest at the 
Israeli attacks in al-Aqsa mosque.

On the same day, during similar protests, Israeli forces wounded 6 
Palestinian civilians, including 3 children; 3 of whom, including a 
child, were wounded in a protest around Ofer detention facility, 
southwest of Ramallah, while the other 3 ones, including 2 children, 
were wounded during a protest in the vicinity of "Beit Eil" settlement, 
north of the city.

On 25 October 2014, a 17-year-old male from al-Jalazoun refugee camp, 
was wounded in a protest organized in the vicinity of "Beit Eil" 
settlement, north of the city, while a 20-year-old male was wounded in a 
similar protest organized at the western entrance of Selwad village, 
northeast of the city.

In occupied East Jerusalem, on 23 October 2014, Palestine TV cameraman 
sustained bullet wound to the right hand while filming a protest 
organized by Palestinian youngsters in al-Sawana and Wadi al-Jouz 
neighbourhoods, east of the Old City. Moreover, another civilian 
sustained a bullet wound to the thigh during a protest in Shu'fat 
neighbourhood, north of the city.

Israeli forces used excessive force against peaceful protests organised 
by Palestinian civilians, international and Israeli human rights 
defenders in protest at the construction of the annexation wall and 
settlement activities in the West Bank. As a result, an American human 
rights activist sustained burns as she was hit by a gas canister in 
Bil'in weekly protest, west of Ramallah on 24 October 2014. In addition, 
2 Palestinian protestors were wounded in Kofur Qaddoum village, 
northeast of Qalqilya, on 26 October 2014.

On 28 October 2014, 4 civilians, including a child, were wounded; wounds 
of one of whom were serious, when Israeli forces moved into Ya'bad 
village, south of Jenin.

In the Gaza Strip Israeli forces continued to fire at Palestinian 
civilians in the border area. On 29 October 2014, a bird hunter was 
severely wounded when Israeli forces stationed along the border fence, 
northwest of Beit Lahia, in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at a 
group of bird hunters who were present near the said fence.

On 23 October 2014, Israeli gunboats opened fire at a fishing boat 
sailing about 1.5 nautical miles off the fishing harbor in Rafah, south 
of the Gaza Strip. As a result, the boat belonging to fishermen from 
Baker family in Gaza City caught fire. No casualties were reported.

On 25 October 2014, Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Waha resort, 
northwest of Beit Lahia, north of the Gaza Strip, opened fire at and 
chased fishing boats sailing from 1 to 6 nautical miles in the sea over 
15 times, but neither casualties nor material damage were reported.

*_Incursions_*

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 62 
military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank. 
During these incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 72 
Palestinians, including 5 children and a woman. 27 of those civilians, 
including 4 children and a woman, were arrested in Jerusalem.

In the Gaza Strip, Israeli forces arrested 3 Palestinian civilians, 
including a child, while attempting to sneak into Israel in search for 
work via the border fence, east of Jabalia, in the northern Gaza Strip, 
on 25 October 2014.

*_Restrictions on movement_*

Israel continued to impose a tight closure of the oPt, imposing severe 
restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip 
and the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.

The illegal closure of the Gaza Strip, which has been 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 grave violations of the economic, social and cultural rights 
and a deterioration of living conditions for 1.8 million people. The 
Israeli authorities have 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. They also aim at imposing a 
complete ban on the Gaza Strip's exports. During the reporting period, 
Israeli forces arrested a Palestinian patient who obtained a permit to 
travel to the West Bank for medical treatment, while another civilian 
accompanying his father was arrested while the father was denied travel 
for medical treatment.

Israeli forces have continued to impose severe restrictions on the 
movement of Palestinian civilians throughout the West Bank, including 
occupied East Jerusalem. Thousands of Palestinian civilians from the 
West Bank and the Gaza Strip continue to be denied access to Jerusalem.

_*Efforts to create a Jewish majority*_

On 28 October 2014, Israeli forces demolished a house belonging to Nader 
Hussam Sharif in Salah al-Dein Street in the Old City in Jerusalem.

On 29 October 2014, bulldozers of Israeli municipality of Jerusalem 
destroyed a residential room, storage houses, and barracks belonging to 
Khaled al-Zir in al-'Abbasya neighborhood in Silwan village, south of 
the Old City in Jerusalem.

On 23 October 2014, Israeli forces moved into Silwan village, south of 
the Old City in Jerusalem after announcing the death of Abdel Rahaman 
al-Shaloudi, who was shot by a guard in the light train station after 
his car went off track and hit a number of people on 22 October 2014 in 
al-sheikh Jarrah neighborhood. Palestinian youths threw stones at 
Israeli soldiers who fired tear gas canisters heavily in response and 
beat up a number of them.

On 24 October 2014, Israeli forces moved into al-'Isawia village, 
northeast of Jerusalem. Youths gathered and set fire to tires wheels and 
threw stones at Israeli soldiers who responded by firing rubber-coated 
metal bullets and tear gas canisters to disperse them.

Furthermore, Israeli forces moved into al-Swana neighborhood and Wadi 
al-Jouz. As a result, a cameraman for Palestine TV, sustained a bullet 
wound to his right hand. Israeli forces raided many houses and attacked 
women and children. As a result, 'Awni Eseida (12) sustained wounds to 
his abdomen Naser Iseida (47) sustained a fractured hand. They also 
attacked Adnan Iseida, an elderly who suffers a bad heart condition. 
Before their withdrawal, Israeli forces arrested 5 civilians and took 
them to an unknown destination.

In addition, Israeli forces moved into Shufat neighborhood after 
Palestinian youths threw stones at an Israeli police car which was 
parked in al-Sahel Street. They opened fire at the youth and wounded a 
civilian.

On the same day, Israeli forces moved into al-Wad neighborhood in the 
Old City in Jerusalem. They raided a number of houses and arrested 5 
civilians.

On 25 October 2014, Israeli forces moved into Beit Hanina neighborhood, 
north of Jerusalem. Israelis responded by firing rubber-coated metal 
bullets and tear gas canisters. Furthermore, they arrested 3 civilians, 
including a child, and took them to an unknown destination.

On 26 October 2014, Israeli forces moved into Silwan village, south of 
the Old City in Jerusalem. Israeli fired rubber-coated metal bullets and 
tear gas canisters. They also arrested Maher Samer Sarhan (13) and took 
him to an unknown destination. Moreover, Israeli forces moved into 
al-Thari neighborhood, east of the Old City in Jerusalem and raided a 
number of houses. They arrested 4 civilians, including a child, and took 
them to an unknown destination.

On 27 October 2014, Israeli forces arrested 3 civilians from the guards 
of al-Aqsa mosque and took them to al-Qishla investigation center: 
Ashraf Abu Irmeila and 'Arafat Najeeb.

On 28 October 2014, Israeli forces arrested Mahmoud Muhammed al-Zaghel 
(17) near his school in Ras al-'Amoud neighborhood, east of the Old 
City. When his aunt Hanan Abu Asab came to check on the child in the 
investigation center, Israeli forces arrested her as well. They also 
raided a house belonging to Amin Siam in Wadi Hilwa neighborhood and 
arrested him and his brother Wisam and Muein Hidda.

_*Israeli Settlement activities*_

Israel has continued its settlement activities in the oPt, in a direct 
violation of international humanitarian law, and Israeli settlers have 
continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property.

On 26 October 2014, Israeli forces moved into al-Markaz area, backed by 
bulldozers of the Israeli Civil Administration. They handed Mahmoud Ali 
al-Najjar a notice to stop construction in a tin Barracks in the pretext 
of illegal construction in area C.

On 27 October 014, Israeli forces moved into Kherbat Um Ulkheir, south 
of Hebron. They deployed in the agricultural lands near the area. They 
forces residents to leave their homes in the pretext of not having a 
construction permit. The demolishing operation included 6 houses. Forty 
people have become homeless.

On 29 October 2014, Israeli forces moved into Khashem al-Darraj, north 
of Yatta. They bulldozed a house, a bathroom, a cave for housing 
animals, and fence of an animal barn.

*Use of excessive force against peaceful demonstrations protesting 
settlement activities and the construction of the annexation wall*

During the reporting period, Israeli soldiers used excessive force 
against peaceful demonstrations organized by Palestinian civilians, 
international and Israeli human rights defenders in protest at the 
construction of the annexation wall and settlement activities in the 
West Bank. As a result, 22-year-old Camay, an American human rights 
activist, sustained burns to the belly as she was hit by a gas canister 
during Bil'in weekly protest, west of Ramallah on 24 October 2014. 
Furthermore, 2 Palestinian protestors were wounded in Kofur Qaddoum 
protest, northeast of Qalqilya, on 26 October 2014.

In the same context, a Palestinian child holding an American passport 
was killed in a protest at the entrance of Selwad village, northeast of 
Ramallah.

*(PCHR keeps the names of the wounded in fear of being arrested by the 
Israeli forces within its policy to oppress the peaceful protests and 
prevent Palestinian civilians from participating).*

_*Demonstrations against the construction of the annexation wall and 
settlement activity*_

· Following the Friday Prayer on 24 October 2014, dozens of Palestinian 
civilians and international and Israeli human rights defenders organized 
a peaceful demonstration in Bil'in, west of Ramallah, in protest at the 
construction of the annexation wall and settlement activities. The 
demonstrators took the streets raising the Palestinian flags and headed 
to the liberated territories near the annexation wall. Early in the 
morning, Israeli forces closed all entrances to the city to prevent 
Palestinian civilians and international and Israeli human rights 
defenders from participating in the protests. The protestors marched by 
the annexation wall and tried to cross the fence. Israeli soldiers 
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 waste water at them and 
chased them into the olive fields. As a result, 22-year-old Camay, an 
American human rights activist, sustained burns to the belly as she was 
hit by a gas canister. In addition, dozens of civilians suffered tear 
gas inhalation.

· On the same day, dozens of Palestinian civilians organised a peaceful 
demonstration in the centre of Ni'lin village, west of Ramallah, in 
protest at the construction of the annexation wall and settlement 
activities. The 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 crossing to the land 
behind it before they responded by throwing stones. Israeli soldiers 
fired live ammunition, rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear 
gas canisters at the civilians, and chased them into the village. As a 
result, many civilians suffered tear gas inhalation and bruises as they 
were 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 Nabi Saleh village, southwest of Ramallah, in protest at the 
construction of the annexation wall and settlement activities. The 
demonstrators made their way in 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 the morning to 
prevent Palestinian and international activists and journalists from 
participating in the demonstration. When they arrived at the 
aforementioned 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, many civilians suffered 
tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises due to being beaten up 
by Israeli soldiers.

· Also at approximately 13:20, Palestinian civilians and international 
solidarity activists organized a protest in the center of Kufor Qaddoum 
village, northeast of Qalqilya, heading to the eastern entrance of the 
village in protest against closing that entrance since the beginning of 
al-Aqsa Intifada with an iron gate. The demonstrators threw stones at 
Israeli soldiers, who fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters in 
response. As a result, several protestors suffered tear gas inhalation. 
Moreover, Israeli forces sprayed skunk water at civilians and houses 
around and used bulldozers to gather stones in front of houses in the 
main road, but no further incidents were reported.

· At approximately 12:00 on Sunday, 26 October 2014, Palestinian 
civilians and a number of participants in the popular resistance 
conference made their way in Kofur Qaddoum village, northeast of 
Qalqilya towards the eastern entrance of the village, which was closed. 
Israeli forces immediately fired sound bombs, tear gas canisters and 
rubber-coated metal bullets. As a result, 2 civilians sustained wounds. 
The first 45-year-old male sustained a bullet wound to the back and the 
second 19-year-old male sustained a bullet wound to the right leg.

*_Other Demonstrations_*

· On Friday afternoon, 24 October 2014, in excessive use of force, 
Israeli forces killed a Palestinian child holding an American passport 
and wounded another civilian during a protest at the entrance of Selwad 
village, northeast of Ramallah, in protest at the Israeli attacks at 
al-Aqsa mosque.

According to investigations conducted by PCHR and statements of 
eyewitnesses, on the abovementioned day, dozens of youngsters gathered 
at the western entrance of Selwad village, northeast of Ramallah near 
road (60) in protest at the Israeli policies. They set fire to tires and 
threw stones and empty bottles at Israeli soldiers who fired live 
ammunition, rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound 
bombs in response. As a result, 15-year-old Orwa Abdul Wahab Abdul Ghani 
Khaleq (Hammad) sustained a bullet wound to the left side of his neck. 
The bullet exited from the back of the neck. The abovementioned boy was 
taken by ambulance to Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah. Doctors 
tried to revive him in the intensive care unit, but failed. Medical 
sources pronounced him dead in the evening. It should be noted the 
victim holds an American passport. Moreover, an 18-year-old male 
sustained a bullet wound to the right knee and a number of civilians 
suffered tear gas inhalation.

· On Friday afternoon, dozens of Palestinians youngsters gathered from 
different areas in Ramallah in the vicinity of Ofer detention facility, 
southwest of Ramallah, to protest at the Israeli practices in al-Aqsa 
mosque. They headed to the facility's gate that was closed by Israeli 
soldiers. Israeli soldiers fired rubber-coated metal bullets, sound 
bombs and tear gas canisters in response. As a result, 3 civilians, 
including a child, were wounded and dozens of others suffered tear gas 
inhalation. A 16-year-old male and an 18-year-old male both sustained 
bullet wounds to the left thighs and a 20-year-old male sustained a 
bullet wound to the right elbow.

· On Friday afternoon, dozens of Palestinians gathered at the southern 
entrance of al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah, about 300 
meters away from "Beit Eil" settlement, in protest at the Israeli 
practices in al-Aqsa mosque. The protestors threw stones at the fence of 
the settlement, due to which, Israeli soldiers stationed in the area 
fired rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters in 
response. As a result, 3 civilians, including 2 children, were wounded 
and others suffered tear gas inhalation. The first 16-year-old male 
sustained a bullet wound to the left leg, a 16-year-old male sustained a 
bullet wound to the right leg and a 24-year-old male sustained a bullet 
wound to the right thigh.

· On Saturday, 25 October 2014, dozens of Palestinian civilians gathered 
at the southern entrance of al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah, 
about 300 meters away from "Beit Eil" settlement, in protest at the 
Israeli practices in al-Aqsa mosque. The protestors threw stones at the 
fence of the settlement, due to which, Israeli soldiers stationed in the 
area fired rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas 
canisters in response. As a result, a 17-year-old male sustained a 
bullet wound to the left leg and others suffered tear gas inhalation.

· On Saturday afternoon, dozens of Palestinian young men gathered at the 
western entrance of Selwad village, northeast of Ramallah, on the road 
between Selwad village and Yabrod village near Street (60) to throw 
stones at the aforementioned street. Israeli soldiers fired live 
ammunition, rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas 
canisters at the civilians, and chased them into the village. As a 
result, a 20-year-old male sustained a bullet wound to the left knee and 
dozens of civilians suffered tear gas inhalation.

· On Sunday, 26 October 2014, following the funeral of 16-year-old Orwa 
Hammad from Selwad village, northeast of Ramallah, who was killed on 
Friday, 24 October 2014, dozens of Palestinian civilians gathered at the 
western entrance of Selwad village, northeast of Ramallah, on the road 
between Selwad village and Yabrod village near Street (60) to throw 
stones at the aforementioned street. Israeli soldiers fired live 
ammunition, rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas 
canisters at the civilians, and chased them into the village. As a 
result, a number of civilians suffered tear gas inhalation.

· On Sunday afternoon, dozens of Palestinian youngsters gathered near 
Attarah checkpoint, north of Birzait village, north of Ramallah. They 
set fire to tires and threw stones and empty bottles at the Israeli 
soldiers, who fired rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear 
gas canisters in response. As a result, a number of civilians suffered 
tear gas canisters.

*_Continued closure of the oPt_*

Israel continued to impose a tight closure on the oPt, imposing severe 
restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip 
and the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.

/Gaza Strip/

Israeli forces continuously tighten the closure of the Gaza Strip and 
close all commercial crossings, making the Karm Abu Salem crossing the 
sole commercial crossing of the Gaza Strip, although it is not suitable 
for commercial purposes in terms of its operational capacity and 
distance from markets.

Israeli forces have continued to apply the policy, which is aimed to 
tighten the closure on all commercial crossings, by imposing total 
control over the flow of imports and exports.

The total closure of al-Mentar ("Karni") crossing since 02 March 2011 
has seriously affected the economy of the Gaza Strip. Following this 
closure, all economic and commercial establishments in the Gaza 
Commercial Zone were shut off. It should be noted that al-Mentar 
crossing is the biggest crossing in the Gaza Strip, in terms of its 
capacity to absorb the flow of imports and exports. The decision to 
close al-Mentar crossing was the culmination of a series of decisions 
resulting in the complete closure of the Sofa crossing, east of the Gaza 
Strip in the beginning of 2009, and the Nahal Oz crossing, east of Gaza 
City, which were dedicated for the delivery of fuel and cooking gas to 
the Gaza Strip, in the beginning of 2010.

Israeli forces have continued to impose a total ban on the delivery of 
raw materials to the Gaza Strip, except for very limited items and 
quantities. The limited quantities of raw materials allowed into Gaza do 
not meet the minimal needs of the civilian population of the Gaza Strip.

The cooking gas crisis has fluctuated for 9 months due to the closure of 
Karm Abu Salem for security claims. According to PCHR's follow-up, 
Israeli authorities only allow an average of 98 tons of cooking gas into 
Gaza per day. This limited quantity is less than half of the daily 
needs, which is 200 tons per day of the civilian population in the Gaza 
Strip during winter. The crisis has unprecedentedly aggravated for 
around six weeks due to cold weather and overconsumption in addition to 
the power outage and using gas as an alternative in many instances of 
electricity. The lack of diesel and benzene led to the aggravation of 
the crisis as a result of using the gas cylinder for cars or as an 
alternative for benzene to run generators. As a result, the demand for 
gas further increased.

For almost 6 consecutive years, Israeli forces have continued to prevent 
the delivery of construction materials to the Gaza Strip. Two years ago, 
Israeli forces approved the delivery of limited quantities of 
construction materials for a number of international organizations in 
the Gaza Strip. On 17 September 2013, they allowed the entry of limited 
quantities of construction materials for the private sector. However, on 
13 October 2013, they re-banned it claiming that these materials are 
used for constructing tunnels. Last week, Israeli forces allowed the 
entry of construction materials only for UNRWA and UNDP projects. As a 
result, construction works have completely stopped impacting all sectors 
related to construction and an increase in unemployment levels. During 
the 51-day Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip in July and August 2014, 
Israeli authorities did not allow the entry of any construction 
materials. As a result, vital and infrastructure projects have been 
obstructed so far.

Israeli forces also continued to impose an almost total ban on the Gaza 
Strip exports, including agricultural and industrial products, except 
for light-weighted products such as flowers, strawberries, and spices.

Israel has continued to close the Beit Hanoun ("Erez") crossing for the 
majority of Palestinian citizens from the Gaza Strip. Israel only allows 
the movement of a limited number of groups, with many hours of waiting 
in the majority of cases. Israel has continued to adopt a policy aimed 
at reducing the number of Palestinian patients allowed to move via the 
Beit Hanoun crossing to receive medical treatment in hospitals in Israel 
or in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Israel denied permission to 
access hospitals via the crossing for new categories of patients from 
the Gaza Strip.

*_Arrests and Maltreatment at Military Checkpoints_*

· At approximately 14:30 on Thursday, 23 October 2014, Israeli forces 
established a checkpoint at the entrance of Deir Masha'al village, 
northwest of Ramallah. They arrested 'Asem Kheir Suleiman Barghouthi 
(17) from the aforementioned village and took him to an unknown 
destination.

· At approximately 20:10 on Friday, 24 October 2014, Israeli forces 
established a checkpoint at the entrance of Qalqilya and arrested Walid 
Samih Anis Sweilim (33) and Rezeq Ahmed Zeid Hibla (33) from the 
aforementioned city, then took them to an unknown destination.

· At approximately 11:00 on Monday, 27 October 2014, Israeli forces 
stationed at the gates of the Ibrahimian Mosque, at the center f the Old 
City in Hebron, arrested 'Alaa Taisir al-Rajbi (16) in the pretext of 
attempting to stab a soldier. He was taken to the police station of 
"Kiryat Araba" settlement.

· At approximately 11:00 on Wednesday, 29 October 2014, Israeli infantry 
force moved into Ziad Jaber School and arrested Baraa 'Aref al-Jabri 
(12) in the pretext of throwing stones at Israeli soldiers. He was taken 
to the police station of "Kiryat Araba" settlement.

_· A Palestinian patient arrested at Erez crossing:_

At approximately 15:00 on Monday, 27 October 2014, Israeli forces 
arrested Muhammad Ribhi Abu Khalifeh (31) from Jabalia village in the 
Northern Gaza Strip, when he was heading for a surgical operation in 
al-Mizan Medical Center in the West Bank. The aforementioned suffers 
stiffness in his spine since he was a child. Israeli forces told Khitam 
Said Abu Khalifeh, stepmother of the aforementioned who escorted him, to 
return to the Gaza Strip. The aforementioned patient is still in Israeli 
custody.

_· A Palestinian arrested and his father banned from traveling to 
Jerusalem through Erez for treatment:_

At approximately 13:00 on Tuesdasy, 28 October 2014, Israeli forces 
arrested Hassan Muhammad Hassan Muhanna (39), from Tal al-Sultan area in 
Rafah, when he was escorting his father Muhammad Hassan al-'Assi Muhanna 
(72) on their way to Jerusalem for treatment at al-Maqased hospital. 
Muhanned Muhammad Muahnna, the detainee's brother, told PCHR that at 
approximately 13:00, he lost contact with his brother. On the same day, 
he received a call from the Palestinian liaison at Erez crossing. They 
told him his father is to be returned to the European hospital in the 
Gaza Strip despite the medical reference to al-Maqased hospital that he 
had obtained and the permit to travel through Erez that he had been 
granted. His father told him his brother was in Israeli custody.

*_Efforts to create a Jewish demographic majority in occupied East 
Jerusalem_*

· At approximately 14:00 on Tuesday, 28 October 2014, Israeli forces 
demolished a house belonging to Nader Hussam Sharif in Salah al-Dein 
Street in the Old City in Jerusalem. The aforementioned civilian told 
PCHR that the owner of the house is the grandmother of Abdel Rahaman 
al-Shaloudi, who Israeli forces claimed he deliberately killed an 
Israeli child and an Ecuadorian woman in the 22 October 2014 car 
accident. The family had received a notice to demolish their house two 
years ago. However, the family was surprised when the occupation 
municipality staffs came without prior warning.

· At approximately 07:00 on Wednesday, 29 October 2014, bulldozers of 
Israeli municipality of Jerusalem destroyed a residential room, storage 
houses, and barracks belonging to Khaled al-Zir in al-'Abbasya 
neighborhood in Silwan village, south of the Old City in Jerusalem.

Israeli police and Special Forces accompanied by Nature Authority 
staffs, Israeli occupation municipality, and bulldozers in addition to a 
helicopter, moved into Silwan village and deployed heavily in 
al-'Abbasya neighborhood. They raided a room belonging got Khaled al-Zir 
and arrested him and his brother Fahmi after beating them up. They also 
destroyed tin barraks of an area of 12 square meters to house horses and 
sheep. It should be noted that al-Zir house was destroyed previously in 
2013, so he had to live in a cave in his land with his family of 7 
members. The Israeli Nature Authority claimed that the land is an 
archeological site. He had to build himself and his family a small room.

· At approximately 10:00 on Thursday, 23 October 2014, Israeli forces 
moved into Silwan village, south of the Old City in Jerusalem after 
announcing the death of Abdel Rahman al-Shaloudi, who was shot by a 
guard in the light train station after his car went off track and hit a 
number of people on 22 October 2014 in al-sheikh Jarrah neighborhood. 
Palestinian youths threw stones at Israeli soldiers who fired tear gas 
canisters heavily in response and beat up a number of them.

· At approximately 13:00 on Friday, 24 October 2014, Israeli forces 
moved into al-'Isawia village, northeast of Jerusalem. Youths gathered, 
set fire to tires and threw stones at Israeli soldiers who responded by 
firing rubber-coated metal bullets and tear gas canisters to disperse 
them. Fuad Obeid, the director of the Arab Paramedic Union, told PCHR 
that ambulance staffs evacuated 7 buildings in which 20 families reside. 
Among the families is the Jamjoum family whose house and furniture 
caught fire. Taisir Jamjoum (63) sustained tear gas inhalation in 
addition to his pregnant wife, their 4 children. Harima Hamdan (63) also 
suffered tear gas inhalation. They were all treated in Hadasah hospital.

· At approximately 14:00 on the aforementioned day, Israeli forces moved 
into al-Swana neighborhood and Wadi al-Jouz area after a group of 
Palestinian youth threw stones and fireworks after the death of Abdel 
Rahaman al-Shaloudi. Israeli forces fired rubber-coated metal bullets 
and tear gas canisters. As a result, Nader Baibars, a photojournalist 
for Palestine TV, sustained a bullet wound to his right hand. Israeli 
forces moved into many houses and attacked women and children. As a 
result, 'Awni Eseida (12) sustained wounds to his abdomen Naser Iseida 
(47) sustained a fractured hand. They also attacked Adnan Iseida, an 
elderly who suffers a bad heart condition. Before their withdrawal, 
Israeli forces arrested 5 civilians and took them to an unknown 
destination: Hazem Ahmed Iseida (22); Ahmed Ali al-Salaima (19); Shadi 
Yousif Abu Remeila (21); Abdel Hafez Tawfiq Zablah (23); Muhammad Omar 
Abu 'Asab (19).

· At approximately 16:00 on the aforementioned day, Israeli forces moved 
into Shufat neighborhood after Palestinian youths threw stones at an 
Israeli police car which was parked in al-Sahel Street. They opened fire 
at the youth and wounded a civilian.

· At approximately 21:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Wad neighborhood 
in the Old City in Jerusalem. They raided a number of houses and 
arrested 5 civilians: Ahmed Mustafa Sub Laban, a field worker who was 
covering the vent; Nawras Muhammad Abu Ghazala; Abdullah Ahmed Da'ana; 
Anas Ibrahim Tuffaha; Muhammad Ibrahim Tuffaha; and Muhammad Abdel Rahim 
Kamela.

· At approximately 19:00 on Saturday, 25 October 2014, Israeli forces 
moved into Beit Hanina neighborhood, north of Jerusalem, after dozens of 
Palestinian youths set fire o tires protesting the death of Abdel 
Rahaman al-Shaloudi. Israelis responded by firing rubber-coated metal 
bullets and tear gas canisters. Furthermore, they arrested 3 civilians, 
including a child, and took them to an unknown destination: Qusai Shwiki 
(20); Sameh Naser Najeeb (17); and his brother Muhammad (19).

· At approximately 19:00 on Sunday, 26 October 2014, Israeli ofrcesw 
moved into Silwan village, south of the Old City in Jerusalem. Israeli 
fired rubber-coated metal bullets and tear gas canisters. They also 
arrested Maher Samer Sarhan (13) and took him to an unknown destination.

· At approximately 21:00 on the aforementioned day, Israeli forces moved 
into al-Thari neighborhood, east of the Old City in Jerusalem and raided 
a number of houses. They arrested 4 civilians, including a child, and 
took them to an unknown destination: Rami Mahmoud Barakt (16); Rami 
Muhammad al-Rajbi (19); Ammar Abdullah Ghaith (19); and Musa Naser Hadya 
(22).

· At approximately 14:00 on Monday, 27 October 2014, Israeli forces 
arrested 3 guards of al-Aqsa Mosque and took them to al-Qishla 
investigation center: Ashraf Abu Irmeila and 'Arafat Najeeb.

· At approximately 08:00 on Tuesday, 28 October 2014, Israeli forces 
arrested Mahmoud Muhammed al-Zaghel (17) near his school in Ras 
al-'Amoud neighborhood, east of the Old City. When his aunt Hanan Abu 
Asab came to check on the child in the investigation center, Israeli 
forces arrested her as well.

· At approximately 20:00 on Tuesday, Israeli forces moved into Silwan. 
They raided a house belonging to Amin Siam in Wadi Hilwa neighborhood 
and arrested him and his brother Wisam and Muein Hidda. They also raided 
Au Tayeh area and attacked Ahmed and Nader Aby Tayeh. Muhammad Younis 
was aslo attacked during the raid on his house.

_*Settlement activities and attacks by settlers against Palestinian 
civilians and property*_

· At approximately 18:30 on Friday 17 October 2014, Israeli settlers 
attacked Faisal Muhammad Azzam (20) in "Reinim Shalom" hotel after he 
tried to defend a colleague of his when she was attacked for wearing a 
head cover.

Azzam told PCHR that 11 settlers attacked his Palestinian colleague for 
wearing head cover. They verbally abused her and when he tried to defend 
her, they attacked him. He sustained bruises and was taken to "Shaare 
Zedek" for treatment.

· At approximately 02:00 on Monday, 20 October 2014, Israeli settlers 
took over two residential buildings and a land in the central 
neighborhood in Silwan, south of the Old City in Jerusalem. The 
buildings are made up of 10 apartments belonging to Salah al-Rahbi and 
the other to Omran al-Qawasmi. Each building is made up of 3 floors. The 
families sold their estates to a civilian who was accused of selling the 
two buildings to colonist organizations. The land which is located near 
al-Rajbi building has an area of 700 square meters and was sold for the 
same person who deals with colonist organizations.

*Settlement activities and attacks by settlers against Palestinian 
civilians and property*

· At approximately 09:00 on Sudnay, 26 October 2014, Israeli forces 
moved into al-Markaz area, backed by bulldozers of the Israeli Civil 
Administration. They handed Mahmoud Ali al-Najjar a notice to stop 
construction in a tin Barracks under the pretext of illegal construction 
in area C.

· At approximately 08:30 on Monday, 27 October 014, Israeli forces moved 
into Kherbat Um Ulkheir, south of Hebron. They deployed in the 
agricultural lands near the area. They forces residents to leave their 
homes in the pretext of not having a contraction permit. The demolishing 
operation included 6 houses:
- A tin and brick house of an area of 60 square meters belonging to 
Abdulah al-Hathalin;
- A house of cement and tine of an area of 60 square meters belonging to 
Kheirallah al-Hathalin;
- A house of tin and brick of an area of 60 square meters belonging 
Bilal al-Hathalin;
- A house of tin and brick of an area of 80 square meters belonging 
Sulaiman al-Hathalin;
- A house belonging to Halima al-Hathalin, presented to her by OCHA 
organization in June 2012 to house her family of 8 perons;
- A house of tin and brick of an area of 70 square meters belonging 
Maliha al-Hathalin, and; - Bread Taboon for making bread, which was 
established year ago.
40 people are now homeless.
At approximately 10:00 on Wednesday, 29 Octoner 2014, Israeli forces 
moved into Khashem al-Darraj, north of Yatta. They bulldozed:
- A house of tin of an area of 40 square meters and a bathroom of an 
area of 2 square meters belonging to Mustaf al-Tibna;
- A bathroom of Tin of an area of 2 square meters and a cave for housing 
animals belonging to Ali al-Tibna; and
- A fence of an animal Barn belonging to Musa al-Tibna.

*Recommendations to the International Community:*

PCHR emphasizes the international community's position that the Gaza 
Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, are still under 
Israeli occupation, in spite of Israeli military redeployment outside 
the Gaza Strip in 2005. PCHR further confirms that Israeli forces 
continued to impose collective punishment measures on the Gaza Strip, 
which have escalated since the 2006 Palestinian parliamentary elections, 
in which Hamas won the majority of seats of the Palestinian Legislative 
Council. PCHR stresses that there is international recognition of 
Israel's obligation to respect international human rights instruments 
and the international humanitarian law, especially the Hague Regulations 
concerning the Laws and Customs of War on Land and the Geneva 
Conventions. Israel is bound to apply the international human rights law 
and the law of war sometime reciprocally and other times in parallel in 
a way that achieves the best protection for civilians and remedy for 
victims.

In light of continued arbitrary measures, land confiscation and 
settlement activities in the West Bank, and the continued aggression 
against civilians in the Gaza Strip, PCHR calls upon the international 
community, especially the United Nations, the High Contracting Parties 
to the Geneva Convention and the European Union -- in the context of 
their natural obligation to respect and enforce the international law -- 
to cooperate and act according to the following recommendations:

1. PCHR calls upon the international community and the United Nations to 
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;

2. PCHR calls upon the United Nations to provide international 
protection to Palestinians in the oPt, and to ensure the non-recurrence 
of aggression against the oPt, especially the Gaza Strip;

3. 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 oPt;

4. PCHR calls upon the Parties to international human rights 
instruments, especially the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and 
the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, to pressurize 
Israel to comply with their provisions in the oPt, and to compel it to 
incorporate the human rights situation in the oPt in its reports 
submitted to the concerned committees;

5. PCHR calls upon the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva 
Conventions to fulfil their obligation to ensure the application of the 
Conventions, including extending the scope of their jurisdiction in 
order to prosecute suspected war criminals, regardless of the 
nationality of the perpetrator and the place of a crime, to pave the way 
for prosecuting suspected Israeli war criminals and end the longstanding 
impunity they have enjoyed;

6. PCHR calls on States that apply the principle of universal 
jurisdiction not to surrender to Israeli pressure to limit universal 
jurisdiction to perpetuate the impunity enjoyed by suspected Israeli war 
criminals;

7. PCHR calls upon the international community to act in order to stop 
all Israeli settlement expansion activities in the oPt through imposing 
sanctions on Israeli settlements and criminalizing trading with them;

8. PCHR calls upon the UN General Assembly to transfer the Goldstone 
Report to the UN Security Council in order to refer it to the 
International Criminal Court in accordance with Article 13(b) of the 
Rome Statute;

9. PCHR calls upon the United Nations to confirm that holding war 
criminals in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is a precondition to 
achieve stability and peace in the regions, and that peace cannot be 
built on the expense of human rights;

10. PCHR calls upon the UN General Assembly and Human Rights Council to 
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;

11. PCHR calls upon the international community, in light of its failure 
to the stop the aggression on the Palestinian people, to at least fulfil 
its obligation to reconstruct the Gaza Strip after the series of 
hostilities launched by Israel which directly targeted the civilian 
infrastructure;

12. PCHR calls upon the United Nations and the European Union to express 
a clear position towards the annexation wall following the international 
recognition of the State of Palestine on the 1967 borders, as the 
annexation wall seizes large parts of the State of Palestine;

13. PCHR calls upon the European Union to activate Article 2 of the 
EU-Israel Association Agreement, which provides that both sides must 
respect human rights as a precondition for economic cooperation between 
the EU states and Israel, and the EU must not ignore Israeli violations 
and crimes against Palestinian civilians;

14. PCHR calls upon the Palestinian leadership to sign and accede to the 
Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and the Geneva 
Conventions, and calls upon the international community, especially the 
United Nations, to encourage the State of Palestine to accede to 
international human rights law and humanitarian law instruments.

/Complete document, with charts on crossing statistics and full reports 
on Israeli patrols, at the official PCHR website, via link below./

http://www.pchrgaza.org/portal/en/index.php?option=com_...focus 
<http://www.pchrgaza.org/portal/en/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=10702:weekly-report-on-israeli-human-rights-violations-in-the-occupied-palestinian-territory-23-29-october-2014-&catid=145:in-focus>
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