[News] Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the occupied Palestinian territories (26 June - 1 July 2015)

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  PCHR Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the oPt (26 June- 01
  July 2015)

author Thursday July 02, 2015 18:30author by PCHR-Gaza
*http://www.imemc.org/article/72135*

    Israeli forces have continued with systematic attacks against
    Palestinian civilians and their property in the occupied Palestinian
    territories (oPt) for the reporting period of 26 June- 01 July 2015.

*_Israeli attacks in the West Bank & Gaza:_*

_Shootings_

In the west Bank, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian at 
al-Hamra checkpoint in the Jordan Valley and wounded 2 others, including 
a child. Additionally, Israeli forces continued to use force against 
Palestinian civilians participating in peaceful protests in the oPt and 
against civilians approaching the border fence along the Gaza Strip.

In the West Bank, on 26 June 2015, Israeli forces stationed at al-Hamra 
checkpoint, south of Tubas, killed a Palestinian civilian from al-Ouja 
village, north of Jericho. They claimed that an armed Palestinian in a 
vehicle fired at Israeli soldiers stationed at the said checkpoint, but 
no casualties were reported. However, Israeli soldiers fired in response 
and seriously wounded him, due to which he died.

On 30 June 2015, Israeli forces stationed at Qalandia checkpoint, north 
of East Jerusalem, opened fire at a Palestinian civilian who cries out 
"Allah Akbar" while being near the checkpoint. As a result, he sustained 
5 bullet wounds throughout his body.

Israeli forces continued to use excessive and systematic use of force 
against peaceful protests organized by Palestinian civilians and Israeli 
and international human rights activists in protest at the construction 
of the annexation wall and settlement activities in the West Bank and 
Israeli policies in the oPt. As a result, a 14-year-old child sustained 
a bullet wound to the right thigh in Kufor Qaddoum protest, northeast of 
Qalqilya.

In the Gaza Strip, in the context of targeting border areas, on 25 June 
2015, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence, east of Jabalia, 
opened fire sporadically at the cemetery area, but no casualties were 
reported. On 01 July 2015, Israeli forces stationed along the border 
fence opened fire at agricultural lands, east of al-Maghazai refugee 
camp, but no casualties were reported either.

As part of targeting fishermen, Israeli gunboats stationed off Deir 
al-Balah shore, in the central Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian 
fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles, but no casualties were 
reported.

_Incursions_

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 41 
military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 6 
ones in East Jerusalem. During these incursions, Israeli forces arrested 
at least 33 Palestinians, including 10 children. Eleven of these 
civilians, including the 7 children, were arrested in East Jerusalem.

In the Gaza Strip, on 01 July 2015, Israeli forces conducted a limited 
incursion into the east of al-Qarara village, east of Khan Yunis in the 
south of the Gaza Strip. They levelled lands along the border fence and 
withdrew few hours later.

_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 8 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. The Israeli closure raised the 
rate of poverty to 38.8%, 21.1% of which suffer from extreme poverty. 
Moreover, the rate of unemployment increased up to 44%, which reflects 
the unprecedented economic deterioration in the Gaza Strip.

_Israeli efforts to create a Jewish demographic majority in Jerusalem_

In the context of collective punishment policies, on Wednesday morning, 
01 July 2015, Israeli forces locked with metal boards the windows and 
doors of a house belonging to the family of Odai Abu al-Jamal in 
al-Mukaber Mount village, southeast of East Jerusalem, after evacuating 
the family.

_Settlement Activities_

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

On 24 June 2015, Israeli forces issued notices to halt construction 
works and to demolish civilian objects in Kherbet Janaba, east of Yatta 
south of Hebron.

On 27 June 2015, 3 Israeli settlers from "Mitzpe Yair" settlement, east 
of Yatta south of Hebron, attacked a 53-year-old Palestinian civilian 
with stones and tried to physically attack him. As a result, he 
sustained wounds to the head and pain in the back.

On 27 June 2015, a number of settlers beat and insulted a 31-year-old 
Palestinian civilian while driving his car on Beit Hanina new road, 
north of East Jerusalem. As a result, he sustained bruises and wounds.

On 30 June 2015, 4 masked settlers from "Dulip" settlement, northwest of 
Ramallah, sprayed pepper spray over the face of a 60-year-old 
Palestinian civilian and attacked him with sticks, sharp tools and stones.

On the same day, a group of settlers wrote racist slogans against Arabs 
on the walls of a number of houses in Beit Safafa village, south of East 
Jerusalem. The slogans included: "Arabs should be slaughtered".

*_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, a Palestinian child sustained a bullet wound to 
the right thigh during Kufor Qaddoum protest, northeast of Qalqilya.

*(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 26 June 2015, 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 
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 metal bullets, sound bombs and wastewater at 
them and chased them into the olive fields. As a result, a number of 
protestors suffered tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises as 
they were beat up.

Also following the Friday prayer, 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, a number of protestors suffered tear gas inhalation and others 
sustained bruises as they were beat up by Israeli soldiers.

Also following the Friday prayer, dozens of Palestinian civilians and 
Israeli and international human rights defenders gathered in the center 
of al-Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah, to start the weekly 
peaceful protest against the construction of the annexation wall and 
settlement activities. They made their way towards Palestinian lands 
that Israeli settlers from the nearby "Halmish" settlement are trying to 
seize. Israeli soldiers closed all the village's entrances to prevent 
the Palestinian and international solidarity activists and journalists 
from participating in the protest. As a result, a number of protestors 
suffered tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises as they beat 
up by Israeli soldiers.

Also following the Friday prayer, Palestinian civilians organized a 
protest against the closure of the eastern entrance of Kufor Qaddoum 
village, which has been closed by Israeli forces since the beginning of 
the al-Aqsa Intifada. Once the protestors approached the closed 
entrance, Israeli forces fired rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas 
canisters and sound bombs. They also sprayed skunk water over the 
protestors. As a result, a number of protestors suffered tear gas 
inhalation and others sustained bruises as they beat up by Israeli soldiers.

Following the afternoon (al-Asr) prayer on Saturday, 27 June 2015, 
Palestinian civilians organized a protest against the closure of the 
eastern entrance of Kufor Qaddoum village, which has been closed by 
Israeli forces since the beginning of the al-Aqsa Intifada. Once the 
protestors approached the closed entrance, Israeli forces fired 
rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs. They 
also sprayed skunk water over the protestors. As a result, Abdul Elah 
Abdul Mahdi Ali Mohammed (14) sustained a bullet wound to the right thigh.

/Note: the protest of Kufor Qaddoum was scheduled twice a week 
(following the Fridays' prayer and following al-Asr prayer on Sundays)./

*_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.

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.

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. 
However, they lately allowed the exportation of some vegetables such as 
cucumber and tomatoes, furniture and fish.

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 also continued applying 
the policy of making certain civilian traveling via the crossing 
interviewed by the Israeli intelligence service to be questioned, 
blackmailed or arrested.

_West Bank_

*Israel has imposed a tightened closure on the West Bank. During the 
reporting period, Israeli forces imposed additional restrictions on the 
movement of Palestinian civilians:*

· Hebron: Israeli forces established 9 checkpoints all over the city. On 
Thursday, 25 June 2015, Israeli forces established 2 checkpoints at 
Mothalath al-'Aqabah between Dura and its southern villages, south of 
the city and at the entrance of Bani Na'im village, east of Hebron.

On Friday, 26 June 2015, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the 
entrance of Ethna village, west of the city.

On Saturday, 27 June 2015, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at 
the entrance of al-Thaheriyah village, south of Hebron.

On Sunday, 28 June 2015, Israeli forces established two checkpoints at 
the south-eastern entrance of Hebron and at the entrance of Beit Kahel 
village, northwest of Hebron.

On Monday, 29 June 2015, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the 
entrance of Sa'ir village, east of Hebron.

On Wednesday, 01 July 2015, Israeli forces established two checkpoints 
at the entrance of al-Tabqah village and on 'Oyoun Abu Seif road, south 
of Dura, southwest of the city.

· Ramallah: Israeli forces established 26 checkpoints all over the city. 
On Thursday, 25 June 2015, Israeli forces established 2 checkpoints at 
the entrance of 'Aboud village, northwest of Ramallah and at the 
entrance of Termes'aya village, north of the city.

On Friday, 26 June 2015, Israeli forces established 5 checkpoints at the 
eastern entrance of al-Nabi Saleh village and closed the iron gate 
established at the entrance preventing civilians from entering or 
leaving through it; the entrance of Ni'lin village; under the bridge of 
Yabrud village, northeast of the city; at the intersection of Beit 'Oar 
al-Foqa, southwest of the city and Deir Abu Mash'al villafe, northwest 
of the city.

On Saturday, 27 June 2015, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at 
the entrance of Ras Karkar village, northwest of Ramallah while they 
established two checkpoints at each of the following village entrances: 
Beitin; 'Ein Yabrud and Selwad, northeast of the city.

On Monday, 29 June 2015, Israeli forces established 10 checkpoints in 
each of the following areas: at the entrance of Termes'ayah village, at 
the entrance of Kherbtha Bani Haris village; under the bridge of Yabrud 
village; Deir Abu Mash'al village; at the intersection of Beit 'Oar 
al-Foqa village; the entrances of Selwad village; the road between the 
villages of Beitin and 'Ein Yabrud; the road between Deir Jarir and Kafr 
Malek; the road between the villages of Kafr Malek and Kherbet Abu 
Falah; and the road between al-Mogheir and Termes'ahya villages.

On Tuesday, 30 June 2015, Israeli forces established two checkpoints at 
the entrance of Ras Karkar village, northwest of Ramallah and the 
entrance of 'Ein Yabrud village, northeast of the city.

On Wednesday morning, 01 July 2015, Israeli forces closed the road from 
Ramallah to al-Jalazone refugee camp adjacent to Beit Eil settlement 
with cement cubes.

· Qalqilya: Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints all over the city. 
On Monday, 29 June 2015, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the 
entrance of Kafr Qaddoum village, northeast of Qalqilya.

On Tuesday, 30 June 2015, Israeli forces established 2 checkpoints at 
the entrance of Jeet village, northeast of Qalqilya; on the road between 
'Azoun and Jayous villages, east of the city.

· Jericho: Israeli forces established 4 checkpoints all over the city. 
On Friday, 26 June 2015, Israeli forces established 2 checkpoints at the 
entrance of al-'Oja village, north of the city, and at the southern 
entrance of Jericho.

On Monday, 29 June 2015, Israeli forces established 2 checkpoints at the 
entrance of al-'Oja village, north of the city, and at the southern 
entrance of Jericho.

/Note: all the aforementioned checkpoints were later removed, and no 
arrests were reported./

*_Arrests and Maltreatment at Military Checkpoints:_*

At approximately 14:00 on Friday, 26 June 2015, Israeli forces 
established a checkpoint at Mothalath al-Shuhadaa', south of Jenin. They 
arrested Ahmed Tawfiq Raja al-Qereini (19) from Jenin refugee camp 
adjacent to Jenin while passing through the checkpoint and took him to 
an unknown destination after removing the checkpoint.

At approximately 14:00 on Saturday, 27 June 2015, Israeli forces 
deployed in the Old City in the center of Hebron arrested Hamdi Mohammed 
Abu Hamdiyah (19) after stopping him at the entrance of al-Ibrahimi Mosque.

At approximately 14:00 on Sunday, 28 June 2015, Israeli forces arrested 
Fatmah Naser Mesleh Nazzal (42) from Qalqilya while trying to sneak into 
Israel via a hole in the annexation wall near Qalqilya. Israeli news 
websites reported that Israeli forces arrested the aforementioned woman, 
who had a hunting rifle, while she was trying to sneak into Israel.

At approximately 02:00 on Monday, 29 June 2015, Israeli forces 
established a checkpoint on the main road between Tulkarm and Qalqilya 
near the eastern entrance of Jbarah village. The Israeli soldiers 
stopped a Palestinian car travelled by Belkheir 'Isam Fayeq Qonbor (23) 
from tulkarm and arrested him taking him to an unknown destination.

At approximately 12:40 on the same Monday, Israeli forces stationed at 
"Qobet Rahil" checkpoint near Belal Ben Rabah Mosque, north of 
Bethlehem, arrested Maysoun Mousa Mousa (19), from al-Shawawrah village 
east of the city, and took her to an unknown destination. Israeli forces 
claimed that the aforementioned girl stabbed an Israeli female soldier 
at the checkpoint.

At approximately 10:00 on Tuesday, 30 June 2015, Israeli forces 
stationed at al-Jalamah checkpoint, northeast of Jenin, arrested Moayad 
'Omer Ahmed al-Sa'adi (31) when he was near the checkpoint area claiming 
that he attacked the Israeli soldiers with fireworks. The aforementioned 
civilian was released later after Israeli forces was ascertain that he 
is mentally ill.

_*Efforts to create a Jewish majority:*_

_Shooting incidents_

At approximately 16:30 on Tuesday, 30 June 2015, Israeli forces 
stationed at Qalandia checkpoint, north of East Jerusalem, opened fire 
at a Palestinian civilian, who cried out "Allah Akbar", when he was near 
the checkpoint. As a result, he was wounded. An eyewitness said to a 
PCHR fieldworker that Israeli forces stationed at Qalandia military 
checkpoint opened fire at Hassan Ayoub Abu Ermaila (21), from Beit 
Hanina neighbourhood, north of the city, after he suddenly cried out 
"Allah Akbar" near the aforementioned checkpoint. As a result, he 
sustained 5 bullet wounds throughout his body and was taken to "Tsha'ri 
Tsedeq" Hospital in West Jerusalem to receive the necessary medical 
treatment. His health condition was serious.

/House belonging to the family of Odai Abu al-Jamal in al-Mukaber Mount 
locked up/

· In the context of collective punishment policies adopted by Israeli 
forces against Palestinian families of persons accused of being involved 
in resistance acts against them, Israeli forces locked up on Wednesday 
morning, 01 July 2015, the doors and windows of a house belonging to the 
family of Odai Abu al-Jamal in Jabal al-Mukaber village, southeast of 
East Jerusalem, using metal plates after evacuating the family. An 
eyewitness said to a PCHR fieldworker that Israeli infantry units moved 
into the village. They deployed in the neighbourhoods and then raided 
the yard of Ghassan and Odai Abu al-Jamal's houses, during which a 
helicopter was hovering overheads. The witness added that Israeli forces 
closed 3 entrances of the village and it was like a curfew. He said that 
Israeli forces raided the house of Odai and evacuated the 6-member 
family. They banned the Abu Jamal family and other neighbours from 
approaching. They threw the furniture and clothes out of the house and 
closed the windows and doors with metal plates. It should be noted that 
Odai's family house that was built in 1936 was resided by his father, 
mother, sister and 3 brothers.

_Incursions & house raids_

At approximately 22:00 on Thursday, 25 June 2015, Israeli forces raided 
and searched a house belonging to the family of Ayed al-Taweel (40) in 
Beit Hanina neighbourhood, north of East Jerusalem. They arrested the 
aforementioned person and his 2 children, Saif (15) and Zaid (16), and 
took them to an unknown destination.

At approximately 23:00 on the same day, Israeli forces raided and 
searched a house belonging to the al-Taweel family in Ras al-Amoud 
neighbourhood in the east of the old city in East Jerusalem. They 
arrested Obaida Salman al-Taweel (25) and took him to an unknown 
destination.

At approximately 23:30, on the same day, Israeli forces raided and 
searched a house belonging to the family of Essa Qotob in al-Khelleh 
neighbourhood in the east of East Jerusalem. They arrested his son 
Mohammed (13) and took him to an unknown destination.

At approximately 23:30 on Saturday, 27 June 2015, Israeli forces moved 
into a number of neighbourhoods in the old city in East Jerusalem. They 
raided and searched some houses from which they arrested 3 children: 
Yazan Abdullah Ayoub (14), Mostafa al-Deb'i (16) and Ameer al-Deb'i.

At approximately 16:00 on Sunday, 28 June 2015, Israeli forces raided 
and searched 2 houses belonging to the families of Ghassan and Odai Abu 
Jamal and questioned their families. Members of the Abu Jamal family 
said that Israeli undercover units accompanied by an officer raided and 
searched the 2 houses belonging to the Abu Jamal. They added that 
Israeli forces questioned members of the 2 families on the spot. They 
also photographed all the family members without saying why. Israeli 
soldiers asked in particular about the children of Ghassan, Walid, Salma 
and Mohammed, and photographed them as well. Israeli forces photographed 
the houses belonging of the family from inside and outside and the roads 
leading to them. They added that an Israeli officer threatened before 
leaving that they would always raid the 2 houses. It should be noted 
that Ghassan and Odai Abu Jamal carried out an attack on an Israeli 
synagogue near Deir Yassin, west of Jerusalem, on 18 November 2014 that 
resulted then in killing 5 Israelis.

At approximately 14:00 on Sunday, 28 June 2015, Israeli forces arrested 
Ahmed Jasem Shweiki (10) while he was around his family's house in 
al-Thawri neighbourhood in Silwan village, south of the old city in East 
Jerusalem. They took him to Saladin police station. Shweiki's father 
said that Israeli special units arrested his child when he was playing 
with his friends around his house. He added that his child was referred 
to the police station to be questioned, where he remained in detention 
from 14:00 to 17:00. Israeli forces did not allow any of his family 
members to attend the investigation. The father was only allowed one 
hour and a half after interrogation. Jasem said also that he learnt 
about the detention of his child from the neighbours not from the 
Israeli authorities.

At approximately 04:00 on Tuesday, 30 June 2015, Israeli forces raided 
and searched a house belonging to the family of Essam al-Kord (45) in 
al-Sa'diya neighbourhood in the old city in East Jerusalem. They 
arrested him and his son, Tareq (19), and took them to an unknown 
destination.

_Confiscation of lands for the interest of settlement activities in the 
city_

On Monday morning, 29 June 2015, officers from the Israeli municipality 
and Nature Authority distributed maps and decisions signed by the head 
of the Israeli municipality on lands in al-Eisawiya village, north of 
East Jerusalem. The decisions and maps showed that dozens of 
agricultural dunums would be planted with trees to be turned into a 
public park.

Mohammed Abu al-Hommos, member of the follow-up committee in the 
village, said that decisions were distributed regarding al-Eisawiya 
lands. According to the maps, the Israeli municipality plans to plant 
more than 200 dunums to make them a public park. He added that the lands 
are located within the settlement plan "National Park Plan 11092" in 
al-Tour Mount and al-Eisawiya village. This plan was cancelled by the 
Israeli district planning and construction committee last year because 
the committee required meeting the needs of people, including, schools, 
kindergartens, houses and health care centres, before establishing a 
public park in that place. It should be noted that the threatened lands 
are the ones remaining for the village's residents to meet their natural 
growth. Abu al-Hommos added that the Israeli municipality and nature 
authority, according to the decision left on the lands, claim that those 
lands are not used by their owners and thus they would be used for the 
interest of the public. He rejected the Israeli claim and stressed that 
parts of the lands were planted with trees tens of years ago and other 
lands were levelled by Israeli bulldozers.

_Settler attacks_

At approximately 21:00 on Saturday, 27 June 2015, a number of Israeli 
settlers beat and insulted Ibrahim Dawood al-Alami (31) while driving 
his car on Beit Hanina road, north of East Jerusalem. As a result, 
al-Alami sustained bruises and wounds, due to which he was taken to 
Hadasa Hospital to receive the necessary medical treatment.

The victim's brother, Ashraf al-Alami, stated to PCHR:

"While my brother Ibrahim, who works as a driver in an Israeli transport 
company, was going to his work in West Jerusalem, he took Beit Hanina 
new road, where 3 settlers intercepted his car. They surrounded his car 
and then asked him: 'Are you an Arab?' he answered: 'Yes'. The settlers 
cursed him with abusive and racist words and then beat him severely. 
Moreover, one of settlers tried to strangle him with his hands. 
Consequently, Ibrahim Dawood was wounded in the chest and face. The 
settlers fled after my brother was able to defend himself. After that, 
he continued driving his car and went to work in the company. Signs of 
assault were clear on him. As a result, the manager of company called 
the police that investigated the incident and brought an ambulance to 
take al-Alami to Hadassah Hospital for medical treatment."

At approximately 06:00 on Tuesday, 30 June 2015, a group of settlers 
wrote racist slogans against Arabs on the walls of a number of houses in 
Beit Safafa village, south of East Jerusalem. An eyewitness said to a 
PCHR fieldworker that Beit Safafa residents were surprised on the day to 
see racist slogans against Arabs on the walls of some houses in the 
village. Of the written slogans were: "The Arab blood is vulnerable to 
attack", "Arabs should be slaughtered" and others.

*_Settlement activities and attacks by settlers against Palestinian 
civilians and property:_*

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

At approximately 09:00 on Thursday, 24 June 2015, Israeli forces 
accompanied by an Israeli Civil Administration vehicle moved into 
al-Deirat village, east of Yatta, south of Hebron. They stationed in the 
center of the village, where the civil administration officer handed 
Salah Mohammed Ahmed Mohammed (39) a notice to demolish his 
100-square-meter, under-construction house under the pretext it was not 
licensed. It should be noted that Israeli forces handed the same person 
a notice to halt construction works on 13 April 2015.

At approximately 09:30 on the same day, Israeli forces accompanied by an 
Israeli Civil Administration vehicle moved into Kherbet Janaba, east of 
Yatta, south of Hebron. They deployed in the vicinity of the Kherbe and 
delivered 9 notices to halts construction works and 3 others for house 
demolitions as follows:
1. 2 residential rooms, 34 square meters each, belonging to Nabil 
Hussein Jabarin;
2. A 35-square-meter residential room belonging to Mohammed Ali Jabarin;
3. A 66-square-meters residential room belonging to Ali Mohammed Jabarin;
4. A 30-square-meter residential room belonging to Essa Ahmed Yunis;
5. A 42-square-meter residential room belonging to Maher Ahmed Essa;
6. A 50-square-meter residential room belonging to Mahmoud Ahmed Essa;
7. A 45-sqaure-meter residential room belonging to Ibrahim Ahmed Essa;
8. A 30-square-meter residential room belonging to Mousa Ibrahim Abu Yunis;
9. A 35-square-meter residential room belonging to Essa Yunis Abu Yunis.

The notices gave them a deadline on 23 July 2015 to refer to the 
competent departments in the Israeli courts.

Concerning the demolition notices that gave a period of one week were as 
follows:

1. A 30-square-meter residential room belonging to Mohammed Mahmoud 
Hoshiya. He was notified to halt construction work in May;
2. A 30-square-meter residential room belonging to Esam Essa Yunis; and
3. A 35-square-meter residential room belonging to Essa Essam Yunis.

Othman Jabarin, director of Mosafer Yatta Protection Society, said to a 
PCHR fieldworker that the distribution of notices was meant to dismiss 
civilians from their lands, especially as Israeli authorities classify 
Kherbet Janaba as a shooting area. Moreover, the civil administration 
officer confiscated a power generator and a manual digger that was used 
by the Palestinians civilians to fix the dirt road leading to their area.

At approximately 14:00 on Thursday, 25 June 2015, 15 settlers from 
"Kiryat Arba" settlement, east of Hebron, demolished a part of a water 
well belonging to Abdul Karim Ibrahim al-Ja'bari that was established 60 
years ago. They threw big rocks over the well, due to which the upper 
part was damaged.

At approximately 19:30 on Saturday, 27 June 2015, 3 settlers from 
"Mitzpe Yair" settlement, east of Yatta, south of Hebron, attacked Ziad 
Mohammed Yunis Makhamra (53), from Kherbet Beer al-Add, with stones. 
They tried to physically attack him. As a result, he sustained wounds to 
the back of the head and pains in the back. He was then transported to 
Abu al-Hassan al-Qasem hospital in the city.

According to Ziad Makhamrah:

"I work in the field of livestock breeding, and live in Khirbet Bir 
Alaad which is about 17 kilometers in east of Yatta town, Southern 
Hebron. At the beginning of 2000, many families were expelled by Israeli 
force, claiming that the area was a closed military zone. After 6 years, 
Israeli court issued an order to allow people to return to their land 
(Kherba). At that time, my family and I returned to the Kherba and 
another family too, and we stayed there so far. On Thursday, 27 June 
2015, at approximately 7:30, I went on foot to Ma'in area which is about 
5 kilometers from the Bir Alaad. My relatives sent to me an invitation 
to Ramadan breakfast. I contacted my son, Mohammed, 25, to take me 
there. While I was walking on the dirt road leading to the settlement of 
"Mitzpe Yair", I saw three settlers coming to the main gate of 
settlement. When I arrived to the gate, I met the three settlers. They 
surrounded me and tried to take my stick, but I refused. I walked back 
and called my son, Mohammed, again in order to come quickly. After that, 
I ran quickly to the dirt road, the settlers chased me and hit me by 
stones, I was wounded in my back, head and left thigh. Moments later, 
and the car of my son arrived. After that, the settlers fled into the 
settlement. My son Mohammed took me to Ma'in area, where they provided 
me first aid. I was transferred to Abu al-Qasim al-Hassan Hospital to 
conduct some medical tests and x-ray. In the end, they gave me the 
appropriate treatments."

At approximately 18:45 on Tuesday, 30 June 2015, 4 masked settlers from 
"Dulip" settlement, northwest of Ramallah, sprayed pepper spray over the 
face of Mahmoud al-Haj Hassan Nofal (60) and attacked him with sticks, 
sharp tools and stones. The aforementioned person was ploughing his land 
in al-Aqaba area, southwest of Ras Karkar village, when he was attacked.

*/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 latest 51-day offensive 
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;

/Full, detailed document 
<http://www.pchrgaza.org/portal/en/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=11141:weekly-report-on-israeli-human-rights-violations-in-the-occupied-palestinian-territory-26-june-01-july-2015&catid=84:weekly-2009&Itemid=183>, 
including info on patrols and border crossings available at the official 
PCHR website./

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