[News] Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the occupied Palestinian territories (02- 08 July 2015)

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  PCHR Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the oPt (02- 08 July
  2015)

author Thursday July 09, 2015 22:33author by PCHR-Gaza
*http://www.imemc.org/article/72201*

    Israeli forces have continued with systematic attacks against
    Palestinian civilians and their property in the occupied Palestinian
    territories (oPt) for the reporting period of 02- 08 July 2015.

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

_Shootings_

Israeli forces continued to use excessive force against Palestinian 
civilians in the West Bank, and opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats 
in the Gaza Strip sea. During the reporting period, Israeli forces 
killed a Palestinian child, north of occupied Jerusalem, in excessive 
use of force. They also wounded 8 civilians, 7 of whom including 2 
children and 4 journalists were wounded in the West Bank, while the 8th 
was a fisherman from the Gaza Strip.

In the West Bank, in excessive use of force, on Friday, 03 July 2015, 
Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian in Qalandia refugee camp, 
north of occupied Jerusalem. Israeli forces claimed that the child threw 
stones at an Israeli officer in a patrol that was passing by the 
annexation wall in al-Ram village, north of the city.

On 02 July 2015, 4 journalists sustained burns in the face when Israeli 
forces attacked a group of Palestinian civilians at the intersection of 
al-Jaba' village, north of East Jerusalem, who gathered to mark the 
first anniversary of the killing of Mohammed Abu Khdair. Israeli forces 
sprayed pepper spray over their faces.

On 02 July 2015, a 19-year-old civilian sustained 2 bullet wounds to the 
left leg when a number of Palestinian youngsters protested against the 
Israeli forces who moved into al-Dheisha refugee camp, south of 
Bethlehem, to arrest a civilian. Israeli forces arrested the wounded 
civilian and took him to Hadasa Hospital in West Jerusalem.

On 07 July 2015, a 17-year-old child sustained a bullet wound to the 
left thigh when a number of Palestinian youngsters protested against the 
Israeli forces who moved into al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of 
Ramallah, to arrest a civilian as well.

Israeli forces continued to use excessive 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 16-year-old child sustained 
a bullet wound to the right leg during a protest at the south-eastern 
entrance of al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah.

As part of targeting fishermen, on 07 July 2015, Israeli gunboats 
stationed off al-Waha resort, northwest of Beit Lahia in the north of 
the Gaza Strip, opened fire at 2 fishing boats, arrested 4 fishermen on 
board of the boats and confiscated the 2 boats. When a third fishing 
boat headed towards fishing nets left by the 2 other fishing boats, 2 
fishermen on board of that boat were surprised to see Israeli gunboats 
surrounding and arresting them. When they were released on the following 
day, it was found out that one of whom sustained a rubber-coated metal 
bullet wound to the leg.

_Incursions_

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 45 
military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 3 
ones in East Jerusalem. During these incursions, Israeli forces arrested 
at least 40 Palestinians, including 8 children. Eleven of these 
civilians, including the 5 children, were arrested in East Jerusalem.

_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.

_Efforts to create a Jewish demographic majority in Jerusalem_

In the context of collective punishment policies, on 07 July 2015, 
Israeli forces raided a residential tent resided by the family of Odai 
Abu Jamal in front of their house in al-Mukaber Mount village, southeast 
of Jerusalem, that was closed by fortified concrete and metal plates. 
The tent was the only shelter the family had after their house was 
closed on 01 July 2015.

On 06 July 2015, Israeli forces raided a house belonging to the family 
of Ghassan Abu Jamal in al-Mukaber Mount village. They photographed its 
doors and roads leading to it and other nearby houses. They also wrote 
down names of families residing in those houses.

Moreover, Israeli forces raided a house belonging to the family of 
Mohammed Nayef Ja'abees in al-Mukaber Mount village. They photographed 
the house from inside and outside and other nearby houses. It should be 
noted that Ja'abees was killed on 04 August 2014 when the bulldozer he 
was driving hit a bus near Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood.

In the same context, Israeli forces raided the vicinity of a house 
belonging to Mo'taz Hijazi in al-Thawri neighbourhood in Silwan village, 
south of the old city. They photographed it from the outside and the 
roads leading to the house although the family was not home then. It 
should be noted that Israeli High Court decided lately to close the room 
of Mo'taz, which is part of the house. Hijazi was killed on 30 October 
2014, when Israeli forces opened fire at him on the roof of his family 
house on the ground that he attempted to assassinate Yehuda Glick on 29 
October 2014.

In a different context, an 8-year-old girl sustained fractures and 
bruises when an Israeli police jeep ran her down in al-Sultan Suleiman 
Street in East Jerusalem. The girl's father said that his daughter 
sustained fractures in the right leg, nose and jaw, in addition to 
bruises and pains. She was taken to Hadasa Hospital in West Jerusalem to 
receive medical treatment.

In the context of settlers' attacks on Palestinian civilians and their 
property, on 06 July 2015, a group of settlers threw stones at vehicles 
belonging to Palestinian civilians on road no. (1), north of the old 
city. They then attacked their owners with sticks and stones. As a 
result, a 2-month pregnant woman miscarried.

On the same day, a group of settlers attacked 3 Palestinian civilians 
walking on al-Mesrara street in East Jerusalem. As a result, one of whom 
was wounded and then taken to Hadasa Hospital, while the 2 others were 
arrested by the Israeli police.

_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 02 July 2015, Israeli forces accompanied by an Israeli Civil 
Administration vehicle and a bulldozer moved into al-Baq'a area, east of 
Hebron. The bulldozer levelled 2-dunum tract of land and demolished 
170-meter-long stone chains that were rebuilt few months ago.

On 07 July 2015, Israeli forces accompanied by a Civil Administration 
vehicle and a bulldozer demolished and confiscated sheds established by 
Beit Ommar residents, north of Hebron, along bypass road (60) to sell 
their agricultural products.

*_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 child (16) sustained bullet wounds to the 
right leg while participating in a protest in the south-eastern entrance 
of Jalazone refugee camp, north 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 03 July 2015, dozens of Palestinian 
civilians and international and Israeli human rights defenders organized 
a peaceful demonstration in Bil’in, west of Ramallah, in protest against 
the Annexation Wall and Settlement Activity. 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 wastewater at them and 
chased them into the olive fields. As a result, a number of 
demonstrators suffered tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises 
as Israeli soldiers beat them up.

On the same day, dozens of Palestinian civilians organized a peaceful 
demonstration in the center of Ni’lin village, west of Ramallah, in 
protest against the Annexation Wall and Settlement Activity. 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 others sustained bruises as Israeli 
soldiers beat them up.

Around the same time, dozens of Palestinian civilians and Israeli and 
international human rights defenders organised a peaceful demonstration 
in al-Nabi Saleh village, southwest of Ramallah, in protest against the 
Annexation Wall and Settlement Activity. The demonstrators 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 them 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 demonstrators suffered tear gas 
inhalation and other sustained bruises as Israeli soldiers beat them up.

Following the Friday prayer, 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. A similar protest was organized following al-Asr prayer on 
Saturday, 04 July 2015. As a result, many demonstrators suffered tear 
gas inhalation and other sustained bruises as Israeli soldiers beat them up.

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

_Other demonstrations_

On Thursday afternoon, 02 July 2015 , dozens of Palestinian young men 
gathered in the southern entrance of Jalazoun refugee camp, north of 
Ramallah, to organize a peaceful demonstration in protest at Israeli 
attacks against Palestinian civilians. The demonstrators threw stones at 
Israeli soldiers, who fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters in 
response. As a result, a child (16), sustained a bullet wound to the 
right leg. He was then taken to the Palestine Medical Compound for 
medical treatment.

*_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,02 July 2015, Israeli forces established 2 checkpoints at the 
entrance of Halhoul village, south of Hebron.

On Saturday, 04 July 2015, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at 
the entrance of Beit Awaa village, southwest of Dura, southwest of Hebron.

On Sunday, 05 July 2015, Israeli forces established three checkpoints at 
the entrance of al-Sa'ir village, at the entrance of al-Samou'a village, 
and at the entrance of al-Karmel village, east of Yata city, south of 
Hebron.

At approximately 08:00, on Monday, 06 July 2015, Israeli forces 
established a checkpoint at the entrance of Dura city, southwest of Hebron.

At approximately 09:00, on Tuesday, 07 July 2015, Israeli forces 
established a checkpoint at the northern entrance of Halhoul village, 
south of Hebron.

At approximately 08:00, on Wednesday, 08 July 2015, Israeli forces 
established a checkpoint at the entrance of al-Fawwar refugee camp, 
south of Hebron.

· Ramallah: Israeli forces established 26 checkpoints all over the city. 
On Thursday, 02 July 2015, Israeli forces established 2 checkpoints at 
the entrances of 'Aboud village, and Termes'ayaa village.

On Friday, 03 July 2015, Israeli forces established 6 checkpoints at the 
entrance of al-Nabi Saleh village; under the bridge of Yabrud village, 
the entrance of Ni'lin, Deir Jarir, Ain Senia, and Betten village.

On Saturday, 04 July 2015, Israeli forces established 8 checkpoints at 
the entrance of Deir Abu Mesh'al village between Deir Ezee'a and Ras 
Karkar villages, on Al Mu'arrajat road between Jericho and Ramallah, in 
'Oyoun Hramiaa village, between Nablus and Ramallah, at the entrance of 
al-Nabi Saleh, 'Ein Yabrod and Betello village.

On Monday, 05 July 2015, Israeli forces established a checkpoint in the 
vicinity of Kherbtha al-Mesbah Bridge, southwest Ramallah.

· Qalqilya: Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints all over the city. 
On Sunday, 05 July 2015, Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints at the 
entrance of Amatin village, east of Qalqilya, 'Ezbet al-Tabeeb village, 
southwest of Qalqilya, and on the road between 'Azoun and Jayous 
villages, east of the city.

· Jericho: Israeli forces established 4 checkpoints all over the city. 
On Thursday, 02 July 2015, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at 
the southern entrance of Jericho village.

On Saturday, 04 July 2015, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at 
the entrance of al-'Oja village, north of the city.

· Nablus: Israeli forces established 4 checkpoints all over the city. At 
approximately 08:00, on Saturday, 04 July 2015, Israeli forces closed 
Hawara checkpoint at the southern entrance of Nablus in front of the 
movement of Palestinian civilians and their vehicles. The closure of 
checkpoint continued till at 20:00, and Israeli forces didn’t allow 
anyone to cross the checkpoint during the mentioned hours claiming it 
was for security reasons.

At approximately 16:00 on Monday evening, 06 July 2015, Israeli forces 
closed the entrance of Bitaa village, southeast of Nablus using 8 
concrete cubes and set up a watchtower on the main road of the village. 
Residents of the village described this step as a preparation for 
closing the entrance of the village, or establishing an iron gate. 
Israeli forces claimed that the entrance of the village which was on the 
road between Nablus and Ramallah witnesses shooting at settlers' cars 
and throwing Molotov cocktails and stones at their cars.

· Tulkarm: Israeli forces established 4 checkpoints all over the city. 
At approximately 10:00, on Sunday morning, 05 July 2015, Israeli forces 
established a checkpoint on the main road between Tulkarm and Nablus in 
the vicinity of Bazarya intersectiom, east of Tulkarm. At approximately 
11:30, Israeli forces stationed at 'Annab checkpoint on the main road 
between Tulkarem and Nablus, east of Tulkarem, tightened their 
restrictions against Palestinian civilians. Around the same time, 
another checkpoint was established on the main road between Tulkarm and 
Nablus near the intersection of Beit Leed, east of Tulkarm.

At approximately 09:30, on Monday, 06 July 2015, Israeli forces 
established a checkpoint on the main road between Tulkarem and Nablus in 
the vicinity of Beit Leed village, east of Tulkarm.

On Tuesday, 07 July 2015, Israeli forces stationed at 'Anab checkpoint, 
tightened their restrictions against Palestinian civilians.

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

*_Arrests and Maltreatment at Military Checkpoints:_*

· At approximately 16:00 on Thursday, 02 July 2015, Israeli forces 
stationed at the electronic gates to the Ibrahimi Mosque in the center 
of the old city in Hebron arrested Mahmoud Riyadh Akram al-Zarou (19) 
under the pretext of having a knife. He was then taken to an unknown 
destination.

· On Sunday evening, 05 July 2015, Israeli forces established a 
checkpoint on the main road between Jenin and Nablus near Sebstyah 
village, northwest of Nablus. They arrested Ihab Radi 'Abed Souqi (20) 
from Jenin while passing through the checkpoint. The checkpoint was 
removed later, and he was taken to an unknown destination.

· On Monday, 06 July 2015, Israeli forces stationed at al-Karamah 
crossing between the West Bank and Jordan arrested Tamer Soliman Abu 
'Ayyash (22) from Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron. They arrested the 
aforementioned civilian when he was on his way back from Jordan and took 
him to an unknown destination.

· At approximately 14:00 on Tuesday, 07 July 2015, Israeli forces 
established a checkpoint at the entrance of Jeet village, northeast of 
Qalqilya. When Ramdan Ahmed Saleh Abu Haniyah (41) and Tariq Maher Ahmed 
Abu Haniyah (18), both from 'Azoun village, east of the city, were 
passing through the checkpoint, the Israeli soldiers arrested both of 
them and took them to an unknown destination.

· At approximately 19:00 on the aforementioned Tuesday, Israeli forces 
deployed in the neighborhoods of the Old City and the southern area 
classified as H2 area in Hebron according to the Oslo Accords arrested 
Mohammed Soliman Abu Hadid (29) when he was on his way back from his 
house in al-Sahlah area, south of the city. They were taken to an 
unknown destination.

· At approximately 15:00 on Wednesday, 08 July 2015, Israeli forces 
deployed at the entrance of Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron, 
arrested Rashid Mohammed Walid Akhlil (20) after detaining him in the 
watchtower established at the village entrance. The aforementioned 
civilian was later handcuffed and taken to an unknown destination.

_*Efforts to create a Jewish majority:*_

_Shooting incidents_

· On Thursday, 02 July 2015, dozens of Palestinian civilians gathered at 
the intersection of al-Jaba' village, north of East Jerusalem, to mark 
the first anniversary of the killing of Mohammed Abu Khdair, who was 
burnt by settlers in early July 2014. A number of Israeli military 
vehicles arrived at the place and surrounded the protest. Israeli 
officers stepped out of the vehicles and started firing tear gas 
canisters and sounds bombs. They then beat the protestors with hands and 
clubs and attacked journalists in particular with pepper spray. As a 
result, Nepal Farsakh and Mohammed Shousha, journalists working for 
Ro'ya Jordanian channel, journalist Mohammed Radi from Palestine TV and 
journalist Mohammed Turkman sustained burns in their faces, due to which 
they were taken to Palestine Medical Compound in Ramallah, to receive 
the necessary medical treatment.

· On Friday, 03 July 2015, an Israeli officer opened fire at a 
Palestinian child from Qalandia refugee camp, after his military vehicle 
was stoned. As a result, the child sustained 4 bullet wounds, due to 
which he was taken to Palestine Medical Compound in Ramallah to receive 
medical treatment, but he was pronounced dead later due to wounds his 
sustained.

According to investigations conducted by PCHR, at approximately 07:30 on 
Friday, Mohammad Sami al-Kesba (17) was participating with a group of 
scouts in organizing traffic at al-Ram intersection near the southern 
iron gate of Qalandia checkpoint. In the meantime, an Israeli military 
vehicle passed quickly in a way that made the boys throw stones at it. 
An Israeli officer accompanied by 4 soldiers stepped out of the vehicle 
and opened fire at al-Kesba, who was running away. As a result, he 
sustained 4 bullet wounds to the chin, left cheek, left side and right 
leg. The officer and soldiers pointed their guns at a number of 
Palestinians who gathered around and banned them from approaching. After 
the Israeli vehicle left, al-Kesba was transported by a Palestinian 
private car to Palestine Medical Compound in Ramallah. His health 
condition was serious. He was pronounced dead after a while. It should 
be noted that his 2 brothers were killed too by Israeli forces in 2002.

_House raids in al-Mukaber Mount and Silwan village on the ground of 
collective punishment_

· At approximately 16:00 on Monday, 06 July 2015, Israeli forces raided 
a house belonging to the family of Ghassan Abu Jamal from Jabal 
al-Mukaber village, southeast of East Jerusalem. They photographed the 
house from inside and outside and the roads leading to it and its 
occupants. Abu Jamal family said that Israeli forces raided the family 
house and photographed the house and its occupants. They also 
photographed the neighbouring houses and wrote down names of families to 
whom the houses belong without telling the reason. The family added that 
a quarrel erupted between Israeli soldiers and the family members. It 
should be noted that Ghassan and Odai Abu Jamal carried out an attack on 
an Israeli synagogue near Deir Yassin area, west of Jerusalem, in 
November 2014. On 01 July 2015, Israeli forces closed the house of Odai 
with fortified concrete and metal plates.

· Moreover, Israeli forces raided a house belonging to the family of 
Mohammed Nayef Ja'abees in Jabal al-Mukaber village. His family said 
that Israeli forces raided the house and photographed the house from 
inside and outside and other nearby houses. It should be noted that 
Ja'abees was killed by 47 bullets on 04 August 2014 when the bulldozer 
he was driving hit a bus near Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood, north of the 
old city in East Jerusalem. Although Ja'abees was doing his work there, 
but Israeli forces insist that he intended to deliberately carry out an 
attack with his truck.

· In the same context, on the same day, Israeli forces raided the 
vicinity of a house belonging to Mo'taz Hijazi in al-Thawri 
neighbourhood in Silwan village, south of the old city. They 
photographed it from outside and the roads leading to the house although 
the family was not home then. It should be noted that Israeli High Court 
decided lately to close the room of Mo'taz, which is part of the house. 
Hijazi was killed on 30 October 2014, when Israeli forces opened fire at 
him on the roof of his family house on the ground that he attempted to 
assassinate Yehuda Glick on 29 October 2014.

· At approximately 16:00 on Tuesday, 07 July 2015, Israeli forces raided 
a residential tent belonging to the family of Odai Abu Jamal that was 
established in front of the house in al-Mukaber Mount, southeast of East 
Jerusalem. The family said that Israeli forces violently raided the tent 
and damaged and confiscated it. They also damaged the content of the 
tent. It should be noted that Israeli forces closed their house with 
concrete on 01 July 2015, therefore the family stayed in a tent offered 
by the ICRC. The tent was the only shelter for the family that included 
6 members.

_Incursions_

· At approximately 03:00 on Monday, 06 July 2015, Israeli forces raided 
and searched a house belonging to the family of Belal Afana (52) in Sour 
Baher village, south of East Jerusalem. They arrested him and his son 
Abdullah (24).

· At approximately 05:00, on the same day, Israeli forces arrested 5 
Palestinian children, who were going back homes in Ras al-Amoud 
neighbourhood, east of the old city in East Jerusalem, from al-Aqsa 
Mosque: Hosam Maher Hassan (15), Ahmed Nasser al-Ghoul (17), Mohammed 
Emad Awad (17), Nour al-Din Zughul (17) and Mo'men Abdullah Adila (17).

· At approximately 03:00 on Tuesday, 07 July 2015, Israeli forces raided 
and searched a house belonging to the family of Abdullah al-Tamimi in 
al-Qaa' neighbourhood in al-tour Mount, east of East Jerusalem. They 
arrested his son Ahmed (19) and took him to an unknown destination.

· At approximately 04:00 on the same day, Israeli forces raided and 
searched a house belonging to the family of Ahmed Abu Znaid in Shu'fat 
neighbourhood, north of the old city in East Jerusalem. They arrested 
his son Nour (21) and took him to an unknown destination.

_A Palestinian little girl wounded as an Israeli police car run over her_

· On Sunday, 05 July 2015, Aseel Nazih Da'eef (8) sustained fractures 
and bruises when an Israeli police jeep run over her on al-Sultan 
Suleiman Street in East Jerusalem. The girl's father, Nazih Da'eef, said 
that his daughter sustained fractures in the right leg, nose and jaw, in 
addition to bruises and pains after an Israeli police car ran her down. 
He added that his daughter was crossing the street at approximately 
19:54 on the same day, but she was surprised to see a speedy police jeep 
coming towards her. The jeep hit her, due to which she was thrown on the 
ground. She was taken to Hadasa Hospital in West Jerusalem to receive 
medical treatment.

_Settlers' attacks on Palestinian civilians and their property_

· At approximately 19:00 on Monday, 06 July 2015, a group of settlers 
threw stones at vehicles belonging to Palestinian civilians on road no. 
(1), north of the old city. They then attacked their owners with sticks 
and stones. As a result, a 2-month pregnant woman suffered abortion.

· At approximately 20:00 on the same day, a group of settlers attacked 3 
Palestinian civilians walking on al-Mesrara street in East Jerusalem. As 
a result, one of these civilians was wounded and then taken to Hadasa 
Hospital, while the 2 others were arrested by the Israeli police.

Feras Mojahed (45), one of those who were attacked, said to a PCHR 
fieldworker that at approximately 20:00 on the abovementioned day, 6 
settlers aging between 15 and 19 attacked him, his brother Mohammed (37) 
and Hassan al-Joulani (28) while walking on al-Mesrara street going to 
their houses. He added that the settlers insulted them, but they did not 
care and kept walking, but they were surprised to see the settlers 
chasing and attacking them with stones. One of the settlers hit him on 
his head with a club. Mojahed added that Israeli forces arrived at the 
place and arrested the settlers while his brother Mohammed and Hassan 
al-Joulani were referred to interrogation in al-Masqoubiya police 
station. He was taken to Hadasa Hospital to receive medical treatment. 
Feras explained that he sustained bruises around his eye and in the leg 
and pains throughout his body.

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

· At approximately 08:00 on Thursday, 02 July 2015, Israeli forces 
accompanied by an Israeli Civil Administration vehicle and a bulldozer 
moved into al-Baq'a area, east of Hebron. The bulldozer levelled 2-dunum 
piece of land and demolished 170-meter-long stone chains that were 
rebuilt few months ago by Mohammed Mostafa Awwad Jaber (62) and his 
brothers.

It should be noted that Israeli forces by the end of 2009, levelled a 
10-dunum tract of land belonging to the same person and his brothers; 
demolished 1,000-meter-long stone chains, a water well and a basin and 
confiscated agricultural tools. The loss was estimated at JD 33,200. 
Israeli forces claimed that the tract of land is a state property and no 
one shall work in it unless by the agreement of the competent 
authorities in the Israeli Civil Administration.

· At approximately 16:00 on Tuesday, 07 July 2015, Israeli forces 
accompanied by a Civil Administration vehicle and a bulldozer demolished 
and confiscated sheds established by Beit Ommar residents along bypass 
road (60) to sell their agricultural products. The Civil Administration 
officers confiscated part of the products and damaged the other part. 
The sellers' loss was estimated at about NIS 1,000 for each one of them.

*/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=11152:weekly-report-on-israeli-human-rights-violations-in-the-occupied-palestinian-territory-02-08-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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