[News] Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the occupied Palestinian territories - 4-10 June, 2015

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  PCHR Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the oPt (04- 10 June
  2015)

author Friday June 12, 2015 07:06author by PCHR-Gaza
*http://www.imemc.org/article/71912*

    Israeli forces have continued with systematic attacks against
    Palestinian civilians and their property in the occupied Palestinian
    territories (oPt) for the reporting period of 04- 10 June 2015.

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

_Shootings_

Israeli forces continued to use force against Palestinian civilians 
participating in peaceful protests in the oPt and against fishers 
sailing within the allowed area in the Gaza Strip sea. During the 
reporting period, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian in Jenin 
refugee camp in the north of the West Bank, and wounded 9 others, 
including 2 children, in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.In the Gaza Strip, 
Israeli forces continued to target and chase fishermen, moreover, 
Israeli warplanes carried out 3 airstrikes against training sites 
belonging to Palestinian armed groups.

In the West Bank, on Wednesday, 10 June 2015, Israeli forces killed a 
Palestinian civilian in Jenin refugee camp, west of Jenin. They claimed 
that Israeli soldiers moved into the said refugee camp to arrest wanted 
persons, but while withdrawing, they noticed a young Palestinian man, 
who was trying to throw an explosive device at an Israeli patrol. As a 
result, an Israeli officer fired at him, due to which the device 
exploded near the young man before he could throw it.

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 atthe construction 
of the annexation wall and settlement activities in the West Bank and 
Israeli policies in the oPt. As a result, 7 civilians, including a 
child, were wounded.

In the Gaza Strip, 2 Palestinian fishers, including a child, sustained 
bullet wounds on 04 June 2015, when Israeli gunboats opened fire at a 
fishing boat sailing off al-Sudaniya shore in the north of the Gaza 
Strip. There were 5 fishers on board of the boat. Israeli navy forces 
arrested all of them and confiscated the boat. After they were released, 
it was found that 2 of whom sustained bullet wounds, but their wounds 
were minor.

In the context of targeting fishers, in addition to the abovementioned 
attack on fishermen,Israeli navy forces opened fire thrice at fishermen 
sailing in the allowed area.

Moreover, Israeli warplanes carried out 3 airstrikes at training sites 
belonging to Palestinian armed groups. On 04 June 2014, Israeli 
warplanes attacked al-Yarmouk site, west of al-Maqousi buildings, north 
of Gaza City, and Abu Jarad site, south of al-Zaitoun neighborhood in 
the south of the city. On 07 June 2015, Israeli warplanes attacked 
Palestine site 500 meters away from the border fence, southwest of Beit 
Hanoun (Erez) crossing in the north of the Gaza Strip. As a result, 
material damage but no casualties were reported.

_Incursions_

During the reporting period,Israeli forces conducted at least 70 
military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 4 
ones in East Jerusalem.During these incursions, Israeli forces arrested 
at least 53Palestinians, including 7 children and a woman. Fourteen of 
these Palestinians, including 6 children, were arrested in East Jerusalem.

During the reporting period, Israeli forces confiscated NIS 4,300 from 
the house of prisoner Khader al-Sourkaji (38) and a car claiming that 
the money would be used for terrorist purposes.

In the Gaza Strip, on 05 June 2015, Israeli forces conducted a limited 
incursion in the east of Jabalia in the north of the Gaza Strip. They 
levelled land along the border fence. On 10 June 2015, Israeli forces 
moved about 150 meters in the east of al-Qarara village, east of Khan 
Yunis in the south of the Gaza Strip. This coincided with a similar 
incursion in the east of Khuza'a village, where Israeli forces levelled 
lands along the border fence and withdrew 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 (KeremShaloum) 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 majority:_*

On 09 June 2015, the Israeli forces bulldozed 3 industrial 
establishments in al-Khalaila neighbourhood in al-Jeeb area, northwest 
of Jerusalem,under the pretext of non-licensing. Mr. Isma'il Abu Rabah, 
Head of the neighbourhood's council, said that Israeli bulldozers moved 
into the neighbourhood around 06:30. They demolished 3 industrial 
facilities, including a metal workshop belonging to Abdullah al-Keswani 
and 2 auto repair garages belonging to Nour al-Matari and Mohanned 
Mansour.He also mentioned that the workshop supports more than 20 
persons while the garages support 6 families.

On 10 June 2015, the Israeli forces bulldozed an agricultural land in 
al-Isawiya village, northeast of Jerusalem, and destroyed the buildings 
on it. They bulldozed an agricultural room, a kitchen, a bathroom, a 
water well, and the surrounding fences. They also uprooted more than 70 
trees. The land has an overall area of 8 dunums and 50 square meters and 
belongs to the deceased Sabri Yahya Darwich.

*_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 04 June 2015, Israeli forces destroyed a land belonging to Ahmed 
Abdel Aziz Ghuneimat (86) inSha'ab al-Seif area to the west of Sorif 
village, northwest of Hebron. They bulldozed the stone chains and 
barbwire in the 30-dunum land. They also buried two water wells and 
uprooted and confiscated 200 olive trees and 200 almond trees. It should 
be noted that the Israeli forces handed notices on 31 August 2015 
ordering the confiscation of 4,000 dunums of village lands claiming they 
were state properties, including the above- mentioned land.

On the aforementioned day, the Israeli bulldozers destroyed 5 houses, 4 
kitchens, 4 bathrooms, and 14 civilian establishments used as animal 
shelters in Thera' Awwad area in the northern mountains belonging to 4 
Bedouin families of 29 members. One of the families lost a 350-gram gold 
ornament.

On 10 June 2015, the Israeli forces destroyed a residential tent of an 
area of 30 square meters belonging to Khail Abu Qbeita under the pretext 
of non-licensing in Esteir area, southeast of Yatta, south of Hebron.

*_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,7 civilians, including a 13-year-old child, were 
wounded.

*/(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 05June 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 and to 
mark the 48th anniversary of the 1967 war. 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 activitiesand to mark the 48th anniversary of the 1967 war. 
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 activitiesand to mark the 48th anniversary of the 1967 war. 
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, there was the weekly protest against 
the closure of the eastern entrance of Kufor Qaddoum village, which has 
been closed by Israeli forces since the 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 other the protestors.As a result, a 46-year-old male sustained a 
bullet wound to the right leg.

_Other demonstrations_

Following the Friday prayer, on 05June 2015,dozens of Palestinians 
gathered at the southern entrance of al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of 
Ramallah, to protest at the Israeli practices against the Palestinian 
civilians and to mark the 48th anniversary of the 1967 war. They were 
about 300 meters away from the fence of "Beit Eil" settlement. Israeli 
forces stationed in the area fired live ammunition, rubber-coated metal 
bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters. As a result,a 19-year-old 
civilian sustained a bullet wound to the left knee and was taken to 
Palestine Medical Compound to receive medical treatment.

Also ffollowing the Friday prayer, dozens of Palestinians gathered at 
the western entrance of the Silwad village, northeast of Ramallah, on 
the road between Silwad and Yabroud villages, near Bypass road (60), in 
protest at the Israeli policies. The protestors set fire to tires and 
threw stones and Molotov Cocktails at the aforementioned road and 
Israeli soldiers. In response, Israeli soldiers stationed in the area 
fired live ammunition, rubber-coated bullets, sound bombs and tear gas 
canisters at the protestors. As a result,3 civilians, including a child, 
were wounded. A 13-year-old Akram Jom'a Hammad sustained a bullet wound 
to the leftthigh, a 22-year-old civilian sustained a bullet wound to the 
right leg anda 25-year-old civilians sustained a bullet wound to the 
right leg.

Also ffollowing the Friday prayer,dozens of youngsters gathered from 
different areas of Ramallah and al-Bireh in the vicinity of Ofer 
detention facility, southwest of Ramallah, to protest at Israeli 
policies. They headed towards the facility’s gate that was closed by 
Israeli soldiers. They set fire to tires and threw stones and empty 
bottles at the soldiers. Israeli forces deployed around the detention 
facility and started firing live and rubber-coated metal bullets, sound 
bombs and tear gas canisters. As a result,2 civilians sustained wounds 
and were taken to Palestine Medical Compound in Ramallah. A 40-year-old 
civilian sustained a bullet wound to the right thigh and was hit by a 
gas canister to the belly and a 25-year-old civilian sustained a bullet 
wound to the rightleg.

At approximately 10:00 on Saturday, 06June 2015, a number of activists 
from the Popular Committees against Annexation Wall and Settlement 
Activities and other human rights activists organized a protest in front 
of "Beit Bracha" building, adjacent to bypass road (60) between al-Aroub 
refugee camp and Beit Ommar village, north of Hebron, because Israeli 
forces fixed a security fence and surveillance cameras around the 
building and its vicinity and declared it as part of "Gosh Etzion" 
settlement. Israeli officers and police surrounded the place, prevented 
the participants from approaching the main gate and attacked them.

*_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 11 checkpoints all over the city. 
On Thursday, 04 June 2015, Israeli forces established 2 checkpoints at 
the northern entrance of Hebron, and at the entrance of Karmah village, 
southeast of Dura, southwest of Hebron.

On Friday, 05 June 2015, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the 
southern entrance of Halhoul, north of Hebron.

OnSaturday, 06 June 2015, Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints at 
the entrance of Beit 'Awa village, south of Dura, southwest of Hebron; 
at the entrance of al-Hejrah village, east of Dura and at the entrance 
of Ethna village, west of Hebron.

On Monday, 08 June 2015, Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints at the 
entrance of 'Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron; at the entrance of 
al-Samou'a village, south of the city and at the northern entrance of 
Halhoul, north of the city.

On Tuesday, 09 June 2015, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the 
entrance of al-Fawar refugee camp, north of Hebron.

On Wednesday, 10 June 2015, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at 
the entrance of Deir Samet village, north of Dura, northwest of Hebron.

· Ramallah: Israeli forces established 8 checkpoints all over the city. 
On Thursday, 04June 2015, Israeli forces established 2 checkpoints at 
the entrance of 'Atarah Checkpoint at the northern entrance of Beir 
Zeit, north of Ramallah and at the intersection of Beit Or al-Foqa, 
southwest of Ramallah.

On Friday, 5 June 2015, Israeli forces established 4 checkpoints at the 
entrance of al-Nabi Saleh village, at the entrance of Deir Abu Mesh’al 
village, northwest of Ramallah, at the entrance of Senjel village, north 
of Ramallah, and under the bridge of Yabrud village, northeast of the city.

On Saturday, 06 June 2015, Israeli forces established 2 checkpoints at 
the entrance of al-Mogher village andthe entrance of Tiba town, 
northeast of Ramallah.

· Qalqilya: Israeli forces established7 checkpoints all over the city. 
On Friday, 05June 2015, Israeli forces established two checkpoints at 
the entrance of Kafr Qaddoum, northeast of Qalqilya, and at the 
intersection of Jet village, northwest of Qalqilya.

On Saturday, 07 June 2015, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at 
eastern entrance of Qalqilya City.

On Sunday, 08 June 2015, Israeli forces established 4 checkpoints; two 
of them at the eastern entrance and the other two at the entrance of 
Kafr Qaddoum, northeast of Qalqilya, during the morning hours and 
evening hours.

· Jenin: Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints all over the 
city.OnSaturday, 07 June 2015, Israeli forces established two 
checkpoints on the road between Kafirt village and Ya’bod town, 
southwest of Jenin, and at the road of the American University in 
al-Zababda, southeast of Jenin.

On Sunday, 08 June 2015, Israeli forces established a checkpoint on the 
road between Kafirt village and Ya’bod town, southwest of Jenin.

· Jericho: Israeli forces established 4 checkpoints all over the city. 
On Friday, 05June 2015, Israeli forces established 2 checkpointsat the 
entrance of Fasayel village, north of the city, and at the entrance of 
al-Zubaidat village, north of Jericho.

On Saturday, 06 June 2015, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at 
the southern entrance of Jericho.

· Tulkarm: Israeli forces have continued to impose severe restrictions 
on the movement of Palestinian civilians. On Friday, 5June 2015,Israeli 
forces stationed at ‘Annab military checkpoint which is established on 
the road between Tulkarm and Nablus, east of the city, tightened their 
restrictions against civilians and obstructed their movement. The 
tightening recurred at the aforementioned checkpoint.

At approximately 8:00 on Saturday, 7 June 2015 and at approximately 
19:00 on the aforementioned Saturday. At approximately 17:00, Israeli 
forces established a checkpoint at the entrance of Pharon village, south 
of Tulkarm.

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

*_Arrests and Maltreatment at Military Checkpoints:_*

At approximately 17:00 on Thursday, 04 June 2015, Israeli forces 
established a checkpoint on the main road between Tulkarm and Qalqilya 
near the eastern entrance of Jabara village. They stopped a Palestinian 
car travelled by Mo’ath Mohammad Amen Esheikh Hussein (21) from Kafr 
Abosh village, northeast Qalqilia, and arrested him.

At approximately 19:00 on the aforementioned Thursday, Israeli forces 
arrested former prisoner Saleh Mohammad Abed Arrahman Deria (39) from 
Beit Fojar town, while he was at the intersection of “Gosh Atsion” 
settlement, south of Bethlehem under the claim of having a knife and 
then took him to an unknown destination. It should be noted that Deria 
spent 12 years in the Israeli jails over two periods: the first was 5 
years and the second was 7 years and he was released with a serious 
mental health problem and other diseases. Deria is married and has three 
children.

At approximately 10:00 on Friday, 05 June 2015, Israeli forces deployed 
in the old town, center of Hebron City, arrested Muhammad Nader Qafesha 
(14) under the pretext of his disobedience to the soldiers. They 
transferred him to the police station of “Kiryat Aba’a”, east Hebron.

At approximately 15:00 on Sunday, 07 June 2015, Israeli forces stationed 
at Nafaq checkpoint, west of Beit Lahem, arrested Ahmed Mahmoud Abed 
Assalam Alama (24) from Beit Amer town, North of Hebron, during his 
return from his work and then took him to unknown destination.

At approximately 10:30 on Sunday, 07 June 2015, Israeli forces 
established a checkpoint at the entrance of Heja village, east Qalqilya. 
Before removing the checkpoint later, the Israeli soldiers arrested Omer 
Waleed Omer Borhom (30), from the neighboring Kafr Qaddom, while 
crossing the checkpoint and then took him to an unknown destination At 
approximately 14:00 on Wednesday, 10 June 2015, Israeli forces 
established a checkpoint at the entrance of Beit Amer town, north of 
Hebron City and before removing it, they arrested Ahmed Yaser Aza’qeq 
(24) after stopping his vehicle.

_*Efforts to create a Jewish majority:*_

_House demolitions_

On Tuesday, 09 June 2015, bulldozers of the Israeli municipality in East 
Jerusalem demolished 3 industrial facilities in al-Khalaila 
neighbourhood in al-Jaib village, northwest of East Jerusalem, under the 
pretext of non-licensing.

Mr. Isma'il Abu Rabah, head of the neighbourhood's council, said that 
Israeli bulldozers moved into the neighbourhood around 06:30. They 
demolished 3 industrial facilities, including a metal workshop belonging 
to Abdullah al-Keswani and 2 auto repair garages belonging to Nour 
al-Matari and Mohanned Mansour. Abu Rabah said that Israeli bulldozers 
demolished the abovementioned workshop for the 4th time. It should be 
noted the workshop supports over 20 persons, while Mansour's garage 
supports 3 families. Abu Rabah pointed that Israeli forces demolished 
al-Matari garage for the second time. He stressed that licenses for 
construction and industrial facilities have been suspended for 30 years.

_Incursions & House Raids_

At approximately 02:00 on Thursday, 04June 2015, Israeli forces raided 
moved into al-Mukaber Mount village, southeast of East Jerusalem. They 
raided and searched a number of houses from which they arrested Ata 
Mohammed Eweisat (42) and Ahmed Aziz Eweisat (23).

At approximately 15:00, Israeli forces arrested Mohammed Abed al-A'wer 
(17) and Mahmoud Zaidan al-A'wer (16) while walking in Ein al-Louza 
neighbourhood in Silwan village, south of the old city in East Jerusalem.

At approximately 14:00 on Friday, 05 June 2015, dozens of human rights 
defenders and Palestinian civilians from Shaikh Jarrah neighbourhood, 
north of the old city in East Jerusalem, organized a peaceful protest to 
mark the 48th anniversary of the 1967 war. They made their way in the 
streets near the houses that wereseized in the past days. They raised 
Palestinian flags and chanted slogans against settlement activities. 
Israeli forces moved into the neighbourhood and surrounded the protest. 
Moreover, they arrested Saleh Diab (32) and Ahmed Nasser Dawrwish (24) 
and took them to an unknown destination.

At approximately 21:00 on Saturday, 06 June 2015, Israeli forces moved 
into Bab Hetta neighbourhood, in the old city in East Jerusalem. They 
raided and searched a number of houses from which they arrested Mo'aweya 
Abdullah al-Ajlouni (23) and Amir al-Baseti (17).

At approximately 03:30 on Sunday, 07 June 2015, Israeli forces raided 
and searched a house belonging to Rabah Elayan in al-eisawiya village, 
north of East Jerusalem. They arrested his son Mohammed (21) and took 
him to an unknown destination.

At approximately 13:00 on Sunday, 07 June 2015, Israeli forces arrested 
3 Palestinian civilians while going out of al-Aqsa mosque in the old 
city in East Jerusalem. They took them to al-Qashala interrogation 
facility to be questioned. The arrested civilians were identified as: 
Esmat al-Hamouri (43), Ra'fat Najib (39); and Nidal Ahmed Seyam.

At approximately 04:00 on Tuesday, 09 June 2015, Israeli forces moved 
into Beit Hanina neighbourhood, north of East Jerusalem. They raided and 
searched a number of houses from which they arrested 3 children: Karim 
Mahmoud Seyam (17); Ahmed Ali Yaseen (16); and Yusef Ahmed Eweida (16).

*_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.

On Thursday morning, 28 May 2015, Israeli forces closed the entrance of 
a room in the underground floor of the Ibrahimi mosque in the center of 
Hebron, for security reasons. They changed the door lock and refused to 
give its key to mosque servants. It should be noted that the room 
overlooks the yard that was established by settlers near the mosque.

At approximately 13:30 on Tuesday, 02 June 2015, Israeli forces moved 
into Rummana village, northwest of Jenin. They deployed in Palestinian 
farmlands and informed farmers they had an order to bridge an artesian 
well and 2 agricultural rooms belonging to Fayadh Riyadh Fayad Sbaihat 
(35) under the pretext they were not licensed. An Israeli bulldozer 
demolished the well and rooms under Israeli forces' protection. They 
withdrew from the area and no more incidents were reported.

_Settler attacks against Palestinian civilians and their 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 05:00 on Thursday, 04 June 2015, Israeli forces, backed 
by several military vehicles and accompanied by a vehicle belonging to 
the Construction and Organization Department in the "Civil Admiration", 
and four bulldozers, moved into Sha'ab al-Seif area to the west of Sorif 
village, northwest of Hebron. They stationed in a land belonging to 
Ahmed Abdel Aziz Ghuneimat (86) and they bulldozed the 30-dunum land and 
stone chains and 500 meters of barbwire. They also buried two water 
wells; the capacity of each is 80m3. Moreover, they uprooted 200 olive 
trees and 200 almond trees and confiscated them. It should be noted that 
the Israeli forces handed notices on 31 August 2015ordering the 
confiscation of 4,000 dunums of the village's lands claiming they were 
state property. The above-mentioned plot was included in the 
confiscation notices.

Bachir Ghuneimat stated that:

"My father has approximately 30 dunums in Sha'ab al-Seif area to the 
west of Sorif village, west of Hebron. We rehabilitated the land through 
a project from the Agricultural Relief. We contributed with 20% of the 
land restoration process in addition to our efforts. The restoration 
cost us 120,000 NIS. We built stone chains and barbwire and dug two 
water wells; one of them was built with concrete. Furthermore, we 
planted the land with different seedlings. At approximately 05:30 on 
Thursday, 04 June 2015, one of my relatives called me and told me that 
Israeli military vehicles were stationed on our land. I headed tothe 
roof, which overlooks the land, and saw several vehicles and bulldozers. 
I headed there in my car and met the municipal director on the way. We 
tried to approach the land but the soldiers stopped us. After a long 
argument, the municipal director spoke with the Israeli officer who told 
us that there was a court order to confiscate the land. He suggested 
going to court in case we had an objection. At approximately, 19:00, the 
forces left the land and we found it wascompletely destroyed. They 
uprooted the seedlings and confiscated them. It should be noted that we 
did not receive any notices to stop working on the land."

At approximately 07:00 on the aforementioned Thursday, the Israeli 
forces, backed by several military vehicles and accompanied by two 
bulldozers and two jeeps belonging to the Civil Administration, moved 
into the Thera' 'Awwad area in the northern mountains. They bulldozed a 
residential compound for Bedouin families in the area. They destroyed 5 
houses, 4 kitchens, 4 bathrooms, and 14 civiliansestablishment used as 
barns and animal shelters. The property of 29 persons was bulldozed. One 
of the families lost a 350-gram gold ornament.

The bulldozing activity was as follows:

1. bulldozing a residential tent of an area of 60 square meters, a tin 
barrack of an area of 160 square meters, a tin kitchen of an area of 30 
square meters, a mobile bathroom, an animal shelter of an area of 300 
square meters, and 15 iron cutters belonging to Nizam Yusif Abu Awwad;

2. bulldozing a residential tent of an area of 60 square meters, a tin 
barrack of an area of 250 square meters, a tin kitchen of an area of 30 
square meters, a mobile bathroom, an animal shelter of an area of 300 
square meters, and 15 iron cutters belonging to Nidhal Yusif Abu Awwad;

3. bulldozing two residential tents of an area of 60 square meters, tin 
barrack of an area of 244 square meters, a tin kitchen of an area of 30 
square meters, a mobile bathroom, an animal shelter of 350 square 
meters, and 30 iron cutters belonging to Kayed Ghayyad Abed Salamin; and,

4. bulldozing a residential tent of an area of 60 square meters, a tin 
barrack of an area of 160 square meters, a tin kitchen of an area of 30 
square meters, a mobile bathroom, an animal shelter of an area of 300 
square meters, two tents used as animal shelters of an area of 240 
square meters, 20 iron cutters, and a 350-gram gold ornament belonging 
to 'Adel Abdel Mahdi Salamin.

At approximately 09:00 on Wednesday, 10 June 2015, the Israeli forces 
backed by two militaryvehicles and a vehicle, belonging to the 
Construction and Organization Department in the Civil Administration and 
a GCB bulldozer moved into Esteer area near Kherbat Minzil, southeast of 
Yatta, south of Hebron. They bulldozed a residential tent of an area of 
30 square meters belonging to Khalil Muhammad Abu Qbeita under the 
pretext of illegal construction in area C.

*/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=11091:weekly-report-on-israeli-human-rights-violations-in-the-occupied-palestinian-territory-04-10-june-2015&catid=84:weekly-2009&Itemid=183>, 
including info on patrols and border crossings available at the official 
PCHR website./

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