[News] 5 Palestinians wounded, 65 abducted, by Israeli forces this week

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Fri May 8 14:39:57 EDT 2015


  PCHR Weekly Report: 5 Palestinians wounded, 65 abducted, by Israeli
  forces this week

author Friday May 08, 2015 10:26author by Celine Hagbard
*http://www.imemc.org/article/71502*

    In its weekly report on Israeli human rights violations in the
    Occupied Palestinian Territories, the Palestinian Center for Human
    Rights found that in the week of 29 April – 06 May 2015, Israeli
    forces wounded 5 Palestinian civilians, including a child, in the
    West Bank and Jerusalem, and abducted 65 Palestinians during 71
    separate invasions of Palestinian land.

Israeli attacks in the West Bank:

Israeli forces conducted 61 incursions into Palestinian communities in 
the West Bank and 10 others in East Jerusalem. 65 Palestinian civilians, 
including five children, were abducted. 18 of these civilians, including 
six children, were abducted in occupied Jerusalem.

In the West Bank, Israeli forces continued the use of excessive and 
systematic force against peaceful protests organized by Palestinian 
civilians and Israeli and international solidarity activists against the 
construction of the annexation wall and settlement activities in the 
West Bank. As a result, four protesters, including a child, were wounded.

In Jerusalem, on 04 May 2015, a 35-year-old Palestinian was wounded when 
the light rail guards opened fire at him in the French Hill area, north 
of the old city in East Jerusalem. He was taken to Hadasa Hospital in 
Israel to receive medical treatment.

Israeli attacks in the Gaza Strip:

In the Gaza Strip, Israeli forces continued to open fire at border areas 
in the Gaza Strip and chase fishermen in the sea. Several shooting 
incidents in the east of Rafah and Jabalia in the south and north of the 
Gaza Strip respectively. Several shooting incidents at fishermen off the 
northern and southern shores of the Gaza Strip. Six civilians, including 
five children, were abducted by Israeli forces at the border fence, east 
of Khan Yunis, Rafah and Johr al-Deek.

As part of targeting border areas, on 01 May 2015, Israeli forces 
stationed along the border area opened fire at agricultural lands in 
al-Shouka village, east of Rafah in the south of the Gaza Strip, but no 
casualties were reported. A similar shooting incident occurred on 02 May 
2015 at lands to the east of al-Shuhada cemetery in the north of the 
Gaza Strip, but no casualties were reported too.

In the context of targeting fishermen, on 02 May 2015, Israeli gunboats 
stationed off al-Waha resort, northwest of Beit Lahia, north of the Gaza 
Strip, chased and opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats. As a result, 
fishermen sailed back to the beach fearing for their lives. Similar 
incidents occurred 3 times in the north of the Gaza Strip, while on 06 
May 2015, a shooting incident occurred off Khan Yunis shore in the south 
of the Gaza Strip.

On 02 May 2015, Israeli forces abducted a Palestinian civilian while 
attempting to infiltrate into Israel via the border fence, east of Khan 
Yunis. On the following day, Israeli forces abducted two children at 
Johr al-Deek area, east of Gaza, but released them the day after. On 04 
May 2015, three children were abducted while sneaking into Israel in 
al-Shouka village, east of Rafah in the south of the Gaza Strip.

Israeli settlement activities:

On Friday 30 April, at approximately 14:00, Israeli forces abducted 
three shepherds, including a 13-year old boy, while grazing their sheep 
near the already evacuated "Homash" settlement on Palestinian lands near 
Jabe'a village, south of Jenin. The Israeli soldiers questioned the 
shepherds on the spot and released them after the Palestinian Military 
Liaison intervened.

Around the same time, Israeli forces deployed in Tal al-Ramidah in the 
center of Hebron abducted two children, who were taken to "Karayat 
Arba'a" police station and then to the detention centre in in "Ghosh 
'Etzion" settlement, south of Bethlehem.

A PCHR fieldworker said that the family of 'Emad Abu Shamsiyah, who 
lives in the neighbourhood and whose house is surrounded with barbwires, 
suffers from the daily violations committed by the Israeli soldiers and 
settlers as the house is only 50 meters away from the Israeli "Gilbert" 
checkpoint.

Israeli attacks on non-violent demonstrations:

In the West Bank, Israeli forces continued the use of excessive and 
systematic force against peaceful protests organized by Palestinian 
civilians and Israeli and international solidarity activists against the 
construction of the annexation wall and settlement activities in the 
West Bank. As a result, four protesters, including a child, were wounded.

Israeli forces continued to use excessive force against peaceful 
protests in the West Bank. Four protesters, including a child, were 
wounded in protests in Kufor Qaddoum, al-Jalazoun refugee camp, Selwad 
village and around Ofer detention facility.

Following the Friday prayer, on 01 May 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 
rotesters 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 
rotesters suffered tear gas inhalation.

Around the same time, 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. A number of rotesters suffered tear gas 
inhalation and others sustained bruises as they were beaten 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 rotesters 
suffered tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises as they beaten 
up by Israeli soldiers.

Following the Friday prayer, on 01 May 2015, dozens of Palestinian 
civilians organized a protest at the eastern entrance of Kufor Qaddoum 
village, northeast of Qalqilya, heading to the eastern entrance of the 
village in protest against closing that entrance since the beginning of 
al-Aqsa Intifada with an iron gate. The demonstrators threw stones at 
Israeli soldiers, who fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters in 
response. As a result, a protestor sustained a bullet wound to the legs, 
due to which he was taken to Qalqilya Hospital, where his wound was 
described as moderate.

On Friday afternoon, dozens of youngsters gathered from different areas 
of Ramallah and al-Bireh in the vicinity of Ofer detention facility, 
southwest of Ramallah, in protest at Israeli attacks on Palestinian 
civilians. 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, a 21-year-old civilian 
sustained a bullet wound to the right thigh, due to which he was taken 
to Palestine Medical compound in Ramallah. Moreover, a number of 
rotesters suffered tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises as 
they were beaten up by Israeli soldiers.

Also following the Friday prayer, dozens of children and young men 
gathered at the southern entrance of al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of 
Ramallah. 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. Israeli 
soldiers topped a house belonging to the family of Mahmoud Dar Shaikha 
and opened fire at the youngsters. As a result, 17-year-old child 
sustained a bullet wound to the right thigh, due to which he was taken 
to Palestine Medical Compound in Ramallah. Moreover, a number of 
rotesters suffered tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises as 
they were beaten up by Israeli soldiers.

Also following 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 rotesters 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 rotesters. As a result, a 20-year-old civilian 
sustained a bullet wound to the left thigh, due to which he was taken to 
Palestine Medical Compound in Ramallah. Moreover, a number of rotesters 
suffered tear gas inhalation.

Recommendations to the international community:

Due to the number and severity of Israeli human rights violations this 
year, the PCHR made several recommendations to the international 
community. Among these were a recommendation that the United Nations 
provide international protection to Palestinians in the Occupied 
Palestinian Territories, and to ensure the non-recurrence of aggression 
against the Occupied Palestinian Territories, especially the Gaza Strip.

In additionm the 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 Occupied Palestinian 
Territories.

For the full text of the report, click on the link below:

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