[News] Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the occupied Palestinian territories (21 – 27 May 2015)

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  PCHR Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the oPt (21 – 27 May
  2015)

author Friday May 29, 2015 11:59author by PCHR-Gaza
*http://www.imemc.org/article/71745*

    Israeli forces have continued with systematic attacks against
    Palestinian civilians and their property in the occupied Palestinian
    territories (oPt) for the reporting period of 21 – 27 May 2015.

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

_Shootings_

Israeli forces continued to use force against Palestinian civilians in 
peaceful protests in the oPt and against fishermen sailing within the 
allowed fishing area. During the reporting period, Israeli forces 
wounded 10 Palestinian civilians, including 4 children, one of whom was 
deliberately shot in East Jerusalem. In the Gaza Strip, Israeli forces 
continued to target fishermen and opening fire at border areas along the 
Gaza Strip. Moreover, Israeli warplanes launched 13 missiles at targets 
in the Gaza Strip.

In the West Bank, on 21 May 2015, an Israeli sniper on top of a building 
in Shu'fat refugee camp, north of East Jerusalem, fired a bullet at a 
10-year-old male while coming back from school. As a result, the boy 
sustained a serious wound to the left eye and was taken to Hadasa 
Hospital in West Jerusalem to receive medical treatment.

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, 
6 protestors, including 3 children, were wounded. In addition, an 
ambulance was deliberately attacked, due to which the windshield was broken.

In the Gaza Strip, 2 fishers, including a child, were wounded when 
Israeli gunboats station in the sea opened fire on 25 May 2015, at a 
fishing boat belonging to Mohammed Baker (30) that was sailing within 3 
nautical miles off al-Sudaniya shore, north of Gaza City. As a result, 
the aforementioned person sustained a bullet wound to the left hand and 
the child sustained a shrapnel wound to the foot.

On 27 May 2015, Israeli gunboats opened fire at a fishing boat sailing 
within 3 nautical miles off Gaza seaport, west of Gaza City. As a 
result, a fisherman from al-Shati' refugee camp, sustained 2 bullet wounds.

In the same context, Israeli navy forces opened fire 8 other times at 
Palestinian fishing boats sailing within the allowed fishing area 
according to the last Israeli-Palestinian agreement. Neither casualties 
nor material damage were reported, but fishermen were frightened and 
sailed back to the shore.

Moreover, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence opened 
sporadic fire 4 times at areas north of the Gaza Strip, but neither 
casualties nor material damage were reported.

_Incursions_

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 52 
military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 6 
ones in East Jerusalem. During these incursions, Israeli forces arrested 
at least 68 Palestinians, including 13 children. Thirty-seven of these 
Palestinians, including 11 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%, including 21.1% who 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:_*

_House demolition_

On 27 May 2015, Israeli municipality bulldozers demolished an 
under-construction house belonging to Nassar family in al-Qaddoum valley 
neighbourhood in Silwan village, south of the old city in East 
Jerusalem, under the pretext of non-licensing.

*_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 21 May 2015, Israeli forces demolished 3 grocery stalls, north of 
Jericho.

On 24 May 2015, Israeli forces handed Adnan al-Batran a notice to stop 
construction works in his house in al-Naqi valley to the west of Ethna, 
west of Hebron. On 26 May 2015, Israeli forces issued a notice to halt 
works in an 800-meter long electricity network in al-Koum village, 
southwest of Doura, southwest of Hebron.

On 23 May 2015, a group of settlers stole 2 metal water tanks used to 
water sheep and a tent used as a sheep barn in the Bedouin compound, 
northeast of Ramallah.

On 25 May 2015, 3 settlers with sniffer dogs from "Adi Ad" settlement 
outpost, east of Termis'ya village, north of Ramallah, attacked a 
53-year-old farmer. A tractor driver was in company of the farmer and 
they were carrying grass to the tractor to be transported.

*_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, 6 civilians, including 3 children, were wounded. 
Moreover, Israeli forces deliberately fired a gas canister at Bil'in 
ambulance, due to which the windshield was broken.

Israeli forces also arrested Yusef Monther Elayan (16) and Ahmed Tayseer 
Rashed Hussein (21) during a peaceful protest in al-Jalazoun refugee 
camp, north of Ramallah. The 2 detainees were taken to "Beit El" 
settlement. Elayan was released in the evening, but Hussein was taken to 
Ofer detention facility, southwest of the city.

*/(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 22 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 
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. In addition, Israeli forces deliberately fired a gas 
canister at an ambulance, due to which the windshield was broken.

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. 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, 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. Due to which, the 
protestors threw stones and empty bottles. No casualties were reported. 
It should be noted that Israeli forces used a new type of ammunition; 
fortified sponge-coated metal bullets that cause fractures when hitting 
the body.

_Other demonstrations_

On Thursday, 21 May 2015, 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. As a 
result, an 18-year-old civilian sustained a bullet wound to the left leg 
and was taken to Palestine Medical Compound in Ramallah.

Following the Friday prayer, on 22 May 2015, dozens of youngsters 
gathered from different areas of Ramallah and al-Bireh in the vicinity 
of Ofer detention facility, southwest of Ramallah. 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, an 18-year-old civilians sustained a bullet wound to the right 
leg and was taken to Palestine Medical Compound to receive medical 
treatment.

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. As a 
result, a number of protestors suffered tear gas inhalation and others 
sustained bruises as they were beaten up by Israeli soldiers. Moreover, 
Israeli forces arrested Yusef Monther Elayan (16) and Ahmed Tayseer 
Rashed Hussein (21) and took them to the abovementioned settlement. 
Elayan was released on the same day, but Hussein was transferred to Ofer 
detention facility, southwest of Ramallah.

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 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, 4 Palestinian civilians, 
including 3 children, were wounded and then taken to Palestine Medical 
Compound. A 16-year-old child sustained a bullet wound to the left 
shoulder, a 15-year-old child sustained a bullet wound to the left leg, 
a 17-year-old child sustained a bullet wound to the right knee and a 
25-year-old civilian sustained 3 bullet wounds to the left underarm, 
left side of the pelvis and right side of the chest.

*_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 have continued to impose severe restrictions on 
the movement of Palestinian civilians. On Thursday, 21 May 2015, Israeli 
forces established a checkpoint at the entrance of Sa'ir village, east 
of Hebron. The checkpoint was re-established in the same area on Friday, 
22 May 2015.

On Saturday, 23 May 2015, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the 
entrance of Bani Na'im village, east of Hebron, and another one at the 
entrance of Beit 'Awa village, south of Dura, southwest of the city.

On Sunday, 24 May 2015, Israeli forces established three checkpoints at 
the entrances of al-Shoyoukh village, northeast of Hebron; al-Fawar 
refugee camp, south of the city; and Beit Ummar village, north of the city.

On Monday, 26 May 2015, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the 
entrance of Ethna village, west of Hebron. At approximately 10:00, 
Israeli forces imposed a tightened security siege on Hebron and closed 
Jerusalem-Hebron Road to protect the Marathon organized by settlers from 
"Karyat Arba" settlement, which is established on Palestinian lands, 
east of Hebron, to Hebron city. This caused Traffic jam on the road and 
detained civilian cars for a few hours.

On Wednesday, 27 May 2015, Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints at 
the entrances of Bani Na'im village, east of Hebron; Beit Kahel village, 
west of the city; and Sa'ir village, east of the city.

· Ramallah: Israeli forces have continued to impose severe restrictions 
on the movement of Palestinian civilians. On Thursday, 21 May 2015, 
Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the northern entrance of 'Ein 
Sinia village, north of the city and re-established at ‘Atara checkpoint 
at the northern entrance of Bir Zeit, northwest of the city.

On Friday, 22 May 2015, Israeli forces closed the eastern entrance of 
al-Nabi Saleh village, northeast of Ramallah in addition to establishing 
two checkpoints under the bridge of Yabrud village, northeast of the 
city and at the entrance of Ni'lin village, west of the city.

On Saturday, 23 May 2015, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the 
entrance of Deir Abu Mesh'al village, northwest of Ramallah, and under 
the bridge of Yabrud village, northeast of the city.

On Sunday, 24 May 2015, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the 
entrance of al-Janiyah village, northwest of Ramallah.

On Monday, 25 May 2015, Israeli forces established 3 checkpoints under 
the bridge of Yabrud village, northeast of the city; at the entrance of 
'Ein Sinia village, north of the city; and the entrance of Senjel 
village, north of the city.

On Tuesday, 26 May 2015, Israeli forces established two checkpoints at 
the entrance of Kafr Malek village and the entrance of al-Tibah village, 
northeast of Ramallah.

· Qalqilya: Israeli forces have continued to impose severe restrictions 
on the movement of Palestinian civilians. On Friday, 22 May 2015, 
Israeli forces established two checkpoints at the eastern entrance of 
Qalqilya in the morning and in the evening.

On Saturday, 23 May 2015, Israeli forces established two checkpoints at 
between the villages of the eastern entrance of Qalqilya and at the 
intersection of Jeet village, northeast of the city.

· Jenin: Israeli forces have continued to impose severe restrictions on 
the movement of Palestinian civilians. On Monday, 25 May 2015, Israeli 
forces established two checkpoints between the villages of Kafr Qoud and 
Borqin, west of Jenin, and at the entrance of Ya'bod village, southwest 
of the city.

· Jericho: Israeli forces have continued to impose severe restrictions 
on the movement of Palestinian civilians. On Friday, 22 May 2015, 
Israeli forces established a checkpoint near the entrance of Fasayel 
village, north of the city.

On Saturday, 23 May 2015, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the 
southern entrance of Jericho.

· Nablus: Israeli forces have continued to impose severe restrictions on 
the movement of Palestinian civilians. On Tuesday, 26 May 2015, Israeli 
forces established a checkpoint at the entrance of Talfit village, 
southeast of Nablus.

On Wednesday, 27 May 2015, Israeli forces stationed at Beit Foriq 
checkpoint, east of Nablus, closed it in both directions and prevented 
Palestinian vehicles from crossing via the checkpoint.

· Tulkarm: Israeli forces have continued to impose severe restrictions 
on the movement of Palestinian civilians. On Friday, 22 May 2015, 
Israeli forces established a checkpoint on the main road between Tulkarm 
and Nablus near the intersection of Bazaria village, east of Tulkarm.

On Sunday, 22 May 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.

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

_Arrests and Maltreatment at Military Checkpoints_

· At approximately 10:00 on Friday, 22 May 2015, Israeli forces at 
al-Jalamah military checkpoint, northeast of Jenin, arrested 'Abdullah 
Khaled 'Abdel Fattah al-Beidah (21) from Jayous village, southwest of 
Qalqilya, while passing via the checkpoint. They took him to an unknown 
destination.

· At approximately 15:00 on Friday, 22 May 2015, Israeli forces 
stationed at Hawarah checkpoint, south of Nablus, arrested Khamis Shetwi 
Abu Saqer from al-Far'ah refugee camp, southeast of Tubas. Eyewitnesses 
said that the soldiers stationed at the checkpoint stopped the car which 
Abu Saqer was traveling to Ramallah. Israeli forces ordered Abu Saqer to 
step out of the car and asked the driver to leave. They took him to an 
unknown destination.

· On the aforementioned Friday, Israeli forces stationed at Beit Eil 
military checkpoint, northeast of Ramallah, arrested Jamal 'Emad Taher 
Kilan (24) from Jenin while passing through the checkpoint.

· At approximately 18:00 on Monday, 25 May 2015, Israeli forces 
established a checkpoint at the entrance of Kafr Qaddoum village, 
northeast of Qalqilya. The Israeli soldiers arrested Feda 'Abdel Latif 
Mohammed 'Obeid (34) while passing through the checkpoint taking him to 
an unknown destination.

· On Wednesday morning, 27 May 2015, Israeli forces arrested Ibtisam 
Yousif Taha Hamarshah (59) from Ya'bod village, southwest of Jenin, 
while visiting her son, Yehia, who is detained in Jalbou'a prison. They 
took her to an unknown destination.

· Sa'eb Sa'adah 'Abed Asmar (25) from 'Aqrabah village, southeast of 
Nablus, was subjected to maltreatment and beating by Israeli soldiers 
after arresting him. He was trying to pass a metal grille in the 
annexation wall to enter into Israel.

According to investigations conducted by PCHR and the aforementioned 
civilian's account to the fieldworker, at approximately 00:00 on 
Tuesday, 26 May 2015, Asmar was trying to cross the metal grille in the 
annexation wall, southwest of 'Azoun 'Etmah village, southeast of 
Qalqilya, when he was surprised by an Israeli jeep surrounding him. Four 
Israeli soldiers stepped out of the jeep and stopped him. Two of them 
started beating Asmar with their hands and feet and knocked him down. 
One of the two soldiers beat him with his rifle's butt on his head, so 
he started bleeding. When the Israeli soldiers saw that, they left him 
bleeding on the ground. Asmar went back to the aforementioned village 
covered with blood and knocked a door of a house. The residents 
responded to him and brought a taxi to take him to 'Aqraba dispensary in 
his village. He was given necessary treatment as his head needed 7 stitches.

_*Efforts to create a Jewish majority:*_

_Shooting incidents_

· At approximately 13:00 on Thursday, 21 May 2015, an Israeli sniper on 
the roof of a building in Shu'fat refugee camp, north of East Jerusalem, 
fired a rubber-coated metal bullet at Yehya Sami al-Amoudi (10) while 
coming back from school. As a result, he sustained a serious wound to 
the left eye, due to which he was taken to "Hadasa Ein Karem" Hosptial 
in West Jerusalem.

Sami al-Amoudi, the boy's father, said to a PCHR fieldworker that his 
son was coming back from school, during which, a sniper positioned on 
the roof of a building belonging to Shweiki family in Shu'fat refugee 
camp, fired a bullet from a range of 7-10 meters. As a result, his son 
sustained a serious wound to the left eye. He added that his son was 
discharged from the intensive care unit on Saturday, 23 May 2015, but he 
went in a 2-day comma. He underwent 2 operations; the first in the left 
eye that was enucleated and the second was to treat 11 fractures in the 
face. Some fractures were around the eye and the jaw. Besides, his mouth 
was stitched to prevent him from eating for 6 months and to feed him by 
a feeding tube.

_House demolitions_

· At approximately 07:00 on Wednesday, 27 May 2015, Israeli municipality 
bulldozers demolished an under-construction house belonging to Nassar 
family in Qaddoum valley neighborhood in Silwan village, south of the 
old city in East Jerusalem, under the pretext of non-licensing.

Ibrahim Nassar said to a PCHR fieldworker that Israeli police, border 
guard and municipality officers and a bulldozer moved into Qaddoum 
valley neighborhood in Silwan village. They declared it as a closed 
military zone. Israeli officers deployed in the neighborhood passages, 
in the meantime, the bulldozer demolished an apartment belonging to his 
family. He added that construction works in the under-construction 
apartment started 3 months ago.

_Incursions and house raids_

· At approximately 23:00 on Thursday, 21 May 2015, Israeli forces moved 
into al-Qarmi neighborhood in East Jerusalem. They raided and searched a 
number of houses from which they arrested Mahdi Abu Asab (12) and 
Mohammed Isma'il Maz'arow (12).

· At approximately 10:00 on Sunday, 24 May 2015, Israeli forces arrested 
6 Palestinian civilians from al-Aqsa Mosque yards in the old city in 
East Jerusalem, after they confronted dozens of settlers, who stormed 
the mosque and tried to perform religious rituals. Israeli forces took 
detaineess to al-Qashala police station to be questioned. The arrested 
were identified as: Mohammed Yusef Qazzaz (23), Tamer Nasser Shala'ta 
(27), Abdullah Mohammed Da'na (23), Rami Essa al-Fakhouri (22), Jarrah 
Abu Saleh (25) and Qusai Khaled Dandis (24).

· At approximately 03:30, on Monday, 25 May 2015, Israeli forces raided 
a house belonging to the family of Kamel Elayan in al-Eisawiya village, 
north of East Jerusalem. They arrested his son Mohammed (19) and took 
him to an unknown destination.

· At approximately 04:00 on the same day, Israeli forces moved into 
Silwan village, south of the old city in East Jerusalem. They raided and 
searched a number of houses from which they arrested 5 Palestinian 
civilians, including 3 children: Mohammed Bassam Abu Nab (17), Rateb 
Ragheb al-Haimoni (17), Fahmi Mousa al-Haimoni (20) and Ahmed Dia' Gaith 
(17) and Laith Nasser Ghaith (22).

· At approximately 05:00 on the same day, Israeli forces moved into a 
number of neighborhoods in the old city in East Jerusalem. They raided 
and searched a number of houses from which they arrested 7 Palestinian 
civilians, including 3 children: Mohammed Mostafa Rowaidi (17), Sa'id 
Ibrahim al-Keswani (16), Hamdi Mohammed Jaber (17), Ahmed Jawdat 
al-Shawish (20), Shadi Khader Abu Farha (24), Ahmed Mahmoud Badriya (19) 
and Amir Wa'el Mahmoud (20).

· Also on the same day, a group of Israeli special forces attacked a 
vehicle in which a number of Palestinians were in al-Tout neighborhood 
street, east of the old city in East Jerusalem. They also attacked the 
passengers as the Israeli police claimed that a settler filed a 
complaint against Emad al-Abasi supporting it with the registration 
number of al-Abasi's vehicle under the pretext that the latter attempted 
to run down a settler in the "French Hill" settlement. Al-Abasi was 
chased until he reached al-Tour neighborhood. He was questioned and then 
he and his friends were released.

Emad al-Abasi, one of the attacked, said to PCHR's fieldworker that 
dozens of Israeli special officers and police officers, some of whom 
were masked, stopped his car, in which he was together with 4 others 
persons, while going back from work to their houses. They were all 
beaten and insulted. Israeli officers detained them for about 3 hours 
near "Beit Awert" settlement in al-Sowana neighborhood. The persons who 
were in the car are: Emad Abasi (28), Ayed Abasi (26), Nihad Abasi (35), 
Arkan al-Tahhan (30) and Ahmed Awad Rowaidi (24).

Al-Abasi said that he stopped by a grocery in al-tour neighborhood. Once 
he stepped out of the car, he was surprised to see special forces 
attacking him. They handcuffed him and took him to "Beit Awert" 
settlement. An officer drove his car to the settlement and obliged the 
passengers to step out of it.

· At approximately 15:00 on the same day, Israeli forces arrested 4 
Palestinian civilians, including 2 elderly people, while getting out 
al-Aqsa Mosque through al-Selselah gate.: Taha ali Shawahna (62), Baker 
al-Shaimi (67), Mohammed al-Hashlamoun (32) and Nizam Adli Abu Rmouz (24).

· At approximately 04:30 on Wednesday, 27 May 2015, Israeli forces 
raided a house belonging to the family of Mohammed Ziad Ja'afra (29) in 
the eastern Sawahra area in Jabal al-Mukaber neighborhood, southeast of 
East Jerusalem. They arrested the aforementioned person and took him to 
an unknown destination.

_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.

_Israeli forces' attacks against Palestinian civilians and their property_

· At approximately 11:30 on Thursday, 21 May 2015, Israeli bulldozers 
demolished 3 grocery stalls between al-Zbaidat and Marj Na'jah villages, 
north of Jericho, near road (90). The stalls belong to Rezeq Ibrahim 
Sweirki, Yusef Abdul Karim Ayed and Salam Zbaidat.

· At approximately 10:00 on Sunday, 24 May 2015, Israeli forces 
accompanied by Civil Administration vehicle moved into al-Naqi valley 
area, west of Ethna village, west of Hebron. On Sunday, 24 May 2015, 
Israeli forces deployed between the houses and handed Adnan Fayez 
al-Batran a notice to stop construction works in a one-storey house 
under the pretext it is located in the area under the Israeli security 
control.

· At approximately 09:00 on Monday, 26 May 2015, Israeli forces moved 
into al-Koum village, southwest of Doura, southwest of Hebron. An 
Israeli Civil Administration officer photographed an 800-meter long 
electricity network that was established in 2003 and provides services 
to dozens of houses, 3 of which are threatened to be demolished. He put 
a notice on side of the road that work in the electricity network should 
be suspended and competent authorities in "Beit El" settlement, north of 
Ramallah, should be referred to. The officer also handed Ahmed Mohammed 
al-Rjoub a notice to stop works in an under-construction water well.

· Around the same time, Israeli forces handed 12 Palestinian civilians 
demolition notices in Fasayel village, north of Jericho.

According to information collected by a PCHR fieldworker from the 
village local council, at approximately 09:00, on the abovementioned 
day, Israeli forces accompanied by a Civil Administration officer moved 
into Fasayel village, north of Jericho. They declared the area as a 
closed military zone. The officer distributed 12 demolition notices. It 
should be noted that Israeli forces distributed notices for the 
evacuation of the abovementioned area a year ago under the pretext of 
building in area (C).

Demolition notices included the following:

1. A 150-square-meter house sheltering a 10-member family and belonging 
to Ibrahim Mohammed Nawawra;
2. A 65-square-meter house sheltering a 6-member family and belonging to 
Ali Salem Ebayat;
3. A 120-square-meter house sheltering a 5-member family and belonging 
to Abdul Rahim Ahmed Ebayat;
4. A 30-square-meter residential tent sheltering an 8-member family and 
belonging to Hassan Mohammed Zayed;
5. A 20-square-meter residential tent sheltering a 5-member family and 
belonging to Ali Hussein Ebayat;
6. A 40-square-meter residential tent sheltering a 10-member family and 
belonging to Mohammed Ibrahim Abu Kharabeesh;
7. A 50-square-meter sheep barrack belonging to Ibrahim Salama Ebayat;
8. A 50-square-meter sheep barrack belonging to Dawood Khalil Ebayat;
9. A 50-square-meter sheep barrack belonging to Yusef Mousa Nawawrah;
10. A 30-square-meter sheep barrack belonging to Aziz Mousa Ebayat;
11. A 60-square-meter sheep barrack belonging to Suleiman Msallam 
Sawarka; and
12. A 60-square-meter sheep barrack belonging to Mansour Nassar Sawarka.

· On the same day, Israeli forces moved into al-Mazra'ah area, east of 
Termis'ya village, north of Ramallah. A Civil Administration officer 
handed a notice to Omer Mohammed Awwad (30), a driver of a wastewater 
vehicle, to refer to the Israeli police station, northeast of Jerusalem. 
It should be noted that Israeli forces closed the landfill of Ramallah 
and al-Bireh municipality a year ago.

_Settlers' attacks_

· At approximately 01:00 on Saturday, 23 May 2015, a group of settlers 
stole 2 metal water tanks used to water sheep and a tent used as a sheep 
barn from a Bedouin compound, east of al-Taiba village, northeast of 
Ramallah. The tanks belong to Qadri Ka'abna (30). Moreover, the settlers 
threw stones at Ka'abna while grazing the sheep in the area. It should 
be noted that settlers stole 9 sheep and slaughtered 2 others when 
attacking the same Bedouin compound on 09 March 2015.

· At approximately 14:00 on Monday, 25 May 2015, 3 settlers with sniffer 
dogs from "Adi Ad" settlement, east of Termis'ya village, north of 
Ramallah, attacked farmer Hamed Fawzi Hamed (53). Hamed was in company 
of Emad Abu Awwad (32), a tractor driver, carrying grass to the tractor. 
Israeli forces immediately arrived at the area, due to which the 
settlers fled towards the settlement outpost.

*/Recommendations to the International Community:/*

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

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

1. PCHR calls upon the international community and the United Nations to 
use all available means to allow the Palestinian people to enjoy their 
right to self-determination, through the establishment of the 
Palestinian State, which was recognized by the UN General Assembly with 
a vast majority, using all international legal mechanisms, including 
sanctions to end the occupation of the State of Palestine;

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

3. PCHR calls upon the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva 
Conventions to compel Israel, as a High Contracting Party to the 
Conventions, to apply the Conventions in the oPt;

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. PCHR calls upon the UN General Assembly and Human Rights Council to 
explicitly declare that the Israeli closure policy in Gaza and the 
annexation wall in the West Bank are illegal, and accordingly refer the 
two issues to the UN Security Council to impose sanctions on Israel to 
compel it to remove them;

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

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

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

/Full, detailed document 
<http://www.pchrgaza.org/portal/en/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=11053:weekly-report-on-israeli-human-rights-violations-in-the-occupied-palestinian-territory-21--27-may-2015&catid=84:weekly-2009&Itemid=183>, 
including info on patrols and border crossings available at the official 
PCHR website./

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