[News] Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (26 July – 01 August 2018)

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  PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied
  Palestinian Territory (26 July – 01 August 2018)

August 3, 2018
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/Israeli forces continued to use force against peaceful Palestinian 
protestors in the Gaza Strip. 3 Palestinian civilians, including 2 
children, were killed in the southern Gaza Strip. 138 Palestinian 
civilians, including 28 children, 2 women, a journalist, and 6 
paramedics, were wounded; 22 of them sustained serious wounds. Fifty-one 
Palestinian civilians, including 4 children, were wounded in the West 
Bank; 40 of them were wounded in Al-Aqsa Mosque yards./

*_Shooting:_*

Israeli forces continued to use lethal force against Palestinian 
civilians, who participated in peaceful demonstrations organized within 
the activities of the “Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege” in 
the Gaza Strip, which witnessed for the 18^th  week in a row peaceful 
demonstrations along the eastern and northern Gaza Strip border area. 
During the reporting period in the Gaza Strip, the Israeli forces killed 
3 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children.  Moreover, the Israeli 
forces wounded 138 others, including 28 children, 2 women, a journalist, 
and 6 paramedics. Twenty-two of those wounded sustained serious wounds. 
In the West Bank, the Israeli forces wounded 51 civilians, including 4 
children; 40 of them were wounded in al-Aqsa Mosque yards in occupied 
Jerusalem.

  * In the Gaza Strip, on 27 July 2018, Israeli forces killed 3
    Palestinian civilians, including 2 children, while participating in
    the Return and Breaking Siege March. Majdi al-Satari (12) and Mo’min
    al-Hams (17) were killed while participating in the demonstrations
    organized in Rafah, while Ghazi Abu Mustafa (43) was killed while
    participating the a demonstrations organized in Khan Yunis.

  * During the reporting period, while using the excessive force against
    the peaceful protesters along the Gaza Strip borders, the Israeli
    forces wounded 138 Palestinian civilians, including 28 children, 2
    women, a journalist, and 6 paramedics. Twenty-two of those wounded
    sustained serious wounds.

*Injuries in the Gaza Strip during this Week*

*Governorate* 	Injuries
Total 	Children 	Women 	Journalists 	Paramedics 	Critical Injuries
*Northern Gaza Strip* 	59 	13 	1 	1 	6 	16
*Gaza City* 	22 	3 	0 	0 	0 	0
*Central Gaza Strip* 	17 	5 	0 	0 	0 	3
*Khan Younis* 	10 	1 	1 	0 	0 	0
*Rafah* 	30 	6 	0 	0 	0 	3
*Total* 	138 	28 	2 	1 	6 	22

As part of targeting the border areas, on 26 July 2018, Israeli forces 
stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east 
of Dir al-Balah in the centre of the Gaza Strip, opened fire at 
agricultural lands. On 27 July 2018, an Israeli artillery fired a sell 
at an empty land, east of Jabalia, north of the Gaza Strip, and no 
injuries were reported.

As part of targeting Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Sea, the Israeli 
forces continued to escalate their attacks against the Palestinian 
fishermen, pointing out to the ongoing Israeli policy of targeting their 
livelihoods. During the reporting period, PCHR documented 7 shooting 
incidents at the fishermen, including 6 in the northern Gaza Strip and 1 
in the centre of the Gaza Strip.

In the West Bank, Israeli forces wounded 51 civilians, including 4 
children; 40 of them were wounded in al-Aqsa Mosque yards in occupied 
Jerusalem.

*_Incursions:_*

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 79 
military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 9 
similar ones into Jerusalem and its suburbs. During those incursions, 
Israeli forces arrested at least 52 Palestinians, including 4 children, 
in the West Bank.  Meanwhile, 38 other civilians, including 12 children, 
were arrested in Jerusalem and its suburbs. Among those arrested were 5 
journalists; 4 of them work at al-Quds Satellite Channel while the last 
one works as a Director of Hawa Nablus Radio and a reporter at Quds News 
Agency.

In the Gaza Strip, on 30 July 2018, Israeli forces moved into Return 
encampments, east of Abu Safiyia Hill, northeast of Jabalia, north of 
the Gaza Strip, and levelled lands, which are previously levelled.

*_Israeli Forces continued their Measures to Create a Jewish Majority in 
occupied East Jerusalem_*

Following the Friday prayer, on 27 July 2018, Israeli forces raided 
al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, and turned it into 
a military barrack after surrounding it, closing it for 4 hours, 
forcibly evicting its yards, attacking Palestinian worshipers, firing 
rubber bullets and sound bombs at them, and beating and pushing them. As 
a result, around 40 worshipers sustained sound bombs and rubber bullets 
shrapnel wounds. Moreover, about 22 worshipers, including 7 children, 
were arrested after getting out of the mosque and some of them were 
arrested from al-Qibali Mosque.

As part of demolishing houses and civilian facilities, on 31 July 2018, 
Israeli forces notified the owners of 7 houses in al-Walaja village, 
northwest of Bethlehem, to demolish their houses, under the pretext of 
non-licensing. Khadir al-‘Araj, Head of al-Walaja Village Council, said 
that Jerusalem Municipality staff distributed 7 notices to the owners of 
these inhabited houses.

As part of settlement activities in occupied Jerusalem, on 01 August 
2018, the Israeli authorities opened a new settlement project in Silwan 
village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, to serve Israeli 
settlers, under the name of ” Jewish Yemeni Heritage Center”. It should 
be noted that the Israel authorities opened the settlement project in 
Abu Nab property, which is built on an area of 700 square meter and 
seized in 2015.

*_Settlement activities and attacks by settlers against Palestinian 
civilians and property_*

As part of demolishing crimes, on 29 July 2018, Israeli forces 
demolished a barrack built of tin plates in al-Shareef area in Kherbit 
Tuba, east of Yatta, south of Hebron. The 150-square-meter barrack 
belonging to Tawfiq ‘Awad was used for breeding livestock. The barrack 
was demolished under the pretext of non-licensing in area classified as 
Area C.

On 01 August 2018, Israeli forces demolished unused graves built of 
concrete in the Western Ahrash area in al-‘Aroub refugee camp, north of 
Hebron.

As part of settlement activities and attacks by settlers against 
Palestinian civilians and property, on 27 July 2018, a group of Israeli 
settlers from “Yish Kodesh” outpost established in eastern side of 
Jaloud village, southeast of Nablus, attacked Palestinian civilians’ 
houses in al-Khila al-Wasta area, east of the village. The Israeli 
settlers set fire to an under-construction house and attacked another 
house after destroying its main door and damaging its contents.

On 28 July 2018, three Israeli settlers attacked Samir Mutlaq Ibrahime 
Ghanem (39) and his wife, Lina, with pepper gas and contaminated water 
while returning home in Tal al-Ramida neighborhood in Hebron. The 
Israeli forcrs did not intervene to stop them. Samir and his wife were 
taken to Hebron Governmental Hospital for treatment.

On 30 July 2018, a group of Israeli settlers from “/Adi Ad/” outpost 
established on al-Magheer village’s lands, northeast of Ramallah, moved 
into the outskirts of the village from the northwest side. The Israeli 
settlers burned tires of 8 Palestinian vehicles and wrote racist slogans 
on the walls of the houses calling for revenge and killing the 
Palestinian civilians. The Israeli settlers later withdrew.

*_Use of Force against Demonstrations in Protest against the U.S. 
President’s Decision to Recognize Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel:_*

Israeli forces continued its excessive use of lethal force for the 
  18^th  consecutive Friday against peaceful demonstration organized by 
Palestinian civilians in in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The 
demonstrations were named as “The Great March of Return and Breaking the 
Siege. The demonstrations were also in protest against the U.S. 
President Donald Trump’s declaration to move the U.S. Embassy to it. The 
demonstrations were as follows during the reporting period:

*_Gaza Strip:_*

  * At approximately 16:00 on Friday 27 July 2018, hundreds of civilians
    swarmed to the Return encampments established by the Supreme
    National Authority for the Great March of Return and Breaking Siege,
    east of Khuza’ah village, east of Khan Younis. The numbers of
    participants increased at approximately 16:30, as the participants
    gathered inside and outside the encampment’s yard and raised flags,
    chanted national slogans and flew dozens of kites and balloons as
    dozens of them, including women and children, approached the border
    fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel and set fire. A number of
    them attempted to throw stones at Israeli forces. The Israeli
    snipers stationed behind sand barriers and hills, more of which were
    established this week, along the border fence between the Gaza Strip
    and Israel, deliberately and selectively opened fire at participants
    of the peaceful demonstrations that included hundreds of civilians.
    On this week, the shooting was more than firing tear gas canisters,
    which were limitedly used in the last 2 hours of the demonstration
    by the military vehicles and drones. The shooting, which continued
    until approximately 20:00, resulted in the killing of Ghazi Mohammed
    Mustafa Abu Mustafa (43), from Khan Younis, after being hit with a
    live bullet that penetrated the right side of the head and exited
    the left ear at approximately 16:30, as he was sitting under an
    olive tree, which is about 150 meters away from the border fence.
    Ghazi’s death was announced after half an hour of his transfer to
    Gaza European Hospital. It should be noted that Ghazi was wounded to
    the left leg by Israeli forces on 08 June 2018, and he walks on
    crutches since his injury. Moreover, 10 others, including a child
    and a woman were hit with live bullets and its shrapnel throughout
    their bodies. The wounded civilians were taken to the field hospital
    and then transferred to Nasser, Gaza European and Algerian
    Hospitals. Dozens further suffered tear gas inhalation and received
    medical treatment on the spot or at the field hospital. Some of them
    were transferred to hospitals due to suffering severe tear gas
    inhalation and seizures.

  * At approximately 16:00 on Friday, 27 July 2018, thousands of
    civilians swarmed to the Return encampments established by the
    Supreme National Authority for the Great March of Return and
    Breaking Siege, east of Malakah intersection, east of al-Zaytoun
    neighborhood, east of Gaza City in the 18^th  consecutive Friday
    titled “Our Martyrs Children.” The activities included raising
    flags, chanting national slogans, setting fire to tires and flying
    kites. Though the demonstrations were fully peaceful, Israeli forces
    stationed behind the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel
    deliberately and randomly fired live and rubber bullets and tear gas
    canisters at them. As a result, 22 civilians, including 3 children,
    were wounded. Nineteen of them were hit with live bullets and its
    shrapnel and 3 were hit with tear gas canisters.

  * Around the same time, hundreds of civilians swarmed to the Return
    encampments established by the Supreme National Authority for the
    Great March of Return and Breaking Siege, 400 meters away from the
    border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Buraij in
    the central Gaza Strip. Dozens of them approached the border fence,
    set fire to tires and threw stones at Israeli soldiers stationed
    behind sand barriers along the border fence. The Israeli forces
    fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at the participants. The
    clashes continued until approximately 20:00 on the same day. As a
    result, 15 civilians, including 3 children, were wounded. Thirteen
    of them were hit with live bullets and 2 others were hit with tear
    gas canisters. The wounded civilians were taken via ambulances
    belonging to Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) to al-Aqsa
    Hospital in Deir al-Balah. Doctors classified 3 civilians’ injuries
    as serious and they were then transferred to al-Shifa Hospital in
    Gaza City. The injuries of the other wounded civilians were
    classified between minor and moderate.

  * At approximately 16:30, hundreds of Palestinian swarmed to the
    Return encampments established by the Supreme National Authority for
    the Great March of Return, east of Abu Safiyah Hill, northeast of
    Jabalia hundreds of Palestinian swarmed to the Return encampments
    established by the Supreme National Authority for the Great March of
    Return, east of Abu Safiyah Hill, northeast of Jabalia in the
    northern Gaza Strip. The protestors raised Palestinian flags,
    chanted national slogans and set fire to tires. Dozens of them
    approached the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel and
    threw stones at Israeli soldiers stationed behind the border fence.
    The Israeli forces deliberately and randomly fired live and rubber
    bullets and tear gas canisters at them. The clashes continued until
    approximately 21:00 on the same day. As a result, 59 civilians,
    including 12 children, a woman, 6 paramedics and a journalist, were
    wounded. Forty eight of them were hit with live bullets and its
    shrapnel while 11 were hit with tear gas canisters. The wounded
    civilians were transferred via ambulances belonging to PRCS, Medical
    Services and the Ministry of Health to the Indonesian and al-Awda
    Hospitals. Doctors classified the injury of 16 civilians as serious.
    The wounded journalist identified as Samer Sa’adallah Abdul ‘Ati
    al-Za’anin (26), a freelance journalist, was hit with a tear gas
    canister to the right thigh. As for the paramedics, they were
    identified as follows:

 1. Fares ‘Awad ‘Atiyah ‘Afanah (37), Director of the Emergency Medical
    Services, was hit with a live bullet to the right leg;
 2. Hani Mahmoud Husein Wadi (32), a paramedic at PRCS, was hit with
    live bullet to the head and back;
 3. Ramez Mesbah Mohammed Abu Dayer (27), a paramedic at the Palestinian
    Civil Defense, was hit with a live bullet to the head ad back;
 4. Maisa’a ‘Aref Salman al-‘Aar (20), a paramedic at the Palestinian
    Ministry of Health, was hit with a live bullet shrapnel to the right
    hand;
 5. Alin Yahiya Rashad ‘Ashour (22), a volunteer paramedic at the
    Ministry of Health, was hit with a live bullet to the left leg; and
 6. Ahmed Abdul Bari al-‘Abed Abu Foul (34), a volunteer paramedic at
    PRCS, was hit with a tear gas canister to the neck.

  * At approximately 17:00, hundreds of Palestinian swarmed to the
    Return encampment established by the Supreme National Authority for
    the Great March of Return, east of al-Shawkah village, east of Rafah
    in the southern Gaza Strip. A number of young men approached the
    border fence, flew kites, set fire to tires and threw stones at
    Israeli soldiers stationed behind the border fence. The soldiers
    fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at the protestors. The
    clashes continued until approximately 20:30. As a result, Majdi
    Ramzi Kamal al-Satri (12) was killed after being hit with a live
    bullet that entered the front and exited the back of the head. Majdi
    died in the ambulance that transferred him from the field hospital
    in the Return encampment to Gaza European Hospital in Khan Younis.
    Moreover, 30 civilians, including 6 children, were wounded. Twenty
    nine of them were hit with live bullets and its shrapnel and one
    civilian was hit with a tear gas canister. Those wounded civilians
    were taken to the field hospital and then transferred to Abu Yusuf
    al-Najjar Hospital in Rafah and Gaza European Hospital in Khan
    Younis. Doctors classified the injuries of 3 civilians as serious.
    At approximately 05:00 on Saturday, 28 July 2018, medical sources at
    Gaza European Hospital announced the death of Mo’men Fathi Yusuf
    al-Hams (17), succumbing to his wounds. Mo’men was hit with a live
    bullet that entered the left shoulder and exited the chest. Mo’men
    underwent a Surgery that continued for 5 hours and then stayed at
    the ICU until his death was announced.

  * At approximately 16:00 on Sunday, 30 July 2018, dozens of
    Palestinian children and young men gathered near the border fence
    between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Buraij in the central
    Gaza Strip, to participate in the Return encampment. They threw
    stones at Israeli soldiers stationed behind sand barriers along the
    b order fence. the soldiers fired live bullets and tear gas
    canisters at them. As a result, 2 children were hit with live
    bullets to the lower limbs. They were transferred via a PRCS
    ambulance to al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir al-Balah. Doctors classified
    their injuries as moderate.

*_West Bank:_*

  * At approximately 13:40 on Friday, 27 July 2018, a group of
    Palestinian civilians moved from Kufor Qaddoum village, northeast of
    Qalqiliyah, to the eastern entrance to the village, which has been
    closed for 15 years. The protestors chanted national slogans
    demanding end of occupation, condemning the decisions to demolish
    Khan al-Ahmer Bedouin Community and condemning the Israeli forces’
    crimes against Palestinian protestors along the eastern border of
    the Gaza Strip within “The Great March of Return and Breaking the
    Siege” activities. Several representatives of national factions and
    representatives of National Action Factions in the north of the West
    Bank and a number of foreign and Israeli activists participated in
    the demonstration. Israeli soldiers suppressed the demonstration and
    fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at
    them. As a result, 5 civilians, including a 3 children age between
    12 and 13, was hit with a live bullet shrapnel to the left hand.

  * At approximately 16:40 on Saturday, 28 July 2018, a group of
    Palestinian organized a peaceful demonstration from the center of
    Kufor Qadoum village, northeast of Qalqiliyah and headed to the
    eastern entrance, which has been closed for 15 years. Israeli forces
    opened fire at the protestors. As a result, a 40-year-old civilian
    was hit with a rubber bullet to the right hand.

*_House Demolitions and Notices:_*

  * At approximately 07:00 on Tuesday, 31 July 2018, Israeli forces
    notified the owners of 7 houses in al-Walaja village, northwest of
    Bethlehem, to demolish their houses, under the pretext of
    non-licensing. Khadir al-‘Araj, Head of al-Walaja Village Council,
    said that an Israeli military force accompanied with the Jerusalem
    Municipality staff moved into ‘Ein al-Jwaiza neighborhood in
    al-Walaja village. The municipality staff distributed 7 notices to
    the owners of these inhabited houses. The notices included summonses
    for the houses’ owners forcing them to self-demolish their houses,
    or they will be forced to pay the demolition costs. Al-‘Araj pointed
    out that the neighborhood, which is adjacent to al-Malha village
    that its residents were evicted, is clearly targeted in order to be
    fully annexed to the Jerusalem Municipality boundaries. It should be
    noted that the Jerusalem Municipality, during the past 30 years,
    attempted to annex the neighborhood. The Israeli authorities are
    also seeking to deport the neighborhood residents in favor of
    expanding the Israeli settlement as a prelude to add 330 settlement
    units in “Har Gilo” settlement established on the village lands. The
    Israeli forces also demolished al-Nour Mosque in the same
    neighborhood 20 years ago and destroyed the paved street that
    connects the neighborhood with the rest of the village.
    Additionally, they demolished over 30 houses and there are about
    forty cases in the Israeli Courts due to issuing demolition notices
    against those houses.

  * *_Opening New Settlement Project in Silwan:_*

  * On Wednesday evening, 1 August 2018, Israeli forces moved into
    Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, and
    turned it into a military barrack. This happened in coinciding with
    opening a new settlement project in the village to serve the
    settlers, under the name of ” Jewish Yemeni Heritage Center”.
    According to eyewitnesses, a large force of Israeli soldiers moved
    into the neighborhoods and stationed at its entrances. They then
    deployed in Batn al-Hawa, al-Wosta, al-Bostan, and ‘Ein al-Lawza
    neighborhoods and closed some streets and roads to facilitate the
    access of participants to the opening ceremony of the settlement
    project. The eyewitnesses also said that before the beginning of the
    ceremony, the Israeli forces, arrested Zuhair al-Rajabi, Head of
    Batn al-Hawa Committee, and Jawad seyam, Head of the Wadi Helweh
    Information Center, while they were in the neighborhood. After that,
    the Israeli forces evicted the streets, forced the residents to
    enter their houses, and kept the press crews and some of foreign and
    Israeli activists away from the area.  Meanwhile, they prevented
    Silwan village’s residents from heading to the neighborhood and many
    residents were prevented from reaching their homes. Ze’ev Elkin,
    Jerusalem Affairs and Heritage Israeli Minister, Miri Regev, Israeli
    Minister of culture, Rabbi of Jerusalem, and representatives of the
    settlement associations participated in the opening Ceremony of the
    Cultural Center. It should be noted that the Israel authorities
    opened the settlement project in Abu Nab property, which is built on
    an area of 700 square meter and seized in 2015.

Last year, a synagogue was built in the same property, in which Israeli 
authorities claim that the property was a synagogue for the Jews of 
Yemen in the late 19^th  century.

*_Settlement activities and attacks by settlers against Palestinian 
civilians and property_*

*_ Israeli forces’ attacks_*

  * At approximately 9:00 on Sunday, 29 July 2018, Israeli Border Guard
    officers, accompanied with a vehicle of the Israeli Civil
    Administration and a bulldozer moved into al-Sharif area in Khirbet
    Tuba, east of Yatta, south of Hebron. The Israeli forces deployed in
    the area while the bulldozer demolished a 150-square-meter barrack
    built of tin plates and used for breeding livestock. The barrack
    belongs to Tawfiq Isma’il ‘Elyan Awad. The barrack was built in 2016
    and demolished under the pretext of non-licensing in areas
    classified as Area C. Tawfiq was notified to stop construction on 23
    April 2017.

  * At approximately 8:00 on Wednesday, 1 August 2018, Israeli forces
    backed by 2 military vehicles and accompanied with a vehicle of the
    Israeli Civil Administration and a bulldozer moved into the western
    al-Ahrash area in al-Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron. The
    bulldozer demolished a number of unused graves built of concrete
    under the pretext of non-licensing in an area classified as security
    area by the Israeli forces. It should be noted that the Israeli
    forces previously notified to hold construction in these graves.

*_ Israeli settlers’ attacks_*

  * At approximately 22:00 on Monday, 26 July 2018, a group of Israeli
    settlers, under the Israeli forces’ protection, moved into al-Nabi
    Yunis neighborhood, north of Halhool village, north of Hebron. The
    Israeli soldiers deployed in the vicinity of al-Nabi Yunis Old
    Mosque while the Israeli settlers performed their Talmudic prayers
    in the area. Meanwhile, a number of Palestinian youngsters gathered
    and threw stones at the Israeli soldiers, who fired sound bombs and
    tear gas canisters at them. As a result, many stone throwers
    suffered tear gas inhalation and were then treated on the spot.

  * At approximately 12:45 on Friday, 27 July 2018, a group of Israeli
    settlers from “/Yish Kodesh/” outpost established in eastern side of
    Jaloud village, southeast of Nablus, attacked Palestinian civilians’
    houses in al-Khila al-Wasta area, east of the village, 200 meters
    away from the abovementioned outpost. The Israeli settlers set fire
    to an under-construction house belonging to a civilian, from Kafur
    Qasem village in Israel. The 100- square-meter under-construction
    house was burnt. The Israeli settlers attacked another 60-
    square-meter house belonging to Tawfiq al-Showiki after destroying
    its main door and damaging its contents.

  * At approximately 22:30 on Saturday, 28 July 2018, three Israeli
    settlers attacked Samir Mutlaq Ibrahime Ghanem (39) and his wife,
    Lina, with pepper gas and contaminated water while returning home in
    Tal al-Ramida neighborhood. The attack happened near the military
    checkpoint at the entrance to the neighborhood (checkpoint 56) but
    Israeli soldiers did not intervene to stop it. Samir along with his
    wife were admitted to Hebron Governmental Hospital for treatment.
    Samir Ghanem said to PCHR’s fieldworker that: “/We were returning
    home after a visit to my wife’s family house in al-Namra area and my
    nephew, Tariq (14), was with us. When we arrived at the Container
    checkpoint in Tal al-Ramida neighborhood at approximately 22:30,
    there were three settlers between 15 and 18 years old, sitting 3
    meters away from the checkpoint. My nephew was holding a shopping
    cart and the settlers began to curse and threaten us. I took Tariq
    away and moved one meter forward. The settlers sprayed us with a
    contaminated water and a pepper gas that hit our heads and clothes.
    My wife fell on the ground and I started shouting. The settlers
    approached us and pepper-sprayed us. I was shouting, but the
    soldiers, who stationed 3 meters away, didn’t move and continued to
    watch what was happening through cameras covering the area. Moments
    later, a red car arrived, and a settler, in thirties, stepped out of
    the car and tried to attack us, but I tried to defend myself. The
    three settlers pepper-sprayed us again. Two soldiers arrived as I
    was raising my hands up and one of them pointed his rifle at my face
    and asked me to let my hands down. I called my relatives in the
    neighborhood. Meanwhile, a number of civilians gathered and a number
    of soldiers, including an officer, arrived as well. The officer
    approached the settlers, spoke to them//and moved away after two
    minutes. We talked to the soldiers who denied knowing what was
    happening. An ambulance of the Palestinian Red Crescent Society
    arrived and took us to Hebron governmental hospital for treatment/.”

  * On Monday morning, 30 July 2018, a group of Israeli settlers from
    “/Adi Ad/” outpost established on al-Magheer village’s lands,
    northeast of Ramallah, moved into the outskirts of the village from
    the northwest side. The Israeli settlers burned tires of 8
    Palestinian vehicles and wrote racist slogans on the walls of the
    houses calling for revenge and killing the Palestinian civilians.
    The Israeli settlers later withdrew.

*Recommendations to the International Community*

PCHR warns of the escalating settlement construction in the West Bank, 
the attempts to legitimize settlement outposts established on 
Palestinian lands in the West Bank and the continued summary executions 
of Palestinian civilians under the pretext that they pose a security 
threat to the Israeli forces. PCHR reminds the international community 
that thousands of Palestinian civilians have been rendered homeless and 
lived in caravans under tragic circumstances due to the latest Israeli 
offensive on the Gaza Strip that has been under a tight closure for 
almost 11 years. PCHR welcomes the UN Security Council’s Resolution No. 
2334, which states that settlements are a blatant violation of the 
Geneva Conventions and calls upon Israel to stop them and not to 
recognize any demographic change in the oPt since 1967.  PCHR hopes this 
resolution will pave the way for eliminating the settlement crime and 
bring to justice those responsible for it. PCHR further reiterates that 
the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, are still 
under Israeli occupation in spite of Israel’s unilateral disengagement 
plan of 2005.  PCHR emphasizes that there is international recognition 
of Israel’s obligation to respect international human rights instruments 
and international humanitarian law. Israel is bound to apply 
international human rights law and the law of war, sometimes 
reciprocally and other times in parallel, in a way that achieves the 
best protection for civilians and remedy for the victims.

 1. PCHR calls upon the international community to respect the Security
    Council’s Resolution No. 2334 and to ensure that Israel respects it
    as well, in particular point 5 which obliges Israel not to deal with
    settlements as if they were part of Israel.
 2. PCHR calls upon the ICC this year to open an investigation into
    Israeli crimes committed in the oPt, particularly the settlement
    crimes and the 2014 offensive on the Gaza Strip.
 3. PCHR Calls upon the European Union (EU) and all international bodies
    to boycott settlements and ban working and investing in them in
    application of their obligations according to international human
    rights law and international humanitarian law considering
    settlements as a war crime.
 4. PCHR calls upon the international community 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.
 5. PCHR calls upon the international community and United Nations to
    take all necessary measures to stop Israeli policies aimed at
    creating a Jewish demographic majority in Jerusalem and at voiding
    Palestine from its original inhabitants through deportations and
    house demolitions as a collective punishment, which violates
    international humanitarian law, amounting to a crime against humanity.
 6. PCHR calls upon the international community to condemn summary
    executions carried out by Israeli forces against Palestinians and to
    pressurize Israel to stop them.
 7. PCHR calls upon the States Parties to the Rome Statute of the ICC to
    work hard to hold Israeli war criminals accountable.
 8. PCHR calls upon the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva
    Conventions to fulfill their obligations under article (1) of the
    Convention to ensure respect for the Conventions under all
    circumstances, and under articles (146) and (147) to search for and
    prosecute those responsible for committing grave breaches of the
    Geneva Conventions to ensure justice and remedy for Palestinian
    victims, especially in light of the almost complete denial of
    justice for them before the Israeli judiciary.
 9. PCHR calls upon the international community to speed up the
    reconstruction process necessary because of the destruction
    inflicted by the Israeli offensive on Gaza.
10. PCHR calls for a prompt intervention to compel the Israeli
    authorities to lift the closure that obstructs the freedom of
    movement of goods and 1.8 million civilians that experience
    unprecedented economic, social, political and cultural hardships due
    to collective punishment policies and retaliatory action against
    civilians.
11. PCHR calls upon the European Union to apply human rights standards
    embedded in the EU-Israel Association Agreement and to respect its
    obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights when
    dealing with Israel.
12. PCHR calls upon the international community, especially states that
    import Israeli weapons and military services, to meet their moral
    and legal responsibility not to allow Israel to use the offensive in
    Gaza to test new weapons and not accept training services based on
    the field experience in Gaza in order to avoid turning Palestinian
    civilians in Gaza into testing objects for Israeli weapons and
    military tactics.
13. PCHR calls upon the parties to international human rights
    instruments, especially the International Covenant on Civil and
    Political Rights (ICCPR) and the International Covenant on Economic,
    Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), to pressurize Israel to comply
    with its provisions in the oPt and to compel it to incorporate the
    human rights situation in the oPt in its reports submitted to the
    relevant committees.
14. PCHR calls upon the EU and international human rights bodies to
    pressurize the Israeli forces to stop their attacks against
    Palestinian fishermen and farmers, mainly in the border area.

/Fully detailed document available at the official website for the 
Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)./ <https://pchrgaza.org/>

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