[News] Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (09 – 15 August 2018)

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  Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian
  Territory (09 – 15 August 2018)

August 16, 2018
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/*Israeli forces continued with systematic crimes, in the occupied 
Palestinian territory (oPt), for the week of 09 – 15 August, 2018.*/

/Israeli warplanes fired 60 missiles targeting many areas in the Gaza 
Strip; a Pregnant woman and her baby were killed, and 25 other 
civilians, including 4 children and 4 women, were wounded./

/Israeli forces continued to use excessive force against Palestinian 
protestors in the Gaza Strip. 3 Palestinian civilians, including a 
volunteer paramedic, were killed, while a civilian succumbed to his 
pervious wounds. 157 Palestinian civilians, including 27 children, 2 
women, 2 journalists, and 2 paramedics, were wounded; 11 of them 
sustained serious wounds./

*_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 20^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 
5 Palestinian civilians, including a 9-month pregnant woman, while 
another civilian succumbed to his previous wounds. Moreover, the Israeli 
forces wounded 182 civilians, including 31 children, 6 women, 2 
journalists, and 2 paramedics. Eleven of those wounded sustained serious 
wounds. 157 of the wounded persons, including 27 children, 2 women, 2 
journalists, and 2 paramedics, were injured while participating in 
Return and Breaking Siege March, while the rest of the wounded persons 
were injured during launching airstrikes.  In the West Bank, the Israeli 
forces wounded 6 civilians, including 2 children. All of those wounded 
sustained wounds during the incursions.

In the Gaza Strip, Enas Suleiman Ahmed Abu Khammash (23), a 9-month 
pregnant, and her child Bayan Mohammed Kamel Abu Khammash (a year and a 
half) were killed after a missile fell over thier house in Wadi al- 
Salqa village in the center of the Gaza Strip. Enas’s husband Mohamed 
Abu Khammash, who sustained shrapnel wounds throughout his body, rented 
the house.

On 10 August 2018, Israeli forces killed 3 Palestinian civilians, 
including a paramedic, after opening fire at thousands of Palestinian 
civilians participated in Return and Breaking Siege March, east of 
al-Shawkah village, east of Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip. Two of the 
above-mentioned civilians were killed on the same day while the 3^rd 
  one succumbed to wounds he sustained at next day dawn.

In the same context, medical sources announced the death of Wesam Yusuf 
Abdullah Hejazi (30), from Khan Younis, while he was at an ambulance in 
the Egyptian side of Rafah crossing. Wesam succumbed to wounds he 
sustained during his participation in the Return demonstration, east of 
the city. Wesam was wounded on 14 May 2018,  after being hit with a live 
bullet to the head by the Israeli forces while targeting thousands of 
participants, who were near the border fence with Israel, east of 
‘Abasan al-Kabirah village.

During the reporting period, while using the excessive force against the 
peaceful protesters along the Gaza Strip borders, the Israeli forces 
wounded 157 Palestinian civilians, including 27 children, 2 women, 2 
journalists, and 4 paramedics. Eleven 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* 	35 	10 	2 	0 	1 	4
*Gaza City* 	50 	2 	0 	0 	0 	0
*Central Gaza Strip* 	13 	2 	0 	0 	0 	1
*Khan Younis* 	36 	4 	0 	0 	3 	3
*Rafah* 	23 	9 	0 	2 	0 	3
*Total* 	157 	27 	2 	2 	4 	11

*As part of targeting the border areas*, on 10 August 2018, Israeli 
forces stationed along the border fence between Israel and the Gaza 
strip fired an artillery shell at a residential house, southeast of 
al-Buraij, in the central Gaza Strip. As a result, the house was 
partially damaged, but no casualties were reported.

On 15 August 2018, Israeli soldiers stationed behind the border fence 
between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of Deir al-Balah in the central 
Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian farmers while they were working 
in their lands. As a result, the farmers were forced to leave their 
lands fearing for their lives, but no casualties were reported.

*As part of* *the airstrikes,* on 04 August 2018, Israeli warplanes 
launched dozens of airstrikes at military sites belonging to the 
Palestinian resistance groups, civilian targets and open lands, in which 
60 missiles were fired.  As a result, 25 Palestinian civilians, 
including 4 children and 4 women, sustained shrapnel wounds, in addition 
to the injury of dozens of civilians due to scattering the glasses. The 
Israeli bombing resulted in the destruction of the Sa’ed al-Mishal 
Cultural Centre located on ‘Aydiyia Street in Southern al-Rimal 
neighborhood, west of Gaza City.  The 400-sqaure-meter building was 
comprised of 5 floors, which includes the Egyptian community’s office. 
The Israeli warplanes directly launched 3 airstrikes at the 
abovementioned building, causing material damage to nearby houses and shops.

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 5 shooting 
incidents at the fishermen, including 4 in the northern Gaza Strip and 1 
in the centre of the Gaza Strip. During these attacks, Israeli naval 
forces arrested 5 fishermen from the same family.

In the West Bank, Israeli forces wounded 6 civilians, including 2 
children. All of them were wounded during the incursions.

*_Incursions:_*

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 73 
military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 4 
similar ones into Jerusalem and its suburbs. During those incursions, 
Israeli forces arrested at least 53 Palestinians, including 3 children 
and 2 women, in the West Bank. Meanwhile, 18 other civilians, including 
10 women, were arrested in Jerusalem and its suburbs. Among those 
arrested were a journalist ‘Ali Dar ‘Ali (35), who works as a reporter 
at Palestine Channel. ‘Ali was arrested from his house in Barham 
village, northwest of Ramallah.

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

As part of demolishing houses and civilian facilities, on 15 August 
2018, the Israeli Municipality demolished a residential building 
comprised of 2 under-construction apartments belonging to Nader Nsaer 
Abu Riyalah in al-‘Issawiyia village, northeast of occupied East 
Jerusalem, under the pretext of non-licensing. The Israeli Municipality 
fixed a demolition order to the building 2 weeks ago, so his lawyer 
headed to the municipality to freeze the order and license the building. 
The Israeli bulldozers suddenly demolished the building.

As part of confiscating lands in favor of settlement projects, Israeli 
Municipality staff moved into Silwan village, south of Occupied East 
Jerusalem’s Old City. They fixed notices to confiscate dozens of dunums 
in Wadi al-Rababah and al-‘Abbassya neighborhoods and attached numbered 
maps with them showing the parts that are meant to be confiscated under 
the pretext of “gardening free lands”. Wadi Hilweh information center in 
Silwan issued a statement refuting the Israeli Municipality’s claims. 
The statement said that the notices, which were fixed by the Israeli 
Municipality staff, threaten dozens of dunums of Silwan village in Wadi 
Rababahb, Wadi Hilweh, Be’r Ayoub and al-Nabi Dawood neighborhoods. All 
the lands belong to the inhabitants of Silwan, who have all documents 
and ownership papers, and some other lands belong to the Greek Orthodox 
Church. Wadi Hilweh information center refuted the Israeli 
Municipality’s claim that those plots of lands are empty.

*As part of Settlement activities and attacks by settlers against 
Palestinian civilians and property*

As part of demolishing crimes, on 09 August 2018, Israeli forces 
demolished a shop belonging to ‘Ali al-Shaiekh Khalil (45) in Marj 
Na’jah village, north of Jericho. ‘Ali said that he was shocked by the 
Israeli forces raiding his shop and then demolishing it without allowing 
him to vacate its contents. It should be noted that the shop was built 
on an area of 40 square meters and used for selling foodstuffs.

On the same day, engineers and surveyors belonging to the Israeli 
authorities started to place signs and markers for a number of places in 
Khelet al-Daliya in the center of Nahaleen village, west of Bethlehem, 
in order to link the area with the settlement street No. (60). This 
street is wrapped around ‘Arqoub 4 villages to reach “Betar Illit” 
settlemen, which is established on Khelet al-Daliya lands. The four 
villages that have border links with each other are part of the 
so-called Arqoub villages, with a total population of 20,000.

On 14 August 2018, Israeli forces demolished an under-construction-house 
belonging to Mohammed ‘Ali al-Dabwani (35) in Dir Dabwan village, east 
of Ramallah. The house was completely demolished without any warning 
under the pretext of non-licensing.The 2-story-house was built on an 
area of 250 square meters 5 months ago and was overlooking at “Migron” 
settlement, which was established on the lands of Barqa village, 
adjacent to Deir Dabwan village.

*_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 20^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 
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 10 August 2018, thousands of
    civilians swarmed to the Return encampment established by the
    Supreme National Authority for the Great March of Return and
    Breaking Siege, east of al-Shawkah village, east of Rafah in the
    southern Gaza Strip. A number of young men approached the border
    fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, flew kites, set fire to
    tires, and threw stones at Israeli soldiers stationed behind the
    border fence. The Israeli soldiers fired live bullets at them. Two
    tanks stationed adjacent to the demonstrators’ gatherings and
    heavily opened fire and fired tear gas canisters at them every now
    and then at the demonstrators and around them. the clashes continued
    until approximately 20:00. As a result, Abdullah Sabri ‘Atiyah
    al-Qutati (22), a volunteer paramedic at the  Pulse of Life Youth
    Team, was killed. At approximately 18:00, al-Qutati was hit with a
    live bullet that entered the back and exited the chest. Al-Qutati
    was on duty along with his colleagues, who were present among the
    demonstrators, to rescue the wounded civilians. It should be noted
    that the paramedics, who were wearing the distinctive uniforms that
    emphasizes the nature of their work, work with a distance of 30
    meters away from the border fence. Al-Qutati immediately died after
    his arrival at Gaza European Hospital in Khan Younis, at
    approximately 19:00 on the same day. Paramedic  Ra’ed al-Sharif said
    to PCHR’s fieldworker that he was standing next to Abdullah
    al-Qutati on a distance of 15 meters away from the barbed wire,
    which is about 50-100 meters into the west of the main border fence.
    Moreover, ‘Ali Sa’ed ‘Ali al-‘Aloul (55) was killed after being hit
    with a live bullet that penetrated his chest at approximately 17:50.
    Al-‘Aloul died after an hour and half of his arrival at Gaza
    European Hospital. The clashes further resulted in the injury of 23
    civilians, including 9 children and 2 journalists with live bullets
    and its shrapnel. The wounded journalists were identified as:

 1. Mahmoud Bassam Ahmed al-Jamal (24), a freelance journalist, was hit
    with a live bullet shrapnel to the left ear
 2. ‘Ala’a Abdul Fattah Ibrahim al-Namlah (35), a reporter at al-Quds
    Network, was hit with a live bullet to the right leg.

The wounded civilians were taken to the medical point in the Return 
demonstrations and then transferred Abu Yusuf al-Najjar Hospital in 
Rafah and Gaza European Hospital in Khan Younis. Doctors classified 3 
civilians’ injuries as serious. In addition, dozens of civilians 
suffered tear gas inhalation and seizures after tear gas canisters were 
heavily fired by the soldiers stationed along the border fence and by 
drones hovering over the protesters. An ambulance also was hit with a 
live bullet to the left door, which led to breaking its window. At 
approximately 03:30 on Saturday, 11 August 2018, medical sources at Gaza 
European Hospital in khan Younis announced the death of Ahmed Jamal 
Suleiman Abu Louli (31) succumbing to his wounds  after being hit with 3 
live bullets to the pelvis. Ahmed underwent a surgery that continued for 
5 hours as he received 30 blood units. Ahmed then stayed at the ICU 
until his death was announced.

  * 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, east of Malakah
    intersection, east of al-Zaytoun neighborhood, east of Gaza City in
    the 20^th  consecutive Friday titled “Freedom and Live.” 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, 48 civilians, including 2 children, were wounded. Thirty
    eight of them were hit with live bullets and its shrapnel, 10 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 20:30 on the same day. As a
    result,13 civilians, including 2 children, were wounded. Eleven of
    them were hit with live bullets and 2 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 their injuries between minor and moderate.

  * Around the same time, thousands of civilians swarmed to the Return
    encampment, east of Khuza’ah village, east of Khan Younis, to
    participate in the demonstrations established by the Supreme
    National Authority for “the Great March of Return and Breaking
    Siege”. They chanted national slogans and flew kites and balloons as
    hundreds 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 tanks stationed adjacent to the demonstrators’ gathering and
    heavily opened fire every now and then at the  participants in order
    to disperse them. The Israeli snipers further deliberately and
    selectively targeted the participants in the back rows, who were
    about 200 meters away from the border fence The shooting continued
    until 20:00 on the evening. They also fired tear gas canisters at
    them. he clashes continued until approximately 20:00 on the same
    day. As a result, 36 civilians, including 4 children and 3
    paramedics, were wounded. Twenty three of them were hit with live
    bullets and 7 others were hit with tear gas canisters. The wounded
    civilians were transferred to Gaza European  and Algerian Hospitals
    in Khan Younis. Doctors classified 3 civilians’ injuries as serious.

  * 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 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 20:30 on the same day. As a result, 33
    civilians, including 9 children, 2 women, and a paramedic, were
    wounded. Twenty nine of them were hit with live bullets and its
    shrapnel  and 4 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 4 civilians’ injuries as serious. The
    wounded paramedic identified as Khalid Hasan Ibrahim Ayoub (56), a
    paramedic at the Civil Defense from Beit Lahia, was hit with a tear
    gas canister to the back.

  * At approximately 18:00 on Saturday, 11 August 2018, Israeli forces
    stationed behind the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel,
    east of Malakah intersection, east of al-Zaytoun neighborhood, east
    of Gaza City, opened fire at a group of civilians participating in
    the March of Return and Breaking Siege activities. As a result, 2
    civilians were hit with live bullets to the lower limbs.

  * At approximately 16:25 on Sunday, 12 August 2018, Israeli forces
    stationed behind the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel,
    east of Abu Safiyah Hill, northeast of Jabalia in the northern Gaza
    Strip, opened fire at a number of civilians participating in the
    March of Return and Breaking Siege activities. As a result, 2
    civilians, including a child, were wounded.

*_Civilian Succumbed to his Wounds:_*

  * At approximately 22:30 on Sunday, 12 August 2018, medical sources
    announced the death of Wesam Yusuf Abdullah Hejazi (30), from Khan
    Younis, while he was in an ambulance in the Egyptian side of Rafah
    crossing. Wesam succumbed to wounds he sustained during his
    participation in the Return demonstration, east of the city.
    According to PCHR’s fieldworker, Wesam died at an ambulance in the
    Egyptian side of Rafah crossing. Wesam returned to the Gaza Strip
    after a failed attempt to send him to Turkey for medical treatment.
    Wesam’s family said to PCHR’s fieldworker that Wesam, who is married
    and has a child, was wounded on 14 May 2018,  after being hit with a
    live bullet to the head by the Israeli forces while targeting
    thousands of participants, who were near the border fence with
    Israel, east of ‘Abasan al-Kabirah village. During the
    demonstrations that were organized on 14 May 2018, tents were
    established for one day. Israeli forces used excessive lethal force
    killing 16 civilians and causing injuries to dozens of civilians.
    Many civilians sustained serious injuries, including Hejazi, who was
    hit with a live bullet to the head. Doctors classified his injury as
    serious and he entered into a comma in the ICU section at Gaza
    European Hospital. Wesam also underwent several surgeries, during
    which he stayed unconscious. The family mentioned that on 01 August
    2018, Wesam obtained a medical referral to travel to Nasser
    Institute For Research and Treatment in Egypt, so that he would then
    be transferred to Turkey due to prior coordination. However,
    hospitals in Egypt refused to receive Wesam for his serious health
    condition. The family was then forced to admit him to Al-Sefarat
    Hospital in Cairo, which is a special hospital, until the travel
    procedures complete in Turkey. However, Wesam could not travel due
    to the refusal of the Egyptian Airline to transfer him. Therefore,
    the family was forced to bring Wesam Back to the Gaza Strip. He
    arrived at approximately 17:00  on Saturday, at the Egyptian Hall
    and stayed there until approximately 22:30 on the same day and his
    death was announced inside the crossing.

*_West Bank:_*

  * At approximately 13:40 on Friday, 10 August 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 in favor of the entrance to /“Kedumim”/ The
    protestors chanted national slogans demanding to end the occupation,
    condemning the decisions to demolish Khan al-Ahmer Bedouin Community
    and deporting the inhabitants, 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 in
    the northern West bank and a number of foreign and Israeli
    activists  participated in the demonstration. The Israeli forces
    dispersed the demonstrators by firing live and rubber bullets, sound
    bombs and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, a 50-year-old
    civilian was hit with a rubber bullet to the chest. The Israeli
    forces also detained a PRCS ambulance in addition to other vehicles
    near the demonstration area. The soldiers used these vehicles as
    shields to hide behind them. they also prevented journalist Ja’far
    Ishtiyah from recording the incidents.

*_House Demolitions and Notices:_*

  * On Wednesday, 15 August 2018, the Israeli Municipality demolished a
    residential building comprised of 2 under-construction apartments
    belonging to Nader Nsaer Abu Riyalah in al-‘Issawiyia village,
    northeast of occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of
    non-licensing. Mohamed Abu al-Humus, Member of the Follow-up
    Committee in al- ‘Issawiyia village, said that Israeli forces
    accompanied with bulldozers and Israeli Municipality staff moved
    into al- ‘Issawiyia village and completely surrounded the schools’
    street. After that, the Israeli forces demolished the building,
    which was comprised of 2 apartments and belongs to Nader Abu Riyalah
    and his mother. He added that the building was built a year ago and
    it was sheltering his family, which includes many persons with
    disabilities. He pointed out that the Israeli Municipality fixed a
    demolition order to the building 2 weeks ago, so his lawyer headed
    to the municipality to freeze the order and license the building.
    The Israeli bulldozers suddenly demolished the building.

*_Confiscating Lands in Favor of Settlement Projects_*

  * On Saturday morning, 11 August 2018, Israeli Municipality staff
    moved into Silwan village, south of Occupied East Jerusalem’s Old
    City. They fixed notices to confiscate dozens of dunums in Wadi
    al-Rababah and al-‘Abbassya neighborhoods and attached numbered maps
    with them showing the parts that are meant to be confiscated under
    the pretext of “gardening free lands”. The notices that were fixed
    included: “the Israeli Municipality chief wants to use his powers
    according to paragraph (2) of the law of local authorities
    (temporary use of an empty plot of land) in 1987. The Israeli
    Municipality claimed that the gardening activities include ”
    planting trees, installing a network and irrigation channel, making
    geotechnical strips, developing landscapes, arranging roads for
    walking, and Installing seating areas.”

Wadi Hilweh information center in Silwan issued a statement refuting the 
Israeli Municipality’s claims. The statement said that the notices, 
which were fixed by the Israeli Municipality staff, threaten dozens of 
dunums of Silwan village in Wadi Rababahb, Wadi Hilweh, Be’r Ayoub and 
al-Nabi Dawood neighborhoods. All the lands belong to the inhabitants of 
Silwan, who have all documents and ownership papers, and some other 
lands belong to the Greek Orthodox Church. Wadi Hilweh information 
center refuted the Israeli Municipality’s claim that those plots of 
lands are empty and explained that all the lands are planted with olive 
trees, fig and berries for decades. The statement pointed out that the 
Israeli authorities have prevented the residents from planting new trees 
for years, in addition to arresting and threatening them by the “Nature 
Authority” when they work to improve the infrastructure in their lands. 
Israeli bulldozers also level lands and demolish the facilities 
established on the lands, especially in the areas of Wadi al-Rababah, 
where the authorities consider them as “public parks”.

Wadi Hilweh information center added in its statement that the Israeli 
Municipality claims that the confiscation order for gardening purposes 
will be temporary, for 5 years. The center explained that the Israeli 
authorities, whether the Municipality, or the Nature Authority, or the 
Antiquities Authority, seize the lands of Silwan village in various 
ways, especially that the lands included in the notices are considered 
as the most targeted lands in the village in favor settlement projects. 
Excavation works were conducted on Silwan village’s lands in order to 
establish a pedestrian bridge, which will link al-Thawri neighborhood 
and al-Nabi Dawood area, passing through Wadi al-Rababah Valley. In 
addition, construction works were conducted in the area to build a 
restaurant and paths for settlers and tourists, in addition to 
excavating and placing بavasts , in addition to exavacaists , in 
addition to exavacating and placing phantom graves fake graves. 
Moreover, the owner families of the lands, threatened by confiscation, 
emphasized that they deserve more than the Israeli authorities to plant 
and lay chains and irrigation channels in their lands but the Israeli 
authorities prevent and chase them if they do any work in their lands, 
even if they clean them.

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

*_ Israeli forces’ attacks_*

  * At approximately 09:00 on Thursday, 9 August 2018, Israeli forces
    accompanied with a force of the Israeli Civil Administration and a
    military bulldozer moved into Marj Na’ja village, north of Jericho.
    They surrounded a commercial shop for selling foodstuffs belonging
    to ‘Ali al-Shiekh Khalil (45) and demolished it under the pretext of
    non-licensing. ‘Ali said to PCHR’s fieldworker that the Israeli
    forces moved into the village, closed the main entrance to the
    village, imposed a siege on the area, and demolished his shop
    without a prior warning. He added that he was shocked by the Israeli
    forces raiding his shop and then demolishing it without allowing him
    to vacate its contents. It should be noted that the shop was built
    on an area of 40 square meters and used for selling

  * On Thursday morning, 9 August 2018, engineers and surveyors
    belonging to the Israeli authorities started to place signs and
    markers for a number of places in Khelet al-Daliya in the center of
    Nahaleen village, west of Bethlehem, in order to link the area with
    the settlement street No. (60). This street is wrapped around
    ‘Arqoub 4 villages to reach “Betar Illit” settlemen, which is
    established on Khelet al-Daliya lands. Hassan Braija, Representative
    of the Wall and Settlement Committee, said that Israeli forces are
    seeking to turn Bateer, Wadi Fukin, Nahaleen and Housan villages,
    south of Bethlehem, into dwellings under the Israeli control,
    isolated from Bethlehem. The four villages that have border links
    with each other are part of the so-called Arqoub villages, with a
    total population of 20,000. It was mentioned above that the Israeli
    forces placed signs and markers in Khelet al-Daliya area in the
    center of Nahaleen village, in order to link the area with the
    settlement street No. (60), which is wrapped around ‘Arqoub’s 4
    villages, to reach “Betar Illit” settlement. After that, they will
    work to expand it to reach the road between Nahalin and Housan,
    opening and closing it for Israeli settlers only. In addition to
    that, expanding this street to include the street that connects
    Bateer and al-Khader villages together, after confiscating large
    areas of the lands.

Braija pointed out that there are at least 3 plans announced by the 
Israeli forces and they started implementing them at a cost of NIS 185 
million. One of those plans is to excavate a tunnel from Jerusalem 
borders to reach “Beitar Illit” and “Eli Azar” settlements and to make 
Beir ‘Ouna site a part of Beit Jala city in the center of the road 
mentioned above. Moreover, they are working to build a railway parallel 
to that road to make the settlements established in the west of 
Bethlehem, one of its targets and to be linked with the railway between 
Haifa and Tal Aviv. In addition, they are working to double the number 
of Israeli settlers in the settlement of “Beitar Illit” from 60,000 to 
120,000 in the next five years.

  * At approximately 17:00, on Tuesday 14 August 2018, an Israeli force
    backed by a military vehicle and a bulldozer and accompanied with a
    vehicle of the Israeli Civil Administration moved into Deir Dabwan
    village, east of Ramallah. They surrounded an
    under-construction-house belonging to Mohammed ‘Ali al-Dabwani (35)
    and completely demolished it without any warning under the pretext
    of non-licensing.

Mohammed al-Dabwani said to PCHR’s field worker that the Israeli forces 
moved into the village on Monday evening and stationed in the center of 
the village. They surrounded his house from all directions and 
completely demolished it under the pretext of non-licensing. He added 
that he was surprised with a phone call from his neighbor informing him 
about demolishing his house. After that, he arrived to the area in which 
his house was built. The Israeli forces did not allow him to approach 
the house until they completely demolished it. He also said that he 
hasn’t received any construction violation before. The 2-story-house was 
built on an area of 250 square meters 5 months ago and was overlooking 
at “Migron” settlement, which was established on the lands of Barqa 
village, adjacent to Deir Dabwan village.

*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/en/?p=11248>/

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