[News] Israeli Occupation Forces continue systematic crimes in occupied Palestinian territories

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Thu May 24 11:13:48 EDT 2018


  Israeli Occupation Forces continue systematic crimes in occupied
  Palestinian territories

PNN/ Gaza/

/*The weekly report by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights in Gaza 
shows that during the reporting period of 17 – 23 May 2018,  Israeli 
forces continued systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory 
(oPt). Those include: */

  * *Israeli forces continued to use lethal force against Palestinian
    peaceful protesters in the Gaza Strip.*
  * /Two succumbed to their wounds they sustained in the Great March of
    Return in the Gaza Strip in addition to another child in the West Bank./
  * /35 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children and a journalist,
    were wounded in the Gaza Strip and West Bank./

  * *A Palestinian Prisoner from al-Mukaber Mount died in suspicious

  * *Israeli warplanes targeted two boats prepared to welcome the
    anti-blockade flotilla in the Gaza Strip, causing damage to both of

  * *Israeli forces continued to open fire at the border areas in the
    Gaza Strip.*

  * *Israeli forces conducted 49 incursions into Palestinian communities
    in the West Bank **and 5 similar ones in Jerusalem*
  * /33 civilians, including 4 children and PLC Member, were arrested./
  * /14 of them were arrested in Jerusalem./
  * *Israeli forces continued their settlement activities in the West Bank*
  * /Israeli settlers cut 700 grapevines in al-Marjamah area, north of
  * *Israeli forces turned the West Bank into cantons and continued to
    impose the illegal closure on the Gaza Strip for the 11^th
    ** consecutive year.*
  * /Dozens of temporary checkpoints were established in the West Bank
    and others were re-established to obstruct the movement of
    Palestinian civilians./
  * /3 Palestinian civilians, including a woman, were arrested at the
    military checkpoints in the West Bank./
  * /Israeli forces arrested a patient at Beit Hanoun “Erez” Crossing in
    the northern Gaza Strip./


/Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian 
law in the oPt continued during the reporting period //(17 – 23 May 


Israeli forces continued to use excessive 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 8^th 
  week in a row peaceful demonstrations along the eastern and northern 
Gaza Strip border area. During the reporting period, the Israeli forces 
wounded 29 Palestinian civilians, including a journalist; 2 of those 
wounded are in serious condition.  Meanwhile, 2 civilians succumbed to 
their wounds.  In the West Bank, a child succumbed to his wounds while 6 
Palestinian civilians, including 2 children, were wounded in separate 

In the Gaza Strip, on 18 May 2018, thousands of Palestinian civilians 
participated in the Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege 
activities along the northern and eastern borders of the Gaza Strip.  
The Israeli forces used force against them, wounding 27 protestors, 
including a journalist.  Moreover, during the reporting period, 2 other 
civilians were wounded, increasing the total number of those wounded to 
29 protestors.

In the same context, medical sources at al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City, 
on 18 may 2018, declared the death of Mo’een al-Sa’ie (59), from 
al-Shati’ refugee camp, west of Gaza City, after he succumbed to his 
wounds.  On 19 May 2018, medical sources at al-Quds Hospital in Gaza 
City declared the death of Mohammed ‘Alian (18) from al-Nussairat in the 
central Gaza Strip, succumbing to his wounds.  Al-Sa’ie was previously 
wounded with a bullet to the chest to the east of Malakah square, east 
of al-Zaytoun neighborhood in eastern Gaza City while ‘Alian was wounded 
with a bullet to the head in eastern al-Bureij during their 
participation in the Great March of Return on Monday, 14 May 2018.

During the reporting period, Investigations and Field Observations by 
PCHR’s Fieldworkers Confirm the Following:

  * Dozens of Israeli Forces’ snipers continued to position on the
    hills, behind the raised berms and in military jeeps along the
    border fence in front of the peaceful demonstrations in the eastern
    Gaza Strip.
  * The youth gatherings increased near the border fence to burn tires
    and attempt to throw stones at the Israeli forces.
  * The Israeli snipers deliberately and selectively opened fire at the
    participants in the peaceful demonstrations which included hundreds
    of civilians.
  * The Israeli forces widely fired bursts of tear gas canisters and
    from drones, targeting the center of the demonstrations. In many
    cases those canisters targeted and directly hit civilians, causing
    them injuries.
  * The demonstrations were as always fully peaceful, and PCHR’s
    fieldworkers did not witness weapons or armed persons even dressed
    in civilian clothes among the demonstrators, who were thousands of
    elderlies, women, children and entire families. All of them
    demonstrated near the border fence raising flags, chanting slogans
    and national songs, flying kites and burning tires.
  * Ambulances of the Health Minstry in Gaza City were targeted, causing
    damage to them.
  * Journalists were targeted with tear gas canisters, causing injuries
    among them.
  * The Israeli unjustified and fallacious incitement against the
    peaceful demonstrations and encampments, perceiving the
    demonstration itself as danger. This hereby violates the right to
    peaceful assembly codified in all International instruments.

As part of targeting the border areas, on 20 May 2018, Israeli forces 
stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east 
of al-Amal neighbourhood, northeast of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza 
Strip, opened fire at the border area.  However, no casualties were 

On 22 May 2018, the Israeli fired an artillery shell at a border control 
checkpoint belonging to an armed group in eastern al-Bureij.  However, 
no casualties 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 10 attacks 
against the fishermen, including 5 attacks in the north-western Beit 
Lahia and 5 in Western Soudaniya area, west of Jabalia in the northern 
Gaza Strip.

As part of the airstrikes, on 17 May 2018, Israeli drones and warplanes 
launched 10 missiles in 4 airstrikes against ‘Askalan military site and 
al-Saifnah building belonging to al-Qassam Brigades in the northern Gaza 
Strip.  On 23 May 2018, the Israeli warplanes launched 6 missiles at 
Ahmed al-Ja’abari military site in eastern Tofah neighbourhood, causing 
damage to the sites.  However, no casualties were reported.

On 23 May 2018, the Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at 2 boats 
prepared to welcome the anti-blockade flotilla in the Gaza Seaport, west 
of Gaza City, causing damage to both of them.

In the West Bank, on 23 May 2018, medical sources at al-Najah University 
Hospital in Nablus declared the death of ‘Oday Abu Khalil (15) from ‘Ein 
Siniya village, north of Ramallah, succumbing to his wounds.  According 
to PCHR’s investigations, on 15 May 2018, the abovementioned child was 
wounded during his participation in a peaceful protest at the northern 
entrance to al-Bireh in commemoration of Palestinian Nakbah Day, against 
the relocation of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem and the Israeli crimes 
in the Gaza Strip.

On 18 May 2018, Mohammed Abu al-Hummus was wounded when the Israeli 
forces moved into al-‘Issawiya village, northeast of occupied East 
Jerusalem, and dozens of Palestinian young men protested against them.  
The Israeli soldiers immediately fired rubber-coated metal bullets at 
the young men, wounding Abu al-Hummus and arresting him.

On 19 May 2018, a Palestinian civilian was wounded during his 
participation in the weekly Kafr Qaddum peaceful protest, northeast of 
Qalqilya, against the closure of the eastern entrance to the village for 
15 years in favour of “Kadomim” settlement established on the village lands.

On 21 May 2018, 3 civilians, including 2 children, were wounded when 
Israeli forces moved into Jenin and surrounded a house to carry out an 
arrest campaign.  A number of civilians gathered and protested against 
the Israeli soldiers who opened fire at the civilians, wounding the 3 
above-mentioned civilians.  On 23 May 2018, a civilian was wounded in 
Nablus in similar circumstances.

During the reporting period, medical staffs in “Assaf Harofeh” Medical 
Center near al-Ramlah in Israel announced the death of Palestinian 
prisoner ‘Aziz Mousa Salem ‘Eweisat (53) from al-Mukkaber Mount village, 
southeast of East Jerusalem, in suspicious circumstances.  ‘Eweisat who 
was serving a 30-year sentence in prison was taken from al-Ramlah Prison 
to “Assaf Harofeh” Medical Center on 09 May 2018 after he had a stroke 
and underwent an open heart surgery in the next day in Tal Hashomer 
Hospital.  He was then returned to “Assaf Harofeh”, where he stayed 
until his death was declared.  The Palestinian Prisoners Center for 
Studies said to PCHR’s fieldworker that prisoner ‘Eweisat was beaten and 
maltreated by a group of jailers in “Eshel” Prison  after the prison 
service claimed  that he poured hot water on a jailer in the beginning 
of May.  His family said that on 11 May 2018, they managed to visit 
‘Aziz at Tel Hashomer Hospital for 2 minutes, where they noticed clear 
signs of exhaustion on him and that he was under the medication 
influence. They also noticed bruises and beating signs on his neck.


During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 49 
military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 5 
similar ones into Jerusalem and its suburbs. During those incursions, 
Israeli forces arrested at least 19 Palestinians, including a child, in 
the West Bank.  Meanwhile, 14 civilians, including 3 children, were 
arrested in Jerusalem and its suburb. Among those arrested during the 
reporting period was Khaled Tafesh (53), Member of the Palestinian 
Legislative Council (PLC), who was arrested from his house in Za’atarah 
village, east of Bethlehem on 17 May 2018.

*_Israeli Settlement Activities and Settlers’ Attacks against the 
Palestinian Civivlians and their Property:_*

As part of the Israeli settlers’ attacks against the Palestinian 
civilians and their property, on 23 May 2018, a number of settlers cut 
700 grapevines planted 15 years ago in the lands adjacent to the Bypass 
Road 60 in al-Marjamah area, north of Hebron, using electric saws. Those 
grapevines were planted on 9 dunums belonging to four farmers from 
Halhoul.  It should be mentioned that a week ago settlers cut 400 
grapevines in the area near the watchtower established in the area.

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