[News] Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (08 – 13 November 2018)

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  PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied
  Palestinian Territory (08 – 13 November 2018)

November 15, 2018
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/New Israeli Military Esclation in the Gaza Strip: Israeli warplanes 
carried out dozens of airstrikes, launching 197 missiles at civilian 
buildings and military sites belonging to Palestinian Armed Groups./
/2 Palestinian civilians were killed and 20 others were wounded, 
including 5 children and 4 women. Many civilian facilities, residential 
houses, and security sites were targeted and completely destroyed./

*_Shooting:_*

During the reporting period, Israeli forces killed 4 Palestinian 
civilians, including 2 killed during their participation in the Great 
March of Return and Breaking the Siege Protests while the 2 others were 
killed during the escalation the Gaza Strip witnessed in the middle of 
the week.  Moreover, the Israeli forces wounded 172 civilians, including 
27 children, 15 women and 4 paramedics.  In the West Bank, a person 
wounded succumbed to his wounds while Israeli forces wounded 17 
Palestinian civilians, including 9 children and a paramedic.

The Gaza Strip has witnessed a military escalation, where the Israeli 
forces have unprecedentedly used warplanes and artillery shells since 
the 2014 offensive on the Gaza Strip.  This escalation has started after 
an Israeli special undercover unit “Mista’arvim” infiltrated the day 
before yesterday, 11 November 2018, Khan Younis in the Southern Gaza 
Strip and killed 7 members of the Palestinian armed groups, mainly a 
commander in al-Qassam Brigades from Khan Younis, creating a state of 
maximum alter among the Palestinian armed groups and tension among the 
Palestinian civilians.  This undercover operation was followed by 
barrages of rockets launched deep into the Israeli towns adjacent to the 
Gaza Strip.  Since Monday afternoon, 12 November 2018, and until the 
reporting period, upon a decision by the highest Israeli military and 
political echelons, the Israeli forces carried out intense airstrikes 
against many civilian facilities and residential houses in addition to 
sites belonging to the security services and others to the Palestinian 
armed groups, launching at least 40 missiles.  The Israeli artillery 
shelling also targeted the areas adjacent to the border fence with 
Israel.  Due to the hostilities, 2 civilians were killed and 20 others 
were wounded, including 5 children and 4 women in addition to the 
destruction and severe damage in many residential houses, other civilian 
facilities and security sites.

As part of using excessive force against the peaceful protests along the 
Gaza Strip borders, on 08 November 2018, the Israeli forces killed 
Mohammed Abu Sharbin (20) from Rafah City after wounding him with a 
bullet that hit his upper chest and exited his back during his 
participation in the Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege 
protests in eastern al-Maghazi in the central Gaza Strip.  On 09 
November 2018, the Israeli forces killed Rami Qahman (28) while 
participating in the Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege 
protests in al-Shawkah village, east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip 
after being wounded with a bullet to the neck.

In the same context, during the reporting period, the Israeli forces 
wounded 152 civilians, including 22 children, 11 women, and 4 
paramedics.  Three of those wounded sustained serious injuries.

*Injuries in the Gaza Strip between 08 and 13 November 2018 in Each City*

City 	Injuries
Total 	Children 	Women 	Journalists 	Paramedics 	Critical
Conditions
Northern Gaza Strip 	31 	11 	2 	0 	3 	2
Gaza City 	55 	0 	5 	0 	0 	0
Central Gaza Strip 	21 	6 	3 	0 	0 	0
Khan Younis 	43 	4 	1 	0 	1 	0
Rafah 	2 	1 	0 	0 	0 	1
Total 	152 	22 	11 	0 	4 	3

As part of the Israeli airstrikes, the Israeli forces fired artillery 
shells at sites belonging to the Palestinian armed groups along the 
border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel.

As part of targeting the Palestinian fishermen in the sea, the Israeli 
forces continued to escalate their attacks against the Palestinian 
fishermen, indicating the on-going Israeli policy to target their 
livelihoods.

In the West Bank, medical sources at al-Istishari Specialist Hospital in 
al-Rihan Suburb declared the death of Mohammed Shreiteh (28) from 
al-Mazra’ah al-Gharbiyah, northwest of Ramallah, as he succumbed to 
wounds he sustained during his participation in the peaceful protests 
against settlements on 26 October 2018.  The above-mentioned had been 
wounded with a bullet to the front side of the head, fragmenting part of 
his brain.

in the same context, during the reporting period, the Israeli forces 
wounded 17 Palestinian civilians, including 9 children and a paramedic, 
in separate shooting incidents.

*_Incursions:_*

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 65 
military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank. 
During those incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 18 
Palestinians, including 4 children.

*_Israeli Forces continued to create a Jewish Majority in occupied East 
Jerusalem:_*

As part of the Israeli house demolitions and notices, on 08 November 
2018, the Israeli forces demolished a 200-square-meter residential house 
belonging to the family of ‘Ali al-Ja’bah in al-Za’im village, east of 
occupied East Jerusalem.  Moreover, they demolished a room and 
surrounding fence belonging to ‘Ali Abu Jom’ah in addition to removing 
the foundations of an under-construction house belonging to the family 
of Mohammed al-‘Omari.

*_Israeli Forces continued their settlement activities, and the settlers 
continued their attacks against Palestinian civilians and their property_*

As part of the Israeli settlers’ attacks against the Palestinians 
civilians and their property, PCHR’s fieldworkers in the West Bank 
documented 2 attacks carried out by settlers, in Salfit and Nablus.  The 
settlers wrote hostile slogans against Arabs on the walls and vehicles 
in addition to slashing tires of 17 vehicles in Kafr al-Deek village, 
west of Salfit.

*_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 against 
peaceful demonstration organized by Palestinian civilians in the West 
Bank and Gaza Strip, and it was named as “The Great March of Return and 
Breaking Siege.” The demonstration was in protest against the U.S. 
President Donald Trump’s declaration to move the U.S. Embassy to it. 
According to PCHR fieldworkers’ observations, the border area witnessed 
large participation by Palestinian civilians as the Israeli forces 
continued to use upon highest military and political echelons excessive 
force against the peaceful demonstrators, though the demonstration were 
fully peaceful. The demonstration was as follows during the reporting 
period:

*_Gaza Strip:_*

*In the Thirty-third week of the March of Return and Breaking Siege 
activities, Israeli forces killed 2 civilians and wounded 152 civilians, 
including 22 children, , 11 women and 4 paramedics. Doctors classified 3 
civilian’s injuries as serious. The incidents were as follows:*

  * *The Central Gaza Strip:* at approximately 16:30 on Thursday, 98
    November 2018, Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence
    between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Maghazi in the central
    Gaza Strip, opened fire at a group of Palestinian young men, who
    approached the border fence. As a result, Mohammed ‘Ala’a Mahmoud
    Abu Sharbin (20), from Rafah, was killed after he was hit with a
    live bullet that penetrated the upper side of chest and exited the
    back. Mohammed was transferred via a PRCS ambulance after it
    received coordination to a hospital where he arrived dead. The
    Israeli shooting and firing tear gas canisters, which continued
    until approximately 18:00, resulted in the injury of 21 civilians,
    including 6 children and 3 women. Sixteen of them were hit with live
    bullets and their shrapnel and 5 were hit with tear gas canisters.

  * *The Northern Gaza Strip:* 31 civilians, including 11 children, 2
    women, a deaf young man and 3 paramedics, were wounded. Twenty four
    of them were hit with live bullets and their shrapnel, 1 was hit
    with a rubber bullet and 9 were hit with tear gas canisters. Doctors
    classified2 civilians’ injuries as serious. The wounded paramedics
    were identified as:

 1. Karem Mahmoud Rashed al-Dalow (37), a paramedic at the Palestinian
    Civil Defense from al-Remal neighborhood in Gaza City, was hit with
    a live bullet shrapnel to the neck;
 2. Saleh Faraj Saleh al-Remahi (27), a volunteer paramedic at the
    Palestinian Ministry of Health from Jabalia, was hit with a tear gas
    canister to the face; and
 3. Hutheifah Mahmoud Hasan Abu ‘Aitah (27), from Jabalia, was hit with
    a tear gas canister to the back.

  * *In Gaza City: 5*5 civilians, including 5 women, were wounded.
    Twenty two of them were hit with live bullets and their shrapnel, 33
    were hit with rubber bullets.

  * *Khan Younis: *Israeli forces’ shooting at demonstrators, which
    continued 18:00, resulted in the injury of 43 civilians, including 4
    children and a paramedic. Twenty one of them were hit with live
    bullets and their shrapnel, 17 were hit with tear gas canisters and
    5 were hit with rubber bullets. The wounded paramedic was identified
    as Falasteen Khalid Qdaih (21), a volunteer paramedic at Youth
    Pioneer of Peace medical Team, was hit with a live bullet to the
    left leg.

  * *Rafah City: *Israeli forces’ shooting, which continued until 17:00,
    resulted in the injury of 2 civilians, including a child, with live
    bullets. Medical sources at Gaza European Hospital in Khan Younis
    declared the death of one of them namely Rami Wa’el Eshaq Qahman
    (28), who succumbed to his wounds he sustained after being hit with
    a live bullet to the neck.

  * At approximately 11 November 2018, a Palestinian civilian was hit
    with a live bullet shrapnel to the head during his participation on
    the March of Return activities, east of al-Buraij refugee camp in
    the central Gaza Strip.

*_West Bank:_*

  * Following the Friday prayer on 09 November 2018, dozens of
    Palestinian civilians and international human rights defenders
    gathered on agricultural lands of “al-Resan” Mount area, west of Ras
    Karkar village, west of Ramallah in protest against the Israeli
    settlers’ attempt to seize and confiscate the land. When the
    civilians arrived at the abovementioned area, the Israeli soldiers
    fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at
    the protestors. As a result, Feras Samarah (33), a paramedic at
    Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS), was hit with glass shrapnel
    of an ambulance where she was present after Israeli forces opened
    fire at the ambulance. The Israeli soldiers arrested Fares al-Sayed
    Nasser (30) and Mohammed Manthoum Abu ‘Ayash (23) after chasing and
    attacking them with their rifles.

  * At approximately 13:30 on Friday afternoon, 09November 2018, a group
    of Palestinian civilians moved from the center of Kufor Qadoum
    village, northeast of Qalqiliyah, into the eastern entrance to the
    village, which has been closed for 15 years in favor of the entrance
    to /“Kedumim”/ settlement established on the village lands. The
    protestors chanted national slogans in the anniversary of the death
    of the late President, Yasser Arafat demanding end of occupation,
    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. Minister Walid Assaf,
    head of the National Committee to Resist the Wall and Settlements,
    participated in the demonstration. The protestors threw stones at
    Israeli forces stationed behind sand barriers. The Israeli forces
    fired rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them.
    They also raided and searched houses belonging to Jamal Saleh
    Jom’ah, Zhdi, Ahmed Shtaiwi and Khaldoun Abu Khalid ‘Obaid. The
    soldiers then topped the houses’ roofs and used them as watchtowers
    to monitor the protestors and fire rubber bullets and sound bombs.
    As a result, 4 civilians, were wounded, including child Sari
    Abdullah ‘Ali (10) who was hit with a rubber bullet to the right hand.

*_Civilian Succumbed to his Wounds:_*

  * At approximately 17:30 on Saturday, 10 November 2018, medical
    sources at the Istishari Arab Hospital in al-Raihan Suburb in the
    northern Gaza Strip, announced the death of Mohammed Ibrahim
    Shraiteh (28), succumbing to wounds he sustained during his
    participation in the peaceful demonstration against the Israeli
    forces on Friday, 26 October 2018, in al-Mazra’ah eastern village,
    northwest of the city. Mohammed was hit with a live bullet to front
    side of the forehead, causing a fragmentation to a part of the
    brain. Mohammed underwent 4 surgical operations in the
    abovementioned and he stayed in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in a
    deep coma until his death.

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

*_Israeli forces’ attack:_*

  * At approximately 08:00 on Thursday, 08 November 2018, Israeli forces
    accompanied with a military vehicle and a vehicle of the Israeli
    Civil Administration moved into Kherbit al-Mofaqarrah, east of
    Yatta, south of Hebron. The Israeli Civil Administration officer
    handed Ahmed Mahmoud al-Hamamdah (45) a notice to evacuate his
    5-dunum land under the pretext of State lands within 45 days. It
    should be noted that Kherbit al-Mofaqarrah is a residential compound.

*_Israeli settlers’ attack:_*

  * At approximately 03:00 on Friday, 09 November 2018, a group of
    Israeli settlers moved into Kafur al-Deek village, west of Salfit,
    and then wrote hatred slogans against Arabs on walls and vehicles.
    They also punctured the tires of 17 vehicles. PCHR keeps the names
    of persons whose vehicles were damaged.

  * On Sunday, 11 November 2018, dozens of Israeli settlers with the
    Israeli forces’ protection moved into the *Antiquities area*in
    Sibistia village, northwest of Nablus. The village’s Council said
    that around 150 Israeli settlers accompanied with Israeli forces
    moved into the antiquities area in Sibistia village and stayed there
    for few hours before leaving. It should be noted that
    the Antiquities area in Sibistia village was under the Israeli
    incursions several times.

*Recommendations to the International Community*:

 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 to continue to investigate the Israeli
    crimes committed in the oPt, particularly the settlement crimes and
    grave violations in 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 States Parties to the Rome Statute of the ICC to
    work hard to hold Israeli war criminals accountable.
 7. 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.
 8. 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.
 9. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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 of the 
Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)./ 
<https://pchrgaza.org/en/?p=11600>

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