[News] Israeli forces continued with systematic crimes, in the occupied Palestinian territory for the week of 22 – 28 Nov

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  PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied
  Palestinian Territory (22 – 28 November 2018)

November 30,2018
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*/Israeli forces continued with systematic crimes, in the occupied 
Palestinian territory (oPt), for the week of 22 – 28 November, 2018./*

/Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian and wounded 4 others, 
including a child, in the West Bank. Israeli forces continued to use 
excessive force against unarmed civilians and peaceful protestors in the 
Gaza Strip. 86 civilians, including 31 children, 7 women, 3 journalists, 
and 5 paramedics were wounded; the injury of one of them was reported 
serious./

*_Shooting:_*

In the West Bank, on 27 November 2018, the Israeli forces killed Ramzi 
Abu Yabes (32) from al-Duheishah refugee camp, south of Bethlehem, after 
shooting his vehicle he was traveling in the northern Hebron.  The 
Israeli forces claimed that Ramzi ran over Israeli soldiers who were 
stationed near the main road and 3 of them were wounded.  Meanwhile, 
Ramzi’s family confirmed that their son suffers weakness in eyesight.  
Moreover, there was no local eyewitness in the area to conform or refute 
the Israeli claims, but PCHR’s previous investigations into similar 
killings proved that they were normal car accidents and not deliberate.  
Further, the residents of the West Bank have become worried that they 
would get shot for trivial reasons.

In the same context, the Israeli forces during the reporting wounded 4 
civilians, including a child, in Kafr Qaddoum weekly protest, northeast 
of Qalqiliyah.

In the Gaza Strip, the Israeli forces continued to use lethal force 
against the participants in the peaceful protests organized along the 
Gaza Strip borders.  During the reporting period, the Israeli forces 
wounded 86 civilians, including 31 children, 7 women, 3 journalists and 
5 paramedics.  The injury of one of those was reported serious.

*Governorate* 	Injuries
Total 	Children 	Women 	Journalists 	Paramedics 	Critical Injuries
*Northern Gaza Strip* 	42 	21 	4 	3 	5 	1
*Gaza City* 	22 	0 	0 	0 	0 	0
*Central Gaza Strip* 	19 	9 	3 	0 	0 	0
*Khan Younis* 	0 	0 	0 	0 	0 	0
*Rafah* 	3 	1 	0 	0 	0 	0
*Total* 	86 	31 	7 	3 	5 	1

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.  During the reporting period, PCHR documented 8 incidents 
against fishermen, including 5 off al-Wahah resort, northwest of Beit 
Lahia; and 3 off al-Soudaniyah area, west of Jabalia, in the northern 
Gaza Strip.  As a result, 3 Palestinian fishermen were arrested in the 
northern Gaza Strip and their boat was confiscated.

As part of targeting the border areas on 23 November 2018, Israeli 
forces stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and 
Israel, east of ‘Abasan al-Kabirah village, east of Khan Younis, opened 
fire at the agricultural lands near the fence.

On 24 November 2018, Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence 
between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of Deir al-Balah, opened fire at 
the shepherds and bird hunters.

On 25 November 2018, Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence 
between the Gaza Strip and Israel opened fire at a border control point 
belonging to the Palestinian armed groups, east of al-Maghazi.  However, 
no casualties were reported.

*_Incursions:_*

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 117 
military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 3 
similar ones into Jerusalem and its suburbs. During those incursions, 
Israeli forces arrested at least 67 Palestinians, including 9 children 
and a woman, in the West Bank. Moreover, 42 others, including 
Jerusalem’s Governor and a number of political and community activists, 
were arrested in Jerusalem and its suburbs.

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

As part of the Israeli house demolitions and notices, on 28 November 
2018, the Israeli forces levelled demolished a hopuse belonging to 
Mahran al-Mughrabi in al-Mughrabhi neighbourhood in al-Mukaber Mount 
village, south of East Jerusalem, under the pretext of building without 
a license.  The house is a 200-square-meter roof where the 
abovmenetioned wife and 2 children had lived for one year and a half. 
al-Mughrabi said that the house was destroyed on the house contents, but 
neither he nor the family could takem the contents out.  They demolished 
a 50-square-meter commercial facility (an office) belonging to Majed Abu 
‘Eishah in Sho’afat neighbourhood, north of East occupied Jerusalem. 
Meanwhile, in al-Tour neighbourhood, the bulldozers demolished a fence 
surrounding a plot of land belonging to Khader al-Sa’idi.

As part of taking over property belonging to Palestinian civilians for 
the interest of settlement associations, on Wednesday afternoon, 21 
November 2018, the Israeli Supreme Court rejected the petition filed by 
the residents of Batn al-Hawa neighborhood in Silwan village, south of 
the occupied East Jerusalem, and allowed “Ateret Cohanim” settlement 
association to continue its procedures relevant to expelling 700 
Palestinians and forcing them to pay hundred thousands of shekels, 
claiming to compensate settlers for the costs of the legal proceedings 
and house rents for all the years.  It should be noted that the 
residents of Batn al-Hawa neighborhood had submitted a petition against 
the decision of the Administrator General (Custodian of Absentee 
Property) to hand a plot of land in the abovementioned neighborhood that 
had been owned by Jews until 1948, but which is today home to 700 
Palestinians, over to three members of Ateret Cohanim. The latter 
association, which is very active in creating a Jewish Majority in 
occupied Jerusalem, filed a request to expel the Palestinian families 
with the help of the Israeli Justice Ministry’s administrator general to 
take over the area and buildings established there, claiming they belong 
to Jews, and to hand 70 Palestinian families judicial notices in this 
regard.

As part of imposing further restrictions on the Palestinian 
associations” work in the occupied city, the Israeli authorities 
prevented the Minister of Jerusalem’s affairs in the Palestinian 
government, ‘Adnan al-Husseini (71) from traveling abroad for 3 months 
and imposed on him a bail of 10,000 NIS.

In the same context, the Israeli forces arrested the governor of 
Jerusalem, ‘Adnan Ghaith (46), from his house in the Central 
neighborhood in Silwan village, and extended his detention until 
Thursday, 29 November 2018, under the pretext of interrogating with 
him.  It should be noted that the Israeli forces have prosecuted Ghaith 
since the first day of appointing him as the Governor of Jerusalem 
either by arresting or summoning him. Moreover, this is the third time 
within 40 days ‘Adnan has been arrested.

As part of the settlers’ attacks against the Palestinian civilians and 
their property, On Friday dawn, 23 November 2018, settlers from “Price 
Tag” groups slashed tires of 3 vehicles and wrote racist slogans and 
Star of David on the vehicles and walls of houses in al-Burj area in 
Beit Eksa village, northwest of East occupied Jerusalem.

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

As part of the Israeli house demolitions and demolition notices, on 22 
November 2018, Israeli forces demolished a carwash in al-Nabi Younis 
area, north of Hebron.  The carwash was established on the roadside and 
was built of tin plates and iron on an area of 50 square meters 
belonging to Mohammed Hasan Mor’eb.

On 26 November 2018, Israeli forces demolished an uninhabited house in 
al-Murihah village, west of Ya’bud village, southwest of Jenin.  The 
50-square-meter house was ready for habitation and belonged to Bahaa’ 
Hamadouni.

On 27 November 2018, the Israeli forces demolished an agricultural room 
built of bricks and tin plates on an area of 40 square meters in Kherbet 
Souba, south of Ethna village, west of Hebron, belonging to Nabil 
al-Hilah (58).

As part of the Israeli settlers’ attacks against the Palestinians 
civilians and their property, during the reporting period, PCHR’s 
fieldworkers in the West Bank documented 5 incidents carried out by 
settlers.  As a result of those attacks, 30 olive trees were uprooted 
and tires of 30 vehicles were punctured.

*_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-fourth week of the March of Return and Breaking Siege 
activities, Israeli forces wounded 86 civilians, including 31 children, 
7 women, 3 journalists and 56 paramedics. Doctors classified a 
civilians’ injury as serious. The incidents were as follows:*

  * *The Northern Gaza Strip:* 8 civilians, including 4 children and a
    journalist, were wounded. Seven of them were hit tear gas canisters
    and one was hit with a rubber bullet. Doctors classified a
    civilian’s injury as serious. The wounded journalist identified as
    Ismail Khalil Ismail Hamadah (31), a photojournalist at Palestine
    Today TV Channel from Sheikh Redwan neighborhood in Gaza City, was
    hit with a tear gas canister to the head.

  * *Central Gaza Strip:* 18 civilians, including 8 children and 3
    women, were wounded. Fourteen of them were hit with live bullets and
    their shrapnel, 3 were hit with tear gas canisters and one was hit
    with a rubber bullet.

  * *Rafah:* 3 civilians, including a child, were hit with tear gas
    canisters.

  * At approximately 14:15 on Monday, 26 November 2018, Israeli gunboats
    stationed offshore, and Israeli forces stationed along the border
    fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, opened fire and fired sound
    bombs at dozens of Palestinian civilians who were at the Return camp
    along the border coastal, adjacent to adjacent to “Zikim” military
    base , northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip. It should
    be noted that this is the 16^th time for Palestinian boats to sail
    for Breaking the Siege. As a result, 34 civilians, including 17
    children, a woman, 5 paramedics and 2 journalists, were wounded.
    Four of them were hit with live bullets and their shrapnel, 15 were
    hit with rubber bullets and 15 were hit with tear gas canisters. The
    5 paramedics were identified as:

 1. Sharif Mo’een Fayez al-Buzum (32), a paramedic at Military Medical
    Services, was hit with a rubber bullet to the head
 2. Amirah Khalil Abdullah al-Safadi (21), a paramedic at the Youth
    Volunteer Team, was hit with 2 rubber bullets, one to the left thigh
    and the other to the left hand.
 3. Reem Mansour Abdul Jawad Shatat (20), a paramedic at the Youth
    Volunteer Team, was hit with a rubber bullet to the head.
 4. Abdullah Farid Mohammed Abu ‘Oudah (27), a paramedic at the Youth
    Volunteer Team, was hit with a tear gas canister to the right shoulder.
 5. Sa’ed ‘Oudah Khamis al-Tarabin (33), a paramedic at PRCS, was hit
    with a tear gas canister.

The wounded journalists were identified as:

 1. Mohammed Hazem Sami al-Masri (20), a photojournalist at Gaza News
    Agency, was hit with a rubber bullet to the face.
 2. Safenaz Baker Mahmoud al-Louh (29), a photojournalist at Amad News
    Agency, was hit with a tear gas canister to the left hand.

  * At approximately 16:30, on the same Monday, Israeli soldiers
    stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel,
    east of al-Buraij in the central Gaza Strip, opened fire at a
    17-year-old child from al-Buraij when he attempted to approach the
    border fence. As a result, he was hit with a live bullet to the
    lower limbs.

*_West Bank:_*

  * At approximately 13:30 on Friday afternoon, 23 November 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 demanding end of occupation 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. 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. As a result, 4 civilians were hit with rubber bullets,
    including Mohammed Hekmat Eshtiwi (7), who was hit with a rubber
    bullet to the waist.

*Efforts to Create a Jewish majority*

*_Arrests and Incursions:_*

  * At approximately 18:00, on Thursday 22 November 2018, Israeli forces
    raided the Palestinian directorate of education and Dar al-Aytam
    Islamic school in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City and confiscated
    computers and control cameras. Sawsan al-Safadi, head of Public and
    International Relations at the Ministry of Education in Jerusalem,
    said that Israeli forces raided the office and the school and
    searched in the school’s files. They also confiscated a computer
    belonging to the school’s director and the control cameras.
  * On Thursday’s evening, Israeli forces prevented ‘Adnan Ghaleb
    al-Husayni (71) , the Palestinian mayor of Jerusalem, from traveling
    abroad for 3 months. They also forced him to pay 10 thousand NIS as
    a bail after calling him for investigation. Israeli intelligence
    service have called al-Husayni for investigation in the previous day
    in al-Maskobya Detention Facility, west of Jerusalem, and
    confiscated his passport. It was scheduled that al-Husayni will
    deliver a speech on behalf of the Palestinian President, Mahmoud
    Abbas, during the conference in which the Lebanese president, Michel
    Aoun, and the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio
    Gutteres, will attend.
  * At approximately 01:00, on Sunday 25 November 2018, Israeli forces
    moved into Jabal al-Mukkaber neighborhood, south of occupied East
    Jerusalem. They raided and searched a house belonging to Khaled
    Ibrahim ‘Owysat and confiscated his two sons’, Ahmed (19) and
    Mohammed (18), mobile phones.
  * At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Hara al-Wosta
    in Silwan village, south of occupied East Jerusalem. They raided and
    searched a house belonging to the mayor of Jerusalem , ‘Adnan ‘Adel
    Ghaith (46). They also arrested Ghaith and took him to al-Maskobya
    detention center, west of Jerusalem, for investigation. After some
    hours of arrest, they extended his arrest until Thursday 29 November
    2018 under the pretext of completing the investigation. It should be
    noted that the Israeli forces have been pursuing Ghaith either by
    arresting him or calling him for investigation since he became a
    mayor. On 20 October 2018, they arrested him in an ambush after
    intercepting his car in Beit Hanina neighborhood, north of
    Jerusalem. He was released after two days of arrest on condition of
    staying away from his home in Silwan village for 7 days, which made
    him stay in Wadi al-Joz neighborhood. During the 7 days, the Israeli
    forces raided his house arrest many times to make sure that he stays
    there. On 1 November 2018, Ghaith was arrested from al-Silwan club
    in Ras al-‘Amoud neighborhood during his participation in an
    interactive meeting called by Jerusalem institutions. On 8 November
    2018, Ghaith was called to al-Maskobya Police Station and handed him
    a decision preventing him from entering the West Bank for 6 months
    by order of “central region commander “. on 11 November 2018, Ghaith
    was called one more time to al-Maskobya Police Station and was
    informed about a decision that prevents him from communicating with
    some Palestinian people regarding selling Jerusalemite properties to
    settlers. On 19 November 2018, He was subjected to the last
    procedure before his arrest, in which “the commander of the interior
    and the military commander” issued a decision prevents Ghaith from
    communicating with 7 Palestinian people for 6 months. Those
    Palestinian people are : Jihad Mohammed Mahmoud Faqeeh, ‘Adnan
    Ghaleb Mo’ath al-Husayni, Majed ‘Ali Mohammed Faraj, Shady Sa’d
    Mator, ‘Adel Hassan Mohammed abu Znaid, ‘Awad Sadiq Sarhan Salayma,
    and Mo’tasem Kamal Mohammed Taym.
  * At approximately 17:00, on Sunday 25 November 2018, Israeli forces
    repressed a protest in Salah al-Deen street, in the center of
    occupied East Jerusalem. The protest was organized by youth groups
    protesting against arresting the Israeli forces for ‘Adnan ‘Adel
    Ghaith and chasing him continuously since he became the mayor of
    Jerusalem. The protesters carried slogans saying that ” targeting
    the governor of Jerusalem, ‘Adnan Ghaith, is a war crime … there is
    no legitimacy to the occupation in our capital Jerusalem”. They also
    raised Palestinian flags in the area, chanted slogans supporting
    Jerusalem, and asked for releasing the mayor and stop chasing him.
    Meanwhile, Israeli soldiers besieged the protesters and photographed
    them, attacked some of them, and suddenly threw sound bombs to
    enforce the protesters to leave the area. They also arrested Jawad
    syam, Director of Wadi Hilweh Information Center, and confiscated
    the Palestinian flags. It should be noted that the Israeli forces
    released Syam after detaining him for many hours accusing him for
    organizing a protest in Salah al-Deen street. His release was on
    condition of deporting him from Salah al-Deen street, Sultan
    Sulaiman and Bab al-‘Amoud , preventing him from participation in
    any protest in the city for 2 weeks, and signing a personal
    guarantee and a third party guarantee worth 3000 NIS.
  * On Monday early morning, 26 November 2018, Israeli forces moved into
    many neighborhoods and towns in the occupied East Jerusalem and
    surrounded their entrances and streets along with intensive flies of
    Israeli warplanes. They carried out a wide-scale arrest campaign
    against 36 civilians from Fateh movement in Jerusalem after raiding
    and searching their houses asserting their association with the
    Palestinian Security Services. (PCHR keeps the names of these
    detainees). On the above mentioned day afternoon, The Israeli
    Magistrate’s Court extended the detention of the detainees until
    Thursday, 29 November 2018, to continue investigation on suspicion
    of working in the security services of the Palestinian Authority,
    “which constitutes a threat to Israeli security” according to
    Israeli authorities.
  * At approximately 16:00, on Tuesday 27 November 2018, Israeli forces
    arrested Mahmoud Ahmed al-‘Abassi (40), from ‘Ein al-Lawza
    neighborhood in Silwan village, south of the occupied East
    Jerusalem’s Old City, during his presence in Bab al-‘Amoud area.
    Israeli soldiers took him to al-Maskobya Detention Facility for
    investigation.
  * At approximately 18:00, on the same day mentioned above, Israeli
    forces prevented a protest in Salah al-Deen Street, in the center of
    occupied East Jerusalem, which was organized against the arrest of
    Jerusalem’s mayor and some of Fateh Movement cadors in the city.
    According to eyewitnesses, Israeli forces forcibly prevented a
    protest in Salah al-Deen Street after the protesters chanted slogans
    against the policy of arrest in the city. The Israeli forces chased
    the protesters in the streets and checked their ID cards. They also
    arrested Mohammed abu al-Hams (50), a member of Follow-Up Committee
    in al-‘Issawya village, Yassir Darwish (37), secretary of Fateh
    Movment in Jerusalem, and activist ‘Ahed al-Rashq and referred them
    to investigation in Salah al-Deen street’s police station. The
    Israeli forces released the activists after some hours of their
    arrest on condition of deporting them from Salah al-Deen Street, Bab
    al-‘Amoud and al-Sultan Sulaiman street for two weeks.

*_House Demolitions and Notices:_*

  * At approximately 07:00, on Wednesday 28 November 2018, Israeli
    Municipality’s bulldozers demolished a house belonging to Mahran
    al-Mughrabi in al Mughrabi neighborhood in Jabal al-Mukaber village,
    south of occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of
    non-licensing. Al-Mughrabi said that Israeli forces accompanied with
    bulldozers and Israeli Municipality staff raided and demolished his
    houses, which occurs in al-Mughrabi neighborhood near al-Sal’a area
    intersection in al-Mukaber neighborhood. He added that his house is
    a 200-square-meter rove in which he has been living with his wife
    and 2 daughters for a year and a half. He also mentioned that he had
    submitted papers to the Israeli Municipality for licensing but the
    Municipality claimed that they prevent construction in this area,
    knowing that the rove is an additional floor for the original
    building. The demolition took place without allowing them to empty
    the house contents and plantings, making the furniture unusable and
    causing damage to the downstairs. It should be noted that the
    demolition was in a densely-populated area which contains primary
    and secondly schools, which lead to prevent students from going to
    schools due to closing the vicinity of the house, which occurs in
    the middle of a main street. The neighborhood’s residents said that
    many students were unable to go to schools and buses were unable to
    reach the houses to transfer the students. So, many students took
    bypass roads to reach schools.

  * In a related context, Israeli Municipality’s bulldozers moved into
    Shu’fat neighborhood, north of the occupied East Jerusalem’s Old
    City, on early hours of the day mentioned above. They demolished a
    50-square-meter commercial facility belonging to Majed abu ‘Eisha
    under the pretext of non-licensing. In al-Tour neighborhood, Israeli
    bulldozers destroyed a fence surrounds a land belonging to Khader
    ‘Owda al-s’aidy for the same reason.

*Seizing Lands in Favor of Settlement Associations*

On Wednesday afternoon, 21 November 2018, the Israeli Supreme Court 
rejected the petition filed by the residents of Batn al-Hawa 
neighborhood in Silwan village, south of the occupied East Jerusalem, 
and allowed “Ateret Cohanim” settlement association to continue its 
procedures relevant to expelling 700 Palestinians and forcing them to 
pay hundred thousands of shekels, claiming to compensate settlers for 
the costs of the legal proceedings and house rents for all the years.  
It should be noted that the residents of Batn al-Hawa neighborhood had 
submitted a petition against the decision of the Administrator General 
(Custodian of Absentee Property) to hand a plot of land in the 
abovementioned neighborhood that had been owned by Jews until 1948, but 
which is today home to 700 Palestinians,over to three members of Ateret 
Cohanim. The latter association, which is very active in creating a 
Jewish Majority in occupied Jerusalem, filed a request to expel the 
Palestinian families with the help of the Israeli Justice Ministry’s 
administrator general to take over the area and buildings established 
there, claiming they belong to Jews, and to hand 70 Palestinian families 
judicial notices in this regard.

On Wednesday afternoon, The Supreme Court’s Judges (Daphne Barak-Erez 
and Barron Valron) rejected a petition filed by 104 Palestinian 
civilians from Batn al-Hawa neighborhood against the 2009 decision by 
the General Custodian of Absentee Property to “free the land on which 
they have lived for decades.”  After Judge Erez first rejected the 
request by the settlers to dismiss the petition, she later detailed a 
series of flaws in the administrator general’s conduct of transferring 
the land to Ateret Cohanim without even bothering to inform the 
residents who had lived there for decades.  The judge emphasized that 
the general administrator never investigated whether the land’s legal 
classification under the laws of the Ottoman Empire and even allowed the 
land to be turned over. Only in the final stages of the legal process 
did the State start looking into this complex question that is still 
with no definitive answer to it.  Yet despite all these problems, she 
decided that the High Court is the wrong place to investigate these 
factual arguments, and that the problems didn’t stem from the way the 
administrator acted, but rather “lie in the statutory arrangement.” 
Therefore, she rejected the petition. As a result, the dozens of suits 
Ateret Cohanim has filed to evict 70 Palestinian families will be 
resumed in the coming weeks.

The Israeli media has referred to a number of decisions issued recently 
by the Israeli Supreme Court in which they indicate, “there is a radical 
change in its policies,” under the auspices of the Israeli Justice 
Minister, “Ayelet Shaked”, which was described by the media as “Lady of 
the Coup in the Supreme Court, particularly when it comes to 
Palestinians’ rights”. Among these latest decisions was the rejection of 
the Supreme Court’s Judges of an appeal filed by Palestinians from 
Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood against their expulsion from their homes. It 
should be noted that on Monday, 19 November 2018, the Israeli Knesset 
approved in the second and third readings the construction of 
residential units and houses in the national and public parks, which 
means the expansion of settlement of “Ir David” settlement in Silwan 
village that is considered one of the areas most targeted by the Israeli 
settlers and Government.

*_Settlers’ attacks against Palestinian civilians and their property:_*

  * On Friday, 23 November 2018, Israeli settlers from “Price Tag”
    Groups punctured the tires of 3 vehicles and wrote racist slogans
    and Star of David on the vehicles and walls of houses in al-Burj
    area in Beit Eksa village, northwest of occupied East Jerusalem. The
    residents of the village said that the settlers punctured a number
    of vehicles and wrote racist slogans threatening to kill the
    Palestinians and attempting to burn the Mosque in al-Burj area in
    the village, which was taken over by the Israelis and where they
    built “Ramout” settlement.  It should be mentioned that “Beit Eksa”
    village is isolated behind the annexation wall, and Israel does not
    allow anyone to enter except for the village residents who undergo
    tightened search measures.

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

*Israeli forces’ attacks:*

  * At approximately 11:00 on Monday, 22 November 2018, Israeli forces
    backed by 2 military vehciles and accompanied with a vehicles
    belonging to the construction and organization department in the
    Civil Administration and a JCB Excavator moved into al-Nabi Younis
    area in northern Hebron. They stationed at the intersection of the
    road connected with Bypass Road 60.  The soldiers deployed in the
    area while the excavator destroyed a carwash established on the
    roadside that is built of tin plates and construction steel on an
    area of 50 square meters and belonging to Mohammed Hasan Mor’eb. 
    The demolition came under the pretext of unlicensed building in Area C.
  * At approximately 07:30 on Monday, 26 November 2018, Israeli forces
    accompanied with a vehicle and a bulldozer belonging to the
    construction and organization department in the Civil Administration
    moved into al-Murihah village, west of Ya’bud village, southwest of
    Jenin. The bulldozer started demolishing a house belonging to Bahaa’
    Amin Hasan Mousa Hamadouni that was built on an area of 130 square
    meters.  The house is ready for inhabitation and the demolition came
    under the pretext of unlicensed building in Area C.
  * At approximately 09:00 on Tuesday, 27 November 2018, Israeli forces
    backed by a military vehicle and accompanied with a vehicle
    belonging to the construction and organization department in the
    Civil Administration moved into Sousi village, south of Yata, south
    of Hebron. The Civil Administration officer handed the heirs of
    ‘Abdel Muhsen Mohammed Nawaj’ah a demolition notice relevant to 2
    tents of 30 square meters under the pretext of unlicensed building.
  * At approximately 13:00, Israeli forces backed by a military vehciles
    and accompanied with a vehicle belonging to the construction and
    organization department in the Civil Administration moved into
    al-Dirat village, east of Yata, south of Hebron. The Civil
    Administration officer handed Fawar Mohammed Rab’ie (40) a notice to
    stop the construction works in his house of 160 square meters under
    the pretext of unlicensed building.
  * At approximately 15:00, Israeli forces backed by 2 military vehicles
    and accompanied with a vehicle belonging to the construction and
    organization department in the Civil Administration and a JCB
    Excavator moved into Kherbet Souba, south of Ethna village, west of
    Hebron. The soldiers deployed in the area while the excavator
    started demolishing an agricultural room built of bricks and tin
    plates on an area of 40 square meters.  The construction costs were
    provided by ACTED organization.  This room and a 2-dunum land in the
    vicinity of it belong to Nabil Mohammed Mahmoud al-Heilah (58).  The
    demolition came under the pretext of unlicensed construction in area C.

  * At approximately 02:00 on Friday, 23 November 2018, a group of
    settlers from “Yitsihar” settlement attacked the southern
    neighborhood of ‘Asirah al-Qabaliyah village, south of Nablus. The
    settlers attacked the Palestinian vehciles parked in front of the
    owners’ houses and their yards as well as on the streets.  They also
    wrote racist slogans against Arabs and Muslims on the houses’ walls
    and cars in addition to puncturing with sharp tools the tires of 16
    cars before leaving the village.  PCHR keeps the names of the owners
    of those cars damaged.

  * Around the same time, a group of settlers attacked the eastern
    neighborhood of Howarah village, south of Nablus. They attacked the
    Palestinian vehicles parked in front of the owners’ houses and their
    yards as well as on the streets.  They also wrote racist slogans
    against Arabs and Muslims on the houses’ walls and cars in addition
    to puncturing with sharp tools the tires of 6 cars and 3 trucks
    belonging to al-Hawari Contracting Company before leaving the
    village. PCHR keeps the names of the affected owners.
  * At approximately 15:00 on Saturday, 24 November 2018, a group of
    settlers from “‘Aadi ‘Aad” settlement destroyed and cut 35 olive
    trees in lands in al-Seder area in Termes’aya village, northeast of
    Ramallah. ‘Abdullah Ratib Na’san (45) said to a PCHR’s fieldworker that:

/“I was in our land in Qalsoun area, which is 500 meters away from 
al-Seder area, north of the village and is 3 kilometers away from “‘Aadi 
‘Aad” settlement, to plant and cultivate the land along with my 
cousins.  At approximately 15:00, we saw a group of settlers; around 15, 
approaching the barbed-wire fence surrounding the trees in al-Seder area 
and destroyed it so they could enter the land.  They started cutting the 
olive trees and breaking their branches randomly and left the area.  
After that, 2 settlers came to cut and damage other trees in the same 
way and left quickly towards the abovementioned settlement.  The number 
of those trees cut down was 35 olive trees planted 5 years ago and 
belonging to ‘Abdullah Hasan Abu ‘Awwad and Hasan Kheir Abu ‘Alia.”/

  * At approximately 02:55 on Sunday, 25 November 2018, Israeli settlers
    from”‘Aadi ‘Aad” settlement attacked 4 vehciles in al-Naqqar area,
    north of al-Mugheir village, northeast of Ramallah. They wrote
    hostile slogans on the vehicles and punctured their tires. Those
    vehciels belong to AMhmoud Saleh Soliman Abu ‘Alya (37); Akram Kamal
    Na’asan (45); ‘Amer Hussein Abu ‘Aalia (38); and Mojahed ‘Eid
    Na’asan (38).  The latter civilian said to a PCHR’s fieldworker
    after watching a video captured by the surveillance cameras in his
    house that shows what 2 settlers did to his vehicle.

/“At approximately 02:55, 2 settlers dressed in civilian clothes 
punctured the tires of my vehicle and removed the tires, writing racist 
slogans on the vehicle and the houses’ walls.  That happed two hours 
after the Israeli forces’ incursion into the village and patrolling in 
al-Naqqar neighborhood, where I live. The vehicle was parked in front of 
my house with an Israeli registration plate as I use it to work inside 
and outside the village”/

*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 for the 
Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)./ <http://pchrgaza.org/en/>

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