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Israeli violations of international & international law (09 – 15 May 2013)

Israeli violations of international & international law (09 – 15 May 2013)
17-05-2013,22:51

Shooting: During the reporting period, Israeli forces wounded 8 Palestinian civilians, including a child, in the West Bank; 4 civilians were wounded during Israeli dispersal of gatherings of Palestinian civilians protesting against Israeli forcesʹ attacks in the Palestinian residential areas, while the 4 others, including 2 photojournalists, a paramedic and an 18-year-old boy, were wounded during peaceful protests against settlement activities and the annexation wall. 

On 10 May 2013, Israeli forces wounded a 21-year-old young man by a bullet in the right knee when Israeli forces moved into the southwest of Hebron.

On the same day, 2 civilians were wounded when Israeli forces moved into Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron.

On 14 May 2013, a child was wounded by a rubber-coated metal bullet in the right thigh when Israeli forces moved into al-Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron.

Israeli forces continued the systematic use of excessive force against peaceful protests organised by Palestinian, Israeli and international activists against the construction of the annexation wall and settlement activities in the West Bank. As a result, 4 Palestinian civilians, including 2 photojournalists, a paramedic and an 18-year-old boy, were wounded in Ramallah on 10 May 2013. 

Incursions: During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 61 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank. During these incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 47 Palestinians, including 13 children and a woman.

Israeli forces conducted 2 limited incursions into the Gaza Strip. The first incursion was conducted on 02 May 2013 in the northeast of Beit Hanoun, in the north of the Gaza Strip. The second incursion was conducted on 08 May 2013 in the northeast of Jabalia, in the north of the Gaza Strip.

Restrictions on movement: Israel continued to impose a tightened closure of the oPt, imposing severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.

The illegal closure of the Gaza Strip, which has steadily tightened since June 2007, has had a disastrous impact on the humanitarian and economic situation in the Gaza Strip. The illegal closure has not only caused a humanitarian crisis, but also a human rights crisis and the erosion of human dignity for the people of the Gaza Strip. Recently-declared measures to ease the closure are vague, purely cosmetic, and fail to deal with the root causes of the crisis. The root causes can only be addressed by an immediate and complete lifting of the closure, including lifting the travel ban into and out of the Gaza Strip and the ban on exports. Palestinians in Gaza may no longer suffer from the same shortage of goods but, as long as the closure is allowed to continue, they will remain economically dependent on Israel, unable to care for themselves, and socially, culturally, and academically isolated from the rest of the world.

Israeli forces have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians throughout the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Thousands of Palestinian civilians from the West Bank and the Gaza Strip continue to be denied access to Jerusalem.

During the reporting period, Israeli forces completely closed the commercial border crossings between the Gaza Strip and Israel. They closed Karm Abu Salem crossing for 4 consecutive days because of Jewish holidays. This closure negatively affected the entry of goods, construction materials and medical consignments in the Gaza Strip. It also has a detrimental impact on the living conditions of Palestinian civilians. As a result, thousands of Palestinian workers were denied access to their work in Israel and occupied East Jerusalem. Moreover, Palestinian traders were denied access to Israel and/or travel via the border crossings between the Gaza Strip and West Bank.

Settlement activities: Israel has continued its settlement activities in the oPt, a direct violation of international humanitarian law, and Israeli settlers have continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property.

On Thursday, 09 May 2013, Israeli forces, accompanied by 4 military vehicles and a vehicle of the Israeli Civil Administration, moved into Khashem al-Karm area in the southeast of Hebron. The Civil administration officer handed notices to 8 Palestinians from al-Najada family, ordering them to halt construction work in their houses.

Saturday, 11 May 2013, Israeli forces, accompanied by a vehicle of the Israeli Civil Administration and a bulldozer, moved into al-Khader village, in the southwest of Bethlehem.  The bulldozer closed the agricultural road, which links ʹAyn Masoura, Thaher alZiah and Ayn Qesis areas which are located to the west of the afore-mentioned village, using huge rocks and piles of sand.

On Monday, 13 May 2013, Israeli forces, accompanied by 3 military vehicles and a vehicle of the Israeli Civil Administration, moved into the Kherbat Um al-Khair area, east of Yatta in the south of Hebron.  A Civil Administration officer placed a notice, ordering to stop the operation of a water well of 70 cubic metres, under the pretext that it was not licensed by Israeli authorities.  The well is the property of Belal Salem Eid Hathaleen

Violations committed by settlers: On Thursday, 09 May 013, a group of settlers from ʺMaʹonʺ settlement, established on Palestinian civiliansʹ lands in the east of Yatta, in the south of Hebron, broke 62 olive trees with their hands and using chainsaws.  Also, the settlers wrote racist slogans in the agricultural lands surrounding al-Tawani village, east of Yatta.  The trees, aged 30 years, are the property of Khader Ibrahim al-ʹAmour and Kayed Ibrahim al-ʹAmour.

On Sunday, 12 May 2013, the security official at ʺEfratʺ settlement, established on lands of alKhader village, southwest of Bethlehem, denied Nader Jouda Mahmoud Sobaih (35) and his wife access to their farmland, which is located in Marsieʹ and is near the settlementʹs barbwire.  In his testimony to a PCHR fieldworker, Nader Sobaih said that the settlementʹs security denied him access to his land of 15 dunums, which is planted with grapevines.  He added that the soldiers confiscated his ID card and asked him to provide a previouslyobtained coordination and a permit to enter the land, otherwise, he will be arrested and prosecuted under the pretext that it is a settlement-owned land.

On Monday, 13 May 2013, a group of settlers from ʺMaʹonʺ settlement burnt a wheat crop in Ali Ibrahim Ali Awadʹs 2-dunum land.

On Tuesday, 14 May 2013, a group of settlers from ʺEfratʺ settlement moved into agricultural lands in the Thaher al-Ziah area, west of al-Khader village.  The settlers performed prayers by one of the irrigation water wells.  The settlers dived in the water well and raised the Israeli flag on top of it.  It should be mentioned that the settlers, within the past weeks, raided many areas that included water springs and performed Talmudic rituals under the pretext that its water is holy, in preparation to confiscating it and establishing settlements in their surrounding area.

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