Israeli violations of international & humanitarian law (30 September – 06 October 2010) – Ezzedeen Al-Qassam Brigades

Israeli violations of international & humanitarian law (30 September – 06 October 2010)

09-10-2010,09:29

Shooting:

During the reporting period, IOF killed a Palestinian worker in the West Bank, and wounded another one in the Gaza Strip and a child in the West Bank.

In the West Bank, on 03 October 2010, IOF killed a Palestinian worker from Sa’ir village, northeast of Hebron, when he had crossed the annexation wall near al-Tour village, east of Jerusalem, towards his work. An Israeli police spokeswoman claimed that the Israeli police “noticed a number of persons (around 15) jumping over a wall opposite to al-‘Eissawiya village near the main road leading to Ma’ale Admoim settlement. Two police officers chased them, and one of the officers was able to capture one of them. A quarrel erupted between the two, during which the Palestinian worker attempt to seize the officer’s gun, so a bullet was unleashed, and it hit the worker.” However, investigations conducted by PCHR and eyewitnesses’ accounts refute this claim, and indicate that Israeli soldiers could have arrested the worker without killing him.

During the reporting period, IOF used excessive force to disperse peaceful demonstrations organized in protest to Israeli settlement activities and the construction of the annexation wall. As a result, a Palestinian child was wounded, and dozens of Palestinian civilians and international human rights defenders suffered from tear gas inhalation or sustained bruises.

In the Gaza Strip, a Palestinian worker was wounded when Israeli soldiers stationed at the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel fired at them while collecting raw construction materials.

Incursions:

During the reporting period, IOF conducted at least 18 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank, during which they arrested 6 Palestinian civilians, including a judge and a child.

In the Gaza Strip, IOF conducted one limited incursion into the northern Gaza Strip, during which they chased a number of Palestinian workers who were collecting raw construction materials.

Israel had continued to impose a tightened siege on the OPT and imposed severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.

Gaza Strip

Israel has continuously closed all border crossings to the Gaza Strip for over three years. The illegal Israeli-imposed 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 caused not only a humanitarian crisis but a crisis of human rights and human dignity for the population of the Gaza Strip. Measures declared recently to ease the blockade are vague, purely cosmetic and fail to deal with the root causes of the crisis, which 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. PCHR is concerned that the new Israeli policy is simply shifting Gaza to another form of illegal blockade, one that may become internationally accepted and institutionalized. Palestinians in Gaza may no longer suffer from the same shortage of goods, but they will remain economically dependent and unable to care for themselves, and socially, culturally and academically isolated from the rest of the world.
  • Expanding the list of items allowed into Gaza does not change the illegality of this policy, which is inconsistent with Israel’s legal obligations both as an Occupying Power and under international human rights treaties to which it is party, such as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
  • Facts on the ground refute Israeli claims with respect to the easing of the closure imposed on the Gaza Strip and the reduction of restrictions imposed on the entry of goods.
  • Israeli declaration of allowing new goods to be entered into the Gaza Strip constitutes an attempt to delude the international community, as such goods do not meet the minimal needs of the Gaza Strip.
  • IOF have continued to ban the entry of raw construction materials into the Gaza Strip.
  • IOF have imposed a ban on all exports from the Gaza Strip.
  • Israel had continued to close Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing to Palestinian civilians wishing to travel to the West Bank and Israeli for medical treatment, trade or social visits.
  • Israel has imposed additional access restrictions on international diplomats, journalists and humanitarian workers seeking to enter the Gaza Strip. They have prevented representatives of several international humanitarian organizations from entering the Gaza Strip.
  • Living conditions of the Palestinian civilian population have seriously deteriorated; levels of poverty and unemployment have mounted sharply.

West Bank

IOF 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.

  • IOF have established checkpoints in and around Jerusalem, severely restricting Palestinian access to the city. Civilians are frequently prevented from praying at al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.
  • There are approximately 585 permanent roadblocks, and manned and unmanned checkpoints across the West Bank.
  • When complete, the illegal Annexation Wall will stretch for 724 kilometers around the West Bank, further isolating the entire population. 350 kilometers of the Wall have already been constructed. Approximately 99% of the Wall has been constructed inside the West Bank itself, further confiscating Palestinian land.
  • At least 65% of the main roads that lead to 18 Palestinian communities in the West Bank are closed or fully controlled by IOF.
  • There are approximately 500 kilometers of restricted roads across the West Bank. In addition, approximately one third of the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, is inaccessible to Palestinians without a permit issued by the IOF. These permits are extremely difficult to obtain.
  • IOF continue to harass, and assault demonstrators who hold peaceful protests against the construction of the Annexation Wall.
  • Palestinian civilians continue to be harassed by IOF in Jerusalem, and across the West Bank, including being regularly stopped and searched in the streets by IOF.

Settlement Activities:

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

On 03 October 2010, Israeli settlers from “Aadi Aad” settlement outpost stormed olive fields in the northwest of al-Mghayar village, northeast of Ramallah. They attempted to steal olives. Soon after, IOF moved into the area.

On 04 October 2010, a number of Israeli settlers stormed the Prophets Mosque in Beit Fajjar village, south of Bethlehem, and set fire to it. The mosque was heavily damaged.

On 05 October 2010, IOF moved into Far’oun village, south of Tulkarm. They stopped near a play ground in the west of the village and photographed it. They also hung a notice of demolition of its buildings. They then delivered notices ordering the demolition of a number of houses belonging to Palestinian civilians.

On 06 October 2010, the Israeli daily Ha’aretz reported that 350 housing units are currently being built in Israeli settlements in the West Bank.  According to the paper, 56 units are being built in “Qidoumim” settlement, east of Qalqilya; 54 ones in “Ariel” settlement, north of Salfit; 56 ones in “Karmi Tsur” settlement, north of Hebron; 24 ones in “Mateh Benjamin; 34 ones in “Kiryat Arba” settlement, southeast of Hebron; and one unit in each of the following settlements: “Oranit;” “Sha’ari Tikva;” “Rafafah;” “Yakir;” “Kokhav Hashahar;” “Burkan;” “Kfar Adomim;” “Taqqou;” and “Dulif.”

Israeli violations of international & humanitarian law (30 September – 06 October 2010) – Ezzedeen Al-Qassam Brigades.

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