Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (23 – 29 December. 2010)

 

Thursday, 30 December 2010 00:00

IOF Attacks a Palestinian Child when Breaking into Selwan Village in Jerusalem.


On the 2nd Anniversary of the Israeli Offensive on the Gaza Strip, Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) Escalate Attacks against Palestinian Civilians and Property in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT)

· IOF killed two Palestinians shepherd in the Gaza Strip.

· Two activists of the Palestinian resistance were killed by IOF in the southern Gaza Strip.

3 Palestinian civilians were wounded by Israeli gunfire in the West Bank.

· IOF continued to fire at Palestinian workers, farmers and fishermen in border areas in the Gaza Strip.

4 Palestinian civilians were wounded.

IOF arrested 6 Palestinian fishermen and confiscated their boat.

· Israeli warplanes attacked a number of targets in the Gaza Strip.

· IOF continued to use force against peaceful protests in the West Bank.

5 Palestinian civilians and an Israeli photojournalist were wounded.

IOF arrested 17 human rights defenders.

· IOF conducted 51 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank.

IOF arrested 18 Palestinian civilians, including a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council and 7 children.

· Israel has continued to impose a total siege on the OPT and has isolated the Gaza Strip from the outside world.

Israeli soldiers positioned at military checkpoints in the West Bank arrested one Palestinian civilians.

· Israel has continued to take measures aimed at creating a Jewish demographic majority in Jerusalem.

The Israeli municipality of Jerusalem waged a campaign of destruction and demolition in al-Tour village near Jerusalem.

· IOF have continued settlement activities in the West Bank and Israeli settlers have continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property.

Israeli settlers seized 600 donums of Palestinian land near Hebron..

Summary

Israeli violations of international law and humanitarian law in the OPT continued during the reporting period (23 – 29 December 2010):

Shooting:

During the reporting period, IOF killed two Palestinian civilians and two activists of the Palestinian resistance, and wound 12 Palestinians, including a woman and two children, and an Israeli photojournalist.

In the Gaza Strip, on 23 December 2010, Israeli soldiers positioned at the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel killed a Palestinian shepherd in the northern Gaza Strip.

On 26 December 2010, two members of the al-Quds Brigades (the armed wing of Islamic Jihad) in clashes with IOF near the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel to the east of Khan Yunis.

On 28 December 2010, IOF killed a Palestinian civilian near the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel to the east of Khan Yunis.

During the reporting period, IOF fired at Palestinian workers who were collecting scraps of construction materials. As a result, two workers, including a child, were wounded by Israeli gunfire.

During the reporting period, a shepherd and a farmer were wounded by Israeli gunfire in the northern Gaza Strip.

During the reporting period, Israeli warplanes attacked a number of targets in the Gaza Strip. On 25 December 2010, they bombarded a site of the ‘Izziddin al-Qassam Brigades (the armed wing of Hamas) in al-Nughraqa village in the central Gaza Strip. The site was heavily damaged and 3 activists of the Palestinian resistance who were traveling in a car near the site sustained bruises. IOF also bombarded tunnels along the Egyptian border south of Rafah.

In the West Bank, 8 Palestinian civilians and an Israeli photojournalist were wounded by Israeli gunfire in the West Bank.

On 23 December 2010, Israeli soldiers opened fire at two Palestinian civilians who were traveling in a car in the east of Hebron. The two civilians were wounded and then arrested by Israeli soldiers.

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, 5 Palestinian civilians and an Israeli human rights defender were wounded, and dozens of Palestinian civilians and international human rights defenders suffered from tear gas inhalation or sustained bruises. IOF also arrested two Palestinian civilians, 4 Israeli human rights defenders and 11 international ones.

Incursions:

During the reporting period, IOF conducted at least 51 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank, during which they arrested 18 Palestinian civilians, including a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council and 7 children.

Restrictions on Movement:

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.

Measures Aimed at Creating a Jewish Demographic Majority in Jerusalem:

IOF have continued to take measures at creating a Jewish majority in Jerusalem.

On 29 December 2010, the Israeli police, accompanied by a number of bulldozers, trucks and large levers of the Israeli municipality of Jerusalem, moved into Khillat al-‘Ein area in the east of al-Tour village, east of Jerusalem. They demolished a number of rooms, stores and bird an animal farms. They also razed large areas of agricultural land and confiscated some civilian property.

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 25 December 2010, dozens of Israeli settlers, escorted by IOF, from “Missa Ya’ir” settlement to the east of Yatta village, south of Hebron, waged a campaign to seize areas of Palestinian land. They fenced a 600-donum area of land belonging to the families of Houhiya and al-Najjar. The seized area of land is part of areas of land, which are often attacked by Israeli settlers and closed by IOF.

On 26 December 2010, a number of Israeli settlers from “Gilad” settlement, east of Qalqilya, attacked a tract of land belonging to ‘Aadel Hassan Yamin, 54, from Jeet village northeast of Qalqilya. They destroyed the fence of the land and damaged a water well..

On 27 December 2010, a number of Israeli settlers from “Tits’har” settlement set fire to agricultural lands in Khillat ‘Ein al-Sha’ira in the southeast of Madama village, south of Nablus. As a result, 20 olive trees were partially burnt, before Palestinian fire fighters were able to extinguish fire. The settlers also uprooted a number of small trees.

On 29 December 2010, Israeli settlers burnt 3 tents belonging to the al-Nawaj’a family in Sousia village, south of Hebron. According to Sarah Isma’il al-Nawaj’as, she woke up to find that fired had broken out in the tents. She also saw and Israeli settler fleeing in a car towards the nearby by “Sousia” settlement.

Israeli Violations Documented during the Reporting Period (23 – 29 December 2010)

1. Incursions into Palestinian Areas and Attacks on Palestinian Civilians and Property in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip

Thursday, 23 December 2010

· At approximately 00:05, IOF moved into Kufor Ra’ei village, south of Jenin. They raided and searched a house belonging to Wa’el Ahmed Melhem, and arrested his three sons: Mo’tassem, 27; Muntasser, 25; and Mohammed, 21. They also confiscated two mobile phones, two television sets and a digital camera.

· At approximately 00:10, IOF opened fire at a Palestinian civilian vehicle in the east of Hebron. IOF fired at the vehicle, whose driver drove it slowly after a short stop, from a range of 15-20 meters. As a result, the driver and a person accompanying him were wounded. Israeli soldiers took the persons out of the car, verified their identity cards and transported them in an ambulance to an Israeli hospital. They also confiscated the vehicle. The two wounded persons were identified as:

  1. Isma’il Salah al-Ja’bari, 20, seriously wounded by at least one bullet to the back and another one to the head; and
  2. Mohammed ‘Aamer al-Ja’bari, 24, wounded by two bullets to the arms and shrapnel to the head.

On Friday evening, 24 December 2010, IOF allowed a brother of each of the wounded to visit them in the hospital. A few hours later, IOF took the second person to an unknown destination, while the first one remained in the intensive care unit.

· At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Qabatya village, southeast of Jenin. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Mahmoud Ahmed Zakarna, 22, and arrested him.

· At approximately 06:30, Israeli soldiers stationed on observation towers to the north of Beit Lahia town in the northern Gaza Strip opened fire at a number of Palestinian workers who were collecting scraps of construction materials from a site where the evacuated Israeli settlement of “Elli Sinai” used to stand. As a result, Mohammed ‘Aayesh al-Hossoumi, 19, from Beit Lahia, was wounded by a bullet to the left thigh, when he was nearly 300 meters away from the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel.

· At approximately 09:00, Israeli soldiers stationed at the northeastern border of the Gaza Strip opened fire at a number of Palestinian farmers who were cropping vegetables near the evacuated Israeli settlement of “Elli Sinani.” As a result, Hatem Isma’il Shalha, 17, was wounded by shrapnel of bullets to the head, when he was nearly 200 meters away from the border.

· At approximately 09:30, IOF moved into Habla village, southeast of Qalqilya. They patrolled in the streets and established a checkpoint. They left the village at approximately 13:40, and no house raids or arrests were reported.

· At approximately 10:00, IOF moved into Ras ‘Atiya village, south of Qalqilya. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. No house raids or arrests were reported.

· Also at approximately 10:00, IOF moved into Kufor Qaddoum village, east of Qalqilya. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. No house raids or arrests were reported.

· At approximately 10:55, Israeli soldiers stationed on observation towers on the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel to the north of the Bedouin Village in the northern Gaza Strip opened fire at a number of Palestinian shepherds who were grazing animals in the north of village. As a result, Salama Hazzaa’ Musleh Abu Hashish, 19, was seriously wounded by a bullet to the abdomen. They was transported on an animal cart to the main road, and was then evacuated in an ambulance to Kamal ‘Edwan Hospital in Beit Lahia. He underwent an emergency surgery, but he was pronounced dead at approximately 17:30.

· At approximately 13:20, Israeli soldiers stationed at the northeastern border of the Gaza Strip opened fire at a number of Palestinian workers who were collecting scraps of construction materials from a site where the evacuated Israeli settlement of “Elli Sinani” used to stand. As a result, Mahmoud Saleh Karim, 17, from al-Shati refugee camp in Gaza, was wounded by a bullet to the left hand, when he was nearly 500 meters away from the border.

· At approximately 16:00, IOF moved into ‘Izbat al-Tabib village, east of Qalqilya. They patrolled in the streets for some time, and withdrew later. No house raids or arrests were reported.

· At approximately 18:40, IOF moved into ‘Azzoun village, east of Qalqilya. They patrolled in the streets and searched a number of shops. They withdrew from the village later, and no arrests were reported.

· At approximately 21:40, IOF moved into Jabal al-Aqra’ area in the east of Kufor Qaddoum village, east of Qalqilya. They searched the area and fired flash bombs.

Friday, 24 December 2010

· At approximately 08:00, IOF established a checkpoint at the southern entrance of Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah. They stopped and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles. A number of Palestinian boys gathered and threw stones at Israeli soldiers. Immediately, Israeli soldiers fired rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sounds bombs at the boys. As a result, ‘Odai ‘Abdul Raziq al-Tamimi, 18, was wounded by at least 11 rubber-coated metal bullets to the chest. A number of boys also suffered from tear gas inhalation.

· At approximately 16:00, IOF moved into Shwaika suburb, north of Tulkarm. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. No house raids or arrests were reported.

· Also at approximately 16:00, IOF moved into al-Jaroushiya village, north of Tulkarm. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. No house raids or arrests were reported.

· At approximately 18:00, IOF moved into Ya’bad village, southwest of Jenin. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. No house raids or arrests were reported.

· At approximately 23:40, Israeli warplane bombarded a tunnel on the Egyptian border near al-Salam neighborhood in the south of Rafah. No casualties were reported.

· At approximately 23:55, Israeli warplane bombarded a tunnel on the Egyptian border near al-Brazil neighborhood in the south of Rafah. No casualties were reported.

Saturday, 25 December 2010

· At approximately 00:00, Israeli warplanes fired 3 missile at a site of the ‘Izziddin al-Qassam Brigades (the armed wing of Hamas) in al-Mughraqa village near Gaza Valley Bridge in the central Gaza Strip. As a result, 3 Palestinian resistance activists who were traveling in a car in the area were injured, and the site was heavily damaged.

· Also at approximately 00:00, IOF moved into Faqqou’a village, northeast of Jenin. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. No house raids or arrests were reported.

· Also at approximately 00:00, IOF moved into Shwaika suburb, north of Tulkarm. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. No house raids or arrests were reported.

· At approximately 12:30, IOF moved into Kfiret village, southwest of Jenin. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. No house raids or arrests were reported.

· Also at approximately 12:30, IOF moved into Kufor Qoud village, west of Jenin. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. No house raids or arrests were reported.

· Also at approximately 12:30, IOF moved into al-‘Araqa village, southwest of Jenin. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. No house raids or arrests were reported.

· At approximately 15:00, Israeli soldiers stationed on observation towers on the northwestern border of the Gaza Strip opened fire at Palestinian fishermen who were fishing near Beit Lahia beach in the northern Gaza Strip. As a result, Ahmed Mohammed Zayed, 25, from Beit Lahia, was wounded by a bullet to the right foot.

· At approximately 18:30, IOF moved into Ya’bad village, southwest of Jenin. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. No house raids or arrests were reported.

Sunday, 26 December 2010

· At approximately 00:00, IOF moved into ‘Azzoun village, east of Qalqilya. They raided and searched two house belonging to the Radwan family, but no arrests were reported.

· At approximately 00:30, IOF moved into Jalqamous village, southeast of Jenin. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.

· At approximately 01:00, armed clashes erupted between activists of the al-Quds Brigades (the armed wing of Islamic Jihad) and IOF near the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel to the east of Khuza’a village, east of the southern Gaza Strip town of Khan Yunis. The clashes continued sporadically until 06:00, during which IOF employed helicopters and tanks. As a result of these clashes, two activists of al-Quds Brigades were killed:

  1. Mos’ab ‘Eissa ‘Ali Abu Rouk, 20; and
  2. Mahmoud Yousef Shihda al-Najjar, 21.

· At approximately 02:30, IOF moved into Beit Liqya village, west of Ramallah. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. No house raids or arrests were reported.

· At approximately 03:00, IOF moved into Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched a number of houses, but no arrests were reported.

· At approximately 11:30, IOF moved into Beit Ummar town, north of Hebron. They broke into Zahrat al-Mada’en School. They searched the yards and left the school later. No arrests were reported.

· At approximately 17:00, IOF moved into Zabbouba village, northwest of Jenin. They patrolled in the streets and stormed a playground. They arrested Mohammed Zuhair Jaradat, 15, and Ahmed Rida Jaradat, 16. They released them at night. IOF also warned chairman of the local council of the village to prevent anyone from throwing stones at Israeli soldiers positioned near the annexation wall.

· At approximately 18:30, Israeli gunboats opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats opposite to al-Nussairat beach in the central Gaza Strip, forcing them to sail back to the beach.

· At approximately 20:00, IOF moved into Jayous village, north of Qalqilya. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. No house raids or arrests were reported.

· At approximately 21:00, IOF moved into Beit Fajjar village, southwest of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a number of houses and arrested two Palestinian civilians, including a child:

  1. Murad Ahmed Taqatqa, 17; and
  2. Mahmoud Faisal Thawabta, 21.

Monday, 27 December 2010

· At approximately 00:00, IOF moved into Jayous village, north of Qalqilya. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. No house raids or arrests were reported.

· At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into Taqqou’ village, southeast of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a number of houses and arrested 4 Palestinian children:

1. Waheed Ahmed Kawazba, 17;

2. Radi Hamdan Kawazba, 17;

3. Mohammed Yousef Kawazba, 15; and

4. Mohammed Na’im Kawazba, 13.

· At approximately 02:00, IOF moved into Deir Samet village, southwest of Hebron. They raided and searched a number of houses and arrested two Palestinian civilians:

1. Fadi Yousef al-Hroub, 20; and

2. Ahmed al-Hroub, 18.

· At approximately 04:00, IOF moved into Jenin town and refugee camp. They raided a house belonging to Khaled Saleh Abu Zaina, 52, a leader of Islamic Jihad. They took him out together with his son, 23-year-old Saleh, and interrogated them. About half an hour later, IOF forced the son to guide them to Zaina. IOF the house of his uncle, ‘Omar Saleh Abu Zaina. They raided and searched the house and arrested the owner’s son, 22-year-old Mohammed. They also confiscated a computer set from the house.

· Also at approximately 04:00, IOF moved into Tulkarm. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. No house raids or arrests were reported.

· At approximately 09:30, IOF moved into ‘Arraba village, southwest of Jenin. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. No house raids or arrests were reported.

· Also at approximately 09:30, IOF moved into Brouqin village, west of Salfit. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. No house raids or arrests were reported.

· At approximately 10:30, IOF moved into Jayous village, north of Qalqilya. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. No house raids or arrests were reported.

· At approximately 12:00, IOF moved into Maithaloun village, southeast of Jenin. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. No house raids or arrests were reported.

· Also at approximately 12:00, IOF moved into Tulkarm. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. No house raids or arrests were reported.

· At approximately 13:00, IOF moved into Hijja village, east of Qalqilya. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. No house raids or arrests were reported.

· At approximately 13:55, IOF moved into ‘Azzoun village, east of Qalqilya. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. No house raids or arrests were reported.

· Also at approximately 13:55, IOF moved into Kufor Thuloth village, southwest of Qalqilya. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. No house raids or arrests were reported.

· At approximately 14:00, IOF moved into Baqat al-Hatab village, northeast of Qalqilya. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. No house raids or arrests were reported.

· At approximately 14:30, IOF moved into Beit Leed village, east of Tulkarm. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. No house raids or arrests were reported.

· At approximately 15:30, IOF moved into Rafat village, west of Salfit. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. No house raids or arrests were reported.

· At approximately 18:30, IOF moved into ‘Ein al-Dyouk village, north of Jericho. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. No house raids or arrests were reported.

· At approximately 20:00, IOF moved into ‘Iraq Bourin village, south of Nablus. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. No house raids or arrests were reported.

· At approximately 21:30, IOF moved into Koubar village, northwest of Ramallah. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. No house raids or arrests were reported.

· At approximately 23:35, IOF moved into Brouqin village, west of Salfit. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. No house raids or arrests were reported.

Tuesday, 28 December 2010

· At approximately 01:00, IOF moved into al-Zahiriya village, southwest of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Mohammed Isma’il al-Tal, 38, Member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, and arrested him. It is worth noting that al-Tal had been detained in Israeli jails for 4 years and was released in late 2009.

· At approximately 08:30, IOF moved into Kufor Zeibad village, south of Tulkarm. They patrolled in the streets for some time and withdrew later. No house raids or arrests were reported.

· In the afternoon, IOF killed a Palestinian civilian near the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel to the east of Khan Yunis. According to investigations conducted by PCHR, at approximately 15:45, Hassan Mohammed Qudaih, 19, and 4 of his relatives went to the border area in the east of Khuza’a village, east of Khan Yunis, where two members of the Palestinian were killed during armed clashes with IOF on Sunday, about 300 meters away from the border. Israeli soldiers positioned at the border fired at these civilians, so they fled towards Khuza’a village. The other four civilians were able to flee, while Qudaih was wounded by a bullet and fell onto ground. He crept towards the west and phoned his relatives and friends asking for help. However, Israeli soldiers continued to fire at the area, and no one was able to attend him. About half an hour later, Israeli soldiers fired a shell at the area where Hassan was lying. As a result, he was instantly killed. Medical crews were able to evacuate his body at approximately 17:15.

· At approximately 19:00, IOF carried out an airdrop operation onto an area surrounded by the villages of Seilat al-Harthiya, Ta’nak, ‘Aanin, al-Taybeh and Rummana, west of Jenin, and onto al-Taybeh School, in the context of military training. No house raids or arrests were reported.

· At approximately 19:15, Israeli naval troops arrested 6 Palestinian fishermen who were sailing opposite to al-Sudaniya beach in the northern Gaza Strip. They took the fishermen to Ashdod Port inside Israel for interrogation. They also seized the fishing boat on board of which the fishermen were sailing. The fishermen were released at approximately 06:00 on Wednesday, 29 December 2010. The fishermen are:

  1. Ahmed Sha’ban al-Hissi, 58;
  2. Subeh ‘Abdul Salam al-Hissi, 23;
  3. ‘Aadel ‘Abdul Karim Baker, 49;
  4. Ramadan Isma’il al-Hissi, 49;
  5. Fayez Ahmed al-Hissi, 27; and
  6. Yassin Ahmed al-Fassih, 37.

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

· At approximately 10:00, IOF moved into Rummana village, southwest of Jenin. They patrolled in the streets. They stopped two tractors, where being driven by Rebhi As’ad Farassini, 48, and Mohammed Bashir Abu Shamla, 22. They forced the two civilians to drove their tractors towards the headquarter of the Israeli military liaison, west of Jenin. There they confiscated the Farassini’s tractor claiming that it was unlicensed.

· At approximately 10:45, Israeli soldiers positioned at the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel to the east of the northern Gaza Strip town of Jabalya opened fire at Palestinian farmers in the area. The farmers were forced to flee from the area. No casualties were reported.

2. Use of Excessive Force against Peaceful Demonstrations Protesting Settlement Activities and the Construction of the Annexation Wall

During the reporting period, IOF used force against peaceful demonstrations organized by Palestinian civilians and international and Israeli human rights defenders in protest to the construction of the Wall and settlement activities in the West Bank. As a result, 5 Palestinian civilians and an Israeli photojournalist were wounded. Dozens of Palestinian civilians and human rights defenders also suffered from tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises. Additionally, IOF arrested two Palestinian civilians, 4 Israeli human rights defenders and 11 international ones.

· Following the Friday Prayer on 17 December 2010, dozens of Palestinian civilians and international and Israeli human rights defenders organized a peaceful demonstration in Bil’ein village, west of Ramallah, in protest to the construction of the annexation wall. They moved towards the annexation wall. Five demonstrators wore the clothes of Santa Claus and distributed gifts, which were tear gas canisters already fired by Israeli soldiers at demonstrators. Israeli soldiers stationed in the area fired rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the demonstrators. As a result, two Palestinian civilians and an Israeli photojournalist were wounded:

1. ‘Ouda Rebhi Abu Rahma, 22, photographer of the Public Committee against the Wall in Bil’ein village, hit by a tear gas canister to the right foot;

2. Tariq Mohammed al-Khatib, 27, hit by a tear gas canister to the right foot; and

3. An Israeli photojournalist, hit by a tear gas canister to the foot.

Additionally, a number of demonstrators suffered from tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises as they were beaten by Israeli soldiers.

· Also following the Friday Prayer on 24 December 2010, dozens of Palestinian civilians and international and human rights defenders organized a peaceful demonstration in Ne’lin village, west of Ramallah, in protest against the construction of the annexation wall. They clashed with Israeli troops positioned near the Wall. Israeli troops fired rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at demonstrators. As a result, dozens of demonstrators suffered from tear gas inhalation, and others sustained bruises.

· Also following the Friday Prayer on 24 December 2010, dozens of Palestinian civilians and international and Israeli human rights defenders organized a peaceful demonstration in Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah, in commemoration of the late Palestinian President Yasser Arafat, and in protest against land confiscations in the Wad al-Raya area between the villages of Nabi Saleh and Deir Nizam. When the demonstrators attempted to reach areas of land seized by Israeli settlers near “Halmish” settlement, Israeli troops fired rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, a man and his wife were wounded:

1. Ibrahim Hassan al-Tamimi, 60, wounded by a rubber-coated metal bullet to the head; and

2. Fa’eda al-Tamimi, 50, wounded by a rubber-coated metal bullet to the head.

A number of demonstrators also suffered from tear gas inhalation and others . IOF further arrested a Palestinian civilian and 3 Israeli human rights defenders:

1. ‘Alaa’ Mohammed al-Tamimi, 22;

2. David, 45;

3. Josef, 28; and

4. Yuval, 34.

· At approximately 14:30 on Saturday, 25 December 2010, the Youth Forum against Settlement in Hebron organized a peaceful demonstration against Israeli settlement activities and the continued closure of al-Shuhada Street in the center of Hebron, and in commemoration of victims of the Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip in December 2008 and January 2010. The demonstration, in which many Palestinian civilians and international human rights defenders participated, moved from al-Zahed neighborhood in the center of Hebron towards “Beit Rumano” settlement outpost in the north of the old town. Israeli soldiers and police officers closed the road leading to the aforementioned settlement outpost and the old town. They attacked the demonstrators and declared the old town “a closed military zone.” Soon after, the demonstrators moved towards another outlet and were able to reach al-Qassaba area near “Abraham Avino” settlement outpost. Israeli soldiers attacked the demonstrators and violently beat a number of them. Two demonstrators, including a woman, sustained bruises: Nawal Akram Eslaimiya, 40; and Mohammed Mahmoud ‘Amru, 23. IOF also arrested two international human rights defenders and an Israeli one, but released them in the evening on bail: Lillian, 19, a French citizen; John, 24, a Scottish citizen, and Aluna, 55, an Israeli citizen. It is worth noting that IOF have been closing al-Shuhada Street, which is more than 600 meters long, which links the commercial center of Hebron with the old town. They have also continued to close more than 500 shops, 120 house and 19 roads in the old town.

· At approximately 10:00 on Sunday, 26 December 2010, dozens of Palestinian civilians and Israeli and international human rights defenders, including 90 French ones, gathered near Qalandya checkpoint, north of Jerusalem. They organized a peaceful demonstration against the annexation wall, settlement activities and military checkpoints. IOF closed the checkpoint with barbwires. When the demonstrators attempted to cross the checkpoints towards Jerusalem, Israeli soldiers fired rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs at them. A number of demonstrators suffered from tear gas inhalation. Israeli soldiers also arrested 9 French human rights defenders and a photographer of the local al-Quds daily, but released them two hours later. Additionally, IOF closed the checkpoint.

· At approximately 15:30 also on Sunday, 26 December 2010, dozens of Palestinian civilians and Israeli and international human rights defenders, including 90 French ones, gathered in the center of Bil’ein village, west of Ramallah, to plant olive trees on both sides of the annexation wall. IOF closed the gate established on the wall with barbwires and when the demonstrators arrived at the area, Israeli soldiers fired rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs at them. They also beat a number of demonstrators. A number of demonstrators suffered from tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises.

· At approximately 15:00 on Monday, 27 December 2010, dozens of Palestinian civilians and Israeli and international human rights defenders, including 90 French ones, gathered in the center of Bittin village, northeast of Ramallah. They organized a peaceful demonstration towards Beit Eil checkpoint between the village and Ramallah demanding its dismantlement. Israeli soldiers fired rubber-coated metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs at them. As a result, ‘Alaa’ Fawzan Hamed, 25, was hit by a tear gas canister to the head. A number of demonstrators also suffered from tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises.

3. Continued Closure of the OPT

Israel has continued to impose a tightened closure of 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.

Movement at Border Crossings during the Reporting Period:

At approximately 13:00 on Tuesday, 01 June 2010, the Egyptian authorities decided to open Rafah International Crossing Point on the Egyptian border in both directions without specifying a date for its closure. The Egyptian decisions came following the Israeli attack on the Gaza-aid flotilla in international water. On the following morning, the crossing point was effectively opened and restricted categories of Palestinian civilians were allowed to travel through it.

Movement at Rafah International Crossing Point

22 – 28 December 2010

Date

Details

22 December 2010

330 Palestinians were allowed to travel to Egypt and 292 others were allowed into the Gaza Strip.

23 December 2010

393 Palestinians were allowed to travel to Egypt and 265 others were allowed into the Gaza Strip.

24 December 2010

Closed.

25 December 2010

Two Palestinians and the body of a dead one were allowed into the Gaza Strip.

26 December 2010

418 Palestinians were allowed to travel to Egypt and 383 others were allowed into the Gaza Strip.

27 December 2010

285 Palestinians were allowed to travel to Egypt and 228 others were allowed into the Gaza Strip.

28 December 2010

270 Palestinians were allowed to travel to Egypt and 208 others were allowed into the Gaza Strip.

Movement at Karm Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) Crossing

22 – 28 December 2010

Date

Imports

Category

Amount

Tons

Liters

22 December 2010

Foodstuffs

902

Agricultural materials

185

Various goods

1,571

Humanitarian aids

26

Cooking gas

136

Industrial fuel

173,502

23 December 2010

Foodstuffs

1,003

Agricultural materials

104

Various goods

1,607

Humanitarian aids

169

Cooking gas

159.500

26 December 2010

Foodstuffs

855

Agricultural materials

358

Various goods

1,580

Cooking gas

184.740

Industrial fuel

73,490

27 December 2010

Foodstuffs

590

Agricultural materials

399

Various goods

1,131

Cooking gas

158

28 December 2010

Foodstuffs

681

Agricultural materials

374

Various goods

1,038

Humanitarian aids

249

Cooking gas

187

Industrial fuel

169,499

Exports through Karm Abu Salem Crossing:

On Wednesday, 22 December 2010, IOF allowed the export of 440,480 flowers and 6.337 tons of strawberries.

On Thursday, 23 December 2010, IOF allowed the export of 11 tons of strawberries.

On Sunday, 26 December 2010, IOF allowed the export of 106,140 flowers and 17.5 tons of strawberries.

On Monday, 27 December 2010, IOF allowed the export of 9.4 tons of strawberries.

On Tuesday, 28 December 2010, IOF allowed the export of 22,660 flowers and 11 tons of strawberries.

Al-Mentar (Karni) Crossing: During the reporting period, IOF partially opened the crossing on Wednesday, 22 December 2010, and allowed the entry of 1,755 tons of wheat and 975 tons of fodders. They also allowed the entry of 2,450 tons of construction aggregate for Mas’oud ‘Ali Company. They opened it again on Monday, 27 December 2010, and allowed the entry of 3,276 tons of wheat, and 2,418 tons of fodders. They also opened it on Tuesday, 27 December 2010, and allowed the entry of 2,379 tons of wheat and 2,457 tons of fodders.

Beit Hanoun (Erez) Crossing: Israel has continued to close Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing for the movement of Palestinian civilians. IOF have allowed only diplomats, a number of international journalists, employees of international agencies and a limited number of patients who suffer from serious diseases to pass through the crossing. They have continued to prevent Palestinian civilians from visiting their relatives who are detained in Israeli jails. The small number of patients permitted to pass through the crossing is only able to do so under severe restrictions that include prolonged checking.

Movement at Beit Hanoun (Erez) Crossing

22 – 28 December 2010

Date

22 December

23 December

24 December

25 December

26 December

27 December

28 December

Patients

12

21

2

Nil

40

27

33

Companions

13

23

2

Nil

33

24

36

Arabs from Israel

4

Nil

4

Nil

19

10

Nil

Diplomats

2

2

Nil

Nil

Nil

3

1

International Journalists

2

2

Nil

Nil

5

Nil

2

International Workers

38

52

3

Nil

2

3

14

Travelers abroad

Nil

1

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Business People

64

43

Nil

Nil

41

56

61

Economic Meetings

7

Nil

Nil

Nil

3

6

Nil

Security Interviews

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

1

3

1

VIP’s

1

Nil

Nil

Nil

1

3

Nil

Ambulances to Israel

3

Nil

Nil

Nil

3

4

Nil

Ambulances from Israel

2

1

1

Nil

2

2

3

The West Bank

Israel has imposed a tightened closure on the West Bank. During the reporting period, IOF imposed additional restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians.

· Jerusalem: IOF have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians to and from the city. Thousands of Palestinian civilians from the West Bank and the Gaza Strip have been denied access to the city. IOF have established many checkpoints around and inside the city. Restrictions of the movement of Palestinian civilians often escalate on Fridays, preventing Muslim Palestinians from praying at al-Aqsa Mosque.

· Hebron: IOF have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians. On Friday noon, 24 December 2010, IOF closed alls northern and eastern entrance to Hebron and the nearby Halhoul town. The closure continued until the following day evening, during which time IOF stopped and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles. On Monday noon, 27 December 2010, IOF established a number of checkpoints on roads around Hebron. They stopped and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles.

· Ramallah: IOF have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of the Palestinian civilians in Ramallah. IOF troops positioned at the Jaba’ and Qalandiya checkpoints, southeast of Ramallah, have imposed additional restrictions on movement and conducted prolonged checks of Palestinian civilians. During the reporting period, IOF established a number of temporary checkpoints, and stopped and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles. At approximately 19:00 on Thursday, 23 December 2010, IOF re-established their presence at ‘Attara checkpoint at the northern entrance of Bir Zeit village, north of Ramallah. They stopped and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles. At approximately 18:30 on Saturday, 25 December 2010, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance of Beit Liqya village, west of Ramallah. They stopped and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles.

· Qalqilya: IOF have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians. On Thursday, 23 December 2010, IOF established 3 checkpoints around Qalqilya. On Friday, 24 December 2010, IOF established 3 checkpoints around Qalqilya. On Saturday, 25 December 2010, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance of Ematin village, and another one near Kufor Laqef village, east of Qalqilya. On Sunday, 26 December 2010, IOF established 6 checkpoints around Qalqilya. On Monday, 27 December 2010, IOF established 4 checkpoints around Qalqilya. Israeli soldiers stationed at these checkpoints stopped and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles.

· Tulkarm: IOF have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians. At approximately 13:30 on Monday, 27 December 2010, IOF established a checkpoint on Kufor Zeibad – Kufor ‘Abboush road, south of Tulkarm. They stopped and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles.

· Jenin: IOF have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians. At approximately 11:00 on Tuesday, 28 December 2010, IOF established a checkpoint at ‘Anza intersection, south of Jenin. They stopped and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles. At approximately 11:00 on Wednesday, 29 December 2010, IOF established a checkpoint at Rummana intersection, west of Jenin. They stopped and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles.

· Salfit: IOF have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians. IOF have continued to close the northern entrance of Salfit with cement blocks and sand barriers since 2000. They have also continued to close two roads linking Marda village with agricultural land belonging to it. At approximately 10:30 on Monday, 27 December 2010, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance of Marda village, north of Salfit. They stopped and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles.

· Jericho: IOF have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians. At approximately 19:00 on Thursday, 23 December 2010, IOF established a checkpoint at the entrance of Fassayel village, north of Jericho. They stopped and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles.

Arrests at Military Checkpoints

· At approximately 15:30 on Saturday, 25 December 2010, Israeli soldiers stationed at al-Hamra checkpoint, southeast of Tubas, arrested Mohammed Jameel Jindeb, 21, from al-Far’a refugee camp south of Tubas.

Harassment at Military Checkpoints

· At approximately 09:00 on Sunday, 26 December 2010, two Israeli soldiers attacked 3 Palestinian civilians near Za’tara checkpoint, south of Nablus, and arrested one of them. In his testimony to PCHR, ‘Alaa’ Sbaih Hassan, 20, from Qasra village southeast of Nablus, stated:

“At approximately 09:00 on Sunday, 26 December 2010, I was at Za’tara intersection, south of Nablus, waiting for a taxi to travel to Salfit. Waleed Barakat, 20, and Bilal Ja’far Hassan, 20, from my village, Qasra, were near me. An Israeli military jeep (Hummer) arrived and stopped near us. A soldier opened the door of the jeep and talked to us in Hebrew. We did not understand what he was saying because we do not speak Hebrew. He then ordered Waleed Barakat to come to him and he did. The soldier pulled Barakat from his clothes towards him and he then, shouting in Hebrew pushed him down, so he fell onto the ground. The soldier then ordered me t get close to him. He talked to me in Hebrew and then pushed me. Soon after, the soldier ordered Bilal Hassan to get close to him. He talked to Bilal in Hebrew and then pulled him. The soldier then turned the radio wire around Bilal’s neck and beat him. Soon after, the two soldiers stepped down and handcuffed and blindfolded Bilal. They then violently beat me and Barakat for 5 minutes. A number of Israeli military and police vehicles arrived at the area. Police officered expelled me and Barakat from the area. They questioned Bilal and took him in a jeep towards an unknown destination.”

4. Measures Aimed at Creating a Jewish Demographic Majority in Jerusalem

Israel has recently escalated arbitrary measures against Palestinian civilians in East Jerusalem in order to force them to leave the city. PCHR has devoted this section in the Weekly Report to highlighting violations of human rights perpetrated by IOF against Palestinian civilians in East Jerusalem.

· At approximately 09:00 on Wednesday, 29 December 2010, the Israeli police, accompanied by a number of bulldozers, trucks and large levers of the Israeli municipality of Jerusalem, moved into Khillat al-‘Ein area in the east of al-Tour village, east of Jerusalem. They demolished a number of rooms, stores and bird an animal farms. They also razed large areas of agricultural land and confiscated some civilian property. At least 100 civilians were affected by these acts, which can be summed up as follows:

1. They razed a 2,200-square-meter areas of agricultural land planted with olives, grapes, bananas and citrus, and demolished 7 mobile rooms that served as stores belonging to Ahmed Abu Adam.

2. They razed a large farm, barnyards and a water network belonging to Wa’ed Darwsih D’ana, whose family is comprised of 12 individuals.

3. They demolished a large store and confiscated 30 tons of iron and 3 tons of scraps belonging to Yahia ‘Arafat al-Zam, whose family is comprised of 9 individuals.

4. They razed a 1,500-square-meter area of agricultural land, and demolished a barnyards and a store belonging to Na’im Salama Abu Sbaitan.

5. They razed a 2,000-square-meter area of agricultural land, demolished a barnyard and uprooted at least 50 trees belonging to Maher Sbaitani, whose family is comprised of 6 individuals.

6. They razed a 600-square-meter areas of agricultural land planted with olives and citrus and destroyed a room and a water network belonging to Ra’ed al-Sayad, whose family is comprised of 6 individuals.

7. They uprooted at least 70 olive trees belonging to Ahmed Khwais.

8. They demolished a room and uprooted more than 2o olive trees belonging to Ibrahim al-Balbissi.

9. They demolished two rooms belonging to ‘Abdulla Nabulsi.

5. Settlement Activities and Attacks by Settlers against Palestinian Civilians and Property

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 Saturday, 25 December 2010, dozens of Israeli settlers, escorted by IOF, from “Missa Ya’ir” settlement to the east of Yatta village, south of Hebron, waged a campaign to seize areas of Palestinian land. They fenced a 600-donum area of land belonging to the families of Houhiya and al-Najjar. The seized area of land is part of areas of land, which are often attacked by Israeli settlers and closed by IOF.

· On Sunday morning, 26 December 2010, a number of Israeli settlers from “Gilad” settlement, east of Qalqilya, attacked a tract of land belonging to ‘Aadel Hassan Yamin, 54, from Jeet village northeast of Qalqilya. In his testimony to PCHR, Yamin stated:

“At approximately 07:30 on Sunday, 26 December 2010, I went to my land in the south of Jeet village, opposite to ‘Gilad’ settlement. When I arrived there, I was surprised that the fence was completely dismantled. They also attacked a water well. I am certain that the attack was launched by settlers, as they have repeatedly attacked agricultural lands in the area. I called the ICRC, but I did not receive any help.”

· At approximately 14:30 on Monday, 27 December 2010, a number of Israeli settlers from “Tits’har” settlement set fire to agricultural lands in Khillat ‘Ein al-Sha’ira in the southeast of Madama village, south of Nablus. As a result, 20 olive trees were partially burnt, before Palestinian fire fighters were able to extinguish fire. The settlers also uprooted a number of small trees.

· On Tuesday morning, 29 December 2010, Israeli settlers burnt 3 tents belonging to the al-Nawaj’a family in Sousia village, south of Hebron. According to Sarah Isma’il al-Nawaj’as, she woke up to find that fired had broken out in the tents. She also saw and Israeli settler fleeing in a car towards the nearby by “Sousia” settlement.

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Recommendations to the International Community

1. PCHR calls upon the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention to fulfill their legal and moral obligations under Article 1 of the Convention to ensure Israel’s respect for the Convention in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. PCHR believes that the conspiracy of silence practiced by the international community has encouraged Israel to act as if it is above the law and encourages Israel continue to violate international human rights and humanitarian law.

2. PCHR calls upon the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention to convene a conference to take effective steps to ensure Israel’s respect of the Convention in the OPT and to provide immediate protection for Palestinian civilians.

3. PCHR calls upon the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention to comply with their legal obligations detailed in Article 146 of the Convention to search for and prosecute those responsible for grave breaches, namely war crimes.

4. PCHR calls for the immediate implementation of the Advisory Opinion issued by the International Court of Justice, which considers the construction of the Annexation Wall inside the West Bank illegal.

5. PCHR recommends that international civil society organizations, including human rights organizations, bar associations and NGOs, participate in the process of exposing those accused of grave breaches of international law and urge their governments to bring the perpetrators to justice.

6. PCHR calls upon the European Union to activate Article 2 of the Euro-Israel Association Agreement, which provides that Israel must respect human rights as a precondition for economic cooperation between the EU states and Israel. PCHR further calls upon the EU states to prohibit import of goods produced in illegal Israeli settlements in the OPT.

7. PCHR calls on the international community to recognize the Gaza disengagement plan, which was implemented in September 2005, for what it is – not an end to occupation but a compounding of the occupation and the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip.

8. In recognition of ICRC as the guardian of the Fourth Geneva Convention, PCHR calls upon the ICRC to increase its staff and activities in the OPT, including the facilitation of family visitations to Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.

9. PCHR appreciates the efforts of international civil society, including human rights organizations, bar associations, unions and NGOs, and urges them to continue their role in pressuring their governments to secure Israel’s respect for human rights in the OPT and to demand Israel end its attacks on Palestinian civilians.

10. PCHR calls upon the international community to pressure Israel to lift the severe restrictions imposed by the Israeli government and its occupation forces on access for international organizations to the OPT.

11. PCHR reiterates that any political settlement not based on international human rights law and humanitarian law cannot lead to a peaceful and just solution of the Palestinian question. Rather, such an arrangement can only lead to further suffering and instability in the region. Any peace process or agreement must be based on respect for international law, including international human rights and humanitarian law.

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Public Document

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