Israeli violations of international law (24 – 30 May 2012)

Al Qassam Website 06-06-2012,10:46Shooting:

During the reporting period, 8 Palestinian civilians, including two children, were wounded by IOF and a 9th one was wounded by Israeli settlers in the West Bank. A 10th civilian was also wounded by IOF in the Gaza Strip. Additionally, a Palestinian civilian was stabbed by Israeli soldiers at Kfar Etzion checkpoint near Bethlehem.

During the reporting period, IOF wounded 8 demonstrators, including two children, during the dispersion of peaceful demonstrations organized in protest to the construction of the annexation wall and settlement activities in the West Bank. Dozens of demonstrators also suffered from tear gas inhalation.

On 26 May 2012, Israeli settlers set fire to Palestinian agricultural lands in al-Qisma and al-Marah areas in the north of ‘Ourif village, south of Nablus. A number of Palestinian civilians rushed to the affected areas, where they found Israeli settlers and IOF stationed there. Clashes erupted between the two sides, during which Israeli soldiers intensively fired tear gas canisters. As a result, a number of civilians suffered from tear gas inhalation and we forced to move back to the village. Soon, they heard the sounds of shooting coming from the mountain located between the village and “Yits’har” settlement. They went to the area to check what happened. When they arrived at the area, they found Najeh As’ad al-Safadi, 21, handcuffed and bleeding. They evacuated him to a hospital in Nablus. According to medical sources, he was seriously wounded by a bullet to the abdomen. This attack was the second of its kind in less than one week. On 19 May 2012, Nember ‘Assaira, 24, from Southern ‘Assira village south of Nablus, was wounded by a bullet to the right eye. An Israeli settler fired at ‘Assaira, while IOF were present in the area.

In the Gaza Strip, on 29 May 2012, a Palestinian civilian was wounded by the Israeli gunfire in the central Gaza Strip.

During the reporting period, Israeli gunboats attacked opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats in the northern and central Gaza Strip. Israeli naval troop arrested 5 Palestinian fishermen and confiscated two fishing boats.

Incursions:

During the reporting period, IOF conducted at least 50 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank. During these incursions, IOF arrested 13 Palestinian civilians, including 5 children. They also summoned 12 civilians, including 5 brothers.

In the Gaza Strip, IOF conducted two limited incursions into Palestinian areas, during which they leveled areas of land which they had already razed. During these incursion, IOF opened fire at cultivated land and burned some areas.

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.

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. 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.

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.

Efforts to Create a Jewish Demographic Majority in East Jerusalem:

On 28 May 2012, IOF, accompanied by bulldozers, moved into Hazma village, northeast of Jerusalem. They demolished some civilian facilities as follows.

On 29 May 2012, the Israeli Haaretz daily reported on its website that the Israeli Municipality of Jerusalem, in cooperation with the Israeli Ministry of Tourism, would allocate 4 million ILS for a new settlement project in Silwan village to the south of the old town of Jerusalem, allegedly to encourage tourism in “David Town” settlement outpost in the context of the so-called “National Park Project.”

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 24 May 2012, IOF delivered a military order to the Palestinian liaison according to which they would seize 29 dunums of Palestinian land in Deir Estia village, northwest of Salfit, for security and military purposes and to combat “terrorist attacks.” According to the order, the land would be seized until 31 December 2014.

On 24 May 2012, IOF moved into Hijja village, east of Qalqilya. They handed a notice to Halim Na’im Da’as ordering the demolition of his two-storey, under-construction house. They also ordered Maher ‘Abdul Rahim Khalifa to stop the construction of his house. They claimed that the two civilians did not obtain licenses for buildings.

On the same day, a number of Israeli settlers from “Yits’har” settlement, which stands on the lands of Madama village, south of Nablus, set fire to some area of land in the south of the village. A number of Palestinian civilians gathered and attempted to extinguish fire. They and fire fighters were able to extinguish fire. In the meantime, Israeli settlers, escorted by IOF, attacked Palestinian civilians. Israeli soldiers also arrested two Palestinian civilians.

On 25 May 2012, a number of Israeli settlers from “Yits’har” settlement set fire to wooden areas in the southeast of ‘Ourif village, south of Nablus. Large wooden areas were burnt and fire extended to cultivated lands. Dozens of Palestinian civilians arrived at the area and were able to extinguish fire.

On 29 May 2012, IOF moved into al-Baq’a area in the east of Hebron. They razed at least 30 dunums of cultivated land and destroyed their irrigation infrastructure, which belong to the al-Rajabi and Jaber families. It is worth noting that there is a plan to expand the nearby “Kharsina” settlement as 500 new housing units will be built in the settlement.

On the same day, an Israeli settler from “Kidoumim” settlement, northeast of Qalqilya, violently beat Nihad Mofeed Yamin, 19, from Jeet village northeast of the town. As a result, Yamin was injured in the right eye.




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