Report settimanale del Palestinian Centre for Human Rights.
Le forze d’occupazione israeliane (Foi) proseguono nell’attaccare sistematicamente i civili e le proprietà palestinesi nei Territori Palestinesi Occupati (Tpo) e nell’imporre un assedio totale della Striscia di Gaza
•Un civile palestinese muore per una ferita inferta dalle forze d’occupazione a Hebron
•6 civili palestinesi, compreso un bambino, vengono feriti dal fuoco delle truppe e dei coloni israeliani in Cisgiordania
•Le forze israeliane reprimono con la forza le dimostrazioni pacifice organizzate per protestare con il Muro di Annessione in Cisgiordania
•L’occupazione conduce 24 incursioni nelle comunità palestinesi cigiordane e 3 nella Striscia di Gaza
•L’occupazione arresta 30 civili palestinesi in Cisgiordania – tra cui una donna e un bambino – e 3 minori nella Striscia
•Le truppe navali israeliane continuano ad attaccare i pescatori palestinesi e le loro barche nel mare di Gaza
•Le FOI continuano a imporre un assedio totale dei TPO e a isolare la Striscia di Gaza dal resto del mondo
•Le truppe israeliane posizionate ai checkpoint militari in Cisgiordania arrestano 5 civili palestinesi, incluso un bambino
•Israele prosegue nella politica di giudaizzazione di Gerusalemme est
•Nuovi scavi vengono avviati nel villaggio di Silwan
•L’occupazione continua a prendere di mira le attività delle associazioni culturali a Gerusalemme
•Le forze d’occupazione non cessano le attività di colonizzazione in Cisgiordania, e i coloni israeliani proseguono negli attacchi ai civili e alle proprietà palestinesi
•I coloni ristabiliscono un avamposto a sud del villaggio di Yatta, provincia di Hebron.
Weekly Report: On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory
10-16 Sep. 2009
Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) Continue Systematic Attacks against Palestinian Civilians and Property in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) and Continue to Impose a Total Closure on the Gaza Strip
Israeli violations of international law and humanitarian law in the OPT continued during the reporting period (10 – 16 September 2009):
Shooting: During the reporting period, a Palestinian civilian died of a previous wound he had sustained by IOF in Hebron. Additionally, 6 Palestinian civilians, including a child, were wounded by IOF and settlers in the West Bank.
On 13 September 2009, medical sources at an Israeli hospital declared that 'Obaida Maher al-Dwaik, 25, from Hebron, died of wounds inflicted by IOF. According to investigations conducted by PCHR, at approximately 11:00 on Wednesday, 26 August 2009, Israeli troops positioned at al-Shuhada checkpoint near Tal Rumaida neighborhood in the center of Hebron fired at al-Dwaik from a range of less than 20 meters. He was wounded by several gunshots to the abdomen and the legs. IOF did not allow Palestinian ambulances to attend him. They evacuated him to an Israeli hospital. They claimed that he attempted to attack an Israeli soldiers using a knife.
On 11 September 2009, a Palestinian civilian was wounded in Qalandya refugee camp, south of Ramallah, when IOF troops fired at Palestinian boys who threw stones at military vehicles.
On the same day, an Israeli settler opened fire at a number of Palestinian civilians in Silwan village to the south of the old town of Jerusalem, wounding two of them. The two civilians were evacuated to the hospital in a civilian car, which was stopped by IOF several times.
On 15 September 2009, a Palestinian civilian was wounded by an Israeli settler in 'Ainabous village, south of Nablus.
IOF also used force against peaceful demonstrations organized by Palestinian civilians and international and Israeli human rights defenders in protest to the construction of the Annexation Wall in the West Bank. As a result, two Palestinian civilians were wounded.
Incursions: During the reporting period, IOF conducted at least 24 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank. IOF arrested 30 Palestinian civilians, including a child and a woman.
In the Gaza Strip, IOF conducted 3 limited incursions into Palestinian communities, during which they leveled areas of Palestinian land they had already razed. They also arrested 3 Palestinians.
Restrictions on Movement: IOF have continued to impose a tightened closure 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.
IOF have continued to close all border crossings to the Gaza Strip for more than two years. The IOF 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.
1.5 million people are being denied their basic rights, including freedom of movement, and their rights to appropriate living conditions, work, health and education.
The main concern of 1.5 million people living in the Gaza Strip is to obtain their basic needs of food, medicines, water and electricity supplies.
IOF have continued to prevent the entry of raw construction materials into the Gaza Strip for more than two years.
IOF have not allowed fuel supplies into the Gaza Strip, excluding limited amounts of cooking gas, since 10 December 2008.
The Rafah International Crossing Point has been opened for a few days for a number of patients who received medical treatment abroad and needed to return home to the Gaza Strip.
IOF have 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.
Poverty and unemployment rates stand at approximately 80% and 60% respectively in the Gaza Strip.
IOF have continued to prevent the entry of spare parts form water networks and sewage systems. Losses incurred to this sector are estimated at US$ 6 million.
IOF have 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 sharply mounted.
At least 900 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails have been denied family visitation rights for more than two years.
IOF have continued to attack Palestinian fishers along the Gaza Strip coast.
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 the al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.
There are approximately permanent 630 roadblocks, and manned and unmanned checkpoints across the West Bank. In addition, there are some 60-80 ‘flying’ or temporary checkpoints erected across the West Bank by IOF every week.
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 has 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 leads to 18 Palestinian communities in the West Bank are closed or fully controlled by IOF (47 out of 72 roads).
There are around 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.
Annexation Wall: 10 September 2009, the Israeli High Court ordered IOF to dismantle sections of the Annexation Wall in Kherbat Jebara and Jayous villages, north Qalqilya, in response to a petition submitted by the Citizens' Rights Association in 2003 on behalf of several Palestinian villages near Tulkarm and Qalqilya. The petition demanded dismantlement of the Wall in these villages and cancellation of the seizure of at least 6,000 donums of land. According to the Municipality of Jayous, 2,488 donums of land and a well would be spared seizure. However, the decision has not been fully implemented.
Efforts intended to establish Jewish majority in occupied east Jerusalem: IOF have escalated arbitrary measures against Palestinian civilians in East Jerusalem to force them to leave the city. On 10 September 2009, al-Aqsa association for the Waqf and heritage disclosed that Israeli occupation authorities have been digging a new tunnel under Silwan village. Israeli authorities and the “El'ad” settlement association underake efforts to complete this tunnel as soon as possible so that it can be linked with other tunnels under Silwan village near the al-Aqsa mosque. The al-Aqsa association stressed that it has photographs of works in the tunnel. During the reporting period, IOF prevented Rouaq Band from conducting a show in the Palestinian National Theater (al-Hakawati). IOF stormed the theater before the beginning of the show and expelled the band and a Swedish delegation, claiming that this activity was being organized under the auspices of the Palestinian National Authority.
Settlement Activities: IOF have continued settlement activities in violation of international humanitarian law and Israeli settlers living in the OPT have continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property. On 10 September 2009, Israeli settlers living in “Sousia” settlement to the south of Yatta village, south of Hebron, re-established a settlement outpost that had been dismantled on the preceding day. The outpost controls at least 300 donums of agricultural land. Israeli settlers set up 3 tents and brought electricity generators. IOF were present in the area to protect the settlers. On 12 September 2009, a number of Israeli settlers closed the main entrance of Ras Karkar village, northwest of Ramallah. They threw stones and empty bottles at Palestinian civilians. They then violently beat Mohammed Rafeeq Salhiya, 22. He sustained bruises throughout the body. During the reporting period, 3 Palestinian civilians, including a child, were wounded by Israeli settlers' gunfire.
Israeli Violations Documented during the Reporting Period (10 – 16 September 2009)
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