Saturday, 14 July 2012

Weekly report on Israeli human rights violations in the OPT (5–11 July)

Israeli forces use water hoses against a Palestinian woman during the weekly peaceful protest against the annexation wall in Nabi Saleh village near Ramallah

Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) Continue Systematic Attacks against Palestinian Civilians and Property in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT)

IOF use force to disperse peaceful protest organized by Palestinian civilians in the West Bank.
4 Palestinian civilians were wounded.
IOF arrested two Palestinian civilians and 3 human rights defenders.

IOF launched a number of air strikes and opened fire at areas in the Gaza Strip.
A Palestinian child was wounded.

IOF conducted 63 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and a limited one into the Gaza Strip.
IOF arrested 26 Palestinians, including 7 children.
IOF arrested two Palestinian civilians, including a child, who attempted to cross the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel to search for jobs inside Israel.

Israel has continued to impose a total closure on the OPT and has isolated the Gaza Strip from the outside world.
IOF arrested a Palestinian patient at Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing in the northern Gaza Strip.

IOF have continued settlement activities in the West Bank and Israeli settlers have continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property.
Israeli settlers seized a 5-dunum[1] area of agricultural land in al-Khader village, south of Bethlehem.
Israeli settlers uprooted and destroyed 120 olive trees in Yatma village, south of Nablus. more

Israel taking steps to deport solidarity activists while PA defames them

Israel is currently taking concrete steps towards deporting internationals and solidarity activists who reside in the West Bank. Surprisingly, the Palestinian Authority are legitimizing Israel’s deportation efforts by accusing some foreigners of inciting against the PA. This must be Israeli/PA security coordination evolving into a whole new level where international activists are also a target.

Haaretz reported on Friday that Israel’s immigration police have been granted the power to remove foreigners without permits from the West Bank; this order was signed on July 6th. The Israeli occupation army has been given the power to arrest foreigners in the West Bank, move them into detention centers until deportation measures are concluded so the activists would be deported.

A senior PA official, according to The Jerusalem Post, has charged that foreign nationals living in the West Bank have participated in recent protests against the Palestinian Authority. According to the paper, the senior official continued to say “The involvement of Western nationals in protests against the Palestinian Authority is completely unacceptable, we will be forced to cut off all ties with non-Palestinians who incite against the Palestinian leadership.” more

Palestinian man killed near Erez crossing evacuated from Gaza border

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Palestinian medical teams on Saturday morning evacuated the body of a man killed a day earlier in the Gaza Strip near the northern border with Israel.

Gaza Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said the body would be transferred to Kamal Udwan hospital in Jabaliya, after emergency teams coordinated with Israel to retrieve the body.

The man, who was not identified, was found dead near the Bedouin village by Beit Hanoun, close to Israel's Erez crossing. more