Saturday, 11 August 2012

Weekly report on Israeli human rights violations in the OPT (2–8 Aug)

In a new extra-judicial execution crime, the IOF killed a Palestinian activist and wounded another.

IOF used force to disperse peaceful protest organized by Palestinian civilians in the West Bank.
2 Palestinian civilians, including a journalist, were wounded in the Kafr Qaddoum demonstration, northeast of Jenin.

IOF conducted 36 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank.
IOF arrested 17 Palestinians, including 4 children.

Israel has continued to impose a total closure on the OPT, and has isolated the Gaza Strip from the outside world.
IOF established dozens of checkpoints in the West Bank and hindered the movement of Palestinian civilians.
IOF arrested two children at a checkpoint in the old town of Hebron.

IOF have continued to target civilian objects.
IOF fired artillery shells at the vicinity of Gaza International Airport, but no casualties were reported.

IOF have continued settlement activities in the West Bank and Israeli settlers have continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property.
Israeli settlers blew up a Palestinian vehicle in the Senjel village, north of Ramallah. more

Medical official: Farmer shot by soldiers in Gaza

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A young man was injured by Israeli gunfire in the Gaza Strip on Saturday, a medical official said.

Spokesman for the ministry of health in Gaza Ashraf al-Qidrah told Ma'an that a man was shot in his right hand by Israeli soldiers stationed in a watchtower along the Gaza border.

The man was tending his land, east of Khan Younis, and sustained moderate wounds, al-Qidrah said. more

One protester critically wounded, dozens treated for tear gas in five anti-Wall protests Friday

Despite the hot weather and fasting for the holy month of Ramadan, hundreds of people came out for the weekly non-violent demonstrations against the Wall in five different villages on Friday. Anti-wall protests were organized in the village of Kufer Kadum, in the northern West Bank in addition to Bil’in, Nil’in and Nabi Saleh in the central West Bank. The southern West Bank village of Al Ma’ssara also organized a protest against the wall this week as well.

Two civilians were injured on Friday in Kufer Kadum when Israeli troops fired tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets at the villagers and their international supporters.

Soldiers stopped the Kufer Kadum protesters at the entrance of the village then fired tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets at them. One young man was critically injured in the head by a tear gas bomb and another man was injured in his leg by rubber-coated steel bullet. Many others were treated for tear gas inhalation.

In the central West Bank, troops also used tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets against Bil’in, Nil’in and Nabi Saleh and their international and Israeli supporters. Many were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation at all three locations.

In Bil'in village, the weekly march organized by the Popular Committee against the Wall and settlements in Bil'in began from the center of the village towards the area adjacent to the apartheid wall. The march included participation of residents from Bil'in, Israeli and foreigner peace activists. more